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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
Nicola Woods wrote on July 22, 2015 at 1:28 pm:
My partner booked this tour for us as i am a massive Irvine Welsh fan and Trainspotting is my Favorite book ever! Tim\'s Tour was fantastic! I absolutely loved it! Tim was a very entertaining tour guide and i learnt so much. It was brilliant walking the streets of Leith with him and discussing characters and emotions. It was in fact one of the best things i have ever done! I 100% recommend that if you are in edinburgh you must do this tour! Thanks Tim and hope you are well! Looking forward to your book!
richard wrote on April 27, 2015 at 10:37 am:
Undertook my first ever literary tour with Tim in April 2015 and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I had never been to Leith before and I had no idea what to expect. The tour itself was extremely enjoyable with Tim covering not only Welsh but the history of Leith too. I learnt an enormous amount from the time we spent together. Tim himself is very engaging and knowledgeable. If you are into Welsh and like learning I would highly recommend Leithwalks.
Hope & Rich wrote on November 12, 2014 at 8:07 pm:
We had a lovely time on the tour! It was definitely the highlight of our trip to fair Edina! It was cold and rainy and still it was great. We got to see so many places from the books (Trainspotting and Porno), complete with passages read aloud to match. Since we were in Edinburgh, Hope has picked up \"The Bedroom Secrets of the Master Chefs,\" and has been so excited to see all of the places mentioned that she now knows: Constitution Street, the foot of the Walk, the Central Bar. We were so happy to have a tour guide who knew some back stories and had some insight into the mind of the characters and who seemed to understand what Irvine Welsh was getting at. A tour with Tim is as close as you\'re going to get to running into Mark, Simon, Danny, Frank, or Diane in Leith. Not to be missed!
Jarek Rybski wrote on October 15, 2014 at 8:36 pm:
It is very interesting address. I miss my favourite Leith I have not visited for some years now. I translated Porno into Polish and now it is going to have its second edition - before the premiere of the movie I think. I know what you\'d say - Ah ken ya Poles! Ya took all our birds! - as an old Navy greeted me once in a pub. He spoke of Polish soldiers during WWII stationed in Scotland of course. As I said I miss my Leith and miss Scotland too but for a moment have no way to visit my favourite places again. Very warm greetings from Wrocław, Poland. I\'ll be following you. Jarek