Summer Walks and Visits

OEC members are invited to take part in this year’s programme of summer walks and visits. Numbers are strictly limited and there is a fee of £5 for attending each event.

If you are not a member and would like to take part, why not join the Club? Details here.

1) Visit of George IV to Edinburgh in 1822

Walk led by Eric Melvin

Wednesday, 1 June (10.00 am – 11.30 pm) and Thursday, 2 June (2.00 pm – 3.30 pm)

This walk marks the bicentenary of King George IV’s visit to Edinburgh and explores the sites involved in the occasion and the role played by Sir Walter Scott. Organised in conjunction with the Edinburgh Festival Volunteer Guides Association.

2) Edinburgh’s Printing Heritage

Walk led by Dr Helen Williams

Monday, 13 June (10.30 am – 12 noon) and Thursday, 16 June (6.00 pm – 7.30 pm)

This walk looks at traces left by Edinburgh’s remarkable printing businesses, covering 450 years of printing activity in the Old Town. Organised in conjunction with the Scottish Printing Archival Trust.

3) Port Hopetoun Union Canal Walk

Walk led by Graeme Cruickshank

Wednesday, 29 June (10.30 am – 12 noon) and Thursday, 7 July (2.00 pm – 3.30 pm)

This year marks not only the bicentenary of the opening of the Union Canal, but also the centenary of the closure of its eastern terminal at Port Hopetoun on Lothian Road and the infilling of several hundred yards of the Canal. The walk takes in traces of the original basin and follows the canal west to Viewforth.

4) Blackie House: ‘A Cabinet for the Curious’

Visit courtesy of Dr William Zachs

Wednesday, 31 August (4.00 pm – 6.00 pm) and Wednesday, 31 August (7.00 pm – 9.00 pm)

Dr Zachs is a keen collector and researcher of manuscripts and books, notably from the Scottish Enlightenment. He has built a huge private library of amazing books, together with manuscripts, other artefacts, antiques and paintings. He is always keen to share his love of these and inspire the interest of collectors, curators, and donors willing to add to the collections of the University of Edinburgh. He curates his collection in Blackie House in Wardrop Court, just off Lady Stairs Close.