What song was a blackbird arrested for chirping in 1736? Which famous philosopher declared that he would dedicate the rest of his life to cooking?Why wouldn't you trust a 'Lawnmarket Gazette'?Who was the illiterate policeman acknowledged as Scotland's greatest ever poet?Come and find out with your guide on a musical and poetic journey into the Old Town’s colourful past on our Royal Mile walking tour, ‘The Storie and the Sang’. Starting at our meeting point outside St Giles’ Cathedral, we’ll make our way right up the Royal Mile to the Castle Esplanade, then back down and into the old separate Royal Burgh of Canongate. The tour will end at Canongate Church, from which you can carry on your Old Town wanders toward Holyrood Palace and the Scottish Parliament, or return up the Royal Mile on foot or by bus.As we tour, you’ll be hearing the traditions, stories and songs of the Royal Mile and its characters; the famous, the tragic and the quirky. We’ll go well beyond the history books!
ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Mercat Cross, Edinburgh, ScotlandIntroduction to the Old Town and tales of the Jacobites!Duration: 5 minutesStop At: St Giles' Cathedral, Edinburgh, ScotlandStories of the Cathedral and Parliament CloseDuration: 10 minutesPass By: Edinburgh CastleStories and songs of the Castle and episodes in its history (no entry to castle on this tour)Stop At: Advocate's Close, Edinburgh, ScotlandPhoto stop at the most open and scenic Close in the Royal MileDuration: 5 minutesStop At: Riddle's Court, Edinburgh, ScotlandRestored courtyard mansion, entertained King James VI, and residence of David Hume and Patrick Geddes.Duration: 5 minutesStop At: The Netherbow, Edinburgh, Scotland'The World's End' - Edinburgh's old eastern gateway, and site of Jacobite forced entry to city in 1745. Duration: 5 minutesStop At: Canongate Kirk, Edinburgh, ScotlandRoyal place of worship, built at end of Stuart period - graves of Adam Smith, David Rizzio, and Robert Fergusson are here.Duration: 20 minutes