Welcome to Leith Walks, home of the original Trainspotting Tours and the book Choose Life. Choose Leith: Trainspotting on Location by Tim Bell, published by Luath Press.

The tours: engaging, intelligent, entertaining, heart-breaking, well-informed in every part of the Trainspotting Phenomenon. COMMENTS >>

The book: comprehensive, hugely informative, ground-breaking, very read-able, the only serious commentary, analysis and introduction to Trainspotting the book, the play and the film. EXCERPTS AND REVIEWS >>


From the Blog

From Mark Renton (Leith) to Shuggie Bain ((Pollok)

Well done indeed to Douglas Stuart and winning the Booker Prize with Shuggie Bain. I haven't read it yet, but I will. From what I gather, the setting is very similar to the setting in Trainspotting: crap housing scheme, poverty, and the arrival of heroin. In both...

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On referendums and plebiscites

It's very noticeable that nobody - that's nobody - seriously makes the case for settling the "independence" discussion by means of a referendum. Our voting system is designed to elect named, accountable people for office for a fixed term. It is not designed to vote...

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Tipping points everywhere you look.

A couple of days after the third tipping point of the year - the autumn equinox - there's an unprecedented number of runner beans still on the stem and there for the picking. I've never seen the likes. Does it foretell a cold winter? Is it consolation for a summer...

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