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Katrina Milne wrote on February 21, 2017 at 5:03 pm:
Wonderful tour, informative yet not the typical reading from a script sort of tour. Reading abstracts from the book was a great way to set the scene and we really learned a lot about the area of Leith. Involvement with other people on the tour was included and a true insight into the book was given, and was opened up for interpretation. If you are a Trainspotting fan, would thoroughly recommend this tour!
Craig Fagan wrote on February 20, 2017 at 12:27 pm:
went on one of Tims trainspotting tours last weekend ....... would highly recommend for all fans of trainspotting , brings a fictional story more to life when you see some of the stories landmarks in the flesh ...... Tim is a nice guy and very informative guide , and cheap tour for only a few pound .
Gill Brown wrote on February 1, 2017 at 2:03 pm:
Loved it! A bit of a dreich day -which suited the subject perfectly. A really informative, enjoyable and enlightening tour. Tim is evidently passionate and highly knowledgeable of the books, the films, the back story, Leith life and the area... Great experience, thanks Tim
Iain wrote on January 13, 2017 at 12:42 pm:
Having read what has already been written here I am at a loss as to how to add my tuppence worth: the previous 53 comments all speak volumes about Tim Bell & his terrific Trainspotting Literary & Walking Tour in Leith! All I can really add is that for fans of author Irvine Welsh in general, & especially for fans of the trilogy: Skagboys (book); Trainspotting (book, play & film); & Porno (on which the soon to be released T2 Trainspotting film is based) this Tour SHOULD NOT BE MISSED! Tim, thanks for a thoroughly enjoyable Morning. It was great fun to read aloud lines from the Trainspotting Screenplay whilst being at many of the locations mentioned in the three books. You provided an interesting insight into the fictional characters, based on the real lives of people living in Leith during the era the books were set. I’ll be keeping an eye out for your own book being published in the near future. Keep up the good work! Iain
jose antonio wrote on January 12, 2017 at 12:24 pm:
It was really nice spending the morning with Tim, he made me understand thoroughly many aspects of Trainspotting I had not yet paid attention to. He is a real expert on Irvine Welsh\'s work, and it was really worth doing the tour around Leath with him. I really recommend it to anyone interested in Welsh\'s novels. We ended up in Leith central station a great place to feel the real spirit of Leith. Thanks again Tim.
Andrea & Julie wrote on January 9, 2017 at 8:29 am:
We enjoyed the tour thoroughly and Tim is a fantastic host! Highly recommended for every Trainspotting and Irivne Welsh fan, but also for the general public has it unveil the history of one of the most interesting neighborhoods of Edinburgh
Ali wrote on January 8, 2017 at 7:17 pm:
Surprised my boyfriend with the Trainspotting tour for Christmas, Tim was very helpful and knowledgable from the offset. If you have any interest in Trainspotting or the history of Leith Tim is the man to talk to! Thanks for a great tour.
David wrote on January 4, 2017 at 4:52 pm:
Highly recommended. Before going I didn\'t see how you make 2 hours out of Trainspotting but after 2 and a half I\'d have gladly stuck around for more. The locations are far from the usual tourist trail and each has an interesting story behind it - from Sick Boy\'s house to the dockers\' club. Far from just being a celebration of the books it was also an indepth social history of the area and a people tossed aside. Tim was a very warm and engaging tourguide who promoted discussions and had a lot of fascinating insights into the novels and the area. Note that me and the friend I was with were both seasoned Welsh fans, though I\'d suspect casual readers would also get a lot out of it too. Honestly one of the most enjoyable things I\'ve done in Edinburgh.
Gains Murdoch wrote on January 4, 2017 at 4:15 pm:
Very good tour, can\'t recommend it highly enough. My friend David and I are big fans of Trainspotting so it was great to see the actual places in the book. However what made it really special was our very engaging guide Tim Bell, he mixed insights from the book and film adaption with some fascinating social history. We had a 2 and a half hour with a lot of laughs and countless questions answered. For £6 each, what a bargain!
