Off the tourist trail

Discover Secret Edinburgh

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

  • (3 reviews)
  • Private &
  • 5 hours
  • From £60.00 GBP per person
  • Walking
  • Multiple languages available (including English)

What you’ll do

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!

Highlights & what to expect

  • Spend 5 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

Good to know

What’s included
  • Private and personalised experience
5 hours with a host
Walking experience (other transport can be arranged at an additional cost)
What’s not included
  • Food and drink
  • Tickets to any attractions
  • Transportation costs
  • Gratuities (optional)
Cancellation Policy

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This experience’s reviews


5 average | 3 reviews

September 2018


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!

Review by Fred G


4.9 average | 8 reviews

October 2017

We had a super experience with Sarah in Edinburgh


Review by Espen E


5 average | 1 reviews

December 2016

Luiza was Amazing

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

Review by Altoney G

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