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Enlightened Tours Scotland

#232 of 498 Tours in Edinburgh
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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Enlightened Tours Scotland walking tours transport you to Edinburgh's Golden Age with a range of richly informative tours of the New Town. Incisive commentary, thorough research and expert guides explore the people, places and ideas that helped shape the modern world and built a remarkable city: the Athens of the North. Headline tour "Enlightenment! A Walking Tour of Edinburgh's New Town in The Age of Reason" tells the story of the creation of Edinburgh's historic New Town during the Scottish Enlightenment. From the social pressures and utopian dreams that birthed this graceful new city to the 'men of genius' who thronged its avenues, this headline tour is the ideal introduction to a fascinating period of history crackling with intellectual excitement and artistic achievement. In addition, to the headline tour, bespoke options tailored to your specifications and focusing on particular aspects of the Scottish Enlightenment or the Old and New Towns are available by appointment. Enlightened! Tours Scotland is the New Town tour company.
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Paul66-47 wrote a review Sep 2021
London, United Kingdom8 contributions3 helpful votes
Hugo is a native of the New Town and by does he know his history! Fantastic tour with hidden insights only known to locals. I learnt more in two hours than 20 years in visiting Edinburgh. This tour was the highlight of our visit.
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Date of experience: August 2021
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Joffrey the Brave wrote a review Aug 2020
London, United Kingdom36 contributions12 helpful votes
Hugo was world class. Charming and knowledgeable. He was able to free style and answer my questions and effortlessly bring the conversation (not lecture) back on track. Essential part of any trip to Edinburgh!
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Response from Hugo F, Guide at Enlightened Tours Scotland
Responded Sep 26, 2020
Really enjoyable tour!
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HamiltonBurger wrote a review Jul 2019
Greybull, Wyoming6 contributions2 helpful votes
A "tour" with Hugo is a bracing experience, what with his whirlwind of enthusiasm for facts and ideas, and his rapid stride. He has a thorough knowledge of Edinburgh and its place in the wider world, and he links together facts, concepts and perspectives in coherent, lively style. His manner is "professorial with character," you might say, not at all formal. If you were just to say, "Give me the tour," Hugo would provide plenty to learn, and to digest and discuss later. But he responded with his full powers to our questions about details and about other topics of special interest to us, and he gladly altered course to show us relevant spots off of his usual route. We had a good time.
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Date of experience: May 2019
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jml wrote a review Jun 2019
Boston, Massachusetts6 contributions3 helpful votes
A fantastic glimpse into the architecture and history of Edinburgh's excellent, elegant New Town. Hugo hauls ass through passageways, shows you unknown buildings, and lets you in on the secrets and the characters of the New Town. His enthusiasm and erudition were addictive, and this compact little 90 minute tour was the highlight of our visit. I strongly recommend it - get off the beaten path, away from the hordes in the Old Town, and take a glimpse at one of the physical manifestations of the philosophical and "scientific" movement that shaped the world we still inhabit.
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Date of experience: May 2019
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Allison B wrote a review Jul 2018
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We spent a fantastic morning exploring Edinburgh's New Town with Hugo. The tour gave us a fantastic historical perspective on how the Enlightenment unfolded in Scotland how how the city of Edinburgh grew during this time period. I would highly recommend this tour.
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Date of experience: July 2018
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