Skip to content

Local Shops, Stories & Gems Explorer

Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Check local COVID-19 restrictions before booking

Experience hosted by David

3 hours
Includes equipment
Up to 6 people
Hosted in English

What you'll do

We will explore Edinburgh's most fundamental monuments, personally selected family-owned independent shops, and the hidden gems that you probably won't find on your own. As we make our way through the city's historic Georgian streets, and taking in breathtaking views, we will discover the stories and personalities that define one of the most inspiring capitals in the world.

You'll meet the iconic family-run shopping scene. Including a sneak peek to a workshop run by a fashionista legend and a few other local favourites. Book lovers and gastro fanatics are in favour. It's recommended to plan with a few souvenirs ;)

I will introduce you to my independently curated guide map. The booklet includes 350 recommendations around town and will serve as your little helper for the rest of your stay.

Don't forget your camera as we will explore some of the city's most grandiose areas with jaw-dropping skylines and architecture. Our path will take us through New Town, Old Town, the Royal Mile, and Calton Hill. The experience concludes on the historic Grassmarket.

Feel free to ask for recommendations. Everybody is welcome.

If the 2 pm start won't work for you we can start at 11 am as well, just PM me, and I will adjust my times to yours.

Please take a look at my Instagram for more @edinburghexperiences

Bring your smile and sense of exploration.

Looking forward
David
We will explore Edinburgh's most fundamental monuments, personally selected family-owned independent shops, and the hidden gems that you probably won't find on your own. As we make our way through the city's historic Georgian streets, and taking in breathtaking views, we will discover the stories and personalities that define one of the most inspiring capitals in the world.

You'll meet the iconic family-run shopping scene. Including a…

David's commitment to safety

This host committed to Airbnb’s COVID-19-related safety and cleaning guidelines—including adhering to social distancing guidelines, practicing good hygiene, and ensuring that all participants wear a mask.
Learn more

What's included

  • Equipment
    Alternative guide map to Edinburgh - tailored for the curious explorer, cur...
From $30
/ person
Tue, Jan 19
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
$30 per person
$30 per person
Wed, Jan 20
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
$30 per person
$30 per person
Thu, Jan 21
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
$30 per person
$30 per person

Meet your host, David

Host on Airbnb since 2016
  • 31 Reviews
  • Identity verified
Hello, and welcome to my favourite city in the world!

I have established - Alternative Edinburgh - a name derived from my multi-stop approach to city exploration. I am glad to say that running boutique experiences is my full-time commitment and passion.

The goal is to cover it all when it comes to the hidden gems, history & stories, food, music, art, and of course, shopping for unique finds. My experiences will give you real insider access to Edinburgh's vibrant local lifestyle, culture & rich history, carefully crafted, fun, and social away from the busy tourist hot spots.

Looking forward
David

• I can prepare an exclusive itinerary for you. Please send me a message to discuss your preferences.

• Find out more about me and my other experiences at:
alteredin.com

• Check out my Instagram: @edinburghexperiences
Hello, and welcome to my favourite city in the world!

I have established - Alternative Edinburgh - a name derived from my multi-stop approach to city exploration. I am glad to say that running boutique experiences is my full-time commitment and passion.

The goal is to cover it all when it comes to the hidden gems, history & stories, food, music, art, and of course, shopping for unique finds. My experiences will give you real insider access to Edinburgh's vibrant local life…
To protect your payment, never transfer money or communicate outside of the Airbnb website or app. Learn more

Where you'll be

Our playground will be the UNESCO World Heritage New Town and Old Town. Along the way, we will encounter many hidden local sites with excellent views. The locations probably better kept in secret. The experience finishes in Old Town, by the iconic Grassmarket area.

Walking terrain is medium and it's around 2.6 mi/4 km with plenty to see, so please plan with a flexible finish time.

Rated 5.0 out of 5 from 31 reviews.

Otilia Elena
October 2020
David has surprised me in every good way. Thanks to his knowledge I discovered loads of curious things about Edinburgh and it’s history. I feel like he is very passionated about what he does and that’s why the experience has been so amazing. We visited almost every corner of this pretty city and some cute shops and cafes. I would definitely recommend him, It’s worth it!
David has surprised me in every good way. Thanks to his knowledge I discovered loads of curious things about Edinburgh and it’s history. I feel like he is very passionated about wh…
Hannah
September 2020
Myself and my husband had a wonderful tour with David - he personalised it for our needs especially to work for me (at nearly 9 months pregnant!) and he went out of his way to make sure we got to see everything-- but at my pace. We left the tour filled with a greater sense of the magical world of Edinburgh, its history and its people. David's enthusiasm for Edinburgh was contagious and I can't believe how much we got to see and learn in one afternoon! All in all I can't recommend this tour enough, it meant we got to really experience Edinburgh in a way that we never could have on our own. David was a lovely guide, congenial and a real expert in what he loves, he was always attentive to our questions and gave us so many wonderful recommendations - we felt relaxed and very much enjoyed his presence- thank you David !
Myself and my husband had a wonderful tour with David - he personalised it for our needs especially to work for me (at nearly 9 months pregnant!) and he went out of his way to mak…
Bethany
September 2020
I would definitely recommend this experience. David showed us the main tourist sights in Edinburgh and provided information about them, but also took us to some hidden gems that we would never have found ourselves. He was very considerate of the different things we might have wanted to see to offer a really personalised experience, so it's definitely worth booking to find good independent stores, family-run businesses, and vegan restaurants, for example. We booked this for the morning of our first full day in Edinburgh and David provided a booklet with lots of recommendations in it for places to eat, drink, and see. At the end of the tour he suggested things we could see during the remainder of our time and we had a great walk as a result, going to Leith, a fantastic food market, and several picturesque villages. We're very glad we booked this experience.
I would definitely recommend this experience. David showed us the main tourist sights in Edinburgh and provided information about them, but also took us to some hidden gems that we…
Ian
September 2020
Myself and my wife had a fantastic day with David who showed us everything Edinburgh had to offer and more. He was personable, charming, knowledgable and went out of his way to show us so many places and experiences. Would highly recommend any tour that David has to offer. Brilliant day!
Myself and my wife had a fantastic day with David who showed us everything Edinburgh had to offer and more. He was personable, charming, knowledgable and went out of his way to sho…
Rovi
September 2020
the tour was really fascinating. full of information and was really worth it. David was so professional, i saw his passion and dedication to what he is doing. Kudos!
Lucia
August 2020
Definitely wear comfortable shoes and do this on your first day at Edinburgh. David gives you a great map of places to go to.

Choose from available dates

30 available
1 / 2
  • Tue, Jan 19
    2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    $30 per person
  • Wed, Jan 20
    2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    $30 per person
  • Thu, Jan 21
    2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    $30 per person
  • Fri, Jan 22
    2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    $30 per person
  • Sat, Jan 23
    2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    $30 per person
  • Sun, Jan 24
    2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    $30 per person
  • Mon, Jan 25
    2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    $30 per person
  • Tue, Jan 26
    2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    $30 per person

Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 6 guests ages 2 and up can attend.

What to bring

A big smile and the sense of adventure.

Prepare for walking, bring comfy shoes and something waterproof just in case.