As a walking tour guide with a particular interest in cultural heritage and natural interpretation, I would like to introduce you to my bespoke Anne Lister Tour of Edinburgh.
As well as a diarist, Anne Lister (1791-1840) was a prolific traveller and that’s how I got to “meet” her. She travelled widely through Scandinavia, Continental Europe and even into Russia, and was quite singular in doing so. She was an adventurer and explorer, always with keen curiosity and fascination, and with meticulous precision for recording her experiences and journeys.
With my unique tour of Edinburgh, you now have the chance to follow in her footsteps throughout the city with her diary entries as our companion.
In May 1828 she travelled by stage coach into our grand city which she explored with her companion, Scottish noblewoman Sibella MacLean. They visited all the major sights and resided within the New Town. Thanks to Anne’s obsession with recording minute details, we can now trace their movements and stitch their story into the fabric of Edinburgh.
With me as your guide, we'll experience Anne's world as we walk the cobbled streets discovering and exploring the city's rich history, bringing Anne and Sibella's unique experiences and observations back to life..
Some recent feedback:
"Being on a queer tour was really affirming."
"Stef, you were fab. Really personable and knowledgeable. You felt in control, while being very amiable and welcoming."
"The headsets were a great addition and allowed for individual exploration of areas while still being part of the group.
They also helped us feel safe by allowing us to maintain distance from each other."
As part of our funding from Heritage Lottery Fund, we were able to offer free tours. The remaining tours in June are now fully booked.
For any private or tailored tours, please get in touch.
If you would like a personal tour of Anne and Sibella's journey through Edinburgh, I would be delighted to take you on this magical journey. Please enquire about your preferred date for a personal tour. Pricing available upon request.
Tailored gift vouchers are also available - a great gift!
I am looking forward to hearing from you!
As part of this project we will be able to run free tours for marginalised groups from the LGBTQ+ community and their allies. Further information will be available soon.
For the press release please see here.