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“Interesting, informative, informal & you'll see another side of Edinburgh”
Review of Rebus Tours

Rebus Tours
Ranked #87 of 201 Tours in Edinburgh
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Northern Ireland
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40 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Interesting, informative, informal & you'll see another side of Edinburgh”
Reviewed January 29, 2012

Helped by a gorgeous dry Edinburgh day, this walking tour encompassed not only selected readings from the Rebus novels, but insider knowledge and anecdotes about life in Edinburgh - past and present.

Your informed personal guide, Colin Brown, is a charmingly gruff man, with excellent delivery. Colin is someone who possesses the rare ability of being able to hold the complete attention of a mobile audience for 2 hours. The tour brings Edinburgh alive for fans, and those new to the world of Inspector Rebus, alike and at only £10 per person, it's great value for money too.

Visited January 2012
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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“Great for anyone who likes a story well told”
Reviewed July 25, 2011

This is a 2 hour walking tour with good information on the website about what to expect. The walking is not too onerous, being well paced.
My husband has read many of the Rebus books; myself not a one-yet! I can recommend the tour for anyone who would be interested in hearing Rebus readings and information in the appropriate settings, but also for anyone who is interested in other literary and historical tales which belong in these settings.
Colin Brown has obviously put a huge effort into presenting the information in a truly accessible way which brings the tales to life. He does seem to be a strong character with opinions, and why not- so is Rebus! He may tease you a little,especially if ,like me, you have not read the books, but it was all very good humoured. Both my husband and myself got a lot of information and enjoyment out of this tour, and intend to take the second of the two tours on offer at the first possible opportunity.
We had lovely weather on this occasion, but the tour does go ahead in less favourable weather. It is possible to partake of refreshments and use the facilities at the Royal Oak pub meeting point.

Visited July 2011
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England
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37 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Hidden Edinburgh”
Reviewed July 13, 2011

This is one of the Rebus tours starting at the Royal Oak pub and led by Colin Brown. It gave all that is listed on the website, providing information on old and new Edinburgh and visiting some of the places featured in the Rebus novels. Colin is clearly a man with strong opinions and beliefs and may intimidate some people but nevertheless he managed to keep us entertained and intrigued for about 90 minutes. As the tour description indicates, this is not pure Rebus and you could still enjoy it even if you have only seen the tv and not read the books. For £10 it takes you to a different part of Edinburgh away from the main sights - in fact, when we passed some youngsters playing, we were clearly a novelty as one of them shouted, "Are yoos tourists?" and then offered directions to Arthur's Seat!
So, worth doing if you want to see a different side to Edinburgh, or if you want to see a few of the places mentioned in the novels, or to see a few places from Edinburgh's literary past with links to Scott, Doyle and Stephenson.

Visited July 2011
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21 attraction reviews
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“Bombastic, opinionated limited Rebus info, no flow and a mainly irrelevant diatribe about Scottish Nationalism.”
Reviewed July 9, 2011

The Rebus tour should have been a terrific intro to Ian Rankin's character Rebus and his Edinburgh. Instead, we were subjected to an endless litany of ill-informed CBS opinionated views on politics, economics and one-eyed history.

You know than bloke at the party who you get trapped by, the one who's had too much to drink and loves the sound of his own voice blathering on endlessly? That's what your ten quid pays for.
By all means go to the Royal Oak for a drink and some music, but save your money and buy a decent whiskey or two instead.

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London
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55 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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“Very good Rebus/Rankin Tour”
Reviewed May 9, 2011

Don't expect a standard tourist tour here. It is for Rebus/Rankin fans spiced up with some other interesting stories. All in all a pleasant way to spend two hours. And the Royal Oak certainly is a very interesting place.

Visited April 2011
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