Health & Wellbeing

Audio Walks

Information about walking routes and audio tours in and beyond Edinburgh

Audio Tours

Curious Edinburgh

For those interested in the fascinating and important scientific, medical and technological heritage of the city of Edinburgh, the tours on the Curious Edinburgh website and its accompanying app will act as a guide to the history of ideas in the Athens of the North. The stories were sought from the history of Edinburgh, and will inspire, inform and amuse both visitors and residents of the city. There are currently tours available on the general history of science, the history of geology, the history of physics, the history of medicine, the history of genetics and biotechnology, and the Scottish Enlightenment. On top of this, there are also community tours, including the Jewish history of Edinburgh, the UnCoverED tour and The Black Lives Matter Mural Tour.

Curious Edinburgh Tours

iPhone Walk Applications

Walking Through Time - Edinburgh

A phone APP that combines GPS technology with old maps to allow users to walk through time. The map set is for central Edinburgh and allows the user to see a variety of historic maps from 1849 to 1960. The APP also comes with a set of narrated walking tours from the University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh College of Art and Edinburgh World Heritage.

Walking Through Time - Edinburgh

Ian Rankin's Edinburgh

A free audio guided tour which can be downloaded to your iPhone.

Ian Rankin’s Edinburgh is a personal guided tour by the bestselling author of the city that inspires his writing. This free iPhone APP includes videos, audio, and photographs bringing our fantastic city and Ian’s books to life.

The tour is broken down into three mini tours and in total there are around thirty key locations each relevant to Ian’s novels and characters. It is also a great and easy to use guide to the city itself, so that you don’t need be a fan of Ian Rankin to really enjoy this APP.

MP3 Audio Tours

Stories In Stone

The Edinburgh City of Literature Trust and Edinburgh World Heritage have created a series of free audio podcasts celebrating the literary and built heritage of Scotland’s capital city.

Written by Edinburgh poet and author Stewart Conn, the podcasts present unique views of the city, explore famous city landmarks, their architectural history and their literary links - from Calton Hill to Princes Street Gardens, The Netherbow to The Canongate, from Robert Louis Stevenson to Daniel Defoe, Ian Rankin to Quintin Jardine.

"Discover your Coast" Audio Walks

Twelve of the coastal walks featured in the popular BBC series are available as free downloadable audio walks.

Scotland Walks Podcast

The Open University in collaboration with the BBC have created a series of audio walks around historic locations in Scotland, with narration from Neil Oliver and input from local experts. You can download them to your mp3 player to listen to whilst you walk.