Did you know that 300 witches have been burned at the stake in Edinburgh?
Or that notorious criminal Deacon Brodie was the inspiration to R.L. Stevenson's Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde?'
Did you know that Edinburgers used to shout 'Gardy-Loo' before flinging their excrement from their upstair windows?
Or the classic fiddle tune 'The Flowers of Edinburgh' is inspired by the stench of the open sewers of 'Auld Reekie' Edinburgh?
Join us on a gentle walking tour of Edinburgh's Old Town as we explore Edinburgh's illustrious history - from witchcraft and medieval plagues to public sanitation and great writers and musicians including Robert Burns and Robert Louis Stevenson who once walked these streets.
This is a unique and creative walking tour led by our passionate local historian Matthew Shiel and our talented resident 'Pied Piper,' Dr Jake Spence (PhD, University of Edinburgh) who will illustrate and accompany our journey with his enchanting fiddle playing - live!
Our tour begins and ends outside Edinburgh Castle and will include 30 minutes of gentle walking around the beautiful streets and vennels of Edinburgh's medieval Old Town - a UNESCO world heritage site.
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