Invisible (Edinburgh) is a social enterprise set up in Edinburgh in 2015. It works with people who have been affected by homelessness and trains them to become walking tour guides. It also promotes alternative social minded tours of the city.
Invisible (Edinburgh) doesn’t believe in labels or stereotypes and wants to show that everyone has great potential. They focus on good quality training so that every guide is given the opportunity to walk you through their Edinburgh.
They offer local and friendly tours of the city that are all focused around the great life of the city - showing you monuments of course, but also great social projects that make this city what it is.
Invisible Edinburgh’s aim is to reveal a different side to Scotland's capital city.
The tours start in the Grassmarket, Castle Terrace and Middle Meadow Walk and each has a different theme and is tailored to the guide's individual experience.
The venture has funding from the Edinburgh Airport Community Fund.
The themes are powerful women of Edinburgh, crimes and punishment, community sport and food and charity.
Zakia Moulaoui, 28, from France, set up the tours after getting the idea from a project in Greece where street vendors take people on walks. There are four guides at the moment but will be training up more in September.
There is a homeless point to all the walks, which is personal to the guide, so for example the crime and punishment tour will tell you about Burke and Hare but the guide will also tell you about his own relevant problems with the court across the road with funny stories.
The £8 tours run on a Saturday and tickets must be bought online.
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