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Address: Lady Stair's Close | Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH12PA, Scotland
Phone Number: 01573223888
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Description: A guided walking tour visiting the sites and haunts of Roberts Burns...
A guided walking tour visiting the sites and haunts of Roberts Burns, Walter Scott, Robert Louis Stevenson, Conan Doyle, J.M. Barrie, J.K. Rowling and others in the company of travel writer Allan Foster, author of ‘The Literary Traveller in Edinburgh, a Book Lover's Guide to the World's First City of Literature’. Departs every Saturday and Sunday from outside the Writers' Museum, Lady Stair's Close, at 11.30 am & 2.30 pm. No booking required.
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A literary lovers treat

I wasn't sure if I wanted to do this tour but my friend persuaded me and I was very pleased I did. Allan made the tour quite personal to our interests (there were just the two of... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 24, 2015
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Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

I wasn't sure if I wanted to do this tour but my friend persuaded me and I was very pleased I did. Allan made the tour quite personal to our interests (there were just the two of us that morning). From Sir Arthur Conon Doyle, to JK Rowling, Ian Rankin, Burns and Scott, the tour gave added a new depth... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

A wonderful 1 1/2 get-away from the 'tartan ghetto' of the Royal Mile. Even if you don't have a background in Scottish Arts & Letters I think most adults will really enjoy this off the beaten path walking tour. Your guide is acerbic, witty and well-informed, take advantage of his knowledge and ask lots of questions.

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Edinburgh
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

Allan was a friendly, very knowledgeable chap. He took us into parts of Edinburgh the average visitor to our city, and a good few residents alike would know nothing of. He spoke with our group with great skill of where we were along the route and also why. All our international group seemed to enjoy it. Allan was particularly informative... More 

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Falun, Sweden
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

Discovered this tour by pure luck. There were perhaps eight of us which made it all feel a little more personal; it's definitely not one of the follow-the-umbrella kind of tours otherwise roaming along the Royal Mile. Allan took us to places I probably wouldn't have known where to find given the fact that all I knew was that the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015 via mobile

Went on this tour on New Year's Day in the rain--and it was totally worth it! Allan is a wonderful tour guide and very funny. There were only three of us on the tour which gave it a personally touch. It also allowed us to see parts of Edinburgh we would not have normally seen and hear about the history... More 

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Surrey, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

While looking for the Edinburgh Writers' Museum one day, we came across a modest sign in the shadow of a close advertising the Book Lover's Tour and decided to take a chance. After all, I'm a voracious reader, and my wife enjoys a good read now and then, and we both like to get to know new cities by walking... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

I went with my wife and two daughters on the tour today and found the tour interesting and informative. Besides the literary highlights I found the information on some of the medical history of Edinburgh to be very informative.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

A great tour, but not that easy to find. Best consult the latest website at www.edinburghbooktour.com

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

The book tour, led by Allan Foster, was lovely. It was intelligent, witty and sharp. Allan is very humorous - and he thinks he's funny, which adds to it. It's not a huge tour (there were seven of us, guide included), which means you didn't get lost in the crowd - he'll include you, talk to you, ask questions, and... More 

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Manchester
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

This was a great tour with an interesting, informative & friendly guide. He told us facts, not just about authors, but about the history & politics of Edinburgh, although I would say it is more likely to be of interest if you are interested in the literary side of Edinburgh. I took my 8-year old daughter & he didn't charge... More 

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Address: Lady Stair's Close | Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH12PA, Scotland
Phone Number: 01573223888
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Edinburgh>  > Old Town

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Few Edinburghers live in the Old Town, but its labyrinth of dank alleys and steep streets suggests this was not always the case. Today, it’s mostly visitors, tartan-flavored souvenir shops, and pipers that you’ll find on its cobbled streets. This is the place to get a feel for Auld Reekie (Old Smelly), as the town was once nicknamed, and stroll the Royal Mile, the thoroughfare that links the castle with the royal palace – two of Edinburgh’s great set-piece attractions. But there’s lots more exploring to do here down dozens of little alleys, or wynds, while at night the city’s busiest clubs erupt along the Cowgate which is closed to traffic for this purpose.
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