© Alasdair Northrop


Edinburgh - the people who made the city

A fascinating half day walking tour of Edinburgh taking in the medieval Old Town and the 18th century New Town with writer and professional tourist guide Alasdair Northrop. You will hear about the many characters who helped to put it on the map.

Edinburgh is one of the most extraordinary cities in the world. It has the huge natural advantage of its stunning setting amidst extinct volcanoes but it is also on the global map because of its architecture, art and the people who helped to create it. King David I established the Old Town in the 12th century and Provost George Drummond helped to found the New Town in the 18th century. You will hear their story and see the buildings associated with them. The city was also home to many influential characters including Arthur Conan Doyle, the creator of Sherlock Holmes; Adam Smith, the father of economics; Alexander Graham Bell, the inventor of the telephone and JK Rowling the author of the Harry Potter series of stories. The walk can be honed to meet the interests of the group.

Maximum of eight people. Face coverings must be worn. Alasdair has a Covid 19 Good to Go certificate.

Price on Request

Departure days

  • Monday
  • Tuesday
  • Wednesday
  • Thursday
  • Friday
  • Saturday
  • Sunday

January — December

Contact details

Alasdair Northrop

29 Williamstone Court
North Berwick
East Lothian
EH39 4RQ

Tour information


  • Edinburgh
  • Edinburgh - City Centre


½ Day


  • Walking


  • Bespoke
  • Private
  • Small Group (1-16)


  • English


  • Ancestry
  • Architecture
  • Art
  • City
  • Film and TV
  • Geology
  • History
  • Literature
  • Walking
  • Whisky

Tour Stops

Alasdair Northrop

Tour company information

Alasdair Northrop

Alasdair Northrop is a fully qualified professional Blue Badge tourist guide registered with the Scottish Tourist Guides Association. He is qualified to guide anywhere in Scotland. Alasdair is available to do driver guided tours in his own fully insured luxury Ford Galaxy people carrier. He also does guiding for tours in coaches and with chauffeurs as well as walking tours. Prior to becoming a full time guide Alasdair was an award winning journalist and edited Scotlandʼs national business magazine, Scottish Business Insider for over 15 years.

Opening times

Available all year round for half day, full day and extended tours.

Other tours from this company

VisitThe hidden jewel near Edinburgh - lovely East Lothian
The hidden jewel near Edinburgh - lovely East Lothian

The hidden jewel near Edinburgh - lovely East Lothian

Departs: Dunbar, Haddington, Musselburgh, North Berwick, Edinburgh - City Centre, East Lothian, Edi...

East Lothian is an incredibly picturesque region just a few miles outside Edinbu...

VisitThe beautiful Borders
The beautiful Borders

The beautiful Borders

Departs: Edinburgh - City Centre, East Lothian, Edinburgh, Edinburgh & The Lothians

Get away from it all in the Borders region south of Edinburgh. You will be treat...

The content of many of our web listings is provided by third party operators and not VisitScotland. VisitScotland accepts no responsibility for (1) any error or misrepresentation contained in third party listings, and (2) the contents of any external links within web listings ((1) and (2) together hereinafter referred to as the "Content"). VisitScotland excludes all liability for loss or damage caused by any reliance placed on the Content. The Content is provided for your information only and is not endorsed by VisitScotland.