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Think Global, Act Local: Patrick Geddes and the Old TownGarden sketch by Norah Geddes


Following the popularity of Hidden Gardens of the Royal Mile, this walking tour explores another part of Edinburgh's Old Town, celebrating the inspirational work of Patrick Geddes (1854 - 1932), the early Scots environmentalist, gardener and town planner who coined the phrase 'Think global, act local'.  Geddes lived and worked in Edinburgh for thirty years, putting into practice his belief that cities can be healthy, inspiring places to live.

First, the tour offers you an introduction to Patrick Geddes's ideas about Old Town regeneration. Then we rediscover inspiring Geddes gardens created over a century ago in the Old Town slums, and enjoy modern community gardening projects, including a visit to the normally-locked Johnston Terrace Wildlife Garden and a thriving community garden on West Port.

Note: We can offer a variation of this tour called Children's Gardens in the Dark Places of the Old Town. This longer walk celebrates the Free Kindergarten Gardens as well as the Geddes Gardens.

"Many thanks again for your lovely Geddes tour - it was absolutely fascinating, and I hugely respect your research and insights into the man and his work and legacy. Superb!! And your gentle yet passionate delivery is inspiring."  Anna, Edinburgh



Witches WellWest Port Garden EdinburghPatrick Geddes Birlin' in his Grave



How do I book the 'Think Global, Act Local' tour in 2020?




Due to 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




Outside The Hub, Castlehill, Edinburgh EH1 2NE 


The tour lasts 1 hour 40 minutes, and covers up to one mile of mainly pavement walking; some slopes, steps, wooden boardwalk, and cobbled surfaces.  We finish in the Grassmarket.

updated 4 August 2020