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 >>

I’m working on a virtual tour, with the Fringe and Luath, during August. On location the content has to fit into geography. With Zoom different parameters apply. Should be interesting. Keep in touch.

From the Blog

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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Getting to know me…

I've just come across a recording I did with The Living Memory Association (TheLMA - good name, eh?) a year or so ago. As a newcomer of only forty years in Leith, it seems some folk might be interested in me, so here Barry Davidson splices my biography with some...

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How do you like your cruelty, sir?

In the BBC1 programme to mark VJ day on Saturday evening, Japanese expansionist ambition was presented as a “bad thing”, to be resisted. Those who resisted it, in support of the status quo ante, faced great hardship and cruelty. It struck me very forcibly, however,...

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