The Walks

From Saturday 4 August to Saturday 25 August I’m doing a tour every Saturday, Monday and Thursday as a Fringe event, starting and ending at Leith Dockers’ Club at 10.00 am. The Club has strong associations with Irvine Welsh and Trainspotting, so it’s a natural place. We’ll take in the scene at the Persevere pub at the end of Na Na and Others Nazis, and we’re right on location to get into the elusive metaphor that is the title of the book. On the way round we’ll meet all the characters, and we’ll be back at the Club to talk a wee bit about the film, read some scenes from the screenplay and who knows! maybe some of you can do a bit of acting. It should be fun. And I’ll be happy to sell and sign copies of my book if you would like.

Click here for your tickets. Numbers limited to fifteen per tour.

Two great options are normally available for private bookings:

1. The Classic: THE DEID DUG TOUR.

Everyone remembers the Deid Dug scene from the book and the film. Stand in the line of fire! The on-location passages from the book come thick and fast in this Leith Town Centre tour, ending at Leith Central Station for the T-word. We discuss the film as we go.

Getting ready to read the Deid Dugs screenplay right on location in Leith Links…

They can be customised as required; for example focussing on addiction, or HIV/AIDS, or the distinctive social/community issues in Leith that gave rise to the Trainspotting generation. I normally have access to an excellent indoor facility for a round-table presentation and discussion.

Alternatively, we can visit the scene of the book’s Worst Toilet (the film location is elsewhere), the sheriff court and Deacon Brodie’s pub. This tour requires taking a few buses.

Please email to request a booking.
Basic charge: £7.50 per person. Minimum charge: £15 per tour.

  • Group rates for parties of 8 or more.
  • Start-point: normally at the benches opposite Cafe Truva, 77 The Shore, Edinburgh EH6 6RG. On request we can meet at one of the spiritual homes of Trainspotting, Port o’ Leith pub, 58 Constitution St, Edinburgh EH6 6RS
  • Tours take around two hours.

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