Welcome to the Tour

Please note: We are offering private group tours throught August. Please contact us at info@edinburghliterarypubtour.co.uk for more information.


Update:  August


Apologies to our customers that were trying to join us in August of this year. Our team of professional actors by definition like to perform, and what better opportunity to do that than within the Edinburgh Festival throughout August!

This Covid recovery year has been a challenge for everyone and as we rebuild our base and stream line our projects moving forward, some elements have to be compromised on the road to recovery. I took the difficult yet positive decision to cancel our tour throughout August, to provide an opportunity for our actors to engage with the broad spectrum of acting opportunities that The Edinburgh Festival brings. The arts in general experienced an especially difficult time throughout Covid and special times call for special measures. So for this year only we’re taking a pause throughout the exciting month of August and will be back running daily from the 1st of September!



Our Website is currently under reconstruction, please bear with us! If you experience any problems, you can book the tour on Tripadvisor, Viator and Air BnB experiences. Thank you for your patience.

Update: April 2022

Like so many of our colleagues in the tourism sector across the world, we have been knocked for six by The Covid Pandemic, as have our partners in hospitality and pubs. Whilst the tour itself was temporarily stalled for the past two years, we remained positive and have been using the time to both improve our tour content and communication systems, including the development of a new website and App.

The new website will be up and running by May 2022, however, in the meantime we have modified the existing website to incorporate all recent changes - including a phased-in approach to the schedule throughout 2022.

Thank you for your loyalty and patience! Now that we can finally offer tickets for sale directly from our website, we look forward to welcoming you back on to The Edinburgh Literary Pub Tour, starting from April 2022.

Best wishes, Morris Paton, Managing Director.


The original Edinburgh Literary Pub Tour!

The award winning Edinburgh Literary Pub Tour was the first literary tour launched in Edinburgh in 1996! Since then it has carried in excess of 150,000 satisfied customers on a dramatic literary trail across Edinburgh. It is regarded by many as a pioneer in its field, and a "Must-see" cultural attraction in guide books throughout the world. Why does it stand out from all the rest?

Performed by professional actors, not academics or guides reciting from books, it represents great value for money and a very high entertainment factor!

Join the intrepid duo, Clart (as in muck!) and our clean-hankied intellectual McBrain, who will lead you on a brilliant and witty dramatic romp through the wynds, courtyards and pubs of Edinburgh's Old and New Town. A hilarious duel of wits across three hundred years of great writing and colourful characters!


Experience the ultimate pub tour!

TripExpert's awards are based on over 1 million reviews from 85 leading travel guides, magazines and newspapers. Professionals recognize the Edinburgh Literary Pub Tour as among the best attractions in Edinburgh. In fact, the great news is that we've won a 2019 Experts Choice Award! Fewer than 2% of attractions worldwide have received an Experts’ Choice award. How good is that!

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