Audio Tour Edinburgh’s Old Town: Scottish Design

Created with Sketch. The Royal Scottish Academy, The Mound, Edinburgh, UK
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1hr 30mins

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Culture Vultures, First Timers

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If you’re curious about the origins of Scottish design then join this audio tour, with an architecture tutor and tour guide, on a walking tour in the atmospheric Old Town. Together you’ll explore the fascinating historical buildings that give the area its character, and admire award-winning contemporary architecture like the famous Scottish Parliament.

On this tour, you’ll meander through narrow closes, beneath stepped gables and turrets, pausing at breathtaking viewpoints. You’ll be also be shown the easy-to-miss details on the buildings, and share old maps and drawings as you walk Edinburgh’s famous Royal Mile.

Along the way, you’ll hear answers to questions like:

  • Is the Old Town really that old?
  • Which medieval Scottish castles inspired Victorian buildings in Edinburgh?
  • Why did construction of the Scottish Parliament go ten times over budget?

Discover Edinburgh’s complex history through the lens of its most influential architects, on a 90 minute walk.

Along the way, you’ll also see:

  • The oldest tenement on the Royal Mile
  • An unusual, lesser-known side of the National Museum of Scotland
  • The difficult-to-find Riddle’s Court, once a merchant’s house
  • The elegant Sugarhouse Close, a beautifully-restored 19th century brewery
  • The sweeping views from Victoria Terrace

The tours are location aware, so you will hear directions and stories as you move. And you can pause anytime. The tour is easy to download and you can complete in a time that suits you. Tour ends at the Scottish Parliament.

Select participants and date


  • Audio Tour, complete in your own time
  • Takes approx 1.5 hours
  • 4 km

Meeting Point

Created with Sketch. The Royal Scottish Academy, The Mound, Edinburgh, UK


How do I download this Audio Tour?
1. On your smartphone, install VoiceMap application from the Apple App Store or Google Play
2. Create an account
3. Select Tour Codes from the menu, then select Enter Codes
4. Enter the code above then select Download Now
• The starting point will be indicated on the downloaded tour.
• It’s best to download the tour before you set off for the starting point, especially if you do not use 4G connection.
• When the download completes, you’ll see a screen with a photo of the starting point and - directions to it. The red start button will become active when you are at the starting point.
• The download should only take a few minutes to complete. If it takes longer, please cancel the download, go to Account, select Purchased and download the tour from there.

Remember to fully charge your smartphone and bring your earphones.

Happy exploring!
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From £8.50 Per Person

Plan ahead risk free. Cancel at least 24hrs before your booking for a full refund

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