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Edinburgh Literary Pub Tour

18-20 Grassmarket, Edinburgh EH1 2JU, Scotland
+44 131 226 6665
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Enjoyable even for those of you who don't drink!

I went in thinking I wouldn't like it because I'm not interested in drinking myself, but I really... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Jeanine D
Really entertaining way to learn more about Edinburgh and authors who lived there

I decided to go on this tour on a whim and did not regret it! This tour will take you through the... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Hélène D
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18-20 Grassmarket, Edinburgh EH1 2JU, Scotland
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+44 131 226 6665

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Reviewed yesterday

I went in thinking I wouldn't like it because I'm not interested in drinking myself, but I really enjoyed the tour even without having a drink. The tour guide (Gregor I believe and Carolyn..? can't remember) were fantastic . We went to four pubs and...More

Thank Jeanine D
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

I decided to go on this tour on a whim and did not regret it! This tour will take you through the old town (with one last stop in the new town). It is not so much about the pubs but all about the acting....More

Thank Hélène D
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had a great time on the Literary Pub Tour. The actors were tremendous and it was fun to see different spots in Edinburgh that some of the great writers worked in. Would maybe recommend reading up on some Robert Burns beforehand but certainly not...More

Thank Robert L
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Family really enjoyed the outing, and learned something too! FYI regarding mobility - a lot of up-hill walking.

Thank bethanycozytea
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We have been on pub tours in Munich, London, and Prague. I was hoping this would be more like the Munich and Prague tours but with a literary twist. This tour was definitely more about the poems/literature with acting performed at each of the four...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I wasn't sure what to expect from this tour but I read good reviews about it and decided to give it a shot. I was not disappointed. This tour is extremely fun, educative and enjoyable! I would definitely recommended if you want to learn about...More

Thank Sassenach16
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Very enjoyable time even for those of us who were not all that into literature. great pubs and great entertainment!

Thank JungleJaneJane
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We tried a couple of other tours (more ghost-related) here in Edinburgh: although we appreciated the effort of the guides, frankly, they were pretty cheesy and lame. This one was different: Gregor and Caroline were absolutely delightful.Personable, enthusiastic, and professional. We had an absolutely wonderful...More

Thank Michael K
Reviewed 8 May 2017

This is a different kind of pub tour... less drinking, more acting! I thoroughly enjoyed the two actors (Gregor and Hazel on my visit) playing off each other to show both the high society and the low life rabble of Scotland's literary luminaries. Very entertaining,...More

Thank editorlaura
Reviewed 4 May 2017

We were on this tour on Sunday and tte Bank holiday was Monday, so all the pubs were full. Dress for the weather as parts of the performance was done outside. We had time at stops to have a drink or just relax. The performers...More

Thank Curtis O
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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Questions & AnswersAsk a question
Are there certain authors of focus on the tour? Burns and Stevenson are musts, I assume. Who else? I'm a British literature instructor hoping to gain some stories to share! I'll be in Edinburgh in June.
18 February 2017|
Response from Dewi J |
Mainly Burns, Scott and Stevenson with a few others mentioned briefly.
Estimated total walking distance?
15 September 2016|
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Response from ELPT_Management | Property representative |
Less than 1 mile with a few stops covering 2 hours.