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“For those who know there's more to Edinburgh than Harry Potter! ”

Edinburgh Expert Walking Tours
Ranked #3 of 250 Tours in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Edinburgh Expert Walking Tours provides affordable private and bespoke walking tours of Scotland's capital city, as well as unique personalised visitor information packages. All tours led by a knowledgeable and experienced local tour guide.
Reviewed 6 September 2017 via mobile

Don't book with Gareth if you're looking for someone dressed in a wizard's hat to take you on a tour of fake landmarks and tourist traps. But DEFINITELY DO book Gareth if you want to learn more about this great city's history, architecture and culture, in a very pleasant and thoughtful walking tour format.

We booked a private 3 hour walking tour of Edinburgh with Gareth on 8/31/17 and couldn't have been more satisfied! We saw both the old and the "new" sections of Edinburgh, walking past many points of significance and historical interest. Gareth knows his stuff and is very well prepared. Gareth clearly has long studied the history, art, literature, architecture and culture of this vibrant city. He didn't just point out the key sights and landmarks as we walked, he gave us the rich story of why and how each one of them got there, who was behind them and what was there before. As a long time Edinburgh resident, Gareth is also very much an expert on the city's best attractions and entertainment, and will easily point you to a good shop or restaurant. He'll talk with you about who lives in Edinburgh today, real city life and its politics. We can't recommend him more highly. He was just what we were looking for in a guide - someone who knows the city really well, is seriously prepared to talk about its history and culture, can answer any question you throw at him, is not dressed in a highlander costume and Mel Gibson face paint, and delivers his commentary with sophisticated wit, exceptional clarity and a friendly, easy-going style. Book him, you will not be disappointed.

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Gareth D, Owner at Edinburgh Expert Walking Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 8 September 2017

Haha! Thank you for such lovely feedback - I had a great time showing you all around the city, and I'm so glad you enjoyed it too! I hope you had as much fun seeing the rest of Edinburgh. Safe travels, G

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Reviewed 6 September 2017 via mobile

We were met bright and early at 10 AM at the old granny steps to proceed through the old town of Edinburgh and were regaled with story upon story with great humor and wit and made to feel right at home in the midst of one of the most beautiful medieval cities in the world! Highly recommend it don't go and not do this!

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Gareth D, Owner at Edinburgh Expert Walking Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 7 September 2017

Thank you so much for your lovely feedback! It was absolutely mt pleasure to show you around, and I hope you enjoyed the rest of the festival offerings too! Safe travels, G

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Reviewed 5 September 2017

We booked a private 3 hour walking tour with Gareth on our second day in Edinburgh. We were there during the festival and Gareth did a great job editing our route to avoid the crowds and to not cover areas we had seen before. He's informative, fun and easy going, which makes for an outstanding tour guide. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Gareth and a walking tour is an excellent way to explore a very walkable city.

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Gareth D, Owner at Edinburgh Expert Walking Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 6 September 2017

Thank you for such lovely feedback! I'm really pleased you enjoyed the walk, and it was my pleasure to be able to show off a bit of our (very busy) city! I hope you had as a good a time on the rest of your Scotland trip. Safe travels, G

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Reviewed 29 August 2017

We booked a walking tour with Gareth a long way in advance, as we were keen to be able to start our visit with a tour.
What can we say!? Gareth certainly knows his stuff, and was so helpful with any and every question we had in the (long!) lead up to our visit!
We covered quite a lot of ground in the Old Town, although it didn't seem like it. Seeing places we would never have found on our own - and learning so so much about Edinburgh and its history.
Gareth asked throughout what we would like to get from this tour, and didn't disappoint!
We would most definitely recommend you book your tour without delay - don't miss out on this opportunity!

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Gareth D, Owner at Edinburgh Expert Walking Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 30 August 2017

Thank you so much for taking the time to leave such a lovely review! It was my pleasure to show you both around, and I hope you enjoyed the castle and the Tattoo just as much. Safe travels, G

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Reviewed 23 August 2017 via mobile

I've lived in Edinburgh for 30 years and I learned new things. Gareth knows his stuff and delivers it well.

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Gareth D, Owner at Edinburgh Expert Walking Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 27 August 2017

Thanks for your kind words! It's always heartening when locals find something new and interesting from taking a tour of their city! Best wishes, G

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