Chase Heltzel wrote on October 29, 2016 at 10:27 am:
Excellent tour. Tim is extremely knowledgeable and does a very good job placing the books, film and play into the location of Leith. Tim is very passionate about his subject and passes that passion and knowledge along to the participant(s) .
Pete G wrote on October 25, 2016 at 10:34 am:
Tim gave a funny and engaging tour of Leith educating me as to how the Trainspotting novels are so closely linked to the area. He took my fiancée and I to some interesting places well off the beaten track - including the Leith Dockers club and the \"Banana flats\".... Great fun all round!
Davide Capogrossi wrote on October 9, 2016 at 1:01 pm:
Amazing. I enjoyed all the locations of the book and the movie. Leith Walk has got a magic atmosphere: the sounds, the smell, people all around. Fishermen, real sea dogs, punks. I could have met Begbie too, somewhere. Thank you very much.
Linda and Andrea wrote on September 1, 2016 at 1:53 pm:
A Leith, a seaside village a few kilometers from Edinburgh you can participate in a tour in the book places before \"Trainspotting\" Irvine Welsh, from which the eponymous film starring Ewan McGregor . The tour is organized by \" Leith walks\"; we were greeted by Tim who books the hand showed us roads, canals, parks and pubs on the trail of the story. Tim was there, with passion and interest, told anecdotes about town, the shooting and the language of the book. The Scot, said there is a different language of English and who is going to read the text in the original may have difficulty in understanding the fine. We give you some advice: Prepare your skills as actors and singers because there are scripts to be recited, songs to sing and banter from loud scan in true Scottish. This is an experience not to be missed Linda and Andrea
Dave Robbins wrote on July 15, 2016 at 3:51 pm:
I can think of two fitting words to describe Tim\'s tour - f***in barry! My sister and I absolutely loved it. From the Port \'o Leith pub to the fit ay the walk and everything in between (I won\'t ruin all the surprises). Tim\'s company, stories, musings and reenactments brought the Leith depicted in Welsh\'s books to powerful and colourful life. Highly entertaining and educational. Thoroughly recommended.
Christof Wittwer wrote on July 4, 2016 at 11:26 am:
I loved Tim\'s tour and his knowledge on Trainspotting (the book and the movie as well as Irvine Welsh) and on Leith. It was great to be on location and share Tim\'s enthusiasm for the topic. For me it was a truly unforgettable evening including the Dockers\' Club and see Wales beat Belgium in the Central Bar... Don\'t leave Edinburgh without the tour.
Gwen wrote on June 8, 2016 at 1:33 pm:
Tim builds on his own history on the Leith community and combines that with his passion and knowledge Trainspotting. I enjoyed the tour very much!
David Van Doren wrote on June 8, 2016 at 12:08 pm:
I really enjoyed our tour and discussion. It is clear that Tim has spent a lot of time with the book and examining its connection with Leith. I found the talk fascinating and the book was a very useful examination of opiate addiction. You point about the lack of connection being a precursor to addiction is so true. Thanks
Philip Lawrence wrote on April 8, 2016 at 1:35 pm:
Absolutely fantastic tour, Tim really knows his stuff and is a great guide, very friendly and patient too, he had to be to put up with our rabble. Cheers
Mo Stewart wrote on April 6, 2016 at 2:11 pm:
Leith Walks is a fantastic trip for any fan of Irvine Welsh and his work, whether diehard or casual. Tim is a lively amiable host, well capable of capturing the attention of 10 increasingly drunken men! It\'s also a great love letter to Leith, allowing us to take in it\'s majesty, and ability to inspire. I look forward to reading Tim\'s book, and am already planning a return
Webster wrote on February 25, 2016 at 7:14 pm:
The tour we made in February was an great expirience to learn all about that part (Trainspotting-related) in the younger history of Scotland. To actualy see the places that you know from the film were great. We have a better impression of what those times where like. All four of us thank you for giving us the opportunity to visit all the places, because when walking through a big city you don‘t notice the small details, thanks again for showing us those details. Elke, Harvey and Didi from Germany