Edinburgh Photography Tours & Workshops

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Edinburgh Photography Tours were established in 2010, the first photography tour of its kind anywhere in the world and are the number one ranked Photo tour in Edinburgh, all of Scotland and the number one ranked photography tour in Europe on TripAdvisor. James Christie is a world renowned and internationally published, professional photographer and he will take you on a four – six hour walking / photography and sightseeing tour around the major attractions in Edinburgh’s vibrant and famous Old Town. Edinburgh Photography Tours Limited were accredited with an “excellent standard” grading by Visit Scotland, Scotland’s national tourist board. In addition we have just been awarded TripAdvisor’s prestigious Certificate Of Excellence for the year 2017, our sixth year in a row of winning this award. James Christie has established himself as one of the leading photographic instructors in the world with plaudits from all over the globe. Our tour is really two tours for the price of one. A photography tour and an historical tour of all the major (and some lesser known) sites in Edinburgh’s Old Town.

We are also ranked as NUMBER ONE of ALL SIGHTSEEING Tours in Edinburgh by USA TODAY. As featured and recommended in The Telegraph Newspaper, read the review here.

Edinburgh Photography Tours have been nominated for the 2018 European Travel & Hospitality Awards

The photography tour of Edinburgh was by far my favorite day of my 8 day trip around Scotland. James has created and honed the perfect tour for people who want to learn about the history of Edinburgh while getting to spend a couple of hours picking the brain and learning from a world-class photographer.

From the get-go it was clear that James would be a great tour guide. His upbeat personality and genuine interest in the people taking the tour helped create a fun, easy-going atmosphere. It was also clear that he is passionate about Edinburgh – something that I was pleasantly surprised about as I was not expecting such a detailed history lesson throughout the day.

James clearly taught us what goes into capturing a great shot. He gave the group ample opportunities to practice by both setting up some shots for us and giving us time to explore some of the areas on our own. His advice and guidance helped me get amazing shots of the city as well as grow as a photographer. I am just an amateur hobbyist but I arrived home today with a newly lit passion for photography.

I would highly recommend this tour to anyone who is interested in photography. I am 100% going to take another tour of his the next time I am in Scotland. For those wondering – the tour took us about 5 hours. We were on our feet most of the time and we did a lot of walking. It’s completely worth it, though, as the time flew by. – Visited July 2017


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A native of Edinburgh, James will provide an historical account of each attraction visited. His goal is to help you get the best from your camera (SLR, DSLR, Bridge, Compact, even your smart-phone) and show you how to compose professional, stunning, iconic shots of Edinburgh. If your camera has the ability to shoot in manual mode, James is confident that after four to six hours with him, you will never go back to any of the programmable modes ever again. James shows you how to take each photograph and guarantees that each participant will take home incredible images of Edinburgh, that can be displayed and enjoyed for many years to come.

The tours are aimed at all levels of photographer, from absolute beginner to experienced amateur. James does not use confusing jargon, preferring to explain things in a simple to understand manner. James is friendly, patient, polite and encouraging.

The tours start at 10am daily (Monday – Sunday) and last approximately 4 to 6 hours. It is a walking tour and the pace is dictated by the group itself. Edinburgh does have hills and steps, therefore we recommend wearing comfortable walking footwear. The cost of the tour is £65 per participant (Price is the same for non-photographers, however, a camera can be made available at no extra charge, if required), with a maximum of 10 people per tour, or a four hour Private Tour can be booked for £500, for a maximum of 10 people (Please e-mail James for further details). To book your place on one of our tours please use the booking system below or email uk.jameschristie@gmail.com or call James directly on +44 (0) 779 533 7778

Gift Certificates are available and are valid for six months. To purchase a gift certificate, simply send an e-mail to uk.jameschristie@gmail.com

  • Gift Certificates are available on request.
  • Tours operate in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately.
  • Bring your own drink, snack & camera.
  • For SatNav our post code is EH1 3BJ

Please Note: If you have a gift certificate and are looking to book a tour, please contact James at uk.jameschristie@gmail.com and please provide your gift certificate number.

Corporate tours and Team Building days are available, for further information please email James: uk.jameschristie@gmail.com


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