• Rooftops of Edinburgh taken by Stewart Hardy

  • Victoria Street, Edinburgh as taken by our designer Claire Dowling

  • Get in lane! Taking in the bright lights on Cresswell Lane, Glasgow, snapped by Phil Dunsmore

  • Take home a local and fall in love with the city...

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About Us

Like many great ideas The Locals' Guide came about following a chat between friends in a pub. Questions like 'What was your best ever trip?' soon became a game of comparing the hidden gems, secret escapes and fascinating anecdotes about roads and streets less travelled around the world. It was enjoyable, inspiring and got us fired up. We knew the thing that made the difference was that in each case we had a local hook up – a guide that got us under the skin of a city and that's when The Locals' Guide was born.

The two friends Owen O'Leary and Claudia Monteiro set off on a publishing adventure that  became very real once we found a kindred spirit in Claire Dowling, an amazing designer with a taste for travel. From there the team grew to include photographer Matthew James Reid as well as a host of illustrators and other contributors to create The Locals' Guide to Edinburgh.

An Amazon bestseller, this was just the beginning of the adventure. After a well earned holiday The Locals' Guide to Glasgow followed. At this point the team involved got even bigger, Glasgow local Anne McMeekin blazed a writers' trail, designer Martin Elden added his work to Claire's and host of other contributors brought their talent to bear. Having worked on the foundations of the second title Claudia set off for pastures new and Claire's design continues to wow in a range of other work.

Following the publication of the guides in eBook and iBook form The Locals' Guide team have got itchy feet once more. But where to next? Any local tips?

The Locals' Guide creative contributors are:


Writers & Editors: Owen O'Leary, Claudia Monteiro
Design: Claire Dowling
Photography: Matthew James Reid, Claire Dowling, Chris Gillies, Stewart Hardy, David Ross, David Harding, Rachel Cowan, Paul Davidson, Lindsay Perth, Dave Law, Niall Taylor, Uli Schade, Paul Johnston
Illustration: Claire Dowling, Mina Braun,
Poem: Alastair Reid


Writers & Editors: Owen O'Leary, Claudia Monteiro
Writing Contributors: Anne McMeekin, Julie McIntosh
Design: Claire Dowling, Martin Elden, Eva Dolgyra
Photography: Matthew James Reid, Chris Gillies, Claire Dowling,
Illustration: Eva Dolgyra, Nora Reid, Alice Kraay, Essi Kimpimaki, Mhari Baxter
Poem: Edwin Morgan
A word in your ear: Michael Munro