REVIEW – Roam Edinburgh GPS Tours

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Roam Edinburgh offer GPS walking tours around Edinburgh.  Using modern technology, these digital guides are a first in the UK and the brainchild of  Paul Nixon.

You can have them delivered to your hotel and prices vary depending on how long you have the unit for.  I opted to pick one up from the High Street distribution point at Rabbies

Pick up point, High Street

Pick up point, High Street

They come in a nifty little case which you can wear over your shoulder, keeping everything safe and in place (spare pack and charger etc).  Fresh foam pads for earphones are provided.  There are some instructions, but even to a non technical expert like me, it’s pretty easy to use.  There is a help line you can call if you do have any problems.

You have 12 choices when you start up the unit of the specific tours, ‘free mode’, wet day options, monuments and food and drink etc.

Roam Edinburgh GPS

Roam Edinburgh GPS

I opted for ‘free mode’ to begin with to see what it would alert me to as I walked up the High Street.  Points of interest are highlighted as you reach them and a simple tap on them with the stylus will bring up the audio and show you a picture to confirm you are at the right location.

St Giles Catherdral

St Giles Cathedral

I was told a little about St Giles Cathedral and could click for further information such as opening hours.  You can choose to read the text, rather than listen to audio, so perfect for people with hearing problems.

I learned about the neighbouring Mercat Cross before heading further up the High Street and down into the Grassmarket, alerting me to food suggestions such as Howies which also comes recommended by ourselves.  I do feel there could be more food options on the device, but the ones that are, the average prices and opening hours are displayed.

Mercat Cross

Mercat Cross

I walked down into the Grassmarket and transferred to the Old Town tour and learnt all about the area, reminding me of some dates and places I had forgotten about.  There is a beautiful view of the Castle from the Grassmarket and this tour talks about the wild garden situated between the two.
Castle and wild garden from Grassmarket

Castle and wild garden from Grassmarket

Looking at the other tours on offer, there are some great ones to choose from which really do take you off the beaten track.  You are encouraged to walk around and up Arthur’s Seat which is a must in Edinburgh, but often overlooked.  The bonus with this device when you head off the beaten track to other places such as the Water of Leith  and Inverleith Park (fabulous places) is that you can’t get lost as you have the GPS facility.  I found the power lasted quite a while, even on a cool winter day, but there is a back up supply and a charger to bring it back to full life over night.

There is a ‘Haunted Edinburgh’ tour which would be perfect to do at night and also one for shopping suggestions.

I would sum this device up as an interactive guidebook with the added bonus of audio and a picture of every point of interest.  Thanks to the GPS it also ensures that you can’t get lost !  It’s a new and interesting way to see the city and worth a try if a visitor to town.

 

Suitable for disabled ?    There are no ‘disabled’ friendly tours on this device, but should you book this device and would like some help in where is accessible, please contact us direct and we will work out a route for you

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