High – Low Walking Route

Start: Collective, Calton Hill

End: Edinburgh Printmakers, Dundee St

Distance: 3 miles / 5 km

Notes: This route contains some steep slopes

Begin at Collective (free, drop-in), on top of Calton Hill, then go down to Burns Monument (free, book in advance) on Regent Road, inside which you can experience the sound installation Song of the Union by artist Emeka Ogboh, a co-commission with Talbot Rice Gallery, and part of our Commissions Programme 2021.

Exit Burns Monument and walk along Regent Road towards the city centre, continuing onto Waterloo Pl until you reach the Balmoral Hotel. Turn left onto North Bridge and keep walking towards South Bridge, then turn right to Chambers Street (right after the Sainsbury’s). Towards the end of Chambers Street, on your left-hand side, you will find the National Museum of Scotland (free, book in advance), with the entrance on the lower level of the building.

As you exit the National Museum of Scotland, head right then take a right turn onto West College Street, where you will find Talbot Rice Gallery (free, book in advance).

After you finish exploring Talbot Rice Gallery, head back towards the National Museum of Scotland, walk past the museum, then take a left turn onto George IV, and then continuing along Forest Road (the right-hand road), until it meets Middle Meadow Walk. As you exit the path, turn right and walk alongside the Meadows.

At the end of the Meadows, turn right onto A700, then turn left past the International Bar, into Tarvit St. Continue all the way until you reach Kings Theatre. Cross the street and continue onto Gilmore Pl. Walk 0.3 miles (500m) into Gilmore Pl and turn right at Leamington Road, crossing the canal, then continue walking straight. Edinburgh Printmakers (free, book in advance) can be found at the end of this street, on the corner of Gilmore Park and Dundee St.