• Edinburgh Tours & Experiences With Locals - Private & Personalised Book a like-minded Local Host to explore Edinburgh together and experience the best of the city based on your interests
  • Edinburgh Tours & Experiences With Locals - Private & Personalised Discover amazing walks, venues and events that most tourists don't know about
  • Edinburgh Tours & Experiences With Locals - Private & Personalised Ditch the guidebook. Our Local Hosts will show you the best of the Edinburgh you want to experience.
Edinburgh Experiences
100% private and personalised to what you want to see and do
Do Edinburgh like a local
Get advice or be shown around by a like-minded Local host
Money back guarantee
We'll refund your money if you're not happy with your experience
Kids go free
Kids up to 15 years old go free

How it works

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Find and book an experience to explore an area or a theme with a Local Host

We'll assign a Local Host who will be in touch to personalise the experience to what you want to see and do

Meet up and explore your chosen area or theme together and experience the city through the eyes of a local

Find and book your favourite Local Host to explore the city together

Your Local Host will be in touch to design a fully personalised outing for you

Meet up and explore the city together. Experience the places, things and people that locals love and which make the city unique

Find and book a Local Host for an hour chat to get tips and advice

Agree a meeting time and place

Meet up for a coffee and get tips and advice on things to see and do during your visit

Our Local Hosts in Edinburgh

Select a Local Host and book them to just get advice or to see the city together

Not sure which Local to book? We know each of our Locals individually, so leave it to us to find the Local who best matches your interests, personality and requirements. Simply book below and we’ll be in touch within 24 hours to find out more about you so we can choose a like-minded Local who can create an experience in Edinburgh that you will love. Alternatively, contact us directly at bookings@cityunscripted.com to let us know the proposed details of your trip so we can find the perfect Local for you!

  • Your Perfect Local Is Great For

    Bar lovers, Budget travellers, Disabled travellers, First time visitors, Foodies, Halal food, High-end travellers, Hip / Trendy scene, LGBT scene, New residents, Off the beaten-path, Partying & clubbing, Senior travellers, Solo travellers, Travellers with babies, Travellers with kids, Travellers with teenagers, Vegans, Vegetarians

  • Languages

    English, French, Spanish, Arabic, Mandarin, Korean, Japanese, Hindi, Italian, German, Dutch, & many others

Hello! My name is Sarah, I am a bilingual tour guide in English and Italian. My main passions are history, human beings and performing, that is why I became a tour guide. I have several years experience guiding in one of the main historical attractions in the city and working with the public. Being empathetic is a fundamental skill when working with people, that is why my tours are different according to the age, nationality and needs of my customers. Delivering tours, for me, means also to have a good time and my enjoyment is infectious. Edinburgh is a vibrant jewel immersed in history and culture and it will be a joy to share it with you!

  • Sarah Is Great For

    Budget travellers, Disabled travellers, First time visitors, Foodies, Senior travellers, Solo travellers, Travellers with babies, Travellers with kids, Travellers with teenagers, Vegetarians

  • Languages

    English, Italian

I'm a Chemical Physics graduate currently running The Potter Trail (Edinburgh's Harry Potter tours), touring science shows for kids with the Edinburgh International Science Festival and aspiring to be a comedy writer/performer with my sketch group Planet Caramel. I'm very outgoing and enjoy learning from other people. I'm always looking to entertain and get great pleasure in communicating ideas in a clear and interesting way. Comedy is my main passion in life and I try to inject a bit of it into everything I do. The Edinburgh Fringe is my Christmas and I've performed in it every year since 2011. I'm already very experienced as a tour guide receiving almost exclusively 5 star reviews on Trip Advisor for my tours. My enthusiasm for Edinburgh is boundless and I am to make you love this city as much as I do!

  • Richard Is Great For

    Off the beaten-path, Budget travellers, Bar lovers, Hip / Trendy scene

  • Languages

    English

I am currently a Chemistry student at the University of Edinburgh and have stayed in Edinburgh my whole life. I love the city and love discovering new and exciting things here. I have tour guiding experience and know the history behind it. I am overall you're typical Scot! I love visiting historical places such as museums and art galleries. I personally love to travel and understand it comes with a budget so I have discovered all the free and exciting things to do in the city. I'm a very friendly and laid back person who will get along with anyone.

