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Scotland's Democracy Trail

Addressing the Scottish Parliament

Whether it’s IndyRef2, Brexit, Project Fear or Project Farce, how we do democracy is a hot topic in Scotland. In 2014's Independence Referendum, many thousands of people in Scotland even got enthusiastic about it - and the world was watching.

Sometimes it's good to look to the past...


This walking tour takes a gentle uphill path to the top of Calton Hill to tell a 500-year-old story of democracy in Scotland, much of it almost forgotten. Using the fabulous views of the city, the tour will show you the clues that live on in Edinburgh's landscape. We then take a downhill stroll to the Scottish Parliament to bring the story right up to date.


"An amazing walk and discussion in Edinburgh yesterday by an inspiring guide. Thank you so much for 'enlightening'. A great pleasure to meet you (again)." James, Yorkshire


"I thoroughly enjoyed your walk around Calton Hill and want to thank you for bringing the history alive. It was extremely interesting and relevant to today's Scotland. I can't thank you enough for such an enjoyable morning." Margaret, Edinburgh




In line with Covid-19 restrictions, we are able to offer tours for small groups (maximum eight people).

See here for more details of how we are following Scottish Government guildelines to keep you safe.

If you'd like to book a private tour at a date and time to suit you, please phone 0131 558 8240 or email

Cost of private bookings: £60 for 1 - 8 people

Where: Meet outside Old Calton Burial Ground, Waterloo Place, EH1 3EG. (Old Calton Burial Ground is almost opposite the Apex Hotel on Waterloo Place.)

Details:Tour lasts approximately two hours, and covers about one mile, walking on mainly pavements and good tracks. We climb Calton Hill - there are a few steps, followed by a long, gentle uphill path, followed by tracks going both up and downhill. We finish outside the Scottish Parliament.

updated 4 August 2020