Discover secret Edinburgh

Poetry-inscribed pavements, a faithful old pub hound and highland folklore.

  • Private &

  • 3 hours

  • From
    £32.50  GBP
    per person
    based on 8 adults

  • Walking

  • Multiple languages available
    (including English)

Welcome to auld (old!) Edinburgh, where you’ll spend the better part of a day following your Edinburgh host through the quirky, cranky, swanky, antique streets of this utterly charming Scottish city.

But hush now, because they’ll be taking you on an experience off the tourist trail and sharing some local secrets - we won’t tell if you don’t.

Whether you’d like to visit a pub which comes with its own four-legged guardian, explore fascinating bookstores, uncover the oldest nooks in the most ancient of neighbourhoods or simply stroll through one of the parks that boasts the brisk beauty of the highlands - the day is yours to dictate!

Unfortunately, you can’t dictate the weather in Scotland - it’s a tricky little sucker. But no matter. Wrap up in your warmest plaid and venture boldly forth.

As the beating heart of the highlands, Edinburgh is full of folklore and traditions that date back to their pagan roots.

Discover poetry on the pavements and inspire hearty laughs from the locals. We just ken you’ll have a wonderful time!

  • Spend 3 hours with a host in Edinburgh and discover a side to the city that’s a little more down-to-earth and locally-frequented

  • Get a unique take on the city as you explore it with your host, a local who will show you secret Edinburgh

  • See the real Edinburgh that you will not find in a guidebook

  • Eat and drink like a local, picking up street food from a market or stopping off at a well-loved neighbourhood restaurant or coffee shop

  • Get tips from your host regarding other areas to explore and exciting things to do during the rest of your stay in Edinburgh

This experience will be personalized to you!

What’s included

  • Private and personalised experience
  • 3 hours with a host
  • Walking experience (if required, your host can suggest public transport or private taxi options)
  • Hotel meet-up (available on request for central location)

What’s not included

  • Food and drink
  • Tickets to any attractions
  • Transportation costs
  • Gratuities (optional)

Your hotel/apartment or any other central location

Cancel 7 days before the experience for a full refund

How does it work?

  • 1 Tell us about you!

    Tell us about you!

    Once you book, fill in a quick questionnaire and tell us what you’d like from your experience.
  • 2 We match you with a host

    We introduce you to your perfect local

    Build your perfect experience together
  • 3 The best part!

    The best part!

    Experience the city like you would with a knowledgeable friend living there

If you’re unsure about what experience to book or would like more information on how it all works, just email me here. I or someone from our Customer Experience Team will get in touch so we can suggest the perfect personalized experience for you.

If you prefer to speak to someone, feel free to send us your WhatsApp or cell number and we’ll give you a call back.

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Reviews for this experience


Doug was a wonderful guide! He met us at our hotel and our tour truly gave us a local’s view of Edinburgh, away from the typical tourist sites! We learned so much about this historic city!

September 2018

Reviewed by Fred G , hosted by Doug

We had a super experience with Sarah in Edinburgh


October 2017

Reviewed by Espen E , hosted by Sarah

Luiza was Amazing

Our local host was amazing! We really had a good time and learned a lot.

December 2016

Reviewed by Altoney G

Reviews for Edinburgh

Great Kick Start To Edinburgh

This tour is a great way to kick start your time in Edinburgh. Roxanna is very knowledgeable and you will certainly love all the history she shares.

Reviewed by Terry J, hosted by Roxana

Whisky tour

Enjoyed our tour with Michaela. She made the tour memorable. Highly recommend this tour and great job Michaela.

Reviewed by Tamala S, hosted by Michaela

Outstanding Day with a local guide!

We had an outstanding half day tour with Michaela. We had never been to Edinburgh before and wanted the chance to take in some local history and see some sights off of the beaten path. We met Michaela after our tour of Edinburgh Castle. We were impressed with her knowledge of the city. She let us take the lead with anything that we wanted to see and do during the afternoon. She was able to show us the best places for souvenirs and the best places for whiskey tasting. It was a very enjoyable and relaxing afternoon with an excellent guide. Thanks so much!!

Reviewed by Rick M, hosted by Michaela

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