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Edinburgh Literary Pub Tour

18-20 Grassmarket, Edinburgh EH1 2JU, Scotland
+44 131 226 6665
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Winning night out

Ross and Caroline were absolutely hysterical. They were both warm and charming. They made small... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Josephine H
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Brilliant Tour, best night had in Edinburgh

As always literature goes very well with alcohol. Two actors, Garry & Riley, take you on a walk... read more

Reviewed 5 January 2018
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Ross and Caroline were absolutely hysterical. They were both warm and charming. They made small talk while walking around between each pub. Just enough time to grab a drink at each spot. A little chilly being outside for most of it - but overall well...More

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Reviewed 5 January 2018 via mobile

As always literature goes very well with alcohol. Two actors, Garry & Riley, take you on a walk down Edinburgh’s histories of writers and the wee tipple. Brilliant fun, wonderful atmosphere and best ever way to learn scottish history. A trip to Edinburgh is not...More

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Reviewed 28 December 2017 via mobile

Although we went in wintertime, and most of the tour was outside, we did not regret our decision to take this tour. The actors were lovely, the tales were interesting and there was ample time to relax and drink a few beers. I wouldn’t recommend...More

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Reviewed 31 October 2017

When do you get to have a drink in the very pub that Burns frequented? Paul and Hazel did an excellent job of entertaining us and taking us through the literary history of Edinburgh. Burns, Scott and Stevenson. The weather did not cooperate with our...More

1  Thank Dawn S
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Reviewed 4 October 2017 via mobile

We had SUCH a great time on the Literary Pub Tour! From the start at the Beehive Inn, two trained actors take you from pub to pub "debating" how Scottish literary works were made (essentially drunk or not drunk!) It was accurate, hilarious, and well...More

1  Thank puck2648
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Reviewed 29 September 2017 via mobile

Gary and Dave were brilliant! We had a really amazing time with them. Both of them were incredibly entertaining and friendly. I have been to dosens of city tours around Europe and this has certainly been the best. Very informative and fun, with fantastic sense...More

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Reviewed 20 September 2017

We had a terrific time on our last night in Edinburgh walking through the city hearing tales of the great Scottish literary figures.

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Reviewed 10 September 2017

It was our first night in Edinburgh, and we needed help to find the starting point at the Beehive Inn in the Grassmarket. During the Pub tour we were introduced to several short-cuts and back ways to get from the Old Town to the High...More

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Reviewed 6 September 2017

Had a great time on this tour and learned a lot about Scottish writers. We started in the upstairs room of the Beehive inn and stopped by two other pubs, Jolly Judge and Cafe Royal. The two guides were entertaining and answered a lot of...More

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Reviewed 31 August 2017 via mobile

A well presented, humorous, informative evening. Mark and Caroline were an excellent team, and we left very thankful for having attended.

Thank Simon H
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jordiepoo
19 February 2017|
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Response from Dewi J |
Mainly Burns, Scott and Stevenson with a few others mentioned briefly.
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Response from ELPT_Management | Property representative |
Less than 1 mile with a few stops covering 2 hours.
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