Virtual Tours

Edinburgh Detours never stops trying to give you the best experience possible. First we brought you 5 star rated walking and cycling tours of Scotland’s capital. Then Covid proof, socially distanced tours in the summer/autumn of 2020.

And now we are back. With virtual tours of Edinburgh’s radical and working class history. Our tours offer insights and experiences other tours cannot. Meet James Connolly, Patrick Geddes, Thomas Muir and many others. Explore the architecture of the Old Town. Hear about the revolutionaries and rascals who once called it home. Learn about Edinburgh’s history. The other, hidden history. From the perspective of the working class.

Enjoy our tours on any device, from the comfort of your own home. Anywhere in the world.
A Detour around Edinburgh has never been easier. So sit comfortably and join our passionate and professional local guides and see Edinburgh through local eyes.

St Patrick’s Eve Special
Tuesday 16th March, 7pm (Cowgate Standard Time). Tour lasts 2 hours.
Cost £15. SOLD OUT

If you walk around central Edinburgh today you will see very little evidence of what the area was once like. It was once a notorious slum. It was also home to some remarkable characters.
Join us on a virtual tour exploring Edinburgh’s Little Ireland. Jim Slaven will virtually guide you through the streets of Edinburgh’s Old Town. Discussing the hidden history of Scotland’s capital city.

Themes Covered
History of the area
Arrival of Irish migrants
Social, political and economic context
Living conditions
Edinburgh’s role in origins of Racism in Scotland
James Connolly and other residents
Foundation of Hibernian FC

All virtual tours are hosted via Zoom. Your guide will give an illustrated presentation with an accompanying talk. Participants will be sent a Zoom link on the day of the tour.

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