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Edinburgh Literary Pub Tour

18-20 Grassmarket, Edinburgh EH1 2JU, Scotland
+44 131 226 6665
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A great way to spend an evening in Edinburgh!

We were in Edinburgh for a weekend in July of this year and decided to join the Literary Pub Tour... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Utrecht, The Netherlands
Rick Steves says this is excellent. My wife and I thought it was way overrated.

The street performers were far more entertaining than this event, and they are free to watch. Don't... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Greg P
Orangevale, California
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18-20 Grassmarket, Edinburgh EH1 2JU, Scotland
Old Town
+44 131 226 6665

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We were in Edinburgh for a weekend in July of this year and decided to join the Literary Pub Tour that evening. It was a whole lot of fun! Our two guides Gary and Caroline expertly led us through Old Town and a small part...More

Thank annekev0erman
Reviewed 1 week ago

The street performers were far more entertaining than this event, and they are free to watch. Don't waste your money.

Thank Greg P
Reviewed 1 week ago

A great tour through Scots literature with a few pubs thrown in. We are treated to the words of Burns, Scott, Stevenson and others performed by 2 wonderful actors (Gary and Caroline). At some points they come out of character and answer/discuss your questions. Over...More

Thank Katetg08
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I had no idea what this was about, I booked it for some friends visiting from the states, I also went along, I had a great time, I would highly recommend. Ps our weather was great

Thank mikeT431AR
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The pub crawl was a fun evening filled with pints and performances of great Scottish authors. The actors brought their works to life, with emphasis on their context in the local scene and relevance to one another. The pubs we visited were all quality with...More

Thank Erin B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This tour came highly recommended by a friend but we thought it was just so-so. To be honest, we had a hard time understanding some of the acting because of the Scotch accent. We probably would have enjoyed it more if it was just a...More

Thank Vin0Vin0
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A brilliant evening passed with the Literary Pub Tour. Learnt and laughed in equal measure. Thank you both for a wonderful evening.

Thank BeckyWattoP
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This tour is very well presented by the two tour guides who give an excellent and humorous chronicle of the lives of some of Scotland's most famous and lesser known literary figures . The stops at the pubs are very interesting and lubricating (you buy...More

Thank Moamamike
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Novel concept, nicely done. I had a wonderful time here. The guides were knowledgeable and very friendly. The tour was nice, but the only thing is that the pubs and the walking/history are not related at all. I thought it would take us to pubs...More

Thank Anmol D
Reviewed July 11, 2017 via mobile

This was an incredibly fun activity! The actors combine history of important Scottish literary figures and take you to their hangouts while describing the importance of the surroundings on their works. You never are forced to drink at the Forward pub stops, but they also...More

Thank Surfr5
Old Town
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
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February 18, 2017|
Response from Dewi J |
Mainly Burns, Scott and Stevenson with a few others mentioned briefly.
September 15, 2016|
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Response from ELPT_Management | Property representative |
Less than 1 mile with a few stops covering 2 hours.