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Edinburgh - Edinburgh: The story of Leith by Invisible cities

Edinburgh: The story of Leith by Invisible cities

(84 reviews)
Leith, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
45 mins

About the tour

Maybe you have been to Edinburgh before, but have you been to Leith? The port area in the north of the city rests on the shores of the Firth of Forth, at the mouth of the Water of Leith. Having served as the port of Edinburgh for hundreds of years, the area’s original harbour dates back to the 14th century and has been visited by many travelling kings and queens, including Mary Queen of Scots. It is also Paul's very own area! Hear stories of migration going through the area and discover its rich creative culture and atmosphere as well as some of the social issues that made it known worldwide. Tips on this tour will go to Invisible Cities (and Paul of course) to support the work they do with their own guides and trainees but also within the wider community. Invisible Cities is a not for profit organisation that won Best Community Tour in the World by Lonely Planet for their Best in Travel 2021 List.

Meet your local guide


Edinburgh, an alternative history: Join your Tour Guide Paul for a Tour of Edinburgh with a difference. Being formerly homeless, Paul is a Tour Guide with Invisible Cities who are a Social Enterprise who train homeless people to become walking Tour Guides, how amazing is that. Paul will look at the history of Edinburgh stretching back 1000’s of years right through to the present day. There are guaranteed laughs with Paul as the Tour starts on top of a volcanic rock which dates back 350 million years and upon which there sits a Castle which is one of the most sieged upon castles in Europe and ends in a historic ancient graveyard full of poltergeists, stray dogs, body snatchers and even some Harry Potter characters. Paul grew up in Edinburgh from the age of 4 and after becoming homeless at 16, went onto becoming homeless a further 10 times. 3 years ago he became a Tour Guide with Invisible Cities and then went on to college to do further Tour Guide training and launched his first Tour based on the movie Trainspotting set in his home town of Leith. He now offers several tours including tours on subject matters including the Women of Edinburgh and Crime and Punishment tours in the city. He also launched a brand new comedy tour of Leith this year too. Paul loves finding out the truth behind the myths and legends so he tell syou the good the bad and the ugly. Invisible Cities is an award winning social enterprise that trains people who have experienced homelessness to become walking tour guides of their own city. We believe that everyone has a story to tell and that we can use the power of tourism and all the skills you need to get to become an entertaining and high quality guide to support people towards new professional and personal goals. We provide tailored support to each of our trainees and guides and all our tours are designed by them directly so you get the most authentic and trutthful experience ever. As a not for profit, we use our income to support our guides but also to organise events in our local communities.  We are the winners of the Best Community Tour by Lonely Planet for their Best in Travel List 2021. For more information visit www.invisible-cities.org

Paul has been guiding since Jan 2018

What to expect

Get ready for something special. We're travelling to Edinburgh with no passport, no plane ticket and no luggage. And yet you'll experience all the sights, sounds and stories with just your laptop, favorite snack and an amazing guide.

The tour will last about 45 mins and will be live-streamed by your guide directly from Edinburgh. Forget about slideshows or pre-recorded videos, this is a live broadcast and anything can happen!

While on the tour you’ll be able to see a full screen video of your guide and their surroundings, interact with them and other travellers through the live chat, see where you are in the world on a map and show your appreciation with a tip.

Why are they tip-supported?

We are running these tours on a tip-supported basis to make them as accessible as possible. They are free to book and join, but you have the option to tip the guide during the tour.

Leaving a tip will help support the guides and allow us to offer tours in more places around the world. If you aren't able to leave a tip, then it would be great if you can share the tour with friends and family to spread the word.

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How to join

Reserve your spot by selecting a time to book. Once done, you’ll be able to see your reservations on your Trips page and we’ll send you an email confirmation with a link to join the tour.

For the best viewing experience, please join on a computer using Google Chrome.

Reviews from travellers

Debbie P.

10 April 2021

What a character- Paul's tours are educational, interesting and lots of fun.

Shirley F.

10 April 2021

There were problems with the connections though

Janine R.

10 April 2021

couldn't do all of the tour but what I attended was really interesting thanks

Sian 🇬🇧 D.

10 April 2021

Very good tour and very knowledgable. I think the people you work for should invest in a gimbal. You are very competent and I would like to watch more of your tours and hope you do many more in the summer you should do some sun rise and sunsets tours and also go to the highlands and islands as people would love that and your guaranteed to get lots of viewers. Be bold and confident and do it!

Elizabeth G.

10 April 2021

I had a bit of difficulty understanding what Paul was saying.... as with most Scottish people, he's a fast talker, which often makes it a bit difficult to understand what he's saying. Usually I can flow right into the conversations with the various accents. He did have a little difficulty with his signal, toward the end, which broke up both his voice and the video.

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