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Whisky and Folklore
We meet on the iconic Royal Mile by the eminent Scottish thinker and drinker Adam Smith. It is then a short walk to one excellent whisky bar that we use. We have the entire upstairs area reserved for us, ensuring lots of space for the group. During the course of two hours we will sample four outstanding Single Malt Scotch Whiskies from the four major whisky producing regions of Scotland. We will discus some of the history of Scotland and explore the reasons as to why whisky is now so ingrained as a staple of Scottish culture and we have some great tales from Scotland and the world of whisky to share with you. Other things to note This tour departs promptly and we can not wait for guests who are late. You must meet us at our start point at least 15min before the tour departs to secure your space. People under the age of 18 are not permitted on this tour. This is due to licencing at the venue we use.
Underground Beer Tasting
We'll start off with our 1st beer and a tour of our building, a 16th Century prison and courthouse. We have some original features untouched for hundreds of years. We'll make our way down to the hidden vaults under our building, where you'll try a selection of 4 other local beers in the most hidden tasting room in Edinburgh! Along with learning about the beers from an expert guide and the history of brewing in Edinburgh, participants will get to see the secret rooms hidden in the old prison, as well as stories of prisoners who were held here, the dark and grimy history of Auld Reekie, and how beer shaped the way we live our lives today. Other things to note Please be aware that the vault is accessed via about 20 steps- there is no lift/ramp access to the lower level. Check-in with reception staff at The Hostel above
Small group Harry Potter walking tour
We'll discover the streets and secret alleyways of the Old Town area of Edinburgh, starting at Edinburgh Castle, then we'll wander down to "Diagon Alley" and find the gravestones of "Voldemort" and some other well known names in the Harry Potter series. We'll also spot "Hogwarts School" of Wizardry and find where the writer found her inspiration from. Learn about the famous and not so famous cafes where J.K. Rowling began her writing career and finished in the realms of luxury. The tour will last approximately 1 hour. However, please allow for an additional 20 minutes if tour runs over depending on group size, photo opportunities and question time. Other things to note The tour will be outdoors, whether rain or shine so come prepared to walk around for over an hour. If it is raining, I suggest to wear sturdy shoes - the graveyard can be muddy. We won't wait if you are late, please arrive 5 mins early. Call me on +44(0)7884558365 *No refunds if late or no show.
The Dark Side of Edinburgh
If you want a mundane, humdrum history walk, this is not the tour for you. But... if you want to learn what the tourist industry leaves out? The hidden, gruesome crimes and punishments? The long forgotten twisted, sadistic characters? The thousands of lives painfully lost in the cruel grip of Edinburgh's past? Maybe you are brave enough to learn the truth. Hear of witches, cannibals, murders, thieves, body snatchers, blood thirsty mobs and the devil in disguise. We will explore haunted graveyards, hide up darkened closes, spit on the Heart of Midlothian and bravely face where Edinburgh believed the world ended. You even get a chance to knock on Bloody Mackenzie's door, if you dare! Madam McKinnon will guide you through our streets under cover of darkness. She's been dead for almost 200 years and does not take kindly to modern nonsense. She will however, crack your sides with laughter over her dry Scottish wit. And her tales will chill you to your core. Our tours are historically accurate, with a history this dark there's no need to fabricate! COVID INFO: During these difficult times, your safety is very important to us. As restrictions in Scotland have eased and the tour is entirely outside, masks are no longer a requirement but welcomed. Please continue to maintain appropriate distancing from our guide and other groups on tour. We thank you for your cooperation.
