Historic Edinburgh Tours offer a variety of walks around Edinburgh’s Old Town. We’re unable to offer Edinburgh teachers set discounts on our scheduled tours, but if you contact us about days when we’re already taking guests out and around Edinburgh, we’ll happily try to fit you in and offer you a discount. Teachers are, of course, able to book any of our Edinburgh tours and our private tours at normal adult rates. If you book on to our Old Town, Canongate or Greyfriars tours, let us know you are a teacher and will be doing the Jacobites as a project. Your guide will try his best to accommodate you and point out some relevant things. We also run a Residents’ Tour schedule which will includes a rare adult version of our Jacobites Occupation of Edinburgh tour and our Victorian poverty tour. We will also be running a few of our Greyfriars Kirkyard tours. We can also run a version of our cheapest Edinburgh private tour. If you wish to discuss any of these tours as a special running just for your stage colleagues and yourself, it’s certainly something we could look at doing for a discounted rate. Your guide would be Robert, the same person who leads all our school tours of Edinburgh.
Please contact us so that we can discuss your Bonnie Prince Charlie in Edinburgh tour requirements. Email us at; robert@historicedinburghtours.co.uk You can also call/text us on; 07590 026 077
Please contact us so that we can discuss your Bonnie Prince Charlie in Edinburgh tour requirements. Email us at; robert@historicedinburghtours.co.uk You can also call/text us on; 07590 026 077

BONNIE PRINCE CHARLIE’S

EDINBURGH TOUR

In a nutshell;
Welcome to Old Edinburgh! This outdoor learning experience will immerse your class in the history of one of the most incredible periods in Edinburgh’s history - the Jacobite occupation of 1745. Your tour isn’t an expository lecture, although we promise that we have some excellent stories to share with your class! Your guide comes equipped with an assortment of props and an A3 book of supporting images and other materials. We love this very ‘visual’ tour. The class will be doing a lot of individual and partner work using a variety of different sources of evidence. We will use old maps, ‘then and now’ images and much more to get your pupils in role as history detectives. Throughout this tour, your class will follow in the footsteps of Prince Charles Edward Stewart, his Hanoverian rivals, their armies, Flora MacDonald and many more. These men and women did some incredible things on the very streets your pupils will explore. This 1745 experience was designed by Robert, the same person who will lead your class around the Old Town. He’s a teacher himself and will use all of his 20+ year teaching experience to engage with your pupils.

“WHAT WAS EDINBURGH LIKE IN

1745?”

Edinburgh’s Old Town was a fascinating place in 1745. The New Town hadn’t yet been built, and thousands of people were crammed inside city limts, much of which had been defined by the archaic Flodden Wall. Scotland’s capital city was about to be centre stage forone of the most famous events in her history; the Jacobite Occupation of 1745. Your class will walk the very streets known to Prince Charles Edward Stewart, his Jacobites and their rivals. We’ll learn about Edinburgh locations which played a role in the events which gripped Britain in the late summer of 1745.
- £3 per pupil - Monday-Wednesday availability (possibly Thursdays also!) - meets just outside the Museum of Scotland (on Chamber’s Street) - tour lasts approximately 2 hours - pupils work indivdually and with partners whilst using various sources of evidence - tour can be tailored to your times and specific learning questions, just let us know what you’d like us to focus on.
A FEW LEARNING QUESTIONS ANSWERED ON YOUR

BONNIE PRINCE CHARLIE IN EDINBURGH TOUR

“DID THE PEOPLE OF EDINBURGH

SUPPOER THE JACOBITES OR THE

HANOVERIANS?”

The Jacobite Rebellion of 1745 was a very complex affair, with Scots supporting both sides of the struggle. Edinburgh had many ardent Hanoverians - such as the former Lord Provost, George Drummond. The capital also had equally stanch Jacobite supporters. The arrival of a young prince, and his army, was an exciting event for Edinburhg’s people. This tour looks at stories from both sides of the divide. We also learn about a third group; the people who cheered for both sides, but who didn’t fight for them. This tour captures the emotions of this period.
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“WHAT ROLE DID EDINBURGH’S

WOMEN HAVE DURING THE

JACOBITE OCCUPATION?”

