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Address: Lady Stair's Close | Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH1 2PA, Scotland
Phone Number: +44 1573 223888
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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 Must for the Voracious Reader: Genuinely Entertaining and Educational.

If you love to read, especially literature by Scottish literary giants through the ages, then you will greatly enjoy Allan Foster's walking tour. He is entertaining and... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed October 23, 2016
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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2016 via mobile

If you love to read, especially literature by Scottish literary giants through the ages, then you will greatly enjoy Allan Foster's walking tour. He is entertaining and knowledgeable; combining wit, candour and little - known facts to take you on a (approximately) 90 minute taste of the great literature inspired by and/or created in and around Edinburgh.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 18, 2016

A great way to escape the Royal Mile and, to be honest, a lot more engaging than the Writers' museum where the tour departs. If you're interested in any of the authors the tour references, it's certainly worthwhile, and even if you're not, the unusual anecdotes and insider knowledge of the area will certainly entertain. I'd recommend it to all... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2016 via mobile

For a large group of bibliophiles this was a dream come true. Taken off the beaten path and away from the crush of tourism Allen (the guide) brings you a world of wonder and imagination. Walking in the footsteps of JK Rowling, Arthur Conan Doyle, Robert Louis Stephenson and being given the ability to see where their stories were given... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 7, 2016

While only offered a couple times a week, the Book Lover's Tour: - Provides great insight into the lives of authors (and characters) from Edinburgh - Is an inexpensive way to orient yourself to Edinburgh - Shows off the less-travelled parts of Edinburgh -- getting away from the Golden Mile! Note: - Not terribly accessible -- lots of stairs /... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 31, 2016 via mobile

Booked on this tour after seeing a blackboard advertising it. The guide Allen Foster is very knowledge and interesting. Particularly loved the Conan Doyle references.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 20, 2016 via mobile

My boyfriend and I really enjoyed Allan's tour of Edinburgh's well-known and hidden literary landmarks. Hard to imagine a more knowledgeable tour guide!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 19, 2016

I'd grabbed the flyer advertising this trip from outside the Lady Stairs Close and held onto it (fortunate, since with all the festival flyers handed to me over the past few days constitute a mountain of paper), and took the tour at 11:30 on a Friday. Allan took us immediately off the Mile ("Tartan Ghetto") and we spent 90 enjoyable... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 7, 2016 via mobile

Great to get the lowdown on Conan-Doyle, Scott, even a bit of Mark Twain thrown in. Highly recommend

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 6, 2016

In his guidebook, Rick Steves recommended this tour, and as usual, his advice was spot-on. Allan Foster is a very knowledgeable tour guide, having written the book, literally, on the Literary Traveler in Edinburgh and the Literary Traveler in Scotland. His stories about Conan Doyle, Scott, Stevenson, and many more, held our interest for the full 90 minutes. Only 6... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 4, 2016

There was a board advertising this tour at the top of Lady Stairs Close which has the Writers Museum at the end of it, so I decided to join one. The guide, travel writer Allan Foster straightaway took us down some steps away from the tourist areas & to some places associated with writers where we were told lots of... More 

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