Alternative Tour

About this tour

Experience the real Edinburgh on this Alternative tour as you escape from the usual touristic hang outs.

Full of history, culture & an endless amount of quirky facts, you will visit film locations from Trainspotting to the Avengers, stunning pop art/murals, bizarre landmarks and much more as we uncover everything secret Edinburgh has to offer. Beginning at our police box located centrally on Edinburgh’s Royal Mile (unbelievably the most expensive piece of property per square foot in the UK!) your enthusiastic and knowledgeable guide will take you through parts of the old town before leading you on into our city’s new town – you will hear some alternative history of these areas and visit some statues/buildings that people usually miss.

You will then be led down into Leith, a usually non-touristy area full of culture, art and amazing history. After visiting various locations in Leith, the tour will end at the bottom where you can grab one of the frequent bus services back into town. This tour stops mid-way at a local arts centre for a 20 minute break where you can grab an affordable hot or refreshing drink (at your own expense).

Meeting point & location


This tour starts from our Old Police Box (Tardis) on the Royal Mile.


This tour ends opposite Mimi's Bakehouse, 63 Shore, Leith, Edinburgh, EH6 6RA.


Where can I book this tour?

This tour can be booked online using the widget above, through our ticket office which you can call on 0131 220 6868, or at the office itself at Old Police Box, 9 Hunter Square, Royal Mile, Edinburgh, EH1 1QS. It is recommended that you book because our tours can very easily sell out especially during the summer months.

Is there a lot of walking on this Tour?

With the exception of the Alternative Tour and the Ultimate Old Town Historical Tour, there is only a small amount of walking on our tours. However please wear comfortable shoes otherwise you will find the Old Town’s cobblestones rather unpleasant!

Can children come on this tour?

Children over five years old are welcome on all our tours, except for the Pub Crawl, the Extreme Paranormal Tour and the Ladies of Pleasure Tour, provided they are accompanied by an adult.

Is the underground wheelchair accessible?

Unfortunately our underground is only accessible via a flight of stairs. For more information about the underground visit our accessibility section.

Will this tour run in bad weather?

Our tours run in rain, hail, sleet or snow, so long as we have people booked on, willing to do the tour it will run. Please wrap warm though if the weather is not on our side.

For any other questions please contact us at 0131 220 6868 or through