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Rebus Tours

#188 of 472 Tours in Edinburgh
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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Experience the dark and hidden world of Ian Rankin's best selling novels and discover the history and mystery of the real locations with stunning views of some of Edinburgh's unexplored areas. Cover photo courtesy of, Peter J Clarke.
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Bruno Stead wrote a review Sep 2020
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I really enjoyed this tour, in fact it was one of the highlights of my visit. Colin is a wonderfully humorous and entertaining guide. I would recommend this to both diehard fans and those with only a passing acquaintance with John Rebus.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Emma Connelly wrote a review Sep 2020
Ayr, Scotland, United Kingdom2 contributions2 helpful votes
As a Rankin & Rebus fan I had always wanted to join a Rebus tour. Today I did just that & I was not disappointed in any way, shape or form. Colin is just marvellous, passionate and an absolute hoot. I took my husband along who was a complete Rebus novice, having never read his books and even he loved it! Colins readings and knowledge were spot on and delivered them perfectly. We had a constant smile on our faces and even had a wee laugh with him as we walked around the sites. I learned so much about Rankin & how he came about writing in the first place. It made me love this author & his books even more! I highly recommend this tour, you will not be disappointed!
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Avogadro31 wrote a review Feb 2020
Frankfurt, Germany488 contributions178 helpful votes
As I big Rankin fan I enjoyed the tour but it was still disappointing. Put it this way : if it had started to rain I would have no stayed. The guide seemed more interested to giving a performance rather than engage with the group which was amusing at first but a little tedious after two hours in the cold. If it is dry and you love Rankin it is still worth going on balance. Really, the guide (Colin) needs to redesign his tour to make it more interesting (and fun).
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Peter B wrote a review Aug 2019
Hordle, United Kingdom16 contributions19 helpful votes
This Rebus 2 hour walking tour was just wonderful Colin the guide is a passionate Rebus fan and expert - the walk is mostly flat and certainly not difficult- highly recommended to those who have read and love the John Rebus books
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Date of experience: August 2019
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Olivia wrote a review Aug 2019
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I’ve been on a few walking tours, in Greece and Barbados, and would say I’m a listener and not too critical. I’m certainly not pushy and would describe myself as a quiet observer. I’ve never, yes never, left a negative review on this site about anything! However, felt I had to this time as this guide was acerbic at best - rather sad as I’m a Rankin fan and live in Scotland. First of all he didn’t try to make the group gel - normally that would be asking people their names and where they came from. Ice breaker and just social. Just called us together and set off. Then, for a bizarre reason he picked on me outside the Peter Higgs plaque, one of his stops, to say I would explain the Hadron Collider to other members of the tour. Eh? I’m more into creative writing than science. For some reason he picked on me again when I asked him a question, because he asked us to ask him anything, and, in slip of tongue, mixed up Rebus/Rankin and he made me look a fool. Don’t mind being a fool but the guide didn’t have any social graces. A good guide would have laughed said ‘easy mistake to make’ and go on to answer. Content wasn’t too bad but he didn’t answer any questions and when I asked again if he’d met Rankin, after my Rebus slip, he would only say ‘I know him’. Perhaps the guide needs a rest - a bit like Rebus before he was brought out of retirement! Appears to be there under sufferance. First bad experience of the festival.
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Date of experience: August 2019
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