Edinburgh: The Athens of the North
18 Jun — 18 Jun 2021 | Tour Director: Andrew Wilson
Join ACE Tour Director Andrew Wilson on this exploration of his native city, with poetry, architecture, some theology and above all lots of history along the way.
Our walking tour of Edinburgh, ‘the Athens of the North’, begins appropriately at Edinburgh Castle. Its dominant position dating back to the Iron Age, it enjoys commanding views down the ridge of the Royal Mile and over to the planned New Town, where our day will, fittingly, finish at one of Robert Adam’s greatest creations, Charlotte Square.
Over the course of this study day, we will take a journey through Edinburgh’s past, learning from and appreciating the city’s masterful architecture – both ecclesiastical and secular – as well as its historical monuments and statues, and all we can find in-between. The day will be structured to give time to both the Old Town and the New Town.
BA, BD, FSAScot
specialist in archaeology and ancient history
Tour assembles 1000 outside WH Smith at Waverley Station.
Walking tour of the Old Town begins with ascent to Edinburgh Castle for orientation. Continue along Royal Mile to view Gladstone’s Land and old Parliament House, followed by coffee break and visit to High Kirk of St Giles. Break for organised, independent lunch.
Continue walking tour in the New Town. Short climb up Calton Hill to view monuments and Observatory. Continue past notable buildings including Register House and the Edinburgh home of Sir Walter Scott, and statues including the controversial statue of Henry Dundas. Complete walking tour at Charlotte Square and return to Waverley Station on foot (15 mins) where day concludes c 1630.
18 Jun 2021
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“The content of the tour was excellent and Andrew’s input and anecdotes made the subject come alive.”
ACE customer on a previous tour with Andrew Wilson
FITNESS / PRACTICALITIES
A good level of fitness is required for this tour, and participants should be prepared for a substantial amount of walking with limited opportunity for sitting down. There are a couple of significant climbs (Edinburgh Castle and Castle Hill) and the majority of the terrain comprises uneven, cobbled streets.
Cost of day course: £85
Please note that only morning coffee is included. However, a table will be booked for the group for lunch at Howies Waterloo Place, on Andrew’s recommendation. There will be a short taxi ride to reach the restaurant.