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.

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The Edinburgh Book Lover's Tour

Allan 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
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The Edinburgh Literary Pub Tour

For 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
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Rebus Tours

Is Edinburgh all about Inspector Rebus for you? No problem. The clues all point to following in the famous copper’s footsteps and visiting the sites associated with his cases with Colin Brown and Rebus Tours. Visit site
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Leith Walks

Are 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
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The Potter Trail

Wild 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
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Scottish Parliament Literature Tour

Discover how the Scottish Parliament is linked to literature through the poetry, prose and plays of the nation. Includes a visit to historic Queensberry house and the Donald Dewar Collection.
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Mercat Tours - Outlander Experience

Fans 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
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Mercat Tours - Enlightenment Edinburgh

Renowned 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.
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Enlightenment Edinburgh Guided Tour

Led by Stuart Usher – whose family has been in Edinburgh for centuries and gifted it the Usher Hall – Edinburgh Guided Tour focuses on the historical, cultural and architectural heritage of the city. A top-rated Trip Advisor tour.
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Calum Lykan Storytelling Tour

Calum 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
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Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde

The 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
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A Literary Capital Tour

Peter Hamilton's private tour Edinburgh: A Literary Capital Walking Tour takes you in the steps of some of the world's greatest writers. Visit site
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Geeks Guide

Take 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.
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Scotland's Democracy Trail

Takes 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.
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Outlander Tour - Mary's Meanders

Just 20 minutes away from Edinburgh by train you can find many of the locations from the Outlander TV series. Mary's Meanders runs a whole day (7 hour) tour. Visit site