Putting Edinburgh on the Map

Putting Edinburgh on the Map

The Athens of the North

This walking tour is a wonderful introduction to Calton Hill and the New Town of Edinburgh. 

The tour introduces you to:

  • the ‘glory of Edinburgh’ with its striking, if rather odd, array of buildings
  • the importance of time to travellers
  • the first observatory in Edinburgh
  • why a new town of Edinburgh had to be built as a matter of urgency
  • one of the earliest examples of town planning
  • the neo-classical architecture of Robert Adam and William Playfair
  • the movers and shakers of Edinburgh’s Enlightenment

Your route will include:

  • Calton Hill
  • St Andrew’s Square
  • George Street
  • Rose Street
  • Queen Street
  • Thistle Street
  • Charlotte Square
  • Princes Street
  • Princes Street Gardens

Among the highlights will be the exteriors (unless otherwise stated) of:

  • Register House
  • Café Royal
  • The Headquarters of the Royal Bank of Scotland (interior). Not open on Sundays
  • Monument to Sir Henry Dundas
  • The Scottish National Portrait Gallery (interior)
  • The Dome Bar and Grill (interior)
  • St Andrew’s Church
  • The Royal Society
  • Assembly Rooms
  • Bute House
  • The Georgian House
  • William Playfair’s National Gallery of Scotland
  • Sir Walter Scott Monument

3 hours 30 minutes

Mondays and Tuesdays
Start time: 12.30pm
End time: 4.00 pm

Wednesdays to Sundays
Start time: 9.30am
End time: 1.00pm

Other start times may be available by arrangement.

Meeting Point: Howie’s restaurant,  29 Waterloo Place, EH1 3BQ

End Point: Sir Walter Scott Monument, Princes Street

Child Friendly:

£160 for up to 10 people

Images From This Tour

Map to meeting point

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