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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.
1 Infirmary Street | The Royal Oak, Edinburgh EH1 1LT, Scotland
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I am a big fan of Ian Rankin and consequently John Rebus. The tour was quite well organized, stayed within a fairly confined space [you didn't have to wander all over the place] and it didn't rain!. You hit the high points of many Rebus...More
You are told to 'bring a sense of humour' - in other words a thick skin, particularly if you're American, or otherwise not Scottish, unfamiliar with Rebus or Scottish history or happened to have simply turned up with no more than a sense of curiosity....More
If you like Ian Rankin’s Rebus then this is the tour for you. The lovely guide Colin is madder than Mad McJack who won last year’s Mad Competition but is an absolute gem who brilliantly conveys the spirit of Rebus’ Edinburgh. Colin is utterly professional...More
Absolutely a must if you are an Ian Rankin fan and wonderful fun even if you haven’t read the books. (You will after this tour). Clive is a wonderful storyteller and historian. The world of Rebus mixed with history of Edinburgh is a real treat!...More
If you’re a Rebus fan, this is the walk for you. Colin is a real character who is very knowledgable about Edinburgh, Scottish historical literature and of course the life and works of Ian Rankin. Even if you haven’t read any Rebus books (and there...More
This is hands down the worst tour I’ve ever been on in my life. If you love Rebus or Rankin, stay away. If you like Edinburgh, know Edinburgh, or don’t know Edinburgh, stay away. If you want to hear Japanese people called “Japs”, people who...More
Lots of information and a great tour overall. Colin was very personable and made the tour fun and engaging. This tour was especially great if you are a Rebus and/or Rankin fan. I would highly recommend this to everyone!
Thank you Colin! We were a large group from the states, and Colin was professional and personable from the beginning. He helped us book the tour and returned several emails before our trip. The tour went far beyond a “script,” and we all left Edinburgh...More
Had a great time on this tour the tour guide's information went well beyond the books. The man of History about Edinburgh and how the books were woven into it was executed beautifully. I would not mind going again.
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
royal palace – two of Edinburgh’s great set-piece attractions. But there’s lots more exploring to do here down dozens of little alleys, or wynds, while at night the city’s busiest clubs erupt along the Cowgate which is closed to traffic for this purpose.