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The Locals' Guide to Edinburgh [Paperback]

Owen O'Leary , Claudia Monteiro , Designer: Claire Dowling
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Book Description

30 July 2013
Like a friend in a foreign city, The Locals' Guide to Edinburgh is a new departure in travel guides. Based around interviews with 17 local legends, the book gives a fresh insight into Scotland's capital from a diverse range of people living there. In addition, tips on where to stay, eat, drink and party are sandwiched between recommendations for romantics, winter retreats and festival fanatics.

Where other guides need a holiday in itself just to read them cover to cover, we ve cut to the chase to give you the best bits Edinburgh has to offer. Look out for Scottish words for the weather, a recipe from award winning chef Martin Wishart, a poem by Alastair Reid and a few lines about films and books that define different aspects of the city. All of this content is beautifully presented by designer Claire Dowling whose own love affair with Edinburgh inspired her breathtaking design.

Our 17 local legends have given their personal recommendations and based on their different lifestyles, how they interact with the city and why they love living here. Each are photographed in some of their favourite places by photographer Matthew Reid whose work throughout the guide gives us a taster of why Edinburgh is often referred to as Athens of the North . Interviewees include; Scottish rugby legend Gavin Hastings, architect Malcolm Fraser, taxi driver extraordinaire Bob McCulloch and pub owners Anna and Mike Christopherson.


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Product details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Oh Really Creative t/a Word of Mouth Travels; Updated version of first edition edition (30 July 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0955752906
  • ISBN-13: 978-0955752902
  • Product Dimensions: 17.2 x 12.4 x 1.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 50,376 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"The book… is a distillation of the kind of places and events visitors often miss out on. Interviews with "local legends", from Gavin Hastings to DJ Trendy Wendy, and suggestions for places to go to match mood, budget and times of day are all presented in a beautifully produced work (step forward designer Claire Dowling) that could just as easily serve as a memento of a visit to Edinburgh as a practical guide when tourists are actually here." --The Scotsman

In the Romantic section, tips include taking a lucky partner for some "canal boat canoodling" - hiring a rowing boat from the Edinburgh Canal Society, just off Ashley Terrace in Morningside.

With other sections including "Drink and be merry" and "All you can eat", the new guide, from first-time publishers Word of Mouth Travels, promises a bonanza of tips covering most activities. --Evening News

TWO FIRST-TIME publishers from Edinburgh have started what one industry expert has called a "revolution" with the world's first organic travel guide. All the content in The Locals' Guide to Edinburgh, published last week, from the design to the writing, is sourced locally and aims to give visitors an alternative view of the city far from the madding tourist crowds. --Sunday Herald

In the Romantic section, tips include taking a lucky partner for some "canal boat canoodling" - hiring a rowing boat from the Edinburgh Canal Society, just off Ashley Terrace in Morningside.

With other sections including "Drink and be merry" and "All you can eat", the new guide, from first-time publishers Word of Mouth Travels, promises a bonanza of tips covering most activities. --Evening News

TWO FIRST-TIME publishers from Edinburgh have started what one industry expert has called a "revolution" with the world's first organic travel guide. All the content in The Locals' Guide to Edinburgh, published last week, from the design to the writing, is sourced locally and aims to give visitors an alternative view of the city far from the madding tourist crowds. --Sunday Herald

In the Romantic section, tips include taking a lucky partner for some "canal boat canoodling" - hiring a rowing boat from the Edinburgh Canal Society, just off Ashley Terrace in Morningside.

With other sections including "Drink and be merry" and "All you can eat", the new guide, from first-time publishers Word of Mouth Travels, promises a bonanza of tips covering most activities. --Evening News

TWO FIRST-TIME publishers from Edinburgh have started what one industry expert has called a "revolution" with the world's first organic travel guide. All the content in The Locals' Guide to Edinburgh, published last week, from the design to the writing, is sourced locally and aims to give visitors an alternative view of the city far from the madding tourist crowds. --Sunday Herald

In the Romantic section, tips include taking a lucky partner for some "canal boat canoodling" - hiring a rowing boat from the Edinburgh Canal Society, just off Ashley Terrace in Morningside.

