Jim Slaven has lived in Edinburgh all his life. He has an Honours Degree in Mental Philosophy and a Postgraduate Degree in Community Education, both from the University of Edinburgh.

Jim has written widely on Scottish culture, politics and history. He has been involved in various community organisations and campaign in Edinburgh over the last 30 years. He has also worked on a consultancy or volunteer basis with community organisations throughout Scotland, England and Ireland.

As an educator Jim tutors courses on the social implications of change in the Old Town, the life of Patrick Geddes and the history of Edinburgh’s Little Ireland. He has given talks and multimedia presentations on James Connolly in several countries across Europe and Latin America.

His unconventional tours of Edinburgh’s Old Town have attracted five star reviews and thousands of people over the last 30 years. Equally at home taking visitors on tours or local community groups, students and businesses. Jim is happy to customise his tours to meet your needs.

Edinburgh Detours is a not-for-profit educational organisation raising awareness of Edinburgh’s social history and architectural heritage through guided tours and events.