Edinburgh Through Art | City Walking Tour

Discover Edinburgh through art with our City Walking Tour. This podcast series travels along the historic Royal Mile by exploring stories and places connected to Scottish artworks in the National Galleries of Scotland collection.

Listen using the markers on the map. You can also find the individual episodes below and or download episode one as an mp3.

Dr Elsie Maud Inglis Hospice, 219 High Street

St Giles Cathedral, High Street

The Witches Well, Castlehill

Episode one

This episode explores the sites of the original Dr Elsie Maud Inglis Hospice, St Giles Cathedral, and John Duncan’s Witches Well.  

Each audio clip can be listened to individually or as part of the route along the Royal Mile. You can begin the tour at any site.

Dr Elsie Maud Inglis Hospice, 219 High Street

The Dr Elsie Maud Inglis Hospice is one of the many positive contributions Inglis made to the city of Edinburgh. Blue Badge guide Hannah Mackay Tait discusses Inglis’ life and how she came to establish the hospice, which helped to create the legacy she has in Edinburgh today. 

Ivan Meštrović Dr Elsie Maud Inglis, 1864 - 1917. Physician and surgeon 1918

 

St Giles Cathedral, High Street

St Giles Cathedral is a long-standing Edinburgh landmark on the Royal Mile. Dendrochronologist Dr Coralie Mills speaks about a surprising discovery at St Giles which revealed a new story about its history.

R. McPherson South View of St Giles, Edinburgh Dated 1799

 

The Witches Well, Castlehill

The Witches Well by John Duncan offers space to reflect on the persecutions which took place at the site. Claire Mitchell QC and author Zoe Venditozzi, who co-host The Witches of Scotland podcast, explain the context of The Witches Well and why they are interested in it. 

 

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21 September 2022