• Walking Tours 2021

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  • What is a walking tour and why would I go on one?

    Edinburgh's diverse range of architecture and dramatic landscape makes it one of the most beautiful and engaging cities in Europe. It is also perfect for exploring on foot and a guided walking tour is a great way to get up close and personal with the city and discover its past.

     

    Edinburgh is famous as the location for dramatic historical events and as a home to many notorious characters but this city has so much more to offer! It is also a place where ordinary people have lived and worked for over 900 years as well as being a place of world changing developments in economics, philosophy, literature, medicine and more.

     

    From its industrial heritage to its cultural identity my tours uncover how Edinburgh has changed and developed through the centuries as well as why it looks the way it does today. With no costumed theatrics or sensationalist stories I offer factual, research-based information to show that Edinburgh's 'everyday' history is just as fascinating at its 'exceptional' history!

     

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  • Edinburgh Uncovered: 900 Years in 90 Minutes

    An introduction to Edinburgh's history that uncovers the city's growth from its tiny medieval beginnings into the vibrant cultural capital we see today.

     

    Walk through the back-streets of the Old Town to the top of Calton Hill and discover how trade, industry, royalty, identity, education and landscape have shaped the city. Along the way you'll experience over 500 years of Edinburgh's changing architecture, from its historic 'closes' and Neo-classical monuments to its Victorian breweries and spectacular 21st century Parliament.

     

    At just 90 minutes long this tour is a perfect introduction to Edinburgh's own history, a history that goes far deeper than ghosts, grave-robbers and Greyfriars Bobby.

     

    Thursday and Saturday @10.30am

    Pre-booking required

  • Contrasts of Calton Hill

    A two-hour walking tour which reveals Edinburgh's iconic Calton Hill as a place of contrasts!

     

    Uncover Calton Hill’s past as a place of fun and fear; education and incarceration; grand town-houses and dingy back-streets; and much more. Taking in the wider Calton Hill area you'll discover its key buildings, how its spaces have been used over the years and some of the many different people who have called it home.

     

    One of Edinburgh’s most famous landmarks this small hill has a big story!

     
    Friday and Sunday @10.30am
    Pre-booking required

  • Frequently Asked Questions...

    Who are your tours for?

    Anyone interested in Edinburgh's history, from first-time visitors to long-term residents, especially those who want more than ghost stories and typical tourist fare! You can see what people have been saying about me on my reviews page
     
    All tours are given in English and are recommended for ages 16+.
     

    What size are your tour groups?

    All tours are taken in very small groups with a maximum of 8 people. This allows you to move around the city easily and hear your guide clearly as well as plenty of opportunities to ask questions.
     

    Do I need to be fit to take a tour?

    You don't need to be super-fit to take a walking tour of Edinburgh but the city is hilly, with lots of steps and steep slopes, so you will need a reasonable level of fitness, mobility and good-health - as well as a comfortable pair of shoes!
     
    That said I will always try to accommodate all history explorers. So, if you have mobility or health issues, do feel free to contact me so we can work out something that suits you. For example we can organise a 'scooter friendly' route or arrange to meet and chat at a specific location of your interest.
     

    What about the Scottish weather?

    In Scotland there's no such thing as bad weather, only the wrong clothes! Please check the weather forecast before setting out and dress accordingly, remembering that it can often be very changeable. Tours will run come rain or shine and will only be cancelled in extreme weather.
     
    In the event of severe weather I will post updates on my social media channels and email all attendees using the address used to book tickets.
     

    Who will our tour guide be?

    Your guide will be me! Hetty, an Edinburgh resident and history lover with a passion for people, buildings and landscapes - find out more
     

    Covid-19

    Your safety and peace of mind are important to me and I have implemented a series of covid good practice procedures
     

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    How do you research your tours?

    My research is based on a mixture of primary sources, such as maps, images and local archives, and secondary sources including academic texts, journal articles, seminars and talks. Essentially I read a lot of scholarly material to extract a range of fascinating gems about Edinburgh's past. I then connect these together and weave them into my tours to share with you, so you get to enjoy the fun bits without wading through all the dry data!

     

    I can't find a tour date that suits me, can you help?

    Yes! If you can't find a date or time that suits you just contact me about the tour that you're interested in. I'm happy to run any of my scheduled tours as private tours at a time that suits you for a small supplement, subject to availability. If I am unable to accommodate you I will freely recommend other tours and/or tour guides that I think will be suitable for you and offer a similarly great experience.
     

    Why bother taking a walking tour?

    A very good question! I believe that a walking tour with someone like me, a long-term resident with a specialist interest, can help you to get to know a city in a way that a guide book, on-line map or audio-tour can't compete with. This is true for both new visitors, discovering somewhere for the first time, as well as residents wanting to learn more about their home-town. A guided walking tour will really connect you to a place, give you a new perspective, help you meet like-minded people and, having a knowledgeable guide on hand, means your questions can be answered right away!
     
    Of course I am biased so here's a blog by Urban Adventures about why walking tours are worth while
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