WONDER WALK 2

SCOTTISH NATIONAL GALLERY TO SUMMERHALL

Distance: Approximately 1 mile
Duration: Approximately 45 minutes, more with stops
Terrain: Steps or shallow slope to stop 2, then mostly flat

You can hardly cross the street in Edinburgh without finding something else to see or do. So it can be hard to shake off the feeling that you must be missing something. That’s why we’ve created our ‘Wonder Walks’ — a series of structured walks in and around the city that will help you explore the highlights. Get your walking shoes on and get ready to enjoy!

YOUR MAP

Scottish National Gallery

The Mound, Edinburgh, EH2 2EL

Museum on the Mound

The Mound, Edinburgh EH1 1YZ

The Scotch Malt Whisky Experience

354 Castlehill, Edinburgh EH1 2NE

St Giles Cathedral

High St, Edinburgh EH1 1RE

National Museum of Scotland

Chambers Street, Edinburgh EH1 1JF

Festival Theatre

13-29 Nicolson Street, Edinburgh EH8 9FT

The Queen's Hall

Clerk Street, Edinburgh EH8 9JG

Summerhall

1 Summerhall, Edinburgh EH9 1PL

1: Scottish National Gallery

Don’t be fooled by the name — this is an internationally-renowned collection of masterpieces from artists of all nationalities. Botticelli, Raphael and Titian represent Italy; Vermeer, Rembrandt and Van Gogh fly the flag for the Netherlands. Monet and Gaugin make sure France is not forgotten. The Scots, however, do have pre-eminence here, with fine works from Ramsay, Raeburn, Wilkie and McTaggart all represented among many others. The Gallery is open to family, community and access groups of all kinds, although it does need notice to be sure it can accommodate them.

[Image: Scottish National Gallery © Eoin Carey / National Galleries of Scotland.]

2. Museum on the Mound

Take the gentle uphill slope along The Mound to North Bank Street, where you’ll find the Museum on the Mound. Located in the historic head office of the Bank of Scotland, it’s a museum entirely dedicated to — yes — money, from its earliest incarnations in the form of feathers and beads through Scotland’s oldest banknote and into today’s currency. You’ll be able to see what a million pounds looks like, and even take a crack at breaking into a safe. Don’t try that anywhere else, though — it’s very much frowned upon.

3: The Scotch Whisky Experience

A very short walk to the top of the Royal Mile, and the Scotch Whisky Experience awaits. This five-star attraction is an educational facility, not a working distillery, but what it can’t tell you about Scotland’s water of life just isn’t worth knowing. Manned by top industry experts, it offers year-round tours and teaching experiences to visitors from all over the world. Scotch on the rocks not your thing? Try a whisky cocktail created by master mixologists. Or simply relax and enjoy a sumptuous meal in the Amber restaurant.

4. St Giles Cathedral

Coming back along the Royal Mile, you’ll reach the heart of the Presbyterian Church in Scotland. Originally founded in the 12th century, the current building dates to the late 14th century, and if its walls could speak it would tell tales of rebellion and reformation, Covenanters and Catholicism, Jacobite risings and extensive renovations. Still a fully-operational church, it offers daily services at noon and more on Sundays. But those who simply want to explore are warmly welcomed too. You can even climb the tower if you’re feeling brave (and have the stamina) — it’s worth it for the view.

5: National Museum of Scotland

Turn onto the George IV Bridge and head to Chambers Street for the astonishing variety of exhibitions and artefacts on display at the National Museum of Scotland. From the toothy jaws of a T-Rex skeleton to the awesome technology of CERN’s LEP collider, it’s a journey through time, space and more. Art, design and fashion. History and archaeology. The natural world, and the people who share it. Scientific and technological advances through the ages. Every gallery opens a new voyage of discovery. Thankfully, there are also three great cafés where you can stop to catch your breath.

6. Old Town Culture

This is the longest stretch of our tour, but it takes in quite a lot of the city’s Old Town. Coming onto South Bridge from Chambers Street, you’ll turn right, passing the Festival Theatre — a vision in glass outside and sumptuously art deco inside. Further along, you’ll pass the Queen’s Hall, one of the city’s premier independent live music venues. And at the end of our route, Summerhall awaits. This vibrant area offers enough exhibitions, festivals, performances, shops, cafes, bars and restaurants to form a whole separate tour by itself, so we recommend leaving plenty of time to explore!

[Image: Inside the Festival Theatre]

 

Scottish National Gallery

The Mound
Edinburgh
EH2 2EL

Phone: 0131 624 6200
Website

Museum on the Mound

The Mound
Edinburgh
EH1 1YZ

Phone: 0131 243 5464
Website

The Scotch Whisky Experience

354 Castlehill
Edinburgh
EH1 2NE

Phone: 0131 220 0441
Website

St Gile’s Cathedral

High Street
Edinburgh
EH1 1RE

Phone: 0131 226 0674
Website

National Museum of Scotland

Chambers Street
Edinburgh
EH1 1JF

Phone: 0300 123 6789
Website

The Festival Theatre

13-29 Nicolson Street
Edinburgh
EH8 9FT

Phone: 0131 529 6000
Website

The Queen’s Hall

Clerk Street
Edinburgh
EH8 9JG

Phone: 0131 668 2019
Website

Summerhall

1 Summerhall
Edinburgh
EH9 1PL

Phone: 0131 560 1580
Website