Skye Collies - working sheepdogs
A small introduction to the Collie demonstration. A chance to meet thedogs as well . A short talk on the history of the area the importance of the working dog over the centuries in different working environments , the evolution of the working dog to what we have today, followed by a demonstration of the working dog , and an opportunity for one from the group to try to work my dogs ! Other things to note Duration 1 hr

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Harry Potter, Haggis & Horrible Histories
Do you want an all-round, INTERACTIVE city tour full of local history, castle viewpoints and Scottish cuisine? Then this tour is for you! After three years of my 5-star tour, Harry Potter, Haggis & City Sunsets, I have launched this new experience to bring together my biggest passions in dark history, Harry Potter, and Scottish cuisine, all the while making you laugh. Meeting at the National Library of Scotland we will start the experience by discussing how J K Rowling began her journey in creating Harry Potter and how she was inspired to create Diagon Alley. We will then find ourselves in the heart of the old town, where we will explore the gruesome history of public executions, find one of the most incredible viewpoints of Edinburgh Castle and navigate around arguably the most haunted graveyard in the UK, Greyfriars Kirkyard. Throughout the experience you will also learn more about J K Rowling’s life, exploring two cafes where she spent her time writing the books. Hear the tale of Greyfriars Bobby, in the same graveyard which inspired J K Rowling’s three leading characters in the ever-popular Harry Potter series. Amongst all the fun, don’t forget deep fried mars bar and haggis ;) (recommended but not included)! It would be a pleasure to host you soon, happy travelling :) Insta - @robcarrtours
Comedy Late Show in a Historic Venue
The beer is cold, the Whisky is perfectly aged and the laughs are big, with comedy performers from all over the world of Stand-Up and TV. You'll enjoy some of the best stand up comedy available in the city of Edinburgh. It's a 90 minute show with lots of laughs and plenty of curated comedy for an international audience. Our lineups are very diverse and we make sure everyone is comfortable during the show. Other things to note Meet at 10:30pm for 11:00pm Show. 18+ . ID may be required. Even if this event is showing as sold out it's worth calling 0131 466 3266 to check availability and cancellations.
Whisky and Folklore
We meet on the iconic Royal Mile by the eminent Scottish thinker and drinker Adam Smith. It is then a short walk to one excellent whisky bar that we use. We have the entire upstairs area reserved for us, ensuring lots of space for the group. During the course of two hours we will sample four outstanding Single Malt Scotch Whiskies from the four major whisky producing regions of Scotland. We will discus some of the history of Scotland and explore the reasons as to why whisky is now so ingrained as a staple of Scottish culture and we have some great tales from Scotland and the world of whisky to share with you. Other things to note This tour departs promptly and we can not wait for guests who are late. You must meet us at our start point at least 15min before the tour departs to secure your space. People under the age of 18 are not permitted on this tour. This is due to licencing at the venue we use.
Underground Beer Tasting
We'll start off with our 1st beer and a tour of our building, a 16th Century prison and courthouse. We have some original features untouched for hundreds of years. We'll make our way down to the hidden vaults under our building, where you'll try a selection of 4 other local beers in the most hidden tasting room in Edinburgh! Along with learning about the beers from an expert guide and the history of brewing in Edinburgh, participants will get to see the secret rooms hidden in the old prison, as well as stories of prisoners who were held here, the dark and grimy history of Auld Reekie, and how beer shaped the way we live our lives today. Other things to note Please be aware that the vault is accessed via about 20 steps- there is no lift/ramp access to the lower level. Check-in with reception staff at The Hostel above
Edinburgh's Original Harry Potter Tour
After learning a spell or two, we start our tour in Edinburgh's historic Greyfriars Kirkyard where JK Rowling found several names for characters in the books. You'll learn who the world's worst poet was and which Hogwarts character is named after him as well as visiting the grave of Lord Voldemort himself. From here we'll also talk about two buildings that helped to inspire Hogwarts and of course give one lucky member of the group the chance to be sorted! From Greyfriars we'll take you out into the streets, past the suspiciously named Potterrow and on to three locations where JK Rowling wrote. We'll track her escalation of wealth from relying on free coffees from her brother-in-law in the Nicolson Cafe to trashing the most expensive hotel in the city, via the famous Elephant House. We conclude our tour on the real life Diagon Alley, better known by muggles as Victoria Street. This tour is highly interactive with a house point competition along the way and plenty of opportunities to ask our expert guides whatever you like. We are the original, biggest and highest-rated Harry Potter tour in Edinburgh. Currently ranked number 1 out of all Edinburgh Tours on TripAdvisor, featured in The Times, PBS and BBC Scotland, with nearly a decade's experience behind us - you will not be disappointed!
