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Highlights from Edinburgh's Old Town: A Self-Guided Audio Tour


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

If you’re curious about the origins of Scottish design then you'll enjoy this self-guided walking tour in the atmospheric Old Town. 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 audio tour, you’ll meander through narrow closes, beneath stepped gables and turrets, pausing at breathtaking viewpoints. You'll be shown the easy-to-miss details on the buildings, and old maps and drawings.

Downloading the tour onto the VoiceMap app to enjoy the tour on location or virtually at home.

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Pass By: Royal Scottish Academy, The Mound, Edinburgh EH2 2EL Scotland

This self-guided audio tour starts in front of Edinburgh's Royal Scottish Academy. Before you start your walk, you'll be introduced to the tour and hear a bit about how the VoiceMap app works.

Pass By: Princes Street Gardens, 54 Princes Street, Edinburgh EH2 4BA Scotland

The tour takes you through a section of Princes Street Gardens. While you walk, you'll hear a bit of Edinburgh's history and how its history is represented through its architecture.

Pass By: Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH1 2PB Scotland

The tour takes you down part of the Royal Mile. You'll hear about how the Royal Mile is the physical and social backbone of the Old Town.

Pass By: National Museum of Scotland, Chambers Street, Edinburgh EH1 1JF Scotland

You'll walk around the outside of the National Museum of Scotland. While you walk, you'll see the unusual, lesser-known side of the National Museum of Scotland.

Pass By: Gladstone's Land, 477B Lawnmarket Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH1 2NT Scotland

The tour briefly stops in front of Gladstone's Land. You'll learn about this pre-mid 17th century building, one of the few on Royal Mile, before continuing your walk.

Pass By: Riddle's Court, Riddles Court, 322 Lawnmarket Patrick Geddes Centre, Edinburgh EH1 2PG Scotland

The tour takes you to Riddle's Court where you'll learn about this hidden place that was once a merchant's house.

Pass By: St Giles' Cathedral, High Street Historic Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH1 1RE Scotland

The tour takes you past St Giles Cathedral. While you walk, you'll hear the history of the cathedral and hear about some of its remodellings.

Pass By: John Knox House Museum, 43-45 High Street, Edinburgh EH1 1SR Scotland

The tour briefly stops in front of John Knox House Museum. You'll learn the history of the house and how the building got its name.

Pass By: The Scottish Parliament, Horse Wynd / Canongate, Royal MIle, Edinburgh EH99 1SP Scotland

The tour ends in front of the Scottish Parliament building. You'll hear about some of its architectural features.

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Near public transportation
  • Stroller accessible
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • All of VoiceMap's audio tours are self-guided and users must bring their own smartphone and headphones to take the tour. We urge all our users to wear facemasks and carry hand sanitiser with them to ensure their own protection and the protection of others.
  • Lifetime access to this tour in English
  • Offline access to audio, maps, and geodata
  • VoiceMap App for Android and iOS

  • Food/Drink
  • Smartphone and headphones
  • Tickets or entrance fees to any museums or other attractions en route
  • Transportation

Departure Point
The Royal Scottish Academy, The Mound, Edinburgh EH2 2EL, UK

Departure Time
Suppliers and travelers coordinate start times within the given time periods. 7/30/2020 - 7/2/2023
Monday - Sunday:12:00 AM - 11:59 PM

90 to 120 minutes

Return Details
Scottish Parliament Building, Edinburgh EH99 1SP, UK

Voucher Info
You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

The tour identified in this promotion is made available through Viator. Groupon is not affiliated with or sponsored by the VoiceMap in connection with this deal. Please contact Groupon customer service for all inquiries related to this offer. Inquiries placed to Viator will be directed back to Groupon.

This offer is not eligible for promo codes.

Fine Print

14-day cancellation rights do not apply; no refunds or exchanges permitted. Voucher valid only for date and time listed; may not be exchanged or redeemed for other dates. Purchaser name and phone number must be provided at checkout; this information will be shared with Viator and the tour operator for purposes of order fulfillment. Groupon promo codes may not be used for this offer. Groupon voucher Terms of Sale do not apply. See the tour operator's terms and conditions for this offer here. Offer is not eligible for our promo codes or other discounts.