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Many thanks for the very interesting tour Tim. I suspect that what you don\'t know about the Trainspotting scene isn\'t worth knowing. Having only seen the films so far it greatly inspires me to read the books I also look forward to reading your book on the subject.
Thank you for the tour on Thursday, Tim. I learned so much and am thirsting for more. I was entertained and occasionally humbled by your stories and perspectives on Irvine Welsh, Trainspotting, Leith, Edinburgh, drugs and drug taking. I now have a fuller understanding and appreciation of ALL of this. Vin Arthey (an Edinburgh resident who didn\'t realise how little he knew about it!)
Young Mr Bell took a party of us on his Trainspotting walking tour of Leith earlier this week. The man is a fount of knowledge, with rich political and social perspectives on the book and its location, as well as insightful critical views of both book and film. It was all good thought-provoking stuff, and Tim has so many angles on Trainspotting that I\'m sure if we did the walk again tomorrow we\'d have an evening of entirely new material to chew over. Many thanks, Tim
Hi Tim, many thanks for the excellent tour, bringing trainspotting to life courtesy of your good self (and of course your latest deputy in the shape of Bill Crombie)...having watched the T1 film just the previous day, your tour drew out the messages emanating from the film into stark reality. All the best !!
Thanks for a great tour yesterday, Tim. I highly recommend this informative, entertaining tour. We visited some fascinating and contrasting places (highlight for me was the Leith Dockers Social Club - was just how I had imagined it). Tim does a great job bringing the various scenes to vivid life. And, now I know why the Banana Flats are called the Banana Flats - what more could you ask for ?!
Tim, Great tour yesterday, really enjoyed it. So much about Leith and T1 & T2, that I didn\'t know. I would recommend this tour to anyone With plenty of sunshine on Leith Cheers
Walking around and talking with Tim for this tour is an ABSOLUTE must for trainspotting fans, and Edinburgh visitors alike. Not only does Tim share his insight \'on location\' for various dialogues from both the books and movies, but he also paints a vivid picture of the socio-historical context- an analytical perspective more than 20 years in the making. We didn\'t read the books before the tour, only saw the films. We will now read the books with a deep appreciation and understanding of the Leith setting, the characters, and heroine addiction. We cannot wait to read Tim\'s book ‘A Trainspotter’s Guide’ as soon as it is published. We also had a unique, unexpected encounter during our tour with one of Leith\'s most colorful residents- Mary Moriarity, former owner of Port O\'Leith bar, which Irvine Welsh frequented and used in his stories. Cheers!
Tim\'s tour is everything you would hope for. It didn\'t just cover the book trainspotting it gave a great working class overview of life in Leith. I particularly enjoyed our visit to the Leith Dockers Club. I am a union organiser in Australia and it was both affirming and tragic to hear that casualisation has ripped the heart out of the Leith working class in the same way it has impacted workers in Australia. Don\'t mourn organise!
My husband, daughter & myself did the Trainspotting Tour of Leith with Tim at the end of June. What an unexpected pleasure! Tim was affable, knowledgeable, and humorous. It was a great afternoon, well-spent and definitely a highlight of our short visit to Edinburgh. Tim gave us great insight into the social history and architecture of this area as a background to Trainspotting - both the film (which we\'d seen) and the books (now on my \"must read\" list). I look forward to reading Tim\'s forthcoming book.
For Trainspotting \"fans\" or adventurous travelers just curious about this cultural phenomenon, I highly recommend booking Tim Bell\'s Leith Walk. Why, some may ask, did a novel about heroin junkies in down-and-out Leith, Scotland in the 1980s, adapted afterward to the stage and then to the screen, become such a classic? The novel is really more a collection of short stories narrated in dense working-class Scots; the play is an immersive excerpt from the book designed to shock and awe; the film is a comic visual masterpiece and druggy soundtrack. What I loved about Tim\'s guided tour is that he incorporates all three into a crucial fourth \"text\": the place, Leith in the 1980s and today. Tim lived there back then and over the years has witnessed all of its ch-ch-ch-changes. (Sorry, had to throw a David Bowie reference in there; you\'ll see why when you take the tour.) Leith—which is not Edinburgh, though annexed by the capital—has a fascinating boom-bust history, and Trainspotting conveys, among many things, a nostalgic and satirical vision of what the city had become in the eighties. One caveat: be sure to give yourself three hours or so for this experience. It will be time well spent!
I recently visited Edinburgh with a group of friends for my Stag party, and had booked a Trainspotting tour with Tim as part of the weekend activities. A few of the lads were a little sceptical of it all, as unlike myself, they weren\'t massive Irvine Welsh/Trainspotting fans. However I\'m delighted to say that following the Tour, everyone raved about how good it was. Tim, as a guide is simply exceptional, his local knowledge of Leith is tremendous and he gave a brilliant insight to each location/stop off on the tour. We started at the Port O\' Leith pub and finished up about 2 and a half hours later at the Central Bar, every minute of it enjoyable, from the history of certain locations to reading extracts from the book itself. For any Trainspotting/Irvine Welsh fans out there, this Tour is an absolute must, id highly recommended it. Gavin
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The Trainspotting tour was a fantastic experience, specially for understanding the story of the book/film on its own context, on the industrial Leith of the 70\'s and 80\'s. The socio-political reflections offered by Tim are interesting for foreigners to get to know Edinburgh deeper and see the locations that inspired the story in first-hand. Nevertheless, visitors who are exclusively looking for the film locations would probably not find the tour suitable to their interest.
We had a very entertaining Trainspotting tour with Tim on the weekend of the T2 film-premier accompanied by Forth Radio and Sky News cameras! Tim\'s knowledge of the books is superb and we got to visit the actual locations of many of the scenes from the books and films. A must-do if you\'re visiting Edinburgh!
The tour is very worthy and really exciting! Tim is a good communicator and provides historical data that makes you rethink about the perception of the story. You learn not just about the film, the book and its locations, but about social and cultural aspects of Leith and Edinburgh. You enter into the spirit of Trainspotting! Just an advice for foreigners: wear warm clothes, it\'s cold at the Dock...
Wonderful tour, informative yet not the typical reading from a script sort of tour. Reading abstracts from the book was a great way to set the scene and we really learned a lot about the area of Leith. Involvement with other people on the tour was included and a true insight into the book was given, and was opened up for interpretation. If you are a Trainspotting fan, would thoroughly recommend this tour!
went on one of Tims trainspotting tours last weekend ....... would highly recommend for all fans of trainspotting , brings a fictional story more to life when you see some of the stories landmarks in the flesh ...... Tim is a nice guy and very informative guide , and cheap tour for only a few pound .
Loved it! A bit of a dreich day -which suited the subject perfectly. A really informative, enjoyable and enlightening tour. Tim is evidently passionate and highly knowledgeable of the books, the films, the back story, Leith life and the area... Great experience, thanks Tim
Having read what has already been written here I am at a loss as to how to add my tuppence worth: the previous 53 comments all speak volumes about Tim Bell & his terrific Trainspotting Literary & Walking Tour in Leith! All I can really add is that for fans of author Irvine Welsh in general, & especially for fans of the trilogy: Skagboys (book); Trainspotting (book, play & film); & Porno (on which the soon to be released T2 Trainspotting film is based) this Tour SHOULD NOT BE MISSED! Tim, thanks for a thoroughly enjoyable Morning. It was great fun to read aloud lines from the Trainspotting Screenplay whilst being at many of the locations mentioned in the three books. You provided an interesting insight into the fictional characters, based on the real lives of people living in Leith during the era the books were set. I’ll be keeping an eye out for your own book being published in the near future. Keep up the good work! Iain