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Secret History of Duddingston – A Walking Tour

Course Times & Enrolment

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Course Summary

Join Karen Clulow on this fascinating walking tour of Duddingston that traces the history of this remarkable part of Edinburgh. Some of it is gruesome, some otherworldly, and some just hilarious. Learn about the people, architecture, flora, and fauna, pastimes, and war. 

Meeting point: Duddingston Kirk Car Park. Please assemble 5 minutes before the start of the tour. Address: 5 Old Church Ln, Duddingston, Edinburgh EH15 3PX

Walking Distance covered (approximate): Less than 3 km.

Parking and transport: We advise, where safe and possible, that students arrive by public transport.

The bus stop from the town, on Duddingston Road West, is situated between Old Church lane and The Causeway. It is called “Holyrood High School bus stop number 36234562”. The 42 bus stop from Portobello is situated further down Duddingston Road West, on the other side of the road. The bus stop also has the same name, although its number is 36234589. 

Students can also get buses 4, 44, 104 and 113 to Duddingston Cross Roads and the walk up to the village from there.

It is not advisable to park in the very small Sheep Heid car park or the car park at Duddingston Loch.  Parking spaces in Edinburgh can be difficult to find and may need to be paid for. Information on local parking available can be found on the City of Edinburgh Council website.

Course Details

Pre-requisites for enrolment


Special Information

There may be occasional seating available during the walking tour, but it is not guaranteed.

Students should bring all-weather clothes: Edinburgh’s weather can be very changeable. Students should bring water and a snack, should they require it.

Content of Course

Students will learn about the history of Duddingston, a former village in the east of Edinburgh, near Holyrood Park. From the first record of the lands granted to the Abbot of Kelso Abbey by David I of Scotland (1136-47) to the Battle of Prestonpans in 1745. Students will learn about the historical significance of points of interest such as Duddingston Loch, Holyrood Abbey, Duddingston House and Duddingston Kirk.

Teaching method(s)

Teaching will be outdoors during a two hour walking tour.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this taster course, students should be able to:

Describe significant historical events within the specified period of history. Identify places of historical interest and how they are linked to this period of history. 


If you have questions regarding the course or enrolment, please contact COL Reception at Paterson's Land by email or by phone 0131 650 4400.

Student support

If you have a disability, learning difficulty or health condition which may affect your studies, please let us know by ticking the 'specific support needs' box on your course application form. This will allow us to make appropriate adjustments in advance and in accordance with your rights under the Equality Act 2010. For more information please visit the Student Support section of our website.