  • Megan Is Great For

    First time visitors

  • Languages

    English

I am friendly and have a great sense of humour according to those who know me and I enjoy walking and discovering new places every time I get the chance. I can speak Italian fluently and I can understand Spanish, which I am also studying at the moment. I am always early everywhere I go, just a habit I developed early. What I love mostly about Edinburgh is the time after Fringe or Hogmanay, when it is quieter and you get to see what it is really like to live here.

  • Luiza Is Great For

    Bar lovers, Budget travellers, First time visitors, Foodies, New residents, Solo travellers

  • Languages

    English, Italian, Romanian

I am passionate about cities and urban spaces and the way these shape our experiences. This means walk, go slow, take new turns, and observe. I have myself lived in various cities including Boston, Valencia, Vienna, Cluj-Napoca, Lahore, and Karachi. Edinburgh is different from all of these places. My favorite thing about Edinburgh is how nature and concrete exist in harmony, how the green and the gray intersect and enrich each other. So, if you like walking, this is a lovely place to be. Tourists go the usual ways but I explore the hidden, curious, and inspiring nooks and corners of the city. I am also an avid reader - a Ph.D. student - and therefore, (old) book shops are a frequent stop. If you are into reading, I can show you some charming book stores. I like my food, whether it is cheddar from the Isle of Mull or Chicken curry from a desi chef. I can guide you to the best possible choices for various kinds of food including Spanish, Italian, (Scottish) Burgers, Desi food (Halal included), and others. I also like Scottish folk music, especially, if the venue is a charming and quiet traditional pub. I am also a photographer and would be happy to share some secret spots in Edinburgh. Whether it is the logistics of getting around or experiencing the rich culture of the city, I am here to help. I have also prepared some already set experiences for you to choose from. In short, I would be happy to share my love of Edinburgh with you to make your visit meaningful.

  • Zebi (Aurangzeb) Is Great For

    Budget travellers, First time visitors, Foodies, Halal food, New residents, Off the beaten-path, Senior travellers, Solo travellers

  • Languages

    English, Spanish, Hindi, Urdu

I'm Sarah, 22, and Edinburgh is my favourite place in the world. I'm an Outdoor Instructor and Scout, currently a Beaver Leader, and I've always loved exploring and trying new things. I'm a keen cook and baker and I bake every week for everyone at the Pub Quiz I go to. Ich kann ein bisschen Deutsch sprechen.

  • Sarah Is Great For

    Bar lovers, Budget travellers, First time visitors, Foodies, New residents, Off the beaten-path, Solo travellers, Travellers with babies, Travellers with kids, Travellers with teenagers, Vegans, Vegetarians

  • Languages

    English

Hi! I'm a History student at Edinburgh University currently going into my final year, and I have loved my time in the city for far! After being here for almost 3 years I still find Edinburgh a really exciting place to live, just the right combination of awe-inspiring and comforting. It is the perfect size city: not too big to appreciate but so full of interesting people and places I'm still getting lost sometimes! The nightlife is fantastic and a good way to meet the locals and really feel like you are part of the city - there is music and venues for whatever your mood. There can't be many places where you can go on a massive night in a disused vault! I have enjoyed living in Edinburgh partly because it is such a friendly city, and I love meeting new people and hearing their stories. Working the Edinburgh Fringe Festival the last 3 years has increased my desire to meet people from all around the world and share this city with them. I find it easy to laugh with people and to make them feel comfortable and included; after doing several years of theatre it's not difficult for me to integrate myself into a new group of people. I can come up with practical solutions and make decisions that suits everyone, without being overbearing or bossy. After being a radio DJ for my university I have learnt to to be professional but chatty, and it's made it easier for me talk confidently about my interests and listen to other people. I love Edinburgh and can't see myself leaving anytime soon! It always means a lot to me when people single me out to take their friends or parents or trips around the city, as I am always talking about a fact I learnt or place I found! CityUnscripted Local is a brilliant idea and something I love to be involved with - both to broaden my own horizons and to share parts of the city you can't find on the tourist websites.

  • Ciara Is Great For

    Travellers with teenagers

  • Languages

    English

Peace of mind

Trustworthy

Trustworthy

All our Local Hosts are friendly, knowledgeable and trustworthy

Interviewed

Interviewed

We meet and interview all our Local Hosts to ensure they meet our strict criteria

Insured

Insured

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Guaranteed

Guaranteed

We are so confident that you will love your experience that if you don't we will refund your money*