Experience the dark and hidden world of Ian Rankin’s best selling Rebus novels and discover the history and mystery of the real locations, with stunning views of some of Edinburgh’s unexplored areas. The tours cost £20 per person.


Tour 1 – Hidden Edinburgh

Starting in the Rebus pub The Royal Oak, this two hour walking tour features the fascinating Royal High School and ancient medical district, the historic Flodden Wall, the grey Carnegie Housing Scheme and a stunning view of the imposing Salisbury Crags, before reaching the arresting Saint Leonard’s Police Station. The tour then sidles through the busy Newington district and on into the literary Drummond Street. Walter Scott, Arthur Conan Doyle and Robert Louis Stevenson are all investigated.

Readings from Set in Darkness‚ Dead Souls and Exit Music are augmented by other readings to present a rounded picture of old and new Edinburgh.

There is now a World Exclusive reading from the new book IN A HOUSE OF LIES, that will be published in October 2018.
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Tour 2 – Walking With Scientists

Pre-Booked Group Tour Only

A walking tour around the University district featuring fascinating stories from the lives of some of those scientists who lived and worked in this most beautiful and inspiring of European capital cities; Hutton and geology, Hume and philosophy, Maxwell and electromagnetism and the medical exploits of Conan Doyle, Darwin, Sophia Jex Blake, Elsie Maud Inglis and James Miranda Barry. Stopes, Smith and Nightingale are amongst the other compelling characters that will be explored. Actor, local historian and Rebustours guide Colin Brown leads the tours.

The Walking with Scientists tour is available for group bookings of 10 or more people.
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Tour 3 – McGonagall’s Feat

Pre-Booked Group Tour Only

Renowned Actor, Local Historian and Rebustours guide Mr. Colin Brown will conduct a walking tour from World’s Worst Poet and Tragedian Mr. William McGonagall’s grave in Greyfriars Kirkyard. Mr. Brown will essay readings from several of Mr. McGonagall’s poems and will venture to describe the life and times of this most tortured genius. Please attire yourself appropriately.

Minute McGonagall:- Participants are encouraged to produce their own poem, in the style of Mr. McGonagall, lasting no longer than one minute, which they will be asked to read.

This tour is available for groups of 10 or more people and can be conducted at a time and date of their convenience.
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