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Edinburgh Literary Pub Tour

Edinburgh Literary Pub Tour
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18-20 Grassmarket, Edinburgh EH1 2JU, Scotland
Old Town
+44 131 226 6665
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All reviews scottish literature beehive inn robert burns jolly judge cafe royal famous writers wonderful actors walter scott old town two hours a lot of fun great fun starting point royal mile author grassmarket performance
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Reviewed 26 April 2018

This tour should be shown as Activity Level Vigorous We were in a group of 8 friends. Two people were 65+. Six of us were 72-80 years old. The tour started on the third floor - we had to climb up 3 floors. When we...More

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank Vera H
Reviewed 18 April 2018 via mobile

I booked this randomly on the day of the tour and was so glad I did. It is an excellent way to be taken around a few pubs with some great entertainment. We arrived early at the Beehive. There was football on so the pub...More

Date of experience: April 2018
1  Thank Andrew M
Reviewed 31 March 2018 via mobile

Our guides Gary & Riley were fantastic! We decided kind of last minute to do this tour and purchased tickets quickly & easily online. When we arrived we were greeted by a friendly face outside and directed inside of the first pub. I recommend getting...More

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank Chelsea M
Reviewed 9 February 2018 via mobile

Ross and Caroline were absolutely hysterical. They were both warm and charming. They made small talk while walking around between each pub. Just enough time to grab a drink at each spot. A little chilly being outside for most of it - but overall well...More

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank Josephine H
Reviewed 5 January 2018 via mobile

As always literature goes very well with alcohol. Two actors, Garry & Riley, take you on a walk down Edinburgh’s histories of writers and the wee tipple. Brilliant fun, wonderful atmosphere and best ever way to learn scottish history. A trip to Edinburgh is not...More

Date of experience: January 2018
1  Thank Mirtai
Reviewed 28 December 2017 via mobile

Although we went in wintertime, and most of the tour was outside, we did not regret our decision to take this tour. The actors were lovely, the tales were interesting and there was ample time to relax and drink a few beers. I wouldn’t recommend...More

Date of experience: December 2017
1  Thank Helene Cecilia K
Reviewed 31 October 2017

When do you get to have a drink in the very pub that Burns frequented? Paul and Hazel did an excellent job of entertaining us and taking us through the literary history of Edinburgh. Burns, Scott and Stevenson. The weather did not cooperate with our...More

Date of experience: October 2017
1  Thank Dawn S
Reviewed 4 October 2017 via mobile

We had SUCH a great time on the Literary Pub Tour! From the start at the Beehive Inn, two trained actors take you from pub to pub "debating" how Scottish literary works were made (essentially drunk or not drunk!) It was accurate, hilarious, and well...More

Date of experience: October 2017
1  Thank puck2648
Reviewed 29 September 2017 via mobile

Gary and Dave were brilliant! We had a really amazing time with them. Both of them were incredibly entertaining and friendly. I have been to dosens of city tours around Europe and this has certainly been the best. Very informative and fun, with fantastic sense...More

Date of experience: September 2017
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Reviewed 20 September 2017

We had a terrific time on our last night in Edinburgh walking through the city hearing tales of the great Scottish literary figures.

Date of experience: August 2017
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Old Town
Few Edinburghers live in the Old Town, but its
labyrinth of dank alleys and steep streets suggests
this was not always the case. Today, it’s mostly
visitors, tartan-flavoured souvenir shops, and pipers
that you’ll find on its cobbled streets. This is the
place to get a feel for Auld Reekie (Old Smelly), as
the town was once nicknamed, and stroll the Royal
Mile, the thoroughfare that links the castle with the
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19 February 2017|
Response from DaveDewiJ |
Mainly Burns, Scott and Stevenson with a few others mentioned briefly.
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Response from ELPT_Management | Property representative |
Less than 1 mile with a few stops covering 2 hours.