We have a fabulous team of tour guides who all share a passion for Edinburgh’s history and running.
James has worked as a tour guide in Edinburgh for many years. With a passion for storytelling, a keen interest in history and a flair for the dramatics, James makes a perfect tour guide. He will be sure to entertain you throughout the tour telling you stories of all the mad characters in history, the ones with great stories that don’t always get told the way they should do.
Born and raised in the North of England, and with Scottish ancestry, and with a passion for travel and adventure, his wealth of historical knowledge melds perfectly with his passion for fairy stories and folklore; the running tours are the perfect way for him to keep his brain in gear! In his own words, “I’m a bit of a greyhound really- I need constant exercise otherwise I go a wee bit mental.”
As well as being a font of knowledge for the running tours, James is also our resident whisky buff, so no prizes for guessing who’s idea the “Winter Warmer” tour was!
I was raised in the wild Celtic countryside where pretty much every stone, tree, path & gate had its own story, One of my earliest memories as a child is of me, aged 5, returning school one particularly dark and windy day by sprinting one mile uphill through the woods to my home in case the fabled ancient witch-of-the-ditch caught me. The seeds were sewn that day for a life of story-driven exercise.
I come from a strong sporting and musical background, particularly folk music, where my performances are strongly infused with its historical stories, life lessons, and general lyrical connection with the world around us. It’s a pleasure to be able to combine my love of cultural history with my passion for healthy living and the outdoors.
A local for nearly 20 years, Nick loves Edinburgh for its vibrant festival scene, wonderful architecture and a wild geology unlike any other city on earth. Some of his favourite moments include lighting up the town on the Night Afore and enjoying the view from the top of Arthur’s Seat.
Nick loves being active outdoors, especially running, climbing and swimming, and believes there’s no better place than right here in Edinburgh to enjoy fresh air. He’s written seven guidebooks to Scotland and, as a qualified mountain leader, has also been taking groups to the Highlands for many years.
He finds the EMF running tours are the perfect way to enjoy a nice run while getting to know the city in all its splendour.
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