Hi, I am Alan Chalmers I started Eat walk tours Ltd in 2011 then known as Eat walk Edinburgh. The tours started to take off almost straight away in Edinburgh. We set up Eat walk St Andrews food tour in 2014 and Eat walk Glasgow in 2015.
I am originally from Stirling but moved to Edinburgh in the late 70’s to study Hotel Management and 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, when 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 and decided to make the most of this opportunity setting up a food walking tour in Edinburgh.
I was born and bred in Glasgow and studied Politics and International Relations in Aberdeen. I work as a bartender and have a keen interest in food and drink, Scotland’s history and its future.
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 on things you don’t need to know.
I have lived in Glasgow for 17 years and I am very proud of my adopted city. I enjoy learning about the social history of Glasgow and its rich aesthetic heritage. Originally from the Highlands of Scotland I used to take tours round Scottish distilleries. As well as working for Eat Walk Glasgow I have retrained as a Tiler.