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Edinburgh Literary Pub Tour

#39 of 180 Tours in Edinburgh
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Address: 18-20 Grassmarket, Edinburgh EH1 2JP, Scotland
Phone Number: 44 0 131 226 6665
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You meet with others at a local drinking hole, then follow the protagonists through the winding streets as they discourse on and debate the merits of Scots authors--stopping at... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Iambic
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Portland, Oregon

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Portland, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

You meet with others at a local drinking hole, then follow the protagonists through the winding streets as they discourse on and debate the merits of Scots authors--stopping at additional establishments on the route. A fine combination of education and entertainment.

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Kuwait City, Kuwait
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We had a fantastic time listening to the history of Scottish literature told through lively dialogue. We meandered through the city and stopped at 4 pubs and just enjoyed the local flavours. Our fabulous guides were Gary (I think) and Caroline. Such genuinely lovely people.

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ELPT_Management, Assistant Marketing Manager at Edinburgh Literary Pub Tour, responded to this review

Hi alublink, many thanks for joining our tour and for this positive comment! We are so pleased to learn that you enjoyed the company of our Clart (Gary) and McBrain (Caroline). Assistant Marketing Manager Cristina C More 

Bronx, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I had taken one of these tours over 10 years ago, so upon returning to Edinburgh this was top of my list. I wasn't disappointed. We had beautiful weather and it was an awesome night of filling in my gaps on Scottish literature. We had a group of about 15 people and we made our way through the historic pubs,... More 

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ELPT_Management, Assistant Marketing Manager at Edinburgh Literary Pub Tour, responded to this review

Hi kate11os, thank you for this great review regarding the tour, we always appreciate when our visitors take their time to tell about their positive experience! We are delighted to learn that you were entertained by the performance of our Clart and McBrain. We hope that you will join us again in the future! Assistant Marketing Manager Cristina C More 

Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

These characters are real characters. They passionately debate the contributions of Robert Burns, Sir Walter Scott and others, arguing about their literary work and revealing their amorous inclinations. A great introduction to Scotland's literary tradition...

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ELPT_Management, Assistant Marketing Manager at Edinburgh Literary Pub Tour, responded to this review

Hi flg1945, many thanks for joining our Literary pub tour and for this wonderful feedback! We are so pleased that you appreciated our entertaining insight into the greats of Scottish literature. Assistant Marketing Manager Cristina C More 

Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A great insight into Scottish poets and novelists and their origins. The tour is a walk with two actors, who recite word-perfect some of the best pieces of several poets. There's a heavy favour in the direction of Burns - perfectly understandable. But also this is an entry into the world of Sir Walter Scott and Robert Louis Stevenson and... More 

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ELPT_Management, Assistant Marketing Manager at Edinburgh Literary Pub Tour, responded to this review

Hi Tom L, thank you for taking your time to leave this fantastic review! We are thrilled to learn that you enjoyed the company of our actors Gregor and Caroline. Assistant Marketing Manager Cristina C More 

Chicopee, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My knowledge of Scottish literature was zero before this tour but I was truely entertained by the performance of the two actors! I was entranced from the start by their storytelling and reciting poetry related to the literary wonders of Edinburgh. An entertaining way to spend an evening in Edinburgh!

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ELPT_Management, Assistant Marketing Manager at Edinburgh Literary Pub Tour, responded to this review

Hi nhwamt, Thank you for your kind comment regarding our tour! It is wonderful to learn that you found our actors performance to be entertaining. Assistant Marketing Manager Cristina C More 

Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Went with a friend who was visiting Edinburgh, whereas I have lived there for 30 years. Glad she said it first, but just what I was thinking too, "slightly disappointing". I know it was a literary tour, but the guides could have told us SOO much more about the wonderful architecture and environment we walked through. Also surprised that they... More 

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ELPT_Management, Assistant Marketing Manager at Edinburgh Literary Pub Tour, responded to this review

Hi TMS118, Many thanks for your review, even if we are sorry to learn that you had a disappointing experience with us. As emerged from previous reviews, our skilled and knowledgeable tour guides always do their best for engaging within visitors by delivering great stories about both the city of Edinburgh and the Scottish literature. Finally, we always mention the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Fantastic evening -- on July 4th, the 2 actors were really good. Very good entertainment clubbed with history -- would wholeheartedly recommend to anyone visiting Edinburgh

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ELPT_Management, Assistant Marketing Manager at Edinburgh Literary Pub Tour, responded to this review

Hi there, Many thanks for joining our Literary pub tour and for this positive feedback! We are thrilled to learn that you enjoyed the tour in our company. Assistant Marketing Manager Cristina C More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We booked this on a whim and turned out to be a highlight of our trip to Edinburgh. We learned some, we walked some, we drank some and we were entertained a whole lot! Highly recommended!

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ELPT_Management, Assistant Marketing Manager at Edinburgh Literary Pub Tour, responded to this review

Hi cariadne134, Thank you so much for your positive feedback! We are happy when our visitors have a fantastic experience with us, while learning about great Scottish literary stories. Assistant Marketing Manager Cristina C More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My daughter and I loved this tour. The guys hosting it were fantastic and the banter amusing. It was a lot of fun, the stories were great.

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ELPT_Management, Assistant Marketing Manager at Edinburgh Literary Pub Tour, responded to this review

Hi SandratheScripty, Thank you for taking your time to leave this positive review. It is wonderful to learn that you enjoyed both our stories and our company! Assistant Marketing Manager Cristina C More 

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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 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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