Edinburgh is a one of the most beautiful cities in the world, inscribed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site but it is also home of Invisible Cities, an award-winning social enterprise that trains people who have been affected by homelessness to become walking tour guides of their own city and offers off the beaten track walking tours. Their aim is to support people with life skill training and opportunities within the tourism and hospitality sector but also to support the wider homeless community in our cities. They also want to break down the stigma that exists around homelessness by showcasing that everyone has great skills and stories to share, no matter where they come from or where they live. This is the first Virtual tour delivered by Invisible Cities and it will make you discover Edinburgh like never before. Delivered by Paul, one of their most experienced tour guides, the tour will start at the iconic Edinburgh Castle to go down the Royal Mile, all the way to the Grassmarket. It will end in one of the cities most famous cemeteries. Along the way, you will hear stories of how Scotland was built, some of the legendary characters of the city but also some of the social issues it is facing. 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. Please Note: Due to the content of this tour, we recommend viewer discretion is applied with regards to young children who may be watching.
Paul is Invisible Cities's first tour guide to offer tours on Heygo. An Edinburgh local himself, he is passionate about making people discover his city in a unique way. He is also a mentor to other local guides helping people who have experienced homelessness become walking tour guides of their own city. Invisible Cities is a multi-award-winning social enterprise that trains people who have been affected by homelessness to become walking tour guides of their own city. With walking tours in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Manchester and York, they give people a voice and opportunities to thrive within the tourism sector. Each of their guides are passionate about their city and want the world to discover all the gems and unknown stories that make them so special. The not for profit supports people with training, skill development but also access to wider professional and educational opportunities and organises events in their local communities to support the most disadvantaged people. Paul, is one of Invisible Cities' guides based in Edinburgh.
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 content creator.
The tour will last about 45 mins and will be live-streamed by your content creator 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 content creator 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.
We are running these tours on a tip-supported basis to make them as accessible as possible. They are free to join, but you have the option to leave a tip during the tour.
The majority of your tip goes directly to support the channel, while the rest helps Heygo continue to build a place that brings the world closer together.
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.
Karen ( Sydney Australia) S.
14 July 2021
Interesting commentary and views of the streets and buildings. Cemetery ad learning there is no Greyfriars Bobby.
13 July 2021
Paul is a great guide and always interesting and has a great sense of humour. Love his tours.
13 July 2021
Paul is always interesting and unusual. Very enjoyable content.
13 July 2021
A bit hard to understand his accent at times, but he did well to recover the sound and vision
13 July 2021
Interesting facts about Edinburgh. Liked it in the Churchyard.