Lecture or talk Adults

Inside Out: Findlay and the Portrait Gallery

In order to help protect the health of our staff and visitors during this difficult time, we have closed all of our Galleries.

  • Tuesday 5 May, 12.45-1.45pm



Starting inside the Portrait Gallery, historian Alastair Learmont will take a closer look at George Reid’s portrait John Ritchie Findlay, founder of the gallery and 19th-century proprietor of The Scotsman newspaper before moving outside to have a closer look at the building which he did so much to inspire.

Please come dressed for the weather and be ready and able to walk at a reasonable pace. Tours walk at an easy pace and cover less than a mile of walking. Our tours are generally appropriate for all ages and fitness levels, but please use your best judgment. The tours will go on rain or shine. However, in cases of severely inclement weather on the day of the tour, the tour will remain in the gallery.

We recommend booking to avoid disappointment as spaces are limited to 15 places.

Sir George Reid John Ritchie Findlay of Aberlour, 1824 - 1898. Proprietor of the Scotsman; founder of the Scottish National Portrait Gallery Painted 1899
Event accessibility

Event accessibility

  • Wheelchair access
  • Hearing loop

Gallery facilities

A full accessibility guide is available at www.accessibilityguides.org.

We provide a sensory map of the building to help visitors identify areas with changes in light, smells and noise. It locates seating areas and less crowded, quieter spaces. Printed copies are available from the front desk at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery.

  • Information desk
  • Wifi
  • Wheelchair access
  • Accessible toilets
  • Wheelchairs available
  • Public toilets
  • Lockers (£1/£2)
  • Baby changing facilities
  • Buggy park
  • Seating throughout
  • Bike rack

Getting here

Located in the city centre on Queen Street, the Scottish National Portrait Gallery is easy to access.

In addition to the transport options below there are bike racks at each site and Just Eat Cycle Hire stations nearby.

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1 Queen Street, Edinburgh, EH2 1JD

Our Friends

Our Friends

Friends of the Galleries get free unlimited entry to all exhibitions, and enjoy a wide range of exclusive benefits including early exhibition access, special events and 10% discount in our cafes.

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