Posted on 10/09/2013
Edinburgh is awash with literature and literary links. When visiting the UNESCO City of Literature tourists will not be disappointed as you almost literally bump into something of literary significance on every street corner. From Brown to J.K. Rowling and Scott to Ian Rankin and Irvin Welsh, Edinburgh is really the best place to visit if you are of a literary persuasion. There are a number of ways tourists can immerse themselves in the literary greats of this wonderful city, from past to present day, there are festivals and museums. However, one of the best ways to make the most of Edinburgh is to choose one of the many literary tours available.
The literary pub tour
You are in safe hands with this tour. Running for over 10 years it has plenty of practice in providing a unique experience as you explore the inspiration behind some of Scotland's greatest literary works. The tour uses professional actors and lively dialogue in a script that is historically accurate and well researched. You cannot fail to learn something and gain a deeper understanding of the literary greats after this award-winning experience.
The book lovers' tour
Led by Allan Foster, a lover of literature, he makes an enthusiastic guide as you stroll in the footsteps of writers such as Burns and Scott. Allan Foster can bring Edinburgh to life as you explore this fascinating city and its literary history with him. Uncover the hidden stories and soak up the atmosphere that inspired so many great works of art.
The Rebus tour
The Inspector Rebus books, written by Ian Rankin, have brought Edinburgh into the lives of millions of avid readers. Follow in the inspector's footsteps into his mysterious and shadowy world. You can be assured of the full Rebus experience as the tour was launched with the co-operation of the author himself, who has been spotted on the tour more than once.
This tour is based on the bestselling cult book and subsequent film, Trainspotting. You can experience the key locations from the film yourself as you walk through Leith, the backdrop to this modern-day classic. This tour brings the vivid descriptions of Irvin Welsh to life as you trace the footsteps of our famous anti-hero.
Writers by the mile
This tour takes you around the landmarks and historical sites linked to some of the most famous Scottish literature. You will hear the amazing tales behind these works of art and be able to soak up the atmosphere they were created in.
The literary pub crawl
Once you have taken your fill of all Edinburgh has to offer why not rest awhile in one of the city's famous pubs? For more detailed histories and stories take the full literary pub tour. Always a favourite, what better way to understand the literary greats of Edinburgh than over a pint? In Edinburgh you are almost falling over pubs with claims to famous novels and poetry, explore some of these on a pub crawl with a difference. There are many strange tales to hear in atmosphere-soaked inns.