UNESCO World Heritage Site
A city with most listed buildings in the world, Edinburgh contains a huge UNESCO World Heritage site that includes both Old and New Town. Here, the organic picturesque Old Town contrasts with the rational New Town that is the largest Georgian planned town development in the world.
Edinburgh’s topography itself provides clarity on these two contrasting urban settings by separating them with a green valley.
In the recent decades, a generation of contemporary architecture – subtle, clever, and daring – was sensitively incorporated into the precious heritage fabric of the city. Local architects and international stars such as Enric Miralles and Fosters made successful contributions to the cityscape.
A range of high quality housing, hotel, museum, and government projects are a frequent focus of the study trips to Scotland.
Mix & match the sites for a tailored experience
Further afield lies the engineering marvel of the Falkirk Wheel, and world record breaking bridges over the Forth, including UNESCO listed Forth Railway Bridge