Edinburgh is an ancient and beautiful city, built around its famous castle. Lookout points to warn the castle of pending invasion became villages and then became part of the city. Still referred to as villages, some of these areas are known to locals as charity shop hotspots. By joining our Edinburgh walking tour company, you can escape the tourist areas and do what the locals do, finding a bargain and having fun at the same time!
Traverse the lesser-known streets of Edinburgh’s Medieval Old Town, the streets that were once the hunting ground for the notorious serial killers and body snatchers Burke and Hare. They are now peppered with a great selection of charity and vintage shops, including Scotland’s oldest charity shop.
Taking its name from the original wooden bridge that crosses the Water of Leith, wander through a former village, with its distinguished mix of elegant Georgian and Victorian housing. At one point it was very poor but is now a popular residential area with cafes, boutiques, and an eclectic mix delightful charity and Edinburgh oldest retro shop.
The city’s medieval port independent from the city until 1921, it is now one of the most popular places to live. It used to be the principal importer of wine from France in the Middle Ages. The wine bottle was in fact developed here as well as Rose’s lime cordial. Join this Edinburgh walking tour company to see a vibrant part of the city with lots of shops close by.
This is where the original University of Edinburgh was located, including the Old College, the Faculty of Law and Surgeon’s Hall. Home to the world’s first forensic pathology museum, which has relics of the Burke and Hare murders. The long street has a plethora of charity shops, where students often visit.
This neighbourhood sits near the city centre just beyond Haymarket train station. It was originally located outside the city walls and essentially rural. It was once home to Scotland’s oldest paper mill. Industrialised in the 19th century, it no longer has any industry but is mainly residential with old tenement and colony homes. It also has many small businesses and lots of charity shops.