Lifelong Learning (formerly Short Courses)

Embark On A Summer Walking Tour!

Whether you're a history buff or you'd rather practice mindful art, these two (very different) walking tours take place in August.

This August, we’re not just offering online courses, there are also outdoor in-person ones available too. So if you’re keen to get outside and meet new people face-to-face (or mask-to-mask) in and around Edinburgh, now is your chance.

Today we’re highlighting our walking tours. While they have been in high demand, if you fancy strolling along as you learn, there are two options that are still available to book.

As usual, the booking deadline is eight days before the course start date, so reserve your spot as soon as you can to avoid disappointment. 


Students practising the art of flânerie

Secret History of Duddingston A Walking Tour

Join Teaching Fellow Karen Clulow as she takes you on a walking tour through this historic village east of Edinburgh in this one day course. Duddingston is not only packed with rich history – boasting the first record of the lands granted to the Abbot of Kelso Abbey in the 12th century and being the site of the Battle of Prestonpans in 1745 - but you’ll also learn about the area’s flora, fauna and people.  

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Walking in the City: Contemporary Flânerie

For those who are unfamiliar with the term, flânerie is the French art of strolling around at your leisure while reflecting on all of your experiences within the practice. In this two-day course, you’ll be introduced to the techniques, processes and concepts associated with this personal exploration.  Through contextual slideshows, practical exercises and journaling, in addition to group and one-to-one student discussions, you’ll leave the course with a deep understanding of this modern method of structured walking within a city.

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Not your thing? If you're more of an indoors person, we're also offering online courses this summer.

View the full list of summer Short Courses