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Lucy & Keith Miller wrote on January 16, 2020 at 4:16 pm:
Highly informative tour given by the excellent Tim (who is a complete fount of knowledge regarding Trainspotting, Leith as well as British history in general - we were very impressed!) This is definitely a 'must do tour' for those living in Edinburgh or from further afield and gives a gritty insight into the darker or more alternative history of Leith/Edinburgh. The tour is also unbelievable value for money. I am not sure you would get a better value 2+ hour tour in or around Edinburgh, which is so jam-packed with such fascinating content. My dad and I would like to extend our thanks to Tim, all the best!
Sophie Boulter wrote on October 9, 2019 at 9:00 pm:
Amazing tour from Tim. Gripping and powerful, and I learned so much. Highly recommend for anyone who wants to actually learn something and go beyond a surface-level experience of Leith.
Bob Elrick wrote on August 13, 2019 at 3:17 pm:
Went on Tim,s tour yesterday. I am an Edinburgh native, having lived there all my life, and thought I knew a lot about the city. I was wrong! Tim May want to correct me about Leith being part of Edinburgh but it was fascinating to hear his take on the Leith area and the links to Trainspotting. He talked about the book, the movie and the play and lost brought in references to other works by Irvine Welsh. I don’t want to spoil things by giving away too much detail but I would highly recommend this tour.
Steven Gill wrote on August 12, 2019 at 5:22 pm:
Having unearthed this within the vast Edinburgh Fringe programme, I was delighted that the weather was on our side on the morning of the tour. Trainspotting defined 90’s film for me and the recent T2 was the perfect sequel. This tour promised an opportunity to see Leith first hand and learn more about the film and the socio-economic history of Leith itself. Our guide for the tour, Tim Bell, was character personified and it was clear from the outset wanted this to be a participation event rather than him lecturing for the duration. The two hour plus tour took in various key locations and it was utterly fascinating to hear his insightful take on both the Trainspotting canon and Leith’s changes over the years. Thoroughly enjoyed every minute of the experience and with Tim’s addition of laminated extracts of the film’s screenplay which were handed out to members of the party to. read out - in character! I felt this really added to the overall experience and really made me smile. Highly recommended and anyone with even a passing interest in the films and Edinburgh’s ‘little brother’ should experience this tour.
Matt Green wrote on July 16, 2019 at 8:09 pm:
Fortunate enough to go on Tim's 'Deid Dugs' tour on Sat 14/07. His broad knowledge of the book, film and Leith itself is immense. Not only was it thrilling to walk in many of the character's footsteps (as well as those of the author) it was a joy to discuss the themes and background to the Trainspotting story with Tim, a real expert on the text and wider aspects. Welsh's characters didn't pop out of thin air; they're firmly rooted in the buildings, ex-buildings and communities of Leith. It was the definite highlight of our trip to Edinburgh and I'm chuffed to bits that Tim accommodated us at quite short notice. Thanks again Tim.
Scarlett Molyneaux wrote on August 8, 2018 at 12:54 am:
Tim's tour yesterday was the absolute highlight of our Fringe trip this year. I was in awe to meet a man with so much knowledge and insight into a world which my social history loving head can't get enough of! We got to see the locations of some of the book's most memorable scenes as well as being given insight into local knowledge that we simply would never have known. I'm already 2/3 of the way through Tim's newly published book and can't put it down! it's teeming with all of the information and concepts which could never be fully explained into the 2 hour tour. If you are thinking about going on Tim's tour, go on Tim's tour!!!
Mimi-Beth wrote on August 6, 2018 at 12:19 pm:
Tim, congratulations on becoming a published author. Your diligence has paid off, you have given us the privilege of actually seeing your words in print and bringing to life our little corner of Edinburgh.
Colm Lynch wrote on June 14, 2018 at 11:40 am:
Really great tour with Tim around Trainspotting haunts. Enlightening, entertaining and very knowledgeable, Tim really helps the place and the story come alive. Thanks Tim!!
Marc wrote on May 5, 2018 at 11:31 am:
2nd May 2018 What a fantastic tour, insight to the book and the film, advantageous to of read the book but NOT a necessity, now re-reading the book I can visualise the scenes in my head. In addition to this tour and if you get the opportunity to see "Trainspotting Live", I believe it is coming back to the fringe festival this year (2018). Well worth the monies and recommend highly to go on this tour. Thank you Tim
Lars wrote on April 23, 2018 at 10:12 pm:
A unique tour and nothing like we ever experienced. We where three people who took the tour and we all share share a great interest for both the book and the movie since way back. This tour really blew us away because it had an extra layer of something that really can’t be described. Tim is so devoted and i guess thats why it clicks with so many of the people who takes the tour. At the end of the tour it felt like we just started and by then we had been on the tour for almost three hours. If you love the book or the film or both this is a tour you need to take. Tim has really penetrated the book and he knows what he is talking about. Choose life, choose the tour!
