Sam

I'm a professional improviser and comedian, performing with Edinburgh's top improvisational theatre groups "Men With Coconuts" and the Holmes-themed "Spontaneous Sherlock". When I'm not entertaining on stage, I teach improv workshops to all ages and skill levels and travel to festivals around the country and abroad. I speak Mandarin Chinese and have a love of Asian culture. During my three years spent in China I have made some lifelong friends, and had some unforgettable experiences - including, but not limited to, modelling for an electric scooter company, recording a radio interview about Chinese Medicine, nearly drowning in the Li river and attending a sheep slaughtering for Eid. I love Edinburgh because not only is it absolutely stunning (even when the weather is rubbish!), every street and building has its own story. Whether there are ghosts in the basement, or an enlightenment scientist lived there, you can spend years in this city and still be surprised by it! And besides, what other UK metropolis has a massive green hill in the middle?

Great For
Budget travellers, Foodies, Hip / Trendy scene, Partying & clubbing, Solo travellers

Languages

English, Mandarin

Specialities

Art, Food, Outside spaces, Culture, Shopping, Live Events, Drinking, Major Galleries/Museums, Restaurants, Asian, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, British, Middle Eastern, Cinema, Theatre, Museum, Books/Stationary, Food, Spirits & Wine, Antiques, Parks, Canals, Rivers, Lakes, Zoos, Street Tours, Walking Explorations, Performances, Workshop, Cafés, Bars, Pubs

Locations

Bruntsfield, Leith Walk, Marchmont, Morningside, New Town, Old Town, Stockbridge, Tollcross

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Basic info

Edinburgh resident

7 years 3 months

Interests

Reading, Hill walking, Playing videogames, Improv performance and teaching, Languages and linguistics

My most exciting things to do in Edinburgh

Climbing Arthur's Seat and Calton Hill - these walks are easy enough for people of all ages and abilities, but give you an unrivalled panoramic view of Edinburgh and out to Leith. The National Museum of Scotland has a fantastic range of exhibits from natural history to science, as well as lots of information about the history of our city and country The Modern Art Gallery has really cool exhibitions and beautiful ground, and can be reached by walking along the Water of Leith - one of the best scenic walks in the city. Charity shopping in Morningside is always great, since it's an affluent part of town where people get rid of really nice stuff! I also know where to find all the best little side street antique shops and boutiques. When I'm not performing, I love watching theatre performances. The Traverse always has great new writing pieces, and there are always great comedy shows on year round.


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1 hr
Perfect for advice or a short exploration
  • Meet your Local Host for a coffee anywhere in the city or at your hotel and get advice on things to do and see during your stay
  • Explore a small area or street of the city to get insider insights and advice from your Local Host
2 hr
Perfect for exploring a small area of the city
  • Explore a mainstream area of the city to see the main tourist sites but also to discover hidden gems that most tourists miss
  • Discover an "off the beaten path" area of the city loved by locals and get a feel for what makes the city so special
3 hr
-4 hr
Perfect for exploring a larger area of the city or an in-depth discovery of smaller area
  • Visit some of the main tourist sites, get insider insights from your Local Host and discover hidden gems along the way
  • Focus on a specific neighbourhood or larger area of the city, discover its streets and places locals frequent and get a real insight into what really makes the city beat
  • Explore an area of the city that offers interesting things to see and do day and night and stop for a drink at some of the best bars along the way
  • Visit a child friendly area of the city and have time for the kids to run around and explore any interesting shops and attractions. Get advice from your Local Host on child friendly places to eat and visit during your stay
5 hr
-6 hr
Perfect for exploring 2 or 3 areas of the city
  • See all or most of the main tourist sites in different locations of the city, stop for a drink or quick lunch at a cafe or restaurant recommended by your Local Host and based on what you like, get insider insights and discover hidden gems along the way
  • Mix it! Visit some of the main tourist sites and then go off to explore an off the beaten path neighbourhood loved by locals. Stop for a drink or quick lunch along the way
  • Choose a theme such as food discovery, best markets, vintage shopping, music scene, trendy scene, history, art etc and let your Local Host plan an outing across several areas of the city covering the best of your chosen theme
7 hr
-8+ hr
Perfect for spending a day experiencing the best of what the city has to offer based on your interests
  • Give your Local Host a list of all the places you want to visit and things you want to do and let him/her plan an outing that makes the most of your time including organising tickets to attractions etc.
  • See all the main tourist sites in different locations of the city, stop for lunch at a cafe or restaurant recommended by your Local Host, have time to pop into any shops, galleries or places of interest along the way, get insider insights and discover hidden gems
  • Mix it! Visit the main tourist sites and then go off to explore one or more off the beaten path neighbourhoods loved by locals. Stop for lunch or dinner and drinks along the way