Edinburgh Walking Tours

Edinburgh city tours like you’ve never seen before.

Welcome to Invisible Edinburgh! We offer friendly walking tours of Edinburgh that showcase the city's historical landmarks and explore the social projects that make the city what it is.

Our experienced tour guides, all of whom have been affected by homelessness, simply live and breathe the city, and offer their own personal insight into Edinburgh’s past, present and future.

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We run tours throughout the year.

Tours are available every day on request, ask us here!

Uncover Stories of Crime and Punishment

Sonny, an Edinburgh local, offers you a walking tour of his Edinburgh, taking you along the streets that he knows and following the stories of crimes, hangings, and jail time! Hear Sonny’s story and uncover his journey!

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Real Women of Edinburgh

We believe you don't have to be a woman to be a feminist so this Edinburgh walking tour can be delivered by any of our local guides, depending on availability (you cannot choose though!). Discover stories of women throughout History: witches, murderers, mothers and doctors.

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History of the Trainspotting Generation

Paul, an Edinburgh local, will give you a guided walking tour of Leith, a buzzing port district located in the northern part of Edinburgh that is rich in local history.

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The Royal Mile - From Huts to High Rise

This Edinburgh walking tour covers the most famous street in the city. Start at the foot of the Edinburgh Castle Esplanade down to the Tron, on the junction with the Bridges for a brief introduction to how Edinburgh's Royal Mile has developed from timbered medieval buildings to the complex street of today.

Follow Angus who will tell you about many of the Mile's famous closes that offer, a quiet retreat from the busy main street. Get a glimpse into the layers of language underlying the present names of many buildings and areas.

Continually altered, repaired, adapted and sometimes restored, the Royal Mile is a living witness to Scottish history since the Middle Ages.

The tour may run an extra five or ten minutes due to crowds or traffic.

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The Alternative Story of Leith

Leith is a vibrant and yet lesser-known part of Edinburgh. At Invisible Cities, we have a Leith expert and local legend: Paul! After he started with his Trainspotting Generation tour (based on the films and books) he has now developed this tour of Leith so every guest can discover the lesser-known and less-politically-correct stories of Leith. You'll learn about Leith's connections with other parts of the world and the many issues it still faces today.

Warning: this tour contains topics that may not be suitable for young children, such as drug use. However, we can adapt it to a younger audience.

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Social Enterprise Walking Tours of Edinburgh

Are you interested in social entrepreneurship and want to learn more?

Take our special tour with Invisible Cities Founder, Zakia, and learn about Edinburgh city-based social enterprises. This tour was created in partnership with Edinburgh Social Enterprise and is available for groups of 4 people minimum (maximum 15).

If you are interested, please fill out the form and we will get back to you.

Note: we charge £10 per person and all profits go to Invisible Cities.

(Tour is about one hour and will start on the grassmarket, Edinburgh)

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For booking and tour enquiries please contact us:

info@invisible-cities.org

For general or press enquiries please contact Zakia:

+44 (0) 7500 773 709

zakia@invisible-cities.org