Scientific Edinburgh (with added crime) Private Walking Tour

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Activity Level



City, First Time Visitor, Hiking and Walking


Kid Friendly: Yes. Children will need to be able to walk 3 miles or so. We will be walking over paved footpaths with some cobbled streets. Buggies will manage, but there will be some stiff uphill pushing and some steps.

Friendly: No.

Maximum travelers: 10



German (advanced), English (fluent)

A walking tour of some of Edinburgh's scientific landmarks

Edinburgh is not only one of the most visually arresting cities of Europe, it was the centre of the so-called Scottish Enlightenment of the 1700's and 1800's and has since been a hotbed of Scientific discovery of every sort.

Discover how the Georgian New Town reflected Scotland's confidence and wealth, and Edinburgh's intellectual and scientific life boomed at the same time. Visit the house where wild student parties led to the widespread use of chloroform as an anaesthetic. See the home of political scientist Adam Smith, father of capitalism. Stand at the hub of Artificial Intelligence in the UK, and you will learn how Scotland's sons and daughters have contributed to science over the centuries, as well as appreciating the buildings, landscape and history of the city itself.


From Charlotte Square, we head off into the Georgian New Town to learn of the astonishing 18th century building project that reflected Edinburgh's intellectual confidence of the day. On the way through its elegant neoclassical streets and squares we will visit places connected with the foundations of modern electomagnetic Science, trans-oceanic cables, anaesthetics, oceanography and Murder. Then, into the Old Town for hydraulics, medicine and more Murder, with digressions into particle physics, geology, artificial intelligence and . . . Murder. On the way you will have the chance to enjoy the visual delights of the city including Edinburgh Castle, the Royal Mile, Edinburgh University, and the spectacular views of the surrounding countryside you get on the way. If there are particular sites you want to see, I will do my best to include them.

Meeting Location + Tour Duration

Meeting location: I will normally meet you at the front of West Register House, on the west side of Charlotte Square (EH2 4DR for satnavs). However I am happy to meet you at any convenient city centre location in Edinburgh by arrangement.

End location: We will finish our tour at the National Museum of Scotland, Chambers Street (EH1 1JF)

Duration: 3 hours 30 min.


This is a walking tour, mostly over paved footpaths and cobbled streets, but with some hills and steps.

What’s Included

My time and services as your private guide are included.

Estimated Local Cash Needed

30 Pounds Sterling - This is the possible cost of refreshments, souvenirs, postcards etc. you may wish to buy on the tour.

What’s Extra

The cost of snacks/refreshments is not included in the cost of the tour.

If you are arriving by ship into Edinburgh, I am very happy to customise this tour for you and to provide private transport to and from the port. Please just contact me for a quote.


I do not have any restrictions in regard to my guiding, I can offer a full range of experiences.

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