• I love this city, I want you to love it too.

    Hetty's History Walks: Edinburgh Uncovered

  • Explore Edinburgh and uncover its history...

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    My guided walking tours cater to all budgets and offer an alternative to the typical 'tourist tours'.


    Previous guests have described me as insightful, engaging, knowledgeable and friendly.

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    Discover local history with a local guide; regularly scheduled tours taken in super-small groups.

    Explore Edinburgh with a guide dedicated to you and a tour tailored to your interests.

     Research, writing, resource packs and more for local organisations and businesses.

    Read what people have said about my tours so far...

    Find out a bit more about me and my story...

  • Check out some highlights from previous tours...

  • Three Reasons 

    to walk with me...

    Famous for its dramatic historical events and notorious characters Edinburgh has so much more to offer.

    For over 900 years it's been home to thousands of ordinary people (many with extraordinary stories to tell) as well as a place of world changing developments in economics, philosophy, literature, medicine and more. 

    Edinburgh's history is more than royal castles, quaint cobbled streets, gruesome ghosts and cute scotty dogs.

     I want to take you beyond Edinburgh's popular Instagram image and typical tourist-tales to uncover the history of the city itself - from its tiny, medieval beginnings to the vibrant, cultural capital it is today.

    Hidden corners plus stunning views make Edinburgh a perfect city for exploring on foot.

    With its compact city centre, diverse range of architecture and dramatic landscape Edinburgh I can help you discover one of the most beautiful and engaging cities in Europe.

  • About Me...

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    Hi! I'm Hetty. Although I've been a city dweller for almost 30 years I grew up in Orkney, a group of islands off the north coast of Scotland. A community centred around farming and fishing, life in Orkney is close to nature, I can recognise wild-flowers and hand-milk a cow - not that there's much call for that particular skill in Edinburgh! While I've been lucky enough to travel to places in Europe, Africa and the Middle East, it was my childhood in Orkney that gave me a love of landscapes and where my life-time interest in history began. With everything from Neolithic villages to Second World War navy bases it’s hard to ignore the past in Orkney.

    Moving to Edinburgh in 1992 I spent 25 years working in a variety of sectors, from hospitality to higher education, before sitting my university entrance exams on my 40th birthday and becoming a student myself. I graduated with a first-class MA (Hons) in Social and Architectural History from the University of Edinburgh in 2018. With a particular interest in people, buildings and landscapes, I started Hetty's History Walks: Edinburgh Uncovered in 2019 to offer walking tours for people curious about the "how's and why's" of Edinburgh's past rather than just the "oohs and aahs" of its history as entertainment!