With other sections including "Drink and be merry" and "All you can eat", the new guide, from first-time publishers Word of Mouth Travels, promises a bonanza of tips covering most activities. --Evening News

TWO FIRST-TIME publishers from Edinburgh have started what one industry expert has called a "revolution" with the world's first organic travel guide. All the content in The Locals' Guide to Edinburgh, published last week, from the design to the writing, is sourced locally and aims to give visitors an alternative view of the city far from the madding tourist crowds. --Sunday Herald

In the Romantic section, tips include taking a lucky partner for some "canal boat canoodling" - hiring a rowing boat from the Edinburgh Canal Society, just off Ashley Terrace in Morningside.

With other sections including "Drink and be merry" and "All you can eat", the new guide, from first-time publishers Word of Mouth Travels, promises a bonanza of tips covering most activities. --Evening News

TWO FIRST-TIME publishers from Edinburgh have started what one industry expert has called a "revolution" with the world's first organic travel guide. All the content in The Locals' Guide to Edinburgh, published last week, from the design to the writing, is sourced locally and aims to give visitors an alternative view of the city far from the madding tourist crowds. --Sunday Herald

From the Publisher

We've asked everyone we know in Edinburgh to tell us exactly what makes home special; which eateries, bars, shops and walks they absolutely couldn't live without. And then we asked some more. We invited local legends to guide you through the city, and they'll be speaking directly to you from the pages of the book. Maybe you are visitor keen to avoid the `tourist trail', or a local resident willing to try new things. Take the locals' word for it and check out their stories, tips and thoughts.

Welcome to Edinburgh , you've arrived...

p.s. - We have a no advertising policy. Instead, places are featured on merit alone, either because they're unique, inspiring or run by people who genuinely care about their trade. This book has been written, designed and photographed by Edinburgh-based folk and printed in Scotland.


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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best guide by far 16 May 2008
Format:Paperback
If your going to visit Edinburgh don't even think about doing it without this guide, you'd miss so much - I actually used to live in Edinburgh for a while and I didn't know a quarter of this.

Instead of listing tons of bars and restaurants, this book picks places and things to do according to your mood. There's a great section on things to do if it's a cold day and things to do on a romantic outing, the best pubs for a quiet chat, etc etc. And the thing I really liked is that it's all written and photographed by locals - beautiful and stylish to look at too... Definite a great buy if your visiting or if you live there.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Feel like one of the locals 20 Jan 2008
Format:Paperback
i've just come back from a fab weekend in edinburgh thanks to the locals' guide. not only did it give me the low down on all the cool places to hang out but i could walk along the street holding it without feeling like a tourist - i loved the design because it doesn't look like an ordinary guide book - more like a funky note book or journal. Plus, it's small enough to fit in a handbag but still contains all the info you need. Genius.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best guide book for Edinburgh! 29 April 2009
Format:Paperback
Really well thought out book! Doesn't look like a guide and provides different ideas for places to visit, eat at and things to do. I only stayed in Edinburgh for a couple of nights but managed to take up quite a few of the suggestions and none of them disappointed!
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
By Becca
Format:Paperback
Like all the best bits of Lonely Planet but beautifully packaged and designed. It's obviously written by someone with real love for their fair city and the people within it.
Like having a really amazing tour guide who knows all the best bars, restaurants and attractions that he doens't normally show to the tourists but he likes the look of you so he'll let you in on the cities secrets.
With little interviews with people who live in Edinburgh reccomending their favourtie haunts this is such a personal guide, almost like it's been tailored to your every off the beaten track need.
A little gem.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Locals Guide to Edinburgh 24 Nov 2009
By Dr Dot
Format:Paperback
A good book for those who have been to Edinburgh before and want to explore more of the city away from the main tourist bits. That being said the main tourist bits in Edinburgh are brilliant especially the castle, Holyrood etc. If this is your first time and you want to do the main sites this book isn't for you unless you buy a more standard guide and map as well. This was my sixth visit and I found it useful and interesting - and it made me want to return.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Marvellous 24 Aug 2009
Format:Paperback
The Locals Guide to Edinburgh is a must have for tourists and locals alike. It is packed with fascinating reviews and suggestions which make for an amazing varied guide to this wonderful city. The size is super handy too as it fits neatly into small bags ready to be whipped out for reference whilst sipping a coffee and planning your day! Well done!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Edinburgh beyond the obvious 26 July 2011
Format:Paperback
This month, I went to Scotland for the first time. I was only there for a week, but in all honesty, if I could I wouldn't have left. I've traveled to many places in the world but this is the first time I've felt so strongly about a place. Edinburgh is the city of my dreams. I heartily recommend going there to everyone, no matter where you're from.

