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Edinburgh Literary Pub Tour with "Real-Actors"

Edinburgh Literary Pub Tour with "Real-Actors"

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Join Clart and McBrain, on a brilliant and witty dramatic romp through the wynds, courtyards and pubs of Edinburgh's Old and New Towns, performed by professional actors.

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Duration 2 hours
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Live tour guide
English

Experience

Highlights
  • Enjoy a theatrical presentation of Edinburgh's literary heritage
  • Uncover the history of Edinburgh's many famous writers, including Sir Walter Scott
  • Learn about contemporary Scottish literature, like Harry Potter and Inspector Rebus
Full description

You will venture through Edinburgh's Old and New Town's led by the intrepid duo: Clart and the intellectual McBrain, who will take you on a brilliant and witty dramatic romp through the city's wynds (narrow paths), courtyards, and pubs.

Enjoy their hilarious duel of wits as they narrate the stories of Edinburgh's pubs and famous Scottish writers, from Sir Walter Scott to Robert Louis Stevenson right up to the present day addressing the writers of Harry Potter and Rebus.

As you stop in each pub for a drink, become immersed in a lively dialogue, spanning approximately 300 years of Scottish literary history. The award winning Edinburgh Literary Pub Tour was the first literary tour to be launched in Edinburgh in 1996.

It is regarded by many as a pioneer in its field and is performed by professional actors, not academics or tour guides. It represents great value for money and has a very high entertainment factor.

Includes
  • 2-hour award-winning dramatic dialogue with two professional actors across a few hand-picked Edinburgh taverns
  • Food and drinks

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Meeting point

Meet at Grassmarket, outside the Beehive Inn.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Passport or ID card
  • Rain gear
  • Student card

Know before you go

  • Scottish Licensing law dictates that customers under 18 years of age are not allowed to enter the pubs
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.6 /5

based on 8 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    5/5
  • Value for money
    4.3/5
  • Service
    4.5/5
  • Organization
    4.5/5

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Interesting and entertaining

The tour is also very easy to understand for people with a little rusty English. The actors bring Scottish writers and poets closer to the participants in an entertaining way, even if most of them are not known as foreigners. We had a very entertaining evening. Even if it is a pub tour, there is no drinking requirement.

July 9, 2014

A review of scottish literature with 2 wonderful, enthusiastic actors

The tour was really interesting, even for someone who did not know much about Scottish literature. The 2 actors were exceptional and drove us through interesting areas of Edinburgh related with the main poets/novelists from the 17th to the present century. It was excellent, though cold at this hour of night … Could probably begin a bit earlier.

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July 4, 2014

Fun and entertaining way to learn about the literary history of Scotland.

February 3, 2020

Product ID: 25871