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Rebus Tours

1 Infirmary Street | The Royal Oak, Edinburgh EH1 1LT, Scotland
+44 131 553 7473
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Great Tour

Lots of information and a great tour overall. Colin was very personable and made the tour fun and... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
louislightning
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Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
Perfect Treat for Rebus Fans

Thank you Colin! We were a large group from the states, and Colin was professional and personable... read more

Reviewed 4 June 2018
Aaron C
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Experience the dark and hidden world of Ian Rankin's best selling novels and discover the history and mystery of the real locations with stunning views of some of Edinburgh's unexplored areas. Cover photo courtesy of, Peter J Clarke.
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  • Poor3%
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1 Infirmary Street | The Royal Oak, Edinburgh EH1 1LT, Scotland
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Lots of information and a great tour overall. Colin was very personable and made the tour fun and engaging. This tour was especially great if you are a Rebus and/or Rankin fan. I would highly recommend this to everyone!

Thank louislightning
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Reviewed 4 June 2018

Thank you Colin! We were a large group from the states, and Colin was professional and personable from the beginning. He helped us book the tour and returned several emails before our trip. The tour went far beyond a “script,” and we all left Edinburgh...More

Thank Aaron C
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Reviewed 20 May 2018 via mobile

Very charming and low key, and good information of local history. Colin is extremely personable and I have no doubt that he would make a reading of the phone book absolutely enthralling.

Thank SA H
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Reviewed 20 May 2018 via mobile

Had a great time on this tour the tour guide's information went well beyond the books. The man of History about Edinburgh and how the books were woven into it was executed beautifully. I would not mind going again.

Thank Leonard M
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Reviewed 20 May 2018 via mobile

If you're a fan of John Rebus: this is the tour for you. Our tour guide Colin was clearly knowledgeable, engaged and very funny! We walked a good portion of Edinburgh along sites that inspired (or came straight out of) Ian Rankin's novels. Colin worked...More

Thank Michelle B
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Reviewed 8 May 2018 via mobile

Poor left 30 mins am keen rebus fan but this wasnot a good advert for ian rankins great detective. Onky saw the mortuary from outside!

1  Thank andrew l
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Reviewed 10 March 2018 via mobile

Colin does a great job, bringing some real-life background to that lan Rebus and Ian Rankin's work and background.

Thank ManxmanSJP
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Reviewed 10 February 2018 via mobile

Gruff old Colin could have been Rebus or the Farmer. Great couple of hours around many of the Rebus haunts and inspirations, with a bit of Scottish and Edinburgh history thrown in. The Royal Oak was a fitting start and finish point. Highly recommended for...More

1  Thank natandchrismeyrick
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Reviewed 6 February 2018

Not a mad fan of Ian Rankin's books but a friend asked me to go with her. This tour started in the Royal Oak and maybe we should have stayed there. Afew glimpses or where Rebus would hang out and a little tour of Edinburgh...More

1  Thank hibs78
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Reviewed 5 December 2017

Colin Brown met us at the Royal Oak Bar - a fitting Rebus haunt. After introducing us to Rebus, he took us on a walk that covered some of Rebus turf, but also wandered along Edinburgh's streets with a fabulous view of Salisbury Crags on...More

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that you’ll find on its cobbled streets. This is the
place to get a feel for Auld Reekie (Old Smelly), as
the town was once nicknamed, and stroll the Royal
Mile, the thoroughfare that links the castle with the
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