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  • See some of Edinburgh’s top sights, including the Scottish Parliament buildings, the Royal Mile and Canongate Cemetery, with a local by your side!
  • Learn about the city’s 10,000 year old history 
  • Discover the stories of the three famous Robert’s; Burns, Louis Stevenson and Ferguson 
  • Pay your respects to Edinburgh’s most beloved dog
The Sightseeing & Scones with a Local tour starts and ends in Edinburgh. The Sightseeing & Scones with a Local is a city sightseeing tour that takes 1.5 hours.

Soak up the sights and history of one of the UK’s most magical cities alongside a tour guide with a difference. Your guide for the afternoon has been trained by Invisible Cities Edinburgh, an inspiring social enterprise group who support and train locals who have experienced homelessness to become tour guides. The money from your tour fee will go directly back to your guide and to the organisation to continue all their good work. See the sights and give something back to the local community? It’s every ethical tourist’s dream!
customer reviews about Urban Adventures
4.8 - Excellent Based on 800 reviews
Mrs. Louise's review for another Urban Adventures tour
5 - Excellent
“Our urban adventures trip through the back streets and alleyways of Istanbul showed us more of what this magical city had to offer than our day long large group bus tour. Our fantastic guide asked if we were on a tight schedule and as we were not, the 3 hours turned into a leisurely 4 hours. We got to sample a variety of local traditional foods and drinks while taking in the history of the area. It was a privilege to be taken by a young local person to visit areas less frequented by foreign tourists.”
Ms. Tina's review for another Urban Adventures tour
4.5 - Excellent
“This was a great way to visit the Mekong Delta and experience some of the small industries there. I had a lot of fun in my small group of 3 people.”
Ms. Helen's review for another Urban Adventures tour
5 - Excellent
“I loved it. Very positive but not too serious guides which made it fun. Well presented and good pace. Not too "slick" which made it feel like it was a bit exciting (probably more so to the nervous ones). Good knowledge of the history and culture without beign boring. Well handled despite people shooting off and not following directions well. Enthusism by the guides was evident and infectious.”
Itinerary
Your Edinburgh adventure will begin at the Scottish Parliament buildings, where we’ll marvel at the post modern architecture and hear about the history and politics of the new parliament vs the old parliament.

Next we’ll head across the Royal Mile to Whitefoord House, a residence for ex-service men who find themselves living on the streets. Here, we’ll chat about Invisible Cities and the work that they are doing to support and empower Edinburgh’s homeless community.

Did you know Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde was inspired by a local Edinburgh Story? At Canongate Cemetery you will hear the story of the three Roberts; Robert Burns, Robert Louis Stevenson and Robert Ferguson as we focus on Scotland’s extraordinary literary history.

Several more historic stops will follow, including the old Tollbooth building and prison, the Tron Kirk church, the city walls and the old marketplace.

Our final stop will be the Grassmarket Community Project, which won a Social Enterprise award in 2017. It’s a quirky community café that offers a range of social integration and educational activities for members. These include IT, reading and writing and cookery classes, plus sewing and photography courses, all aimed at supporting the homeless community in and around Edinburgh.

Here, we will partake in that oh so British of conventions, tea and a scone, made with love by members of the project. Before you go, don’t forget to ask your guide for tips on what else to see, do and eat during your stay in Edinburgh.

About Invisible Cities: Invisible Cities trains people who have experienced homelessness to become walking tour guides of their own city. We offer alternative tours that are always a mix of history, local knowledge and social impact. 100% of our profit is reinvested in developing our guides further with education or new opportunities. We also invest in events and campaigns for the wider homeless community. Money from this tour will help us organise high quality training for our guides, who have all experienced homelessness. Our training is focused on public speaking, self-confidence and customer service which are all skills, that can be taken anywhere. Our main goal is to support our guides, to become whatever they have decided to be. We support them with further training and development opportunities and organise events in the community such as “The Street Barber Edinburgh” where we give free haircuts and toiletries directly from the streets.
what’s included
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  • English-speaking guide
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  • One hot drink and one scone
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  • Additional food and drinks
  • Souvenirs and personal shopping
  • Tips/gratuities for your guide
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Other Practical InformationMeeting start point : Esplanade at Scottish Parliament, the postcode is  EH99 1SP Meeting end point : Grassmarket Community Project, 86 Candlemaker Row EH1 2 QA
CancellationCancellation for this Sightseeing & Scones with a Local tour is free up to 48 hours before the chosen start date - full refund will be given. If cancellation is made less than 48 hours before the chosen start date, no refund applies.
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