Old and New - Quartermile Walking Tour, Edinburgh

Old and New - Quartermile Walking Tour (Self Guided), Edinburgh

Quartermile is one of the most exciting new destinations in Edinburgh. It occupies the former Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh site, which was established in 1729. Today, it is a stunning mixed use redevelopment area designed by leading architects, Foster and Partners. There are luxurious residential apartments including new buildings and conversions from existing hospital buildings, offices, affordable housing and leisure and retail spaces. The 8-hectare (20-acre) site also encompasses nine listed buildings and is situated in a part of central Edinburgh that has been designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

Tour the area and admire its spectacular architectural features, including a mixture of glass buildings with older buildings that were constructed from ancient stone. Great care was taken to combine the modern with the old. This regeneration scheme has won numerous awards over the years, including Scottish Home Awards City Apartment of the Year and the Scottish Property Awards – Mixed-use development of the year. One of the standout features of Quartermile is the views it affords of the Meadows. This is the large and lovely expanse of greenery to the south of Edinburgh's Old Town.
How it works: A discovery walk features a route using which you can explore a popular city neighborhood on your own. This walk, along with other self-guided walks in over 1,500 cities, can be found on the app "GPSmyCity: Walks in 1K+ Cities" which can be downloaded from Apple App Store or Google Play Store to your mobile phone or tablet. The app's built-in GPS navigation functions allow following this walk route with ease. The app works both online and offline, so no data plan is needed when traveling abroad.

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Old and New - Quartermile Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: Old and New - Quartermile Walking Tour
Guide Location: Scotland » Edinburgh
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Discovery)
Travel Distance: 2.2 Km or 1.4 Miles
Author: emily
Quartermile,  Middle Meadow Walk

1) Quartermile, Middle Meadow Walk

Quartermile, The Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh

2) Quartermile, The Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh

Quartermile,  Lauriston Place

3) Quartermile, Lauriston Place

Quartermile, Simpson Loan

5) Quartermile, Simpson Loan

Quartermile, Simpson Loan

6) Quartermile, Simpson Loan

Quartermile, Meadows

9) Quartermile, Meadows

Walking Tours in Edinburgh, Scotland

Create Your Own Walk in Edinburgh

Create Your Own Walk in Edinburgh

Creating your own self-guided walk in Edinburgh is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Edinburgh Introduction Walking Tour

Edinburgh Introduction Walking Tour

Comfortably yet tightly packed on the hilly terrain, Edinburgh – the Scottish capital since at least the 15th century, and the seat of the Scottish Parliament since 1999 – is a picturesque city renowned for its unique architecture of the medieval Old Town and elegant Georgian New Town, currently both listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. The earliest known human habitation in the area dates...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.4 Km or 2.1 Miles
Royal Mile Walking Tour

Royal Mile Walking Tour

The Royal Mile, a steep thoroughfare in the heart of Edinburgh's Old Town, is one of the city's busiest tourist destinations. It runs down a slope, from the famed Edinburgh Castle to Holyroodhouse Palace and the ruined Holyrood Abbey, for almost exactly a mile and thus got its name, coined in 1920. The succession of streets forming the Royal Mile is lined with numerous shops, pubs,...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.6 Km or 1 Miles
Harry Potter Trail

Harry Potter Trail

Years after the release of the last Harry Potter book and movie, the cultural phenomenon of Harry Potter doesn't seem to fade away and the fandom continues strong as ever. Although by now Harry Potter has become a household name across the globe, the fact that J.K. Rowling penned some of the world's favorite wizarding stories in Scotland's capital, where she still lives now, makes...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.6 Km or 1.6 Miles
Edinburgh Pub Crawl

Edinburgh Pub Crawl

Edinburgh is rich in pubs, both old and new, spoiling their patrons with the best in town drinks and food. Although most traditional pubs in the city are laid back, with a quiet and relaxing atmosphere, some have dance floors and double as nightclubs. This self-guided adventure takes you to several such spots, each with its own story to tell.

Our journey begins at the World's End Pub, a...  view more

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.5 Km or 0.9 Miles
Old Town Walking Tour

Old Town Walking Tour

The historical center of Edinburgh, popularly known as the Old Town, is indeed the oldest part of the Scottish capital. Most of the buildings here, made of stone and characterized by numerous tall windows, have been around since the Middle Ages and are covered with soot, left over from the days long gone, when houses were heated with hard-coal and wood. Hence the prevailing gray color in the area....  view more

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.5 Km or 1.6 Miles
Famous Squares and Streets Walking Tour

Famous Squares and Streets Walking Tour

Being in Edinburgh, it is only natural to be curious about the avenues, boulevards, and streets leading to (or stemming from) the city's picturesque squares. There, you can find a copious amount of historic and religious sites, fashion stores, classy restaurants, and marketplaces, not to mention some hidden gems, exploring which is well worth the time spent.

One of Edinburgh's most...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.9 Km or 1.8 Miles

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