About Us


Hi, I am Alan Chalmers I started Eat walk tours Ltd in 2011 then known as Eat walk Edinburgh. The Edinburgh food tours started to take off almost immediately. We set up a St Andrews food tour in 2014 and Glasgow in 2015. 


I am originally from Stirling but moved to Edinburgh in the late 70’s to study Hotel Management. Apart from a short time in London I have worked mostly in Glasgow and Edinburgh in Hotel catering ever since. 


After a holiday in 2009 in Seattle, USA, where I enjoyed my first food tour. I came back enthusing how Edinburgh would be a great place for a similar tour. As I was happy in my job, I gave it no further thought. But in 2011 I was laid off from my work after 20 years service. I decided to make the most of this opportunity and set up an Edinburgh food tours.

Alan Edinburgh food tours guide


Born in Glasgow, I’ve been doing guided driving tours for the past 3 years and walking tours for 1 year.  Gives me the chance to wear the clothes my dad threw out 50 years ago. To tell jokes so unfunny that my whole family ran away from home. I am happy to share my encyclopaedic knowledge of things you need to know to win a quiz and on things you don’t need to know. 



I trained as an Edinburgh Tour Guide in 2012 and have been guiding for Eat Walk since April 2013.  Born and bred in Edinburgh. I lived and worked in Northern Spain for 23 years.  It was returning home, and seeing my home city in a new light lead me to explore guiding as a new career. A move I have never regretted.  History has always fascinated me, especially Edinburgh and Scotland.  I am a foodie and I also write so leading tours to eateries with character and distinction lets me lead a lovely yin-yang life balance.

Julie Edinburgh food tours guide