Free tour

NEW Brian Pendreigh's 70-minute Old Edinburgh highlights tour

Duration: 1h and 15min
Languages: English
Guru: Brian
Quality Verified Registered on October 11, 2023

A bit of history, a bit of trivia and a wee dash of stand-up. Born and bred in Edinburgh, I worked as a staff reporter, feature writer and cinema editor on The Scotsman for 17 years and subsequently wrote regularly for the Guardian and London Times. I have written and edited several books, including The Times on Cinema and On Location - The Film Fan's Guide to Britain and Ireland.

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  • Free booking and cancellation
    Free payment tour, no set price, booking and cancellation are free
  • Accepts electronic payment
    This tour allows payment by electronic means or credit card

Tour description

Limited time in Edinburgh? No problem. Join an award-winning journalist and 5-star tour guide for the new whistle-stop version of his classic 5-star Old Town tour.
Don't be put off by the lack of reviews. This is new on GuruWalk, but I have been doing Old Town tours for Sandeman's for quite a while now. Here is just one review - 

"We took the walking tour of the city with Brian Pendreigh who certainly knew his stuff. The two hours passed quickly as he entertained us with stories of Edinburgh past and present. Brian has a very friendly manner and interacted well with us all. A thoroughly enjoyable morning and his tips for lunch and dinner were very welcome." August 2023 Steve D, Peterborough UK

The new fast-track tour includes many of the highlights of the two and a half hour version, including Edinburgh Castle, St Giles Cathedral and the closes and wynds of the Royal Mile.

Learn about the world’s first skyscrapers and how people coped without toilets or bathrooms.  

Its not just history… Learn about the city’s link with Marvel superheroes and Scotland ended up with a unicorn as its national animal.

Compare handprints with JK Rowling. And learn how a meeting with a tourist from Tennessee changed my life and may change the course of Scottish history. 

NB Because it is a short tour and folk are on tight schedules, please arrive on time and we will try to get started quite sharp.

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What will we visit on this tour?

  • Meeting point:
    122 High St, Edinburgh EH1 1SG, UK
    122 High St, Edinburgh EH1 1SG, UK
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    Meet outside the Tron Kirk Market, 122 High Street, Edinburgh EH1 1QS. It is a former church on the junction of the Royal Mile and South Bridge. I will have a large black (or red) umbrella.

  • 1
    Outside visit
    Royal Mile
  • 2
    Outside visit
    Fleshmarket Close
  • 3
    Outside visit
    Edinburgh City Chambers
  • 4
    Outside visit
    St Giles Cathedral
  • 5
    Outside visit
    Gladstone's Land
  • 6
    Outside visit
    Edinburgh Castle

How much does this tour cost?

Free tours do not have a set price, instead, each person gives the guru at the end of the tour the amount that he or she considers appropriate (these usually range from €10 to $50 depending on satisfaction with the tour).

Tour opinions

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Lucy 18 Jun 2024

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Travelled in group - Jun 2024
Brian was great. Good information and some fun stories presented in a really enthusiastìc and engaging way. The tour may only be for 70 minutes but we never felt rushed. We thoroughly recommend this tour as an introduction to Edinburgh.
Brendan 14 Jun 2024

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Travelled in couple - Jun 2024
What a lovely walk we had. Brian is interesting and full of local knowledge. Thank you again.
Celso 08 Jun 2024

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Travelled in couple - Jun 2024
Very knowledgeable and professional guide, good communicator and great story teller. I wish the walk lasted a little longer.
Melissa 04 Jun 2024

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Travelled in group - Jun 2024
Absolutely fantastic tour, which we highly recommend. Very informative, relaxed and great humour. A great voice for walking tours, very easy to understand and hear in the busy city. We were dubious about the shorter tour duration, but Brian fit in an amazing amount of information in without it feeling too rushed. Thank you Brian.
janet 20 Feb 2024

Brian was so knowledgeable and also great fun and very friendly.
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Who is this tour for?

Non suitable for people with reduced mobility.
Does not accept large group reservations.
Not suitable for pets.

What should you know?

Minimum of attendees
A minimum of 5 people is required for the tour.
Additional costs:
The tour does not require the payment of entrance fees or additional expenses.
Free cancellation
If you will not be able to attend the tour, please cancel your booking, otherwise the guide will be waiting for you.
Payment methods
Electronic or credit card payment is accepted.
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