• Walking Tours 2021

    Summer Schedule

    Now open for bookings - tickets available on Eventbrite
    May 6th - regular tours resume: Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday @10.30am

    Edinburgh Uncovered: 900 Years in 90 Minutes

    Thursday and Saturday @10.30am

    Length: 1 hr 30 mins

    Distance: 3 - 4km

    Price: £18.00pp (inc. all booking fees)

    Pre-booking required: Eventbrite

    An introduction to Edinburgh's urban history that uncovers the city's growth from its tiny medieval beginnings into the vibrant cultural capital we see today.

     

    Walk through the back-streets of the Old Town to the top of Edinburgh's iconic Calton Hill and discover how aspects such as trade, industry, religion, royalty, identity, education and landscape have shaped the city. Along the way you'll see examples from over 500 years of Edinburgh's changing architecture, from its historic 'closes' and Neo-classical monuments to its Victorian breweries and spectacular 21st century Parliament. At just 90 minutes long this tour is a perfect introductory experience to Edinburgh's own history, a history that goes far deeper than the popular tales of ghosts, grave-robbers and Greyfriars Bobby!

     

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    Edinburgh's Calton Hill: People, Spaces and Buildings

    Friday and Sunday @10.30am

    Length: 2hrs

    Distance: 4 - 5km

    Price: £22.50 (inc. all booking fees)

    Pre-booking required: Eventbrite

    A walking tour dedicated to one of Edinburgh's most famous landmarks; Calton Hill - a small hill with a big history!

     

    Stroll around the wider Calton Hill area and discover how, over the last 500 years, this once isolated and insignificant hill changed into the famous central landmark it is today. With an emphasis on: some of the many different people who have called it home; how its spaces have been used over the years; and its diverse range of buildings, this tour explores how Calton Hill, just like Edinburgh, is a place of contrasts. From education and incarceration, celebration and persecution, grand town-houses and dingy backstreet tenements this small hill has a rich history of its own to be uncovered!

     

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    Edinburgh's Calton Hill: Landscape and Visual Culture

    Coming Summer 2021

    Looking at changing attitudes towards landscape, the language of architecture, artistic movements and more, you'll discover how this small hill has played an important role in the image of the city. Focusing on the visual culture of Edinburgh's Calton Hill, as a place to look at and look from, we uncover its changing relationship with the city, from uninviting hinterland to iconic landmark.

    Staying Safe

     
    We hold Visit Scotland's 'Good to Go' certificate and the World Travel and Tourism Council's 'Safe Travels' stamp. These show that we have adopted global hygiene protocols to reduce the spread of covid 19 and ensure our tours offer an enjoyable and low-risk activity.
     
    Please read our covid good practice procedures before booking.
  • Frequently Asked Questions...

    Who for?

    Anyone interested in Edinburgh's history, from first-time visitors to long-term residents. All tours are given in English and are recommended for ages 16+.

     

    Group size?

    All tours are taken in very small groups with a maximum of 8 people (extra restrictions are currently in place due to the Covid 19 pandemic). This allows you to hear your guide easily and gives you plenty of opportunities to ask questions.

     

    Fitness?

    You don't need to be super-fit to take a walking tour of Edinburgh but the city is hilly, with lots of steps and steep slopes, so you will need a reasonable level of mobility and fitness - as well as a comfortable pair of shoes!

     

    Weather?

    In Scotland there's no such thing as bad weather, only the wrong clothes! Please check the weather forecast before setting out and dress accordingly, remembering that it can often be very changeable. Tours will run come rain or shine and will only be cancelled in extreme weather.

     

    Who's your guide?

    Hetty is an Edinburgh resident and history lover with a passion for people, buildings and landscapes. Find out more.

     

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