Davy wrote on March 25, 2018 at 11:20 pm:
Whether you\'re interested in Trainspotting the book, the movie, or the history of Leith and its tenuous relationship with Edinburgh and beyond, Tim\'s tour will cover all of the above and more. His recounting of the last 100 years of local and regional history paints a vivid backdrop. Seeing the locations in-person that inspired the characters and stories in Skagboys, Trainspotting and Porno was especially rewarding and informative. I\'ll be re-reading Welsh\'s series with new insight (and vocabulary). Looking forward to capping it off with Tim\'s upcoming book!
The Denholms wrote on March 13, 2018 at 3:34 pm:
Such a brilliant, special, and honest tour that perfectly mixed the reality of Leith, unique local access & perspectives, and the literature/film of Trainspotting. Brilliant all around!
Martin wrote on February 23, 2018 at 10:46 am:
This tour was absolute unique! I get a 3 1/2 hour private tour only with Tim and his lector. He told me so much about the social background of Trainspotting, he read extracts of the book while we were stopping at the original scenes of the book and the film, he took me to an working men\'s club (if I\'m right, the famous \"bingo\" scene plays in this club) and he shared all his unlimited knowledge about the backgrounds of the the book, the movie and mainly Leith itself. So for me, it was not only a Trainspotting tour, but much more a socialcritical tour through a working class quarter, its decline and its resurrection. Thank you Tim, it was a great pleasure for me and I will never forget this. HIGHLY recommended!!
Anja wrote on January 15, 2018 at 10:10 am:
If you are a fan of Trainspotting (book or film), you just have to go on this tour! Tim will make you see the story with different eyes. He\'ll give you a lot of interesting background info about Irvine Welsh and the social life in Leith. And of course you\'ll visit some crucial places, where he\'ll read you some lines of the book - and you may help him. It was great fun and I learned a lot. Totally recommend it!
Giulia & Matteo wrote on January 14, 2018 at 7:47 pm:
If you want to get a real touch of the history of Leith just call Tim. He \'ll guide you into an interesting trip around this place and you we\'ll have the opportunity to discover everything about Trainspotting, both the book and the movie.I highly recommend it and i think every Welsh fun would have to join. It is also very useful for those who wants to understand more about drugs addiction, a plague that really afflicted Leith during 80\'s. We\'ll have a great time during our tour!!
Marina wrote on January 2, 2018 at 7:16 pm:
Today we had our Trainspottig Tour with Tim. What a great way to start 2018 for big Trainspotting fans like us. Tim knows EVERYTHING about Irvine‘s books, the Movie and the history of Leith. We had a very great time and it was a pleasure for us meeting Tim. We recommend every Trainspotting Fan this tour - its DOPE. 🙂 Greetings from Austria, Marina & Dominik
Ali Brown wrote on November 24, 2017 at 12:09 pm:
I’d like to thank Tim for providing myself and my friend with a great walking tour round Leith. As a massive Trainspotting and Irvine Welsh fan I’d looked on line for a tour and Tim was kind enough to arrange one for us for the weekend we were visiting. We met with Tim and a small group on the Saturday morning and spent over 2 hours following the book round the streets of Leith. It was very interesting to hear about Leith, the history and the interpretations of the books. We all got involved reading passages from the book and the film script. We both really enjoyed it and thank Tim for his enthusiasm and insight. Highly recommended.
Craig Priddice wrote on November 1, 2017 at 10:36 pm:
Went to Edinburgh on the weekend of the 6th October for my stag . Tim did a tour on Saturday 7th in the afternoon. Was a brilliant tour and very funny indeed. Tim was obviously very knowledgeable of Irvine welsh’s Work and it’s connection with leiths culture. A nice touch was when he let us read excerpts from the book and he took us to an old school working men’s club. He really was absorbed in making us happy and entertained and we did a perfect rendition of Lou Reed’s Perfect day , which it was for us
Oriel Hardman wrote on October 30, 2017 at 8:11 pm:
I thoroughly enjoyed the tour of Leith with Tim. What an insightful guide he was and a brilliant tour overall it was. The insight he provided into the ‘junk’ affliction that gripped Edinburgh in the 1980s was thoroughly superb. Would do it again if I got chance and would highly recommend. Thanks, Tim!
Aisling Walsh wrote on October 12, 2017 at 2:29 pm:
Myself and my byofriend Leon did a tour with Tim during our recent trip to Edinburgh. The day we wanted to go, Tim didn\'t have any other guests, so instead of rescheduling us, instead he tailored the tour to exactly what we wanted! I asked a lot of questions and Tim had the answers to all and more! We had great fun reciting passages from the books and screenplays, and also getting to visit the Dockers Club. Because we were visiting from Ireland, Tim also taught us a bit about the historical Irish connection to Leith which was a really nice touch. Thank you so much for your time, Tim. I\'ve been telling everyone about this tour since I\'ve been home! And I\'m really looking forward to reading your book when it comes out next year!