Want to visit an off the wall event that is actually on the wall? Look no further than Georgian Shadows.
It is the 250 year anniversary of the birth of Edinburgh’s new town, one of the events to mark this is Georgian shadows. This is a walking tour, commencing at the Melville Monument adjacent to the handsome RBS building at St Andrews square. Here a tour guide, identifiable by carrying a torchlight, cuts a dash through the murky Edinburgh evening to highlight a selection of historical architecture, in this most beautiful of cities.
To assist the tour guide on the walking route many of the buildings have projections illuminated onto the front facades or have extensively illuminated the structures purely for the purpose of this event. Some of the illuminations are cunningly merged into the building that at a casual glance one would assume you were staring into a window of a lit room, only on closer inspection do you realise the scene has been mocked and the projection is a character on view whom you may have seen in a similar window some 200 years ago.
This event is a must-see for visitors and locals. Speaking as an Edinburgh dweller myself it is easy to become accustomed to your surroundings and this tour makes you pause, actually look up from the pavement and appreciate your surroundings some more and learn about the history of a variety of key buildings and the characters that dwelled within them.
Remember to wrap up warm, it is Edinburgh in the winter after all, but spending time in the company of the friendly and knowledgeable tour guide provided a warm glow, and as I bid farewell to him I walked back home with my head looking up at all the architecture, appreciating how lucky I am to live amongst this handsome historic city.
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EDINBURGH’S GEORGIAN SHADOWS walking tour runs from 24th February to 25th March 2017, tickets £7.50, book online at Eventbrite.com