Where does the tour go?
The tour leaves the Royal Mile and heads across to Southside, the traditional literary quarter of Edinburgh, virtually next door to the Old Town. Here we walk through the old medical quarter, the university campus, and other sites, encountering the haunts of Robert Louis Stevenson, J.M. Barrie, Sir Walter Scott, J.K. Rowling, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Joseph Bell (inspiration for Sherlock Holmes), Patrick Watson (inspiration for Holmes’s Dr. Watson), W.E. Henley (inspiration for Long John Silver), and others.
Where does the tour start and finish?
The tour starts from outside the Writers’ Museum in Lady Stair’s Close, just off the Lawnmarket, near the top of the Royal Mile. It’s approximately 90 minutes’ duration, covering a circular route of around 1 mile over mostly flat terrain. If approaching from Princes Street, walk up the Mound, follow the tour direction signs just after the Wash Bar on your right and climb the steps beside the signs. If approaching from the Royal Mile, find Deacon Brodie’s Tavern (435 Lawnmarket). As you face the tavern on the Mile you will see the tunnelled entrance of Wardrop’s Close to the left of the tavern. This Close will lead you down to the tour departure point.
The tour finishes across from the National Museum of Scotland, on Forrest Road, just a few minutes’ walk from the Royal Mile.
Where can I buy tickets?
Simply pay the guide (Allan Foster) outside the Museum a few minutes before departure (£15 adult; £14 senior/student). No booking is required. Allan always aims to be outside around 15 minutes before departure. If he is not there when you arrive, just wait around the entrance or visit the Museum (admission free), but be back outside for a prompt departure at 11.30 a.m. Please note that the tour is not affiliated to the Writers’ Museum, which does not sell tickets for the tour.