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Calton Hill

Edinburgh

Self-guided walks for the Curious...

Explore Edinburgh city centre with two self-guided heritage walks with a treasure hunt theme. Discover Edinburgh's "hidden treasures" whilst having a fun day out with family and friends!
Edinburgh is a vibrant, cosmopolitan city, boasting an exceptional blend of contemporary eateries, drinkeries, specialist retailers and tourist attractions. Split between the medieval Old Town and the Georgian splendour of the New Town, days can be spent exploring the city’s medieval alleyways and glorious architecture – not least the magnificent Edinburgh Castle, dramatically perched on an extinct volcano, high above the city centre. This inspiring capital city has won more than 13 Best City and Short Break awards over the past decade.

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Curious About... Edinburgh

  • An exploration of Edinburgh's city centre with two self-guided heritage walks with an optional treasure hunt. Completing the treasure hunt keeps everyone actively engaged, and urges you to look up, down and every which-way - so you won't miss out on any of the city's treasures.
    Explore, Discover, and Enjoy!
  • Most clues are chosen for their historical value, so you'll learn about the diverse culture, significant people and extraordinary events which have influenced Edinburgh in becoming what it is today.
  • This is an outdoor, unsupervised activity - so you can go at a pace which suits you, whilst keeping you healthy!
  • A Curious About walk is a fun and social activity for all the family and friends. Different people can take on different roles - follow the map, identify picture clues, read directions, etc - it's ideal for children from the age of 6, and if you can walk/wheelchair it, you're young enough!
  • The two walks have been designed so that the second one follows on from where the first one ends. Do both, or have a breather and do the second one another day! They both start and finish in the heart of the city - so buses, trains and car parks are easily available to get you there and back.

1. Old Town - 1.5 miles / 2.4 kms
Starting at the famous Edinburgh Castle, home of the Military Tattoo, this walk wends its way in and out of the Royal Mile, exploring cobbled streets and quirky passages. After circling the imposing St Giles' Cathedral and Parliament Square it continues down the Royal Mile before heading off down North Bridge, with Waverley Station far below! Next you pass the impressive Register House before finishing at the staggeringly splendid Calton Hill.
Edinburgh Castle Calton Hill   1.5 hoursNot Suitable

2. New Town - 1 mile / 1.6 kms
Initially explore the World Heritage site of Calton Hill, with its spectacular views of the city and beyond. Next pass The Regent’s Bridge, before heading to St Andrew Square, and along elegant George Street. Pause to view regal statues, before navigating along a bustling street with famous shops, bars and eateries. Finally you arrive at Princes Street Gardens to end at the grandeur of the Scott Monument– will you have the energy to climb it?
Calton Hill Scott Monument   1 hourNot suitable

Each booklet has a page dedicated to the history of the city and 2 pages summarising each walk with suggestions on what to visit along the way. Walk 1 has 21 clues & walk 2 has 14 - both with detailed directions to follow. There are interesting stories about important people, places & events along the way; detailed instructions on how to find a clue if you're stuck; and a comprehensive map with the routes marked on.
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Downloads
You have 14 days to complete your download, and up to 3 attempts are permitted. If you buy the print-at-home version you will need to print it on normal A4 paper and the email you receive, with the download link, explains how best to fold the pages to make it into an A5 booklet. If you buy the download to mobile version you will need pdf reading software on your phone or tablet, eg using the Adobe Acrobat App (free).

Printed Copy
The booklet has a flexible cover, which has been professionally printed. The inside pages are printed to order, to ensure that they are as up-to-date as possible. We post booklets out 1st class Royal Mail, usually the same, or next working day. A small postage & packing charge is added.

"Dear Rob and Sue
I just want to say that my daughter and I have really enjoyed doing the two Edinburgh walks. I have lived in Edinburgh for over 20 years and have learnt more about the New Town and Old Town in the 1hour and half each these walks have taken than my time here living in Edinburgh.
I also have the Glasgow book and my daughter and I are looking forward to doing one of the walks during the Easter Holidays. Thanks"


Latest Revision : September 2021


Edinburgh

Places you'll pass along the way - tap an image for more detail