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Rebus Tours

1 Infirmary Street | The Royal Oak, Edinburgh EH1 1LT, Scotland
+44 131 553 7473
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More than just Rebus with a fantastic guide

We decided to do the tour because it was a nice day and one of our party was an Ian Rankin fan. It... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Toronto, Canada
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I have always felt that Ian Rankin books were a love letter to Edinburgh. This tour didn't really... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Munich, Germany
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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.
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1 Infirmary Street | The Royal Oak, Edinburgh EH1 1LT, Scotland
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+44 131 553 7473

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Reviewed 4 days ago

We decided to do the tour because it was a nice day and one of our party was an Ian Rankin fan. It was fantastic! The guide, apart from knowing his Rebus-lore, is also a wealth of information on Edinburgh and Scottish history which made...More

Thank Dakpig
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I have always felt that Ian Rankin books were a love letter to Edinburgh. This tour didn't really do it for me. Not enough Rebus or Edinburgh as far as I was concerned. A few interesting snippets but that was about it.

Thank grwpl
Reviewed 1 week ago

The guide was entertaining and very informative. As an Ian Rankin fan, it was great to see the locations from the books. Excellent value and good, good fun. Be sure to dress well if it's a cold or rainy day. LOL

Thank David M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Enjoyed the tour and enjoyed Colin. Colin does a nice show and the tour is a nice balance between John Rebus/Ian Rankin and Edinburgh history. One suggestion: when it is raining as it was when we took the tour, use your knowledge of the area...More

Thank Ken S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Very informative and amusing tour. Colin's readings from the books have inspired me to start the Rebus series from the beginning!

Thank Julie P
Reviewed 9 July 2017

Went on this walk with Colin as part of the revent Rebus Fest. We both really enjoyed it - great to visit sites from the books and learn about the wider history of the city. I especially loved the readings - could have sat in...More

Thank Barbara A
Reviewed 1 July 2017 via mobile

We took this tour as part of the Rebusfest. Colin was informative , humorous and his readings bought both depth and context to the locations visited. I would recommend this to anyone seeking to see the great city of Edinburgh from an interesting perspective. Thank...More

Thank Paul C
Reviewed 26 June 2017

Colin's two hour tour helps to put the Rebus novels in context. As well as visiting some of the sites included in Rankin's books, Colin includes some historical background to Edinburgh. The tour of the backstreets away from the main tourist areas means that you...More

Thank Nigel D
Reviewed 19 June 2017

Had a great tour with Colin. Saw many of the settings for the Ian Rankin books. Colin's readings and dry wit helped create the Rebus atmosphere. a great 2 hours finishing at an iconic Edinburgh pub - the Royal Oak (where Ian Rankin occasionally pops...More

Thank David K
Reviewed 13 June 2017

Colin the guide clearly knew his stuff - there were loads of little details I found really interesting. He was very humerus, kept us laughing and engaged for the whole tour. If you're a Rebus fan this is a must!

Thank Neil C
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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