Welcome to THE INTELLIGENCE TRAIL: the in-depth spy tour company.

Learn about private group spy tours, teambuilding and incentives events and educational experiences in London: spy capital of the world, and Edinburgh, Scotland. 

As chosen by current and former members of the intelligence / military / security and diplomatic communities from around the world.


Needless to say, you're warmly invited to have a good browse around the site.

The 'Trail offers the most comprehensive content-rich introduction to the shadow world of Britain's main intelligence services - MI5, MI6, and GCHQ - on the streets of London and Edinburgh, in key locations associated with the spy world throughout the decades. Whether you're a historical or political interest society, undergraduate / postgraduate student group or an after-work social organiser, you can choose from several private walking tour options.  If something special is required as part of a teambuilding or prize / incentive there's no shortage of custom options that can be discussed. And if you've got an appetite to learn even more about Britain's intelligence affairs, check out the recommended book list - all given the 'thumbs-up' by 'Trail guide "Mr. X".  Other intelligence-related links and resources are also available. 

And of course if you want to stay engaged with the 'Trail then you're welcome to do so on Twitter and Facebook: you'll see the icons at the bottom of each page.  If you're unfamiliar with the intelligence world and don't know your MI5 from your DIS, fear not: there's an informative "Who's who" guide to the British intelligence services you can read.

Whether you're London-based or coming from afar, if you're wanting to discover the real triumphs and tragedies, and the trials and tribulations surrounding MI5 and MI6 through the years on the streets of central London - you've come to the right place.



17th March 2017:  COVERT AT CRINGLETIE
Burgess, Buchan, and British Intelligence - Luxury spy weekend with THE INTELLIGENCE TRAIL and renowned biographer... CLICK FOR MORE

8th October 2016:  NEW TOUR: And NOT in London!
THE INTELLIGENCE TRAIL is proud - and very excited - to announce the upcoming launch of a brand new tour...in a brand new city! Get briefed on the new location.... CLICK FOR MORE

1st August 2016:  'Trail nominated for Luxury Travel Award!
THE INTELLIGENCE TRAIL has been shortlisted for the 2017 Luxury Travel Guide European Awards in the ‘Holiday and Tour Specialist’ category. CLICK FOR MORE


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Small Group? Cultured stag party or large corporate event? The ‘Trail is the ideal choice for your group. 


Spy hotel meet

Spies have frequented London’s hotels. Some were even based there! Private tours starting/finishing at selected spy hotels available.



Available for all NATO, Australian, New Zealand armed forces and members of  UK Emergency Services.

MI - WHO ?

MI Who?

Spy or spy-catcher? Domestic or foreign? Military or civilian? Read the “Who’s who” of British Intelligence.


Taste the trail

FAM tours available for media and group tour buyers.


Study tours

Content-rich tours provide the perfect escape from the lecture theatre.