Famous Scots Tour


Walking Tour

Tour times: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 2.30-4.30 pm, June-September.
Private bookings can also be made throughout most of the year, but the minimum number for a private group is four.

Number of Guests: 2-30 (private groups: minimum 4 people).

Length of tour: 2 hours (walking tour).

Meeting Place: Outside St Columba’s Free Church, 1 Johnston Terrace, EH1 2PW, opposite The Hub, next to the Royal Mile.

To book this tour, please contact us first for availability.

Once a date has been agreed, you can pay by purchasing the correct number of places here.

Please add the correct number of tour ticket types to your basket (Standard/Student/Child, etc) before paying.

Price of tour:

£15 – Standard
£10 – Student or Child
Under 5’s go for free.

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Tobias Smollett once wrote: “Edinburgh is a hotbed of genius.”

It is extraordinary that so many people who have changed the world have lived in this city, particularly in the Old Town.

Its sense of mystery and adventure has inspired writers for such novels as Treasure Island, Kidnapped, The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, Harry Potter, Peter Pan, the Sherlock Holmes books, Rob Roy, poems by Robert Burns, and many more. Its passion for knowledge and wisdom has made Edinburgh a centre for learning and debate: out of its history step David Hume, James Hutton, Adam Smith, and Charles Darwin.

Its inventors are renowned: if you use a telephone, television, camera, radio or computer, you will find key pioneers here in Edinburgh; this city is the incubator for anaesthetics, antiseptics, modern surgery, laser technology, Dolly the Sheep, and the God Particle.

Out of its religious upheavals came education, healthcare, modern democracy, human rights, and social reforms, which have affected the world. It has been said that the Scots invented the modern world, and the heart of that invention is here in Edinburgh.

In this walking tour we will weave our way through the Old Town, to uncover a remarkable story of famous lives that changed the world. We also have access to some buildings where few tourists go.

Additional information

Per person

Price is per person on the day

Tour Ticket Type

Standard, Student, Child

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Meeting Point

St. Columba's Free Church of Scotland,
1 Johnston Terrace,