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“A fun way to explore Edinburgh's literary past!”

Edinburgh Literary Pub Tour
Ranked #73 of 250 Tours in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed 11 August 2018

This was a fun way to spend an evening in the great city of Edinburgh. Pitched at just the right level it provided entertainment and information in equal measure. Our guides were husband and wife duo Paul and Hazel, who brought the characters to life and were the perfect hosts. I would recommend this tour to anyone who wants a pleasant evening with some mental stimulation and a few drinks.

We undertook this tour one evening during a week spent in Edinburgh for the Fringe. We were a party of 5 (my wife, our three children 22, 20, 19 and myself) and joined half a dozen others to make up a party of 11. The distance walked was no issue for our party and the whole tour took about two and a half hours.

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Reviewed 5 August 2018

We enjoyed ourselves so much on the Edinburgh Literary Pub (Walking) Tour! The cast for our evening was Alex (Mr. Clart) and David (Mr. McBrain). These gentleman were very engaging and entertaining. They also provided a lot of wonderful information about many of Edinburgh's famous writers. We especially enjoyed Alex's marvelous "Scots dialect." He made every bit of prose come alive to hear it said in this manner. The banter between these two gentlemen was fun and added to the delight of the sights they took us to and the stories they told. Highly recommend!! :-D

Thank Sandi L
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Reviewed 29 July 2018 via mobile

This was really the first thing we did after getting into town and I was so glad. Hazel and her husband(sorry his name escapes me) were amazing and knowledgable plus friendly. You'll not be disappointed!!

Thank Susanne B
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Reviewed 15 July 2018

Great way to hear about the history of writers in Edinburgh. Hosts were very entertaining and informative, taking us to a couple of pubs that would not have otherwise been on my radar! Did not realize there would be some steep hills/stairs for my mom with a bad knee, but they were extremely accommodating for her too.

Thank Tamara B
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Reviewed 8 July 2018

We enjoyed the actors, John Muir and Hazel, and the information they provided about Sir Walter Scott, Robbie Burns, Robert Louis Stevenson and other Scottish writers. Other than the first pub, the other three were not directly related to the writers; they were just pubs. By the time we reached the third pub, it was cold and a bit windy. We were ready for the tour to end rather than sit around while only a few people imbibed. After more than 2.5 hours, we left when the information ended rather than go to yet a fourth pub to just hang out. The tour would be more enjoyable if it were shorter. Perhaps include only two pubs. We didn't need to be walking around Edinburgh just to say that we had, then have to find our way back to our hotel.

Thank TravelinGal2010
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