Leith: The Trainspotting Generation Tour based on the movie

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Walking tour of Leith visiting locations from the book & movie Trainspotting. The tour will be with a Leith local who grew up during this period. I was part of the so-called Trainspotting generation.


  • Unique tour, the only Trainspotting tour with a local guide from Leith.
  • Hear personal anecdotes about this subject as I grew up during this period.
  • This tour will take you off the beaten track & away from the centre of Edinburgh


For fans of the book and movie, Trainspotting, this is the perfect tour for you. Even if you are not a fan you will still learn a lot on this tour. Growing up in Leith in the 1980's was pretty rough, mass unemployment and poverty had set in,and then heroin arrived on the streets. This tour will also look at why Leith was so badly affected by heroin, and why it is called Trainspotting. Trainspotting is still happening live, and we may see signs of it during the tour. Expect bad language and references to drugs and violence. The tour will start in the most salubrious part of Leith, the shore area and we will visit key locations and hear stories from the book and personal anecdotes from Paul your guide. We will slowly meander through Leith and the tour highlight is the end of the tour where we will visit the location of Trainspotting itself. The tour will start at the Navy Memorial next to the Malmaison Hotel in the Shore area, 1 Tower Place, Leith EH6 7BZ and finish at the bottom of Leith Walk and will last 2 hours.


A fully immersed walking tour with a local Leith tour guide who grew up during this so-called Trainspotting period. Not for the faint hearted as you will hear readings from the book and we will visit key locations from the book Trainspotting. It will last approx 2 hours and is an unforgettable experience. This tour won the Best Community Tour by Lonely Planted in 2021. You will get a unique insight into the reasons for Trainspotting happening and what it was like to grow up during this time. Any questions will be answered honestly and without shame. Not suitable for under 15.

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