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RS Audio Guides

I am definitely not into digital communications, perhaps even luddite-esque. That said, my wife ran across something about RS audio guides for DIY walks in the UK. Are such audio guides downloadable to an iPhone for Edinburgh and Glasgow? If so, can we connect the iPhone to (2) sets of Bluetooth ear phones so we can both listen to the audio guides?

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There is an audio guide to Edinburgh but I don’t see one for Glasgow. You can download the Rick Steves Audio Europe app to your smartphone then add the content you want to playback from “my tours and interviews.” The audio guide will be downloaded to the app for replay offline.

You can also download from iTunes. Search “Rick Steves Edinburgh” and you’ll see it. Content is free. Can’t answer your headphones question.

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From this page, go to "home" then "look and listen" to get the app and see what's available.

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Go to the search button on the top of this page, then click on "watch, look and listen" to get the app and see what's available. You can download while online then listen offline (no data needed.)

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When we were in Edinburgh two months ago, we found listening as one walks the Royal Mile to be challenging due to other pedestrians or traffic. Instead, in the evening, we went back to our rented flat and listened, took notes.

Before we left home, we copied RS ‘walks’ out of his guide and carried those. We found those to be much more conducive to the traffic around us on a Saturday in the Old Town.
Hope that helps!

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I usually listen to the RS audio self-guided walks and tour guide interviews several weeks before I leave for Europe in order to gain familiarity with the route and history/info about the various stops on the way or various topics related to the city or country in general. However, I prefer to use the RS guidebook when I actually do the self-guided walks for quicker reference to the overall route or to look something up quickly that might be unrelated to the specific walk. Of course, you could do it entirely with the iPhone app, because there are maps in it also, but I just like touring with guidebooks or chapters ripped out of them. And to answer your question, the Edinburgh Royal Mile self-guided walk (both digital and paper) is excellent.