Since I prefer to visit places by exploring and meeting locals rather than following tourist routes, I went into a book store searching for a different kind of guide. I'm really glad I found this one. It's a beautifully designed book written by people who live in the city, and features recommendations that go far beyond the obvious. It's made me want to go back even more, and I actually didn't want this book to end, because delving into it felt like being back in the city.

Highly recommended!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful eyes to see Edinburgh through 6 Aug 2009
Format:Paperback
We have just been in Edinburgh for a visit and there is no doubt that this is the best guide book available. It is so different from the run of the mill type stuff, giving a real flavour for the people and places of this superb city. I can't think of a better city to visit in Europe, and equally can't think of a better guide to see Edinburgh through. Atmosphere drips from the pages, and my only disappointment was that I didn;t get to meet some of the people who provided the input for the guide. Thanks guys - when are you doing the rest of the world..!?
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5.0 out of 5 stars good condition and my friend really like it as she ...
Delivered much faster than expected, good condition and my friend really like it as she has just moved to Edinburgh. A great present.
Published 3 days ago by Lily Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent.
Published 15 days ago by RS
2.0 out of 5 stars Full of lovely useful tid bits but the typeface is just too small
Full of lovely useful tid bits but the typeface is just too small. I think the challenge that many over 50's experience with small print hasn't even entered the awareness of the... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Lady JT
5.0 out of 5 stars Insider information
Very good guide to Edinburgh, inside information you wouldn't normally find in everyday guide books, only criticism being the size of the book, the original wad a tad larger which... Read more
Published 4 months ago by anthony griffiths
5.0 out of 5 stars A unique book to get to know the city
I was offered this nice book just a few days after I arrived in Edinburgh.
It was of great help to discover the city and the nice places to see and visit. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Pernet Louis
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for visitors
I have been visiting Edinburgh for 30 years and know the city fairly well. This guide helped me discover new places.Can't wait for the sister guide to Glasgow to come out!
Published 7 months ago by Helenmb
5.0 out of 5 stars The BEST guide to Edinburgh
I found this guide extremely useful. Not only is a beautifully presented product but also so practical. Read more
Published 16 months ago by lcheape
4.0 out of 5 stars A cut above the average
Does what it says on the tin, but does it with a little more style than your average bog-standard city guide. Read more
Published on 19 July 2012 by Simon Bendle
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as useful as expected
The product looked good and I quite enjoyed reading it before my trip to Edinburgh. It was my first trip and I found my lonely planet guide much more useful. Read more
Published on 7 Dec 2011 by big movie fan
5.0 out of 5 stars Atmosphere oozes from every page
I love this Edinburgh guide. The first guide I have actually read from cover to cover. Atmosphere oozes from every page. Full of ideas that you won't find in other guides. Read more
Published on 6 Dec 2010 by G. Dorkins
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