Small group Harry Potter walking tour
We'll discover the streets and secret alleyways of the Old Town area of Edinburgh, starting at Edinburgh Castle, then we'll wander down to "Diagon Alley" and find the gravestones of "Voldemort" and some other well known names in the Harry Potter series. We'll also spot "Hogwarts School" of Wizardry and find where the writer found her inspiration from. Learn about the famous and not so famous cafes where J.K. Rowling began her writing career and finished in the realms of luxury. The tour will last approximately 1 hour. However, please allow for an additional 20 minutes if tour runs over depending on group size, photo opportunities and question time. Other things to note The tour will be outdoors, whether rain or shine so come prepared to walk around for over an hour. If it is raining, I suggest to wear sturdy shoes - the graveyard can be muddy. We won't wait if you are late, please arrive 5 mins early. Call me on +44(0)7884558365 *No refunds if late or no show.
The Dark Side of Edinburgh
If you want a mundane, humdrum history walk, this is not the tour for you. But... if you want to learn what the tourist industry leaves out? The hidden, gruesome crimes and punishments? The long forgotten twisted, sadistic characters? The thousands of lives painfully lost in the cruel grip of Edinburgh's past? Maybe you are brave enough to learn the truth. Hear of witches, cannibals, murders, thieves, body snatchers, blood thirsty mobs and the devil in disguise. We will explore haunted graveyards, hide up darkened closes, spit on the Heart of Midlothian and bravely face where Edinburgh believed the world ended. You even get a chance to knock on Bloody Mackenzie's door, if you dare! Madam McKinnon will guide you through our streets under cover of darkness. She's been dead for almost 200 years and does not take kindly to modern nonsense. She will however, crack your sides with laughter over her dry Scottish wit. And her tales will chill you to your core. Our tours are historically accurate, with a history this dark there's no need to fabricate! COVID INFO: During these difficult times, your safety is very important to us. As restrictions in Scotland have eased and the tour is entirely outside, masks are no longer a requirement but welcomed. Please continue to maintain appropriate distancing from our guide and other groups on tour. We thank you for your cooperation.
Skye Collies - working sheepdogs
A small introduction to the Collie demonstration. A chance to meet thedogs as well . A short talk on the history of the area the importance of the working dog over the centuries in different working environments , the evolution of the working dog to what we have today, followed by a demonstration of the working dog , and an opportunity for one from the group to try to work my dogs ! Other things to note Duration 1 hr
Marvellous Medical Tour
On this tour you will hear all about the marvellous medical history of Edinburgh. We explore the Southside, which is a beautiful part of the city (away from the tourist centre), with lots of greenery and stunning architecture. There, we uncover unbelievable true stories; from grave robbers, to the real-life Sherlock Holmes, surgeries gone wrong, plague doctors, suffragettes, chloroform parties, 18th century sexologists and much, much more... Whether you’re a doctor, a surgeon or you’re just a bit sick in the head and you like to hear lots of gory, disgusting things, then you will absolutely love this Marvellous Medical Tour! It will make you gasp, it will make you laugh, it will probably make you throw up in your mouth a little bit... What’s not to love? Other things to note I'll be at the meeting point early, awkwardly eyeballing strangers, so you'll know it's me! The tour covers about a mile, but it's very flat (only a few steps). We'll also finish where we started.
