Audio Described Tour | National

Enjoy a descriptive audio tour of some of the best-loved artworks on display at the National. The selected artworks range over 500 years and are all part of the National Galleries of Scotland’s world-class art collection.

This tour has been developed specifically for blind and partially sighted people, with the assistance of visually impaired access consultant Kirin Saeed. 

It features detailed descriptions of 20 artworks and can be accessed via Soundcloud and Smartify

Each artwork included on this tour is signified in the gallery by a large AD symbol and a QR code, situated below the artwork label. If using the smartify app, descriptions can be accessed by scanning the QR code or the artwork itself with your phone. Members of our gallery team are pleased to help you locate any artworks and we have included a track describing the layout of the gallery spaces to help you explore. 

The tour begins in room 1 on level 2. It does not have to be followed in any particular order and certainly not all in one go – please come back as many times as you like. We hope you enjoy it!



Robert Burns

The Hunt

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Alexander Nasmyth

Princes Street with the Commencement of the Building of the Royal Institution



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Phoebe Anna Traquair

The Progress of a Soul series


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Sir James Guthrie

A Hind's Daughter


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William McTaggart

The Coming of Saint Columba 


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Sir William Fettes Douglas

The Spell


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James Drummond

The Porteous Mob

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Sir Edwin Landseer

The Monarch of the Glen
(About 1851)

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Sir Anthony van Dyck

The Lomellini Family
(About 1625 - 1627)

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Diego Velázquez

An Old Woman Cooking Eggs

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Jacopo Bassano

The Adoration of the Kings
(Early 1540s)

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Sandro Botticelli

The Virgin Adoring the Sleeping Christ Child
(About 1485)

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John Constable

Dedham Vale

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Frederic Edwin Church,

Niagara Falls, from the American Side


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Thomas Gainsborough

The Honourable Mrs Graham (1757 - 1792)
(1775 - 1777)

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Sir Henry Raeburn

Reverend Robert Walker (1755 - 1808) Skating on Duddingston Loch (About 1795)   

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Jan van Huysum

Flower Still Life with Bird's Nest
(About 1718)

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Camille Pissarro

The Marne at Chennevières

(About 1864 - 1865)  

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Claude Monet

A Seascape, Shipping by Moonlight

(About 1864) 

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Paul Gauguin,

Vision of the Sermon (Jacob Wrestling with the Angel)


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22 October 2021