Second in our series of "Borderlands" tours; looking at King Street, laid out 1808-10, opening up the new-look Georgian town and studded with silvery granite edifices designed by the city's two top architects, John Smith and Archibald Simpson. But nearby were all the reminders of the burgh's gritty past; Shuttle Lane, home of thieves and hoors; the Modeller, home to vagrants and alcoholics; and the fears of what went on behind closed doors at the Medico-Chirurgical Hall. There were innovations to follow, Tudor Johnny's own home was later used as the city's very first eye clinic before it moved to Woolmanhill; the North Kirk transformed into the Arts Centre, and the city's doyen of children's drama, Catherine Hollingworth began the Children's Theatre in an old Victorian mansion, now connected to both the Arts Centre and Archie Simpson House. Packed with other wee gems of forgotten history, this walk will bring back the lost landscape of the 1800s and early 1900s when King St was a proud showpiece of its north-eastern border.
Meet: Gordon Highlanders' Statue
Duration: approx 2hr
Tickets - £10/8
Should be suitable for all ages, route could accommodate wheelchair users