Private Photo Shoot in Edinburgh
Take a walk of beautiful Edinburgh locations with me where we can take photos of you alone, your partner, or some of your friends/ family. You will have the whole session to yourself and it will take about an hour. No modeling or photography experience required. I will be working with what you are comfortable with to get you amazing photos. Please Request Availability * Covid Precautions Apply * Check out my Instagram account here @the_effie and my website on https://www.effieioannou.com/ I will edit and send the best pictures (30-50) in approximate a week or two unless otherwise specified before Photoshoot. Locations: Royal Mile Princes Street Grassmarket Stockbridge Edinburgh Castle / or Botanical Gardens ( as a stand alone location ) Indoor and studio locations available (need time in advance to book)
⭐ Scottish Gins & Cheese Tasting
Scottish gin and cheeses takes you on a fun journey around Scottish gin styles. We give you an understanding of how gin is made, how to pair with great mixers and discuss how to garnish your drinks. The class is full of useful gin brand information and helps both the novice and the experienced gin lover who has an interest in the ever growing Scottish gin scene. We sample 8 different gins ranging from the classic to the newly more established to the tiny craft brands. Everything is paired with premium mixers and stunning cheese boards for the group. Run-time is around 90-120 mins. Other things to note: Our tasting room is down a set of stairs in our old town building so sadly isn't accessible to wheelchair users. If you have any questions please just message us and we're happy to help
Moody couple & solo Photoshoot in Edinburgh
*Different timeslots are available upon request, contact me and we can arrange anything You can also check my Insta gram handle for more photos: vasakos_3vh Let's create together the mementos of a lifetime experience and have fun along the way! We will meet in front of Tolbooth Kirk in Old Town and walk through time in some of the most captivating Edinburgh Old Town's closes and streets. I will also guide you through some other hidden gems of Edinburgh, which will make your experience and portraits unique and unforgettable. There are also alternative routes, which can be arranged upon request, such as the Calton Hill , Dean Village or C I will use professional equipment during the photoshoot and advise you on the most flattering poses possible. My artistic touch and editing skills reassure that the outcome is unable to be replicated somewhere else. This experience is perfect for solo, couples or families who need a professional photoshoot, that you can only find in Edinburgh! A personalised session will be created according to your time preferences and my artistic suggestions. The photos will be picked and edited by myself and delivered to you in premium quality with in 10 days via link.
Edinburgh's Harry Potter Small Group Walking Tour Kids F ree
This small group walking tour is perfect for people who want a more personalised in depth Potter themed tour of the city. Instead of following a group of 30+ people you get to know your guide who can tailor the tour to you without having to spend 100's on a private tour. This walking tour of Edinburgh unfurls the history and origins of the world's most famous Wizard. You will see several beautiful Potter sights in this wonderful city and several locations that inspired JK Rowling to create the wizarding universe that we know and adore today. After we gather at Tron Kirk on The Royal Mile, the first stop of the tour is a view of the historical Waverley Train station. Trains being an iconic part of a young wizards journey. We then head to Edinburgh University Old College, and pop into the Old Town area to see a spooky graveyard & visit a shop down Victoria street which inspired Diagon Alley. We will also have great views of the famous Edinburgh Castle alongside many sights and buildings that inspired JK Rowling when she was writing each of the books including the famous cafe, The BIRTH PLACE of Harry Potter. This is a great tour for families & die hard fans of Harry Potter **Please note : there will not be more than 10 adults per group*** Other things to note ***THIS TOUR IS IN ENGLISH. IF YOU DO NOT UNDERSTAND ENGLISH : PLEASE DO NOT BOOK 2 hour walking tour
Silver Ring Making Experience
Guest will be introduced to the craft of silver jewellery making, going through the basics of hand crafting a sterling silver ring. The session is normally 3 hours, by the end of the session the guest will be taking away with them the item they have made. I will always discuss with guest beforehand what they would like to make or learn. The silver workshop is located in a beautiful part of Scotland Loch Lomond National Park. If you would prefer to make something other than a ring, then please feel free to let me know beforehand. Thanks
Isle of Skye Day Tour from Inverness
First we set off from the heart of Inverness with a view of Inverness Castle, and travelling down the mysterious Loch Ness, home of the Loch Ness Monster. You have wonderful views of Urquhart Castle. Stop and “say hello” to Morag, Mhairi and the rest of the Highland Cows in the secret location? Secondly we discover the emotive and atmospheric Glen Shiel where a Jacobite battle was fought. As we pass through Glen Shiel we will be rewarded with stunning views of the legendary and dramatic peaks of the Five Sisters of Kintail. Just before the Isle of Skye we can take in the world famous 13th century Eilean Donan Castle. Next we cross onto the isle of Skye to take in some of the most breath-taking scenery and landscapes .Crossing over the beautifully designed Skye Bridge, which opened in 1995. We will then enjoy travelling through the Cuillin Mountain Range and take in the dramatic and ever changing backdrop Next we visit the picturesque harbour town of Portree, and lunch in one of the amazing Portree restaurants. Finally we continue on to the impressive Old Man of Storr, . Lastly we Return through Kyle of Lochalsh , stopping at Hector's Bothy . Happy Tours guarantees a fun tour limited to 8 people per tour as this ensures personal attention from your guide making it one of Scotland's best tours Other things to note You will be apart of a small group for this tour