Hear the Stories


Enjoy the Castle Esplanade and Royal Mile, either at home or on location! These free audio tracks can be streamed direct at home, for use as virtual tours alongside Google Street View or equivalent, or downloaded as MP3 files for use here in Edinburgh as walking tours.

Making the atmosphere extra-special for your trip will be the Celtic-tinged music of the fabulous Kevin Macleod!

Part 1 (also available in Chinese, French, German, Spanish and Italian) takes us from the very gates of the Castle, down the Esplanade. You’ll hear of the history of the Castle and its traditions, as well as characters such as Mary Queen of Scots, Sir Walter Scott, and Allan Ramsay. You’ll learn about both fire and water in Old Edinburgh!

Part 2 takes us into the Royal Mile proper, with stories of ancient tourist attractions, naughty schoolboys, and grumpy literary critics! You’ll hear of a queen under pressure, and feuding churches!

Part 3 reaches out from the Royal Mile into the West Bow, Grassmarket and Cowgate. You’ll hear tales of blacksmiths, revolutionaries, duellists and hauntings!

Part 4 takes us down the Lawnmarket, complete with crazy clubs, rebellious pets, double lives, poets and philosophers!

Episode 1 - The Castle and Esplanade - starting point Castle Esplanade, in front of Castle gate

Episode 2 – Castlehill - Starting point Castle Esplanade, looking down Royal Mile

Episode 3 –The Upper Bow to Cowgate - Starting point foot of Castlehill

Grateful thanks to Kevin Macleod for permission to use his music under creative commons.

Soundtrack – “Hidden Past”,”Teller of the Tales”,”Sneaky Snitch”,”Anguish”,”Moonlight Hall”,”Lord of the Land”,”Pippin the Hunchback”,”With the Sea”,”Errigal”,”Evening Fall(Harp)”,”Finding Movement”,”Moorland”,Skye Cuillin”,”The Other Side of the Door”,”Angevin B”,”Myst”,”Ritual”,”Unanswered Questions”,”Barbour and Beag’s Jigs”,”Enchanted Journey”,”Am Bata Uaine (The Green Boat)”,”The Path of the Goblin King” – Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/