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Real Women of Edinburgh

Discover some of our city's most inspiring women

Embark on an unforgettable journey through the vibrant history and inspiring stories of Edinburgh’s remarkable women with the Real Women of Edinburgh Walking Tour, an exclusive experience included in your Edinburgh City Pass. Led by the passionate and knowledgeable guide, Gayle, this tour takes you on a captivating exploration of the city’s past and present, highlighting the resilience, ingenuity, and contributions of Edinburgh’s women.

Your adventure begins at Maggie Dickson’s pub, where you’ll be enthralled by the extraordinary tale of Maggie Dickson herself. Discover how this courageous woman defied death and survived a public execution in the early 1700s, becoming a symbol of strength and determination.

From there, venture to the Grassmarket Community Project, a beacon of support and empowerment for vulnerable individuals in the community. Learn about the invaluable work they do and the impact they make, reflecting the enduring spirit of women in uplifting others.

As you continue your journey, delve into the intriguing history of Edinburgh’s first female body snatchers and uncover the fascinating story of the most successful author and scriptwriter in the UK, both trailblazing women who left an indelible mark on the city’s narrative.

Your tour culminates at the bottom of the Royal Mile, where you’ll hear more tales of modern-day social enterprises dedicated to supporting and empowering women. Gain insight into the vital services available to women in Edinburgh today and the ongoing efforts to champion their rights and opportunities.


Maggie Dickson’s pub, 92 Grassmarket, Edinburgh EH1 2JR


Daily at 3pm 

You will need to book this tour in advance. Minimum of two people per tour – if you are booking for one you might need to book closer to the date of the tour. 

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