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The Real Sherlock Holmes Walking Tour - Highlights!

As 2017 comes to a close, it’s hard to believe that this is still our first year!

The Real Sherlock Holmes started to walk the streets of Edinburgh in April – and ever since he has had the privilege to meet hundreds of wonderful guests from all four corners of the Earth as he tells the amazing true story of how the world’s most famous consulting detective was based on a real man who lived in Edinburgh just over 100 years ago! In fact, the only Continent not yet represented by any of our guests is Antarctica – any resident of this colder clime wishing to join the Tour can do so for free to help Real Sherlock complete his collection!

After a busy Spring and Summer, the Tour was delighted to take part in the 2017 Edinburgh Fringe Festival as it celebrated its 70th anniversary. The city was abuzz with devoted Sherlockians who for the best part of a month flocked to the Tour and visited the real places where the Sherlock Holmes legend truly began. After an incredible few weeks, Real Sherlock decided to treat himself to a holiday – but rejected beekeeping on the Sussex Downs in favour a week of walking on incredible Dartmoor!

Suitably refreshed, Real Sherlock soon returned from Hound of the Baskervilles country and on Saturday October 14th, 2017, we celebrated the 125th anniversary of one the most important dates in the history of literature – the publication of ‘The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes’! To mark this great occasion, The Real Sherlock Holmes Walking Tour of Edinburgh teamed up with The Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Centre and The Conan Doyle Pub to create a truly unforgettable one day event: Sherlock 125.
Guests from Ireland, Scotland and England travelled to Edinburgh for a unique day of celebration which included a specially-extended version of The Real Sherlock Holmes Walking Tour, a 2 course lunch at The Conan Doyle Pub, a talk and tour at The Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Centre and a visit to the final resting place of the ‘real’ Sherlock Holmes. Even the Scottish weather was kind to us – maybe Sir Arthur himself was watching over us?

In 2017, the Tour has also enjoyed significant press coverage – including in The Scotsman and The Edinburgh Evening News. Journalist David Walsh from “The i” online was one of those who took a step back in time to Victorian Edinburgh – read his article to see what he finds:

The real Edinburgh doctor who inspired Sherlock Holmes

So, as our first whirlwind of a calendar year comes to an end, on behalf of the Tour I’d like to thank all those who have helped to make our first year so special, in particular the staff of The Cigar Box, The Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Centre and The Conan Doyle Pub.
Most of all though can I thank everyone who joined me on a Tour this year. Meeting you all and sharing our love of Sherlock Holmes is really what the Tour is all about, so to all of you, on behalf of The Real Sherlock Holmes Walking Tour of Edinburgh, may I wish you the ‘Compliments of the Season’ and a very happy 2018!

It’s ALWAYS 1895.

The Real Sherlock Holmes Walking Tour Started In Edinburgh!

We Took Part In The Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2017!

We Celebrated The 125th Anniversary Of 'The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes' (1892)

Ate At The Conan Doyle Pub

Visited The Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Centre

And Paid Our Respects To The 'real' Sherlock Holmes

We Went On The Trail Of The Real Sherlock Holmes By Day...

And By Night...

And Had The Most Incredible Year...Thank you!!!