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All WYSTC 2018 registered buyers have the unique opportunity to explore Edinburgh and sample some of the great experiences that the host city has to offer to young travellers. Review this page for familiarisation tour details, and contact us for more information. 

To take part in the buyer familiarisation tour, you must be a registered WYSTC 2018 buyer.

Edinburgh city tour

Date: Saturday, 22 September 2018
Time: 10:00 – 15:00
Meeting point: outside Frankie and Benny’s, Tron Kirk
Lunch break: 13:00 – 14:00 (TBC)

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Part 1: City tour

Celts, castles and charm – it’s hard not to fall in love with the Scottish capital! With a dark and mysterious history, woven through narrow alleyways and cobbled streets, we’ll show you the best sites of Edinburgh and tell you all the fascinating stories that go with them. From the world-famous castle of Edinburgh, down the Royal Mile and to the postcard-perfect Arthur’s seat, we help you see “Auld Reekie” through the eyes of Edinburgh’s best local tour guides.

This walking tour covers:

  • Edinburgh Castle (views of, and stories about; to see the castle, join our daily Castle Tour!)
  • St Giles’ Cathedral
  • Heart of Midlothian
  • The real Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde
  • William Wallace and the Stone of Destiny
  • Greyfriar’s Kirkyard (cemetery) and Greyfriar’s Bobby
  • The Royal Mile
  • Edinburgh’s Old Town 
  • Mercat Cross
  • National Museum
  • Covenanters’ Prison
  • Martyrs’ Memorial
  • The Scottish Writers Museum
  • Grassmarket

Part 2: Harry Potter tour

Come and experience a little magic with us!  You might already know that J.K. Rowling wrote Harry Potter in Edinburgh, and on this special Harry Potter walking tour, we’ll show you which sites were her inspiration for Hogwarts and the characters who dwelled within its magical walls.  See where Diagon Alley came to life, and where Lord Voldemort is buried.  See the original Hogwarts school, as well as a virtual school assembly of its characters, and learn how Edinburgh’s own dark history of witches and wizards played a role in inspiring Rowling herself.

This walking tour covers:

  • The inspiration for the Diagon Alley
  • Lord Voldemort’s burial place
  • The original Hogwarts School
  • Cafes and hotel where J.K Rowling wrote her books
  • Origins of Harry Potter
  • The inspiration for Quidditch

      …and much more!

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