Edinburgh's Georgian Shadows

Did you know Edinburgh's New Town is celebrating its 250th anniversary this year? The New Town, a part of the city's UNESCO World Heritage site, is marking the event, with a lumiere event showcasing the Georgian past of this part of the city. In addition to simply just celebrating the 250th anniversary of the New Town this is also a signature event in Scotland's Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology 2017.

We went down to have a look earlier this week, beginning the walk just off St Andrew Square and finishing up at Charlotte Square. It's a self guided walk (though I think there are also some guided walks you can join) so it's easy to go at your own pace, take as long as you like over the different stops, stop off somewhere mid-route for refreshments of some kind and is accessible to all. Most importantly though it's completely free to enjoy.



Dundas House - if you're not from Edinburgh this building is actually a bank now!

Guests arriving at the Assembly Rooms for the Caledonian Hunt ball

Sir Walter Scott at home in North Castle Street

Along the route the link boys (there's one in the photo below) show you the route to follow. In case you don't know link boys carried flaming torches to light the way for pedestrians and sedan chairs at night. People would hire them, with the fee for a link boy commonly being a farthing. Along the course of the walk you'll get the chance to appreciate some of the stunning design of the Georgian New Town planning and architectural features as well as first hand encounters with a variety of past residents of the town, both those who worked and those who lived there.

A link boy guiding the way past Bute House, now the official residence of the First Minister of Scotland

You can enjoy the walk nightly now until 26 March 2017 from 5.30pm to 8.30pm. Check out this link for more information, including a link to a downloadable map of the walk with more route details of what to look out for along the way. You can also pick up hard copies of the map from various places as detailed in the link.

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