New Town – Old Town Walking Route

Start: Ingleby, Barony Street

End: Dovecot Studios, Infirmary Street

Distance: 1.8 miles / 3 km

Note: This route contains moderate/steep slopes and steps (alternative step-free routes suggested)

Beginning on Barony Street, visit Ingleby Gallery (free, drop-in) before turning right onto Albany Lane, and right again onto Albany Street.

Continue across Dublin Street, onto Abercrombie Place, and finally right onto Dundas Street.

Here you can visit Arusha Gallery, The Scottish Gallery, The Open Eye Gallery and The Fine Art Society (all of the above galleries are free and allow drop-ins, except Open Eye Gallery, which requires advance booking).

After exploring the galleries of Dundas Street, head back up towards the city centre until you reach Queen Street. Take a left turn and continue walking until you reach the Scottish National Portrait Gallery (free, advance booking required), which is across the street.

Leaving SNPG, head back west and turn left towards North Saint David Street (it is uphill). Continue walking, passing St Andrews Square on your left, until you reach the Scots Monument, across the street. Head left (east) from Scott Monument then turn right in Waverley Bridge.

At the roundabout head to the left to visit Fruitmarket and City Art Centre (both free but require advance booking).

Continue along Market Street to find the entrance to the Scotsman Steps. Work your way up the 104 steps. Titled Work no.1059, each step is clad in a different colour of marble – a permanent piece by artist Martin Creed, commissioned by Fruitmarket for Edinburgh Art Festival 2011.

Alternatively – to avoid steps, at the roundabout head up towards Cockburn Street past Stills Gallery (free, drop-in) and then left onto High Street.

At the top of the Scotsman Steps, head right onto North Bridge and continue past the Royal Mile onto South Bridge, and left onto Infirmary Street to visit Dovecot Studios (free, drop-in).