James

Great For
Bar lovers, Budget travellers, First time visitors, Foodies, LGBT scene, New residents, Off the beaten-path, Senior travellers, Solo travellers, Vegans, Vegetarians
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About me

I have been a member of couchsurfing for 5 years now and have received positive reviews from people all over the world. This just seems like a natural progression from that. I already give my guests tips on things to do in Edinburgh depending on the tastes. I really enjoy meeting new people and am proud to show them the city I live in through my eyes.

Languages

English

My Interests

running, cycling, Cinema (avid cinema goer, like most genre of movies), Reading (Love Tales of The City), Badminton (play weekly)

Total: GBP
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1. find and book

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2. tell us about you

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3. chat & plan

We'll match you to your ideal Host (if you didn't book one directly) and they'll contact you to plan your personalised experience.

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4. explore together

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

My most exciting things to do in Edinburgh

Museum of Scotland Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh Festivals Royal Mile Dean Village Pentland Hills Cramond Beach and Walk

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    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

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  • Richard Is Great For

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

  • Languages

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  • Luiza Is Great For

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

  • Languages

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Hello there! I am an Edinburgh local that grew up here and never left because I love the city! I grew up in the suburbs in Edinburgh Morningside and attended a School in the south. I love meeting new people and learning about there backgrounds. I have always enjoyed networking from a young age. I have had many type of different jobs since leaving university. I used to be a Stage Rigger for events. I helped build the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow with different company's such as lighting crew and stage crew. We build all the platforms for the althletes to perform on. I also with this job went down to London fashion week and helped build stages for the runway models. My most recent Job was a sushi chef in the new town city centre in Edinburgh. where I served customers sushi dishes on a conveyor belt. I enjoy many things as a person. I enjoy sports such as combat ones. I have been doing grappling sports most of my life. I missed out 2 years ago at the last commonwealth games for freestyle wrestling as I missed out on qualification. That is why I took the stage rigger job! I am now training for the next games in the Gold Coast. I also run a freestyle wrestling club in the west side of Edinburgh. I am also very much into marketing and e-commerce selling online.I have just opened my own shop online recently! The things I love about this city is the rich culture it brings. I love the royal mile area as you can do many things. You walk down from the castle and watch street performers. You go on hunted tours. Edinburgh has hundred of years of history in its city centre. The castle had many sieges you can learn about. I enjoy walking around and talking about the never ending history to this great place.

  • Martin Is Great For

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How many hours should you book?

Following is a brief guide to help you decide how many hours to book your Host for

1 hr
Perfect for advice or a short exploration
  • Meet your 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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