We’re delighted to be able to use stories of some of the women and girls who played important roles in the 1745. We’ll even learn how ladie’s fashion saved the life of a Jacobite supporter’s partner in 1746! When we stand at the site of the old Mercat Cross, we will use an eyewitness account from a young girl who came from a Hanoverian family. Her detailed account of the scene here will help us imagine one of the most symbolic moments of the entire rebellion!

“WHAT HISTORICAL EVENTS AND

ACTIONS TOOK PLACE IN

EDINBURGH DURING THIS TIME?”

The Jacobite rebellion was not limited to the Old Town of Edinburgh, but Scotland’s capital city did see some incredibly important scenes. Your class will visit the site of the ‘attack’ on Edinburgh, they’ll learn about the important proclamations made by the Jacobite army when in Edinburgh, they’ll find out about the fighting which took place on the city’s streets and they’ll visit the site of the symbolic end of Charlie’s rebellion.
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“WHAT HAPPENED AFTER THE

JACOBITES LEFT EDINBURGH?”

Bonnie Prince Charlie’ stayed in the Palace of Holyroodhouse, a few weeks later his bed was used by the Duke of Cumberland. Although we don’t visit Holyrood, we will learn about the day when the Duke of Cumberland left Edinburgh to join his army. Your class will also find out what actions the Hanoverians carried out, and your class will learn of the displeasure Cumberland felt towards the people of Edinburgh. His plans to punish Edinburgh were quite interesting!
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IMPORTANT INFORMATION

FOR THE CLASS TEACHER

ACCESSIBILITY INFORMATION

Although pupils won’t be walking for the full two hour duration of this tour, there are limited places where we can offer rest areas. We’ve put together a page which will highlight some relevant accessibility issues which occur on this tour route. We will try to alter the tour if needed. There are limited options for this, however. Sadly, the Old Town is hilly and not brilliantly paved. All our tour routes cross at pedestrian crossings, and any alternative solutions might include streets which don’t have proper crossing areas. We’ve put together an accessibility information sheet with some information for your risk assessment print-out. You can access these here.

WET WEATHER INFORMATION

This tour is an ‘outside’ tour, and there are no areas where we can shelter out of the rain. We do realise that a wet and windy day probably isn’t going make for positive memories! We’re pretty flexible and will happily reschedule your date. There’s no extra cost for this. We realise this is useful if you are travelling on foot or using public transport. If you have organised transport, then please know that, whatever the weather, we will be there for you! If you’d like to reschedule your tour, please let us know by 8.30 am on the morning of your tour. My mobile number is 07590 026 077.

RISK ASSESSMENT

Risk assessment is something which your governing body will legally need you to carry out and, as such, we can only offer some suggestions and recommendations for your paperwork. While we can’t offer these as your official risk assessment, please click here to download our suggested risk assessment information and our route instructions. We’ve put together an accessibility information sheet with some information for your risk assessment print-out. You can access these here. This document has a standard meeting point for this tour. You may have discussed a different location in correspondence with your guide. This would be your starting place.

TOILETS (AND ADDED VALUE!)

We’ve got no ‘toilet’ stops on our tour, but you are welcome to ask the Museum of Scotland if you can use theirs. Most of our schools' tours of Edinburgh start just across the road from there. You may also want to book a teacher-led guided tour/exploration of the Museum of Scotland. This is free. They also offer a series of paid workshops. Booking something either of these options will allow you to ask for the use of their lunchroom. We also recommend checking out the educational workshops at Riddle’s Court. These come with a cost. A lunchroom is sometimes available.
Please contact us so that we can discuss your first level Old Edinburgh tour requirements Email us at; robert@historicedinburghtours.co.uk You can also call/text us on; 07590 026 077

“WHO WERE THE IMPORTANT

PEOPLE IN EDINBURGH DURING

THE OCCUPATION?”

Your class will learn about Prince Charles Edward Stewart at some of the very locations he’d have visited in Edinburgh. We’ll also learn about the Duke of Cumberland, the commander of the Government forces at the Battle of Culloden. Other important people feature on your tour, such as Archibald Stewart, Lord Provost of Edinburgh, George Drummond, a previous Lord Provost, Flora MacDonald and the staunch Jacobite Isabella Lumsden. These characters provide so many fascinating stories about this turbulent time in Scotland’s history.
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