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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. https://amzn.to/2Ognizk
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!
Steve Best Man wrote on October 11, 2017 at 8:54 pm:
I booked Tim\'s trainspotting tour a few months ago on request of my mate (the groom and a massive trainspotting fan) as part of his stag do in Edinburgh. The stag do was last weekend and we finally had the pleasure of Tim\'s tour on Saturday afternoon. Tim has a great deal of knowledge on the history of Leith and the work of Irvine Welsh. The tour was fantastic and anyone with an interest in Leith &, in particular, trainspotting and Irvine Welsh will not be disappointed. Tim\'s tour became the talking point of the whole weekend. Tim is a very funny individual and although he brought a lot of humour to the tour he remained respectful to the content of the book and the area of Leith on the whole. Reciting passages from the book during our visit to the Dockers was brilliant Thanks Tim.. You are a class act!!!
Lucy & Ed wrote on October 9, 2017 at 10:16 pm:
We went on tour last Friday and it was truly excellent! Loved getting historical insights into leith and reading from the books and screen play.for fans of Irvine Welsh highly recommended. Tim is so knowledgeable and interesting!
Claudia wrote on October 9, 2017 at 2:48 pm:
Tim is a very polite and kind person. I would have preferred to visit a bit more but all the information were truly interesting. He told us not only about Trainspotting and Porno/T2, but about the block, the sociological and historical situation of when the book was written. It is also an interactive tour and very funny when we were asked to read some lines of the screenplay.
Lorna wrote on October 2, 2017 at 8:11 pm:
The tour was great fun, informative for all Trainspotting fans and, to top it off, got a drink in the Dockers Club on the way. Seriously, I really recommend it, not to be missed, essential Leith/ Edinburgh/Scotland/Trainspotting/Irvine Welsh background, historical and social information and explanation of some of the terms and politics of the times.
Bert Stevenson wrote on September 24, 2017 at 10:25 pm:
A fantastic tour by Tim Bell- interesting, insightful, funny and full of analysis. The tour is anchored in Trainspotting. Tim, with great verve, illustrates in glorious technicolor, the anger, rage and brilliance of Welsh, contained in his central metaphor: Leith\'s inexorable, engineered decline at the hands of the rapacious municipal monster that was and is The Corporate Theme Park formerly known as the City of Edinburgh. And the inevitable and dreadful social consequences of such policies that were visited on Leith. The tour is a must for anyone who appreciates Trainspotting and wishes to more fully understand the social, economic and political context of the novel. Our visit to Leith Docker\'s Club-an oasis of working class values and solidarity in an encroaching desert of gentrification- was evocative and very moving. And just one of the many highlights of the tour. Not to be missed!