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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...more
Lady Stair's Close | Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH1 2PA, Scotland
Old Town
+44 1573 223888
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Reviewed September 18, 2018

We enjoyed this tour and the fact that our guide led us to parts of Edinburgh we would not have seen otherwise. Writers and history buffs (as we are) and avid readers will especially appreciate this tour.

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed July 29, 2018

It was quite a damp Sunday for our walk with Allan Foster exploring the haunts of iconic authors linked to Edinburgh such as Robert Louis Stevenson, Sir Walter Scott, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, J.M. Barrie, Alexander McCall Smith and J.K. Rowling. Allan’s presentation of the...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed May 14, 2018 via mobile

Allen was funny and dedicated. I loved how he presented the information. He is a good story teller and took us to parts of the city you normally don't visit as a tourist. I feel really inspired to read more books of scottish authors now!

Date of experience: May 2018
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Reviewed February 25, 2018 via mobile

We loved this tour. Allen is informed and passionate about the rich literary history of this city. He weaves tales of JM Barrie, Conan Doyle, Robert Louis Stephenson, with Ian Rankin and J.K. Rowling. It’s fun, fascinating and worth every penny. He is not afraid...More

Date of experience: February 2018
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Reviewed February 19, 2018 via mobile

Definitely my favorite thing to do in Edinburgh! Highly recommend and look forward to doing again when i return.

Date of experience: February 2018
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Reviewed February 12, 2018

Really enjoyed this tour. Allan is quietly charismatic and the tour feels as though he is sharing his knowledge and first-hand experiences rather than lecturing through a script. I've lived in Edinburgh for 30 years but this tour introduced me to places and stories that...More

Date of experience: February 2018
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Reviewed October 23, 2017

Our guide is a recognized expert on the literature of England and Scotland. He guided us to the very locations that famous authors lived, studied and created their work. Robert Burns, Sir Walter Scott, Robert Louis Stevenson, Arthur Conan Doyle, and J.K Rowling to name...More

Date of experience: October 2017
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Reviewed October 1, 2017 via mobile

I joined the book lover's tour on my own while my husband was working. I loved every minute. Alan took us to sites I never would have even known existed. He definitely knows his stuff!

Date of experience: September 2017
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Reviewed September 11, 2017

Great fun, interesting, thought-provoking. Info on Conan-Doyle, Robert Burns, J.K.Rowling, Sir Walter Scott and others. A really good way of seeing bits of Edinburgh you'd not see otherwise, too. The bigger picture of literary Edinburgh and lots of little nuggets of information, too.

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank fran491
Reviewed July 25, 2017

For lovers of literature, Allan Foster, offers one of the best walking tours I have done - and I have done many. The places we visited were very pertinent and the sories Mr Foster told were both relevant, interesting, always entertaining. The personal stories Mr...More

Date of experience: July 2017
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Mile, the thoroughfare that links the castle with the
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