JOIN THE INTELLIGENCE TRAIL, LONDON’S IN-DEPTH SPY TOUR…NOW EDINBURGH TOO!
IMMERSE YOURSELF IN THE REAL WORLD OF MI5, MI6 (AND THEIR ENEMIES) ON THE STREETS OF SCOTLAND’S CAPITAL CITY: EDINBURGH.
Join Spies & Shadows Chief Brian Gray on a content-rich journey into Britain’s intelligence world, with this exciting new tour set in the beautiful city of Edinburgh.
Are you ready to pick up THE INTELLIGENCE TRAIL in ‘Auld Reekie’?
From the meeting point around Haymarket Station until the end (near Waverley Station) you’ll discover how Edinburgh has been involved in the spy game throughout the decades.
On the tour you’ll walk past some of the city’s famous landmarks, whether it be places of learning, plush hotels, world famous attractions, and transport hubs. But it’s the people associated with these locations that are of course the main attractions. For some it was a case of ‘sightseeing’ of a different sort, for others it was for study, training – or treachery.
Learn more about the German spies in both World Wars staying in the capital’s hotels, and in one case, arrested! There’s also a trip to Edinburgh University to discover the spy connections – current and past – possessed by this renowned seat of learning. There’s the bizarre MI6 front organization responsible for organizing one of the most surreal events in the city’s history…if only they knew!
And there’s an opportunity to ponder more current issues too: media propaganda and intelligence agendas, counter-surveillance tradecraft and terrorist group infiltration.
The three mile, three hour private walking tour heads south east, then east before returning up to the bustling environs of the Royal Mile and finally across to the other side of town for its finale near Waverley railway station. There is a wide variety of street types and walking surfaces on the tour; from cobbled streets and squares, to steps and busy tourist pavements. Quieter streets will be traversed as well as the busy tourist traps that the city is so well known for.
Delivered by arguably the leading spy tour guide in the UK, chosen by members of the intelligence, security and diplomatic communities from around the world, there’s NO other tour like this in Edinburgh.
And with plenty of walking on this tour, that brings plenty of opportunities to ask questions along the way as you walk from point to point. And just like the other tours, it’s all killer, no filler, from start to finish. And it’s not ‘Brigadoon Bond’ either! (while Sean Connery’s birthplace would have fitted into the route, the building doesn’t exist anymore: ‘shame!).
Regardless, you can be assured of a healthy dose of sex, violence, treachery and betrayal: the usual ‘Trail hallmarks! With a healthy number of episodes and details, together with ample time for further discussion along the way, your mind and body will be kept active. As with the other tours, due to the subject matter and level of detail provided, the ‘Trail is not recommended for children.
- Learn about wartime German spies active in the city, their sightseeing and their arrest
- Find out about Edinburgh University’s spy links and espionage
- Tailed on the Royal Mile: MI5 counter-surveillance training.
- Putin propaganda or objective coverage? Russian vs Western media, soft power and subversion.
Please note further that due to the route length, steps, and different surfaces walked on, this tour is unsuitable for wheelchair users or those with walking difficulties.
WHO COMES ON THE INTELLIGENCE TRAIL?
As well as the more shadowy groups, ‘civilians’ are warmly welcomed. Private group tours (or premium tours for couples and very small groups) are a great option for:-
- couples and small family friend groups
- university students and teachers, specialising in international relations, politics, security or intelligence studies
- social / retirement groups looking to spend a few hours in London and eager to learn about the spy world
- work colleagues either as part of a teambuilding exercise (ask about custom requirements) or a fun after-work activity for everyone in the team.
- civilised stag parties that get everyone talking for the rest of the day and allows the Dad and prospective Father-in-Law to get involved too (Hen Parties are also welcome: no surprise, the last one opted for the Sexpionage tour!)
- spy film publicity events, allowing journalists and bloggers the opportunity to really get to understand the British intelligence world to help them write informative and absorbing content to promote the film.
Tour slots on THE INTELLIGENCE TRAIL are booked on a first come first pay basis, via secure online payment. Tour size can be up to 20 people.
Tour pricing differs from the London pricing model. Edinburgh pricing is calculated by number of people. Therefore, the more people in the group, the lower the price per person.
Prices correct as of October 2016.
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‘TRADECRAFT’ AND CUSTOM REQUIREMENTS
Please get in touch if you have something special or different in mind that you’d like created. Whether it’s a bespoke tour focusing on a key topic, a full day (or longer) itinerary, don’t hesitate to get in touch. Similarly, if you’re a film PR agency needing a notable event for your forthcoming spy cinema release, then do get in touch. There’s experience here! Tradecraft and/or other bespoke elements are not included in the prices above, and will be priced individually.
In need of a conference or after-dinner speaker? Whether it’s bemusing or serious, but always informative and absorbing, get in touch to discuss your requirements.
GET IN TOUCH!
Email’s the best way. Send your message to:
info at intelligencetrail.co.uk
NEED MORE CONVINCING?
if judged by the company THE INTELLIGENCE TRAIL keeps…it’s in fine fettle!
The Intelligence Trail in London was a truly memorable experience. Brian Gray delivered an in-depth and fascinating tour that took me to locations both famous and infamous, and he made the past come to life with his anecdotes and intimate details. As an author, I am unable to spend thirty seconds with a subject matter expert such as Brian without asking a question; he had all the answers and he took me deeper into the history of London’s intelligence community than I could have imagined.”
Mark Greaney, #1 New York Times Bestselling author / co-author with Tom Clancy and national bestselling author of ‘The Gray Man’ series.
“The Intelligence Trail is a very well researched and interesting insight into the history and evolution of the secret world of intelligence gathering and espionage. Conducted in and around Whitehall, it was fascinating to visit the various sites of interest whilst being briefed on the famous (and infamous) by an articulate and well informed guide. Highly recommended.”
Major, Royal Marines, Defence School of Intelligence, UK
In short, the ‘Trail is an acclaimed in-depth educational experience that’s informative, absorbing, entertaining, and thought provoking. Book your tour today!