Discover how the city became known as the Athens of the North with this exclusive tour of classical Edinburgh. We start at the imposing National Galleries and Royal Scottish Academy, with their collections of fine art. Then we travel to Calton Hill, to admire its classical architecture and monuments up close. The day concludes with an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour around the former Royal High School and the Burns Monument, not normally open to the public.
© National Galleries of Scotland
The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art houses Scotland’s finest collection of twentieth and twenty-first century paintings, sculpture and graphic art. The collection is specifically of western art, with works by artists such as Matisse, Picasso and Dali. The gallery also holds an unrivalled collection of twentieth century Scottish art including paintings by Bellany, Gillies, Peploe, Davie and Redpath. The Gallery is situated in extensive parkland, providing the perfect setting for sculptures by Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth, Anthony Caro and others. The light and airy café has a pleasant buzz all year round but really comes into its own in the summer when seating extends onto the terrace and lawn to the rear of the Gallery. The shop is the place to go for unusual gifts and a great range of books and catalogues.
Mon – Sun 10am-5pm.