Your Edinburgh adventure will begin at the Scottish Parliament buildings, where we’ll marvel at the post modern architecture and hear about the history and politics of the new parliament vs the old parliament.
Next we’ll head across the Royal Mile to Whitefoord House, a residence for ex-service men who find themselves living on the streets. Here, we’ll chat about Invisible Cities and the work that they are doing to support and empower Edinburgh’s homeless community.
Did you know Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde was inspired by a local Edinburgh Story? At Canongate Cemetery you will hear the story of the three Roberts; Robert Burns, Robert Louis Stevenson and Robert Ferguson as we focus on Scotland’s extraordinary literary history.
Several more historic stops will follow, including the old Tollbooth building and prison, the Tron Kirk church, the city walls and the old marketplace.
Our final stop will be the Grassmarket Community Project, which won a Social Enterprise award in 2017. It’s a quirky community café that offers a range of social integration and educational activities for members. These include IT, reading and writing and cookery classes, plus sewing and photography courses, all aimed at supporting the homeless community in and around Edinburgh.
Here, we will partake in that oh so British of conventions, tea and a scone, made with love by members of the project. Before you go, don’t forget to ask your guide for tips on what else to see, do and eat during your stay in Edinburgh.
About Invisible Cities: Invisible Cities trains people who have experienced homelessness to become walking tour guides of their own city. We offer alternative tours that are always a mix of history, local knowledge and social impact. 100% of our profit is reinvested in developing our guides further with education or new opportunities. We also invest in events and campaigns for the wider homeless community. Money from this tour will help us organise high quality training for our guides, who have all experienced homelessness. Our training is focused on public speaking, self-confidence and customer service which are all skills, that can be taken anywhere. Our main goal is to support our guides, to become whatever they have decided to be. We support them with further training and development opportunities and organise events in the community such as “The Street Barber Edinburgh” where we give free haircuts and toiletries directly from the streets.
Inclusions: Local, English-speaking guide, one hot drink and one scone
Exclusions: Additional food and drinks, souvenirs and personal shopping, tips/gratuities for your guide
Your Trip: For your Urban Adventure you will be in a small group of a maximum of 12 people.
Confirmation of booking: If you have your voucher, your booking is confirmed. We'll see you at the start point. Get in touch if you have any concerns or require more information via the email address or phone number (business hours only) on your voucher.
Closure of sites: If the social enterprise cafe is closed, we will visit another cafe in the area
Child Policy: This is a child-friendly tour. Children between the ages of 6 and 11 inclusively are permitted on this tour at the rate listed above. Please select ‘child’ above when booking. Children under the age of 6 are permitted to join this tour free of charge. Please inform us at the time of booking if you’ll be bringing a child under the age of 6. You can do so in the special request box on the checkout page.