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Ian Rankin’s Edinburgh is a personal guided tour by the Number One Sunday Times Bestselling author of the city that inspires his writing. This FREE to download APP is perfect for the millions of Ian Rankin fans; either to be used directly in Edinburgh or at home as a supplement to Ian’s novels. Specially created videos, audio, and lots of exclusive content including stunning photographs bring this fantastic city and Ian’s books to life.

The app has been updated in 2012 with a fourth tour along the Water of Leith. This takes you off the beaten track to a favourite walk of both Rankin and Rebus. This is in addition to the three mini tours that take you on a circular walk around 30 key Edinburgh locations, each relevant to Ian’s novels and characters, particularly Inspector Rebus and his exciting new character Malcolm Fox. It is also an informative and easy-to-use guide to the city itself, so that you don’t need be a fan of Ian Rankin to really enjoy this app.

Many of Ian’s fans have never been to Edinburgh, so with the photographs taken exclusively for this app, they will have the opportunity to see the actual locations that Ian uses in his plots (which don’t usually feature in many guidebooks), including the police stations, murder scenes and hidden backstreets of Edinburgh, and you’ll be able to hear the author himself giving his views on Edinburgh’s ‘dark side’.

In this updated edition of the popular ‘Ian Rankin's Edinburgh’ iPhone app, you’ll find exclusive new material, including videos, extracts and photographs plus extra locations to visit. This is the best version of the app yet!

What’s New

Version 1.21.2

Bug fixes

Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
5 Ratings
5 Ratings
A fan of all things Scottish ,

Ian rankin web site

Easy to use, excellent format, fantastic site re tours of Edinburgh, Ian's attention to detail, highlighted in the tours is every bit as good as the novels he wrights.

Macscotland ,

Edinburgh From a Writer

Ian Rankin is the foremost writer of detective/crime fiction in all the UK, perhaps all the English speaking world. That's my opinion, but I'm not alone.
This interactive app allows even non readers of Rankin's Rebus series a marvellous view of Scotland's capital city.
Using the GPS feature on your iPhone, iPad or iPodTouch allows you to tour the city with a man who know it inside and out.
Historical information is here, but also a great way to enjoy even a brief visit to this fascinating place.
Outstanding app… and free… What more can on ask for?
The app was recently updated to add the Water of Leith.
This revision makes this a must-have application for anybody interested in Edinburgh, the great works of this fine writer or simply a good reason to learn more about the Athens of the North, as this city has been dubbed.
As a Scottish resident for a full decade I can vouch for the authenticity of Mr. Rankin's observations and fine commentary.
Ironically enough, I spent most of my life in San Diego, California, the twin city to Edinburgh.

Superbi on tour ,


Only just returned from Edinburgh and all the locations in Rankin's books appear to be real! Pity I've only just seen this App after my visit. But it looks great and makes me want to return to Scotland as soon as possible. This App makes my return a certainty and this time I'll be able to do what I couldn't do previously and photograph the whole family in Fleshmarket Close!


Littlehampton Book Services Limited
56.9 MB
Requires iOS 5.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
Age Rating
Rated 12+ for the following:
Infrequent/Mild Alcohol, Tobacco, or Drug Use or References
© 2012 Orion Books


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