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Been on a tour? Got a view on any manifestation of Trainspotting – the book, the play, the film? Got attitude or questions about my book?

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(66) Tim Nelthorpe
Mon, 17 July 2017 14:14:22 +0000
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Tim's tour is everything you would hope for. It didn't just cover the book trainspotting it gave a great working class overview of life in Leith. I particularly enjoyed our visit to the Leith Dockers Club. I am a union organiser in Australia and it was both affirming and tragic to hear that casualisation has ripped the heart out of the Leith working class in the same way it has impacted workers in Australia. Don't mourn organise!

(65) Lorraine Whelan
Tue, 11 July 2017 17:25:13 +0000
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My husband, daughter & myself did the Trainspotting Tour of Leith with Tim at the end of June. What an unexpected pleasure! Tim was affable, knowledgeable, and humorous. It was a great afternoon, well-spent and definitely a highlight of our short visit to Edinburgh. Tim gave us great insight into the social history and architecture of this area as a background to Trainspotting - both the film (which we'd seen) and the books (now on my "must read" list). I look forward to reading Tim's forthcoming book.

(64) Mark Kemp
Sun, 9 July 2017 15:15:43 +0000
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For Trainspotting "fans" or adventurous travelers just curious about this cultural phenomenon, I highly recommend booking Tim Bell's Leith Walk. Why, some may ask, did a novel about heroin junkies in down-and-out Leith, Scotland in the 1980s, adapted afterward to the stage and then to the screen, become such a classic? The novel is really more a collection of short stories narrated in dense working-class Scots; the play is an immersive excerpt from the book designed to shock and awe; the film is a comic visual masterpiece and druggy soundtrack. What I loved about Tim's guided tour is that he incorporates all three into a crucial fourth "text": the place, Leith in the 1980s and today. Tim lived there back then and over the years has witnessed all of its ch-ch-ch-changes. (Sorry, had to throw a David Bowie reference in there; you'll see why when you take the tour.) Leith—which is not Edinburgh, though annexed by the capital—has a fascinating boom-bust history, and Trainspotting conveys, among many things, a nostalgic and satirical vision of what the city had become in the eighties. One caveat: be sure to give yourself three hours or so for this experience. It will be time well spent!

(63) Gavin Barrett
Thu, 6 July 2017 10:24:55 +0000
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I recently visited Edinburgh with a group of friends for my Stag party, and had booked a Trainspotting tour with Tim as part of the weekend activities. A few of the lads were a little sceptical of it all, as unlike myself, they weren't massive Irvine Welsh/Trainspotting fans.
However I'm delighted to say that following the Tour, everyone raved about how good it was. Tim, as a guide is simply exceptional, his local knowledge of Leith is tremendous and he gave a brilliant insight to each location/stop off on the tour. We started at the Port O' Leith pub and finished up about 2 and a half hours later at the Central Bar, every minute of it enjoyable, from the history of certain locations to reading extracts from the book itself.
For any Trainspotting/Irvine Welsh fans out there, this Tour is an absolute must, id highly recommended it.

Gavin

(62) James Archie
Sun, 21 May 2017 07:03:46 +0000
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This is a great web site. Good sparkling user interface and very informative blogs. I will be coming back in a bit, thanks for the great article. I have found it enormously useful.

(61) Ian Watson
Thu, 16 March 2017 17:49:15 +0000
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Your open letter to the SNP MSP is superb. Thank you for restoring my faith in political sanity.

(60) Tasio
Thu, 16 March 2017 11:10:25 +0000
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The Trainspotting tour was a fantastic experience, specially for understanding the story of the book/film on its own context, on the industrial Leith of the 70's and 80's. The socio-political reflections offered by Tim are interesting for foreigners to get to know Edinburgh deeper and see the locations that inspired the story in first-hand. Nevertheless, visitors who are exclusively looking for the film locations would probably not find the tour suitable to their interest.

(59) Martin
Mon, 27 February 2017 13:12:27 +0000
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We had a very entertaining Trainspotting tour with Tim on the weekend of the T2 film-premier accompanied by Forth Radio and Sky News cameras! Tim's knowledge of the books is superb and we got to visit the actual locations of many of the scenes from the books and films. A must-do if you're visiting Edinburgh!

(58) Marisa Alonso
Thu, 23 February 2017 18:46:05 +0000
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The tour is very worthy and really exciting! Tim is a good communicator and provides historical data that makes you rethink about the perception of the story. You learn not just about the film, the book and its locations, but about social and cultural aspects of Leith and Edinburgh. You enter into the spirit of Trainspotting!

Just an advice for foreigners: wear warm clothes, it's cold at the Dock...

(57) Katrina Milne
Tue, 21 February 2017 17:03:18 +0000
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Wonderful tour, informative yet not the typical reading from a script sort of tour.
Reading abstracts from the book was a great way to set the scene and we really learned a lot about the area of Leith. Involvement with other people on the tour was included and a true insight into the book was given, and was opened up for interpretation.
If you are a Trainspotting fan, would thoroughly recommend this tour!

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