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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(73) Ian Rae
Wed, 20 September 2017 09:30:08 +0000

Many thanks for the very interesting tour Tim.
I suspect that what you don't know about the Trainspotting scene isn't worth knowing. Having only seen the films so far it greatly inspires me to read the books
I also look forward to reading your book on the subject.

(72) Vin Arthey
Wed, 30 August 2017 17:50:49 +0000

Thank you for the tour on Thursday, Tim. I learned so much and am thirsting for more. I was entertained and occasionally humbled by your stories and perspectives on Irvine Welsh, Trainspotting, Leith, Edinburgh, drugs and drug taking. I now have a fuller understanding and appreciation of ALL of this. Vin Arthey (an Edinburgh resident who didn't realise how little he knew about it!)

(71) Colin Salter
Sat, 26 August 2017 11:36:56 +0000

Young Mr Bell took a party of us on his Trainspotting walking tour of Leith earlier this week. The man is a fount of knowledge, with rich political and social perspectives on the book and its location, as well as insightful critical views of both book and film. It was all good thought-provoking stuff, and Tim has so many angles on Trainspotting that I'm sure if we did the walk again tomorrow we'd have an evening of entirely new material to chew over. Many thanks, Tim

(70) Jim Barclay
Fri, 25 August 2017 19:13:08 +0000

Hi Tim,

many thanks for the excellent tour, bringing trainspotting to life courtesy of your good self (and of course your latest deputy in the shape of Bill Crombie)...having watched the T1 film just the previous day, your tour drew out the messages emanating from the film into stark reality.

All the best !!

(69) Bill Crombie
Thu, 24 August 2017 08:10:44 +0000

Thanks for a great tour yesterday, Tim. I highly recommend this informative, entertaining tour. We visited some fascinating and contrasting places (highlight for me was the Leith Dockers Social Club - was just how I had imagined it). Tim does a great job bringing the various scenes to vivid life. And, now I know why the Banana Flats are called the Banana Flats - what more could you ask for ?!

(68) Graham Galloway
Thu, 24 August 2017 07:35:18 +0000


Great tour yesterday, really enjoyed it. So much about Leith and T1 & T2, that I didn't know.

I would recommend this tour to anyone

With plenty of sunshine on Leith


(67) Brianna & Thomas Kolitzus
Sat, 12 August 2017 12:28:31 +0000

Walking around and talking with Tim for this tour is an ABSOLUTE must for trainspotting fans, and Edinburgh visitors alike. Not only does Tim share his insight 'on location' for various dialogues from both the books and movies, but he also paints a vivid picture of the socio-historical context- an analytical perspective more than 20 years in the making.
We didn't read the books before the tour, only saw the films. We will now read the books with a deep appreciation and understanding of the Leith setting, the characters, and heroine addiction. We cannot wait to read Tim's book ‘A Trainspotter’s Guide’ as soon as it is published.
We also had a unique, unexpected encounter during our tour with one of Leith's most colorful residents- Mary Moriarity, former owner of Port O'Leith bar, which Irvine Welsh frequented and used in his stories.

(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

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!