Edinburgh Tours Hitlist
The most interesting tours of Edinburgh.
Trainspotting: The Tour
This tour steers clear of steam powered transport and instead takes you round the places featured in the iconic film, which naturally includes a fair few drinking establishments.
Departs Port o’ Leith, Constitution Street, 0131 555 2500, www.leithwalks.co.uk, year-round (book in advance to arrange date), £8.
Special Halloween-themed tours, designed to scare the life out of you on what is already the scariest day of the year. Be afraid.
Fri 31 Oct, departs Tron Kirk, Royal Mile (F4), 0131 557 4700, www.auldreekietours.com, childfriendly tour 12.30pm and then half-hourly until 5.30pm, adult £7 (£6), child £6; Ghost and Torture Tour (over 18s), 6.30pm and then half-hourly until 9pm, £10 (£9), come in fancy dress.
Literary Pub Tour
Featuring a vast cast of professional actors, this tour allows you to ‘meet and greet’ the colourful characters who have populated over 300 years of Scottish writing.
Departs Beehive Inn, Grassmarket (E5), 0800 167 7410, www.edinburghliterarypubtour.co.uk, Thu-Sun 7.30pm, £8.50 (£7).
Ghosts and Ghouls Tour
This tour doesn’t rely on any visual effects or actors and instead allows Edinburgh’s gloomy closes and dank underground vaults to tell their own tale - which makes it genuinely creepy.
Departs Mercat Cross, High Street (F4), 0131 225 5445, www.mercattours.com, 7pm & 8pm, adult £8 (£7), child £5.
Majestic Bus Tour
Classic vintage buses roam the hotspots of Edinburgh, taking in the Royal Yacht Britannia, the Royal Botanic Gardens and Holyrood Palace. Perfect for a lazy afternoon.
Departs regularly from Waverly Bridge (E4), 0131 220 0770, www. edinburghtour.com, year-round, £10 (£9), child £4 for 24hr ticket.