This guided walk with our unique guides, Stuart Usher or his son, Richard Usher, will entertain and enthrall you. We limit the tour to 10 guests so everyone is involved, unlike tours of 30, 40 or more. Stuart's family has historic connections with Edinburgh (Stuart's great-great Uncle, Andrew Usher, donated the magnificent Usher Hall to the city as well as being known as the Father of the Scottish whisky blending industry). Their deep knowledge of the cultural, historical and architectural aspects of the city means they have a unique perspective on our wonderful capital.Your guides will show you the cultural treasures of Edinburgh, the secrets of its past and its famous characters, and are rightly renowned for their entertaining and witty commentary.
The walks normally take three hours (two hours for the evening tour) but can be modified to suit the visitor's requirements (as can the route and itinerary). Visitors will be shown the delights of Edinburgh's famous Royal Mile together with a delightful commentary from Stuart or Richard on the celebrated characters that hail from the city. People like the great historical romance author Sir Walter Scott, the inventor of the telephone Alexander Graham Bell, the creator of Sherlock Holmes, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and, the original 'Jekyll and Hyde', Deacon Brodie. In addition, your guide will speak with authority on the other world famous people associated with Edinburgh such as Scotland's national bard, the great Robert Burns, the philosopher, David Hume, and the founder of modern economics, Adam Smith. Most of the major historical sites of interest will be covered. Moreover, you will visit the beautiful St Giles Cathedral. You will also visit some of Edinburgh's famous 'closes', including those associated with some of the city's famous sons such as David Hume and Deacon Brodie.There will be plenty of excitement and fun, as well as plenty of opportunities to take some memorable photographs of the best-known landmarks of Scotland's glorious and ancient capital city!