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Book Lover's Tour

Lady Stair's Close | Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH1 2PA, Scotland
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Really enjoyed it

Allen was funny and dedicated. I loved how he presented the information. He is a good story teller... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
hannahp192018
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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Highlight of our visit to Edinburgh

We loved this tour. Allen is informed and passionate about the rich literary history of this city... read more

Reviewed 25 February 2018
keepongoin
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Ireland
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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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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Allen was funny and dedicated. I loved how he presented the information. He is a good story teller and took us to parts of the city you normally don't visit as a tourist. I feel really inspired to read more books of scottish authors now!

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Reviewed 25 February 2018 via mobile

We loved this tour. Allen is informed and passionate about the rich literary history of this city. He weaves tales of JM Barrie, Conan Doyle, Robert Louis Stephenson, with Ian Rankin and J.K. Rowling. It’s fun, fascinating and worth every penny. He is not afraid...More

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Reviewed 19 February 2018 via mobile

Definitely my favorite thing to do in Edinburgh! Highly recommend and look forward to doing again when i return.

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Reviewed 12 February 2018

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

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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

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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
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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
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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

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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
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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
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