A City of Literature needs a very special map, sometimes even a very special guide. Whether self-guided or on one of many tours of the city, it’s easier than you think to read the stories in the stones around you.
The Edinburgh Book Lover's TourAllan Foster guides you around literary Edinburgh taking in not just the birthplaces and homes of famous writers and poets, but also the spots which inspired and influenced them. With over 500 years to choose from it’s a tour with never a dull moment. Visit site
The Edinburgh Literary Pub TourFor something slightly more off the wall, The Edinburgh Literary Pub Tour features a lively duologue between ‘Clart’ and ‘McBrain’, each with their own particular take on Edinburgh’s literary heritage. Two sides of the story for the price of one. Visit site
Leith WalksAre you after a walk on the wild side? Leith Walks can guide you (safely) through the Leith landscape and Irvine Welsh’s imagination to explore the backdrop of one of the most remarkable Scottish books, Trainspotting. Private tours only. Visit site
The Potter TrailWild about Harry Potter? The Potter Trail is the one for you. From where Harry first appeared on the page to the world's worst poet who gave his name to a character, your robed guide will reveal all. Suitable for Muggles. Visit site
Mercat Tours - Outlander ExperienceFans of Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series can travel back in time themselves to Claire and Jamie's Edinburgh, visiting the sites and taverns mentioned in the books and exploring life as it would have been then. Visit site
Mercat Tours - Enlightenment EdinburghRenowned for their ghost tours, Mercat Tours also offer a private tour which takes in some of the greatest thinkers and writers Edinburgh has to offer. Truly enlightening.
Calum Lykan Storytelling TourCalum is a professional storyteller registered with the Scottish Storytelling Centre. Join him to travel through time, caught up in his tales of Edinburgh through history. A top-rated Trip Advisor tour. Visit site
Dr Jekyll & Mr HydeThe Edinburgh Walking Tour Co. takes you on a sinister and atmospheric tour of old Edinburgh to explore the inspiration for Robert Louis Stevenson's famous novel. Visit site
Geeks GuideTake a tour of Edinburgh's cultural hotspots with Japanese and English speaking guides, Miki and Onya. Want a private tour with refreshments in a secret location? No problem. Tours in German and Spanish also available.
Scotland's Democracy TrailTakes a stroll through the 500-year-old story of democracy in Scotland, much of it almost forgotten, from great thinkers to riots, peaceful protest and beyond.