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Book Lover's Tour

Lady Stair's Close | Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH1 2PA, Scotland
+44 1573 223888
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Quirky and engaging tour

Really enjoyed this tour. Allan is quietly charismatic and the tour feels as though he is sharing... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Touching Literary History

Our guide is a recognized expert on the literature of England and Scotland. He guided us to the... read more

Reviewed 23 October 2017
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A guided walking tour visiting the sites and haunts of Roberts Burns, Walter Scott, Robert Louis Stevenson, Conan Doyle, J.M. Barrie, J.K. Rowling and others in the company of travel writer Allan Foster, author of ‘The Literary Traveller in Edinburgh, a Book Lover's Guide to the World's First City of Literature’. Departs every Saturday and Sunday from outside the Writers' Museum, Lady Stair's Close, at 11.30 am & 2.30 pm. No booking required.
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Lady Stair's Close | Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH1 2PA, Scotland
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+44 1573 223888

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Really enjoyed this tour. Allan is quietly charismatic and the tour feels as though he is sharing his knowledge and first-hand experiences rather than lecturing through a script. I've lived in Edinburgh for 30 years but this tour introduced me to places and stories that...More

Thank Jonathan_GCMT
Reviewed 23 October 2017

Our guide is a recognized expert on the literature of England and Scotland. He guided us to the very locations that famous authors lived, studied and created their work. Robert Burns, Sir Walter Scott, Robert Louis Stevenson, Arthur Conan Doyle, and J.K Rowling to name...More

Thank TomGauthier
Reviewed 1 October 2017 via mobile

I joined the book lover's tour on my own while my husband was working. I loved every minute. Alan took us to sites I never would have even known existed. He definitely knows his stuff!

Thank Ronette B
Reviewed 11 September 2017

Great fun, interesting, thought-provoking. Info on Conan-Doyle, Robert Burns, J.K.Rowling, Sir Walter Scott and others. A really good way of seeing bits of Edinburgh you'd not see otherwise, too. The bigger picture of literary Edinburgh and lots of little nuggets of information, too.

Thank fran491
Reviewed 25 July 2017

For lovers of literature, Allan Foster, offers one of the best walking tours I have done - and I have done many. The places we visited were very pertinent and the sories Mr Foster told were both relevant, interesting, always entertaining. The personal stories Mr...More

1  Thank Margaret K
Reviewed 8 July 2017 via mobile

Sir Walter Scott, Arthur Conan Doyle, Robert Louis Stevenson, JK Rowling and much more! We met at 1:30 off the Royal Mile for a fantastic, behind-the-scenes tour of writers in Old Edinburgh and modern day city. Walking through alley ways, construction sites and university parks...More

Thank Kathleen R
Reviewed 18 June 2017

The wet weather had obviously deterred people so there were only two on this tour (me and one other) but Allan still spent 90 minutes walking us around the southside of the City - starting outside The Writers Museum and finishing at the Greyfriars Bobby...More

1  Thank Kym H
Reviewed 30 April 2017 via mobile

Tour guide was knowledgeable and friendly. He took us for a 90 minute tour of some important places to do with Conan Doyle, Walter Scott, Robert Burns and more recent authors such as Rowling and McCall Smith. The tour is only on once a week...More

Thank Baker_Bowie
Reviewed 23 October 2016

If you love to read, especially literature by Scottish literary giants through the ages, then you will greatly enjoy Allan Foster's walking tour. He is entertaining and knowledgeable; combining wit, candour and little - known facts to take you on a (approximately) 90 minute taste...More

Thank Liane1960
Reviewed 18 September 2016

A great way to escape the Royal Mile and, to be honest, a lot more engaging than the Writers' museum where the tour departs. If you're interested in any of the authors the tour references, it's certainly worthwhile, and even if you're not, the unusual...More

Thank feltron
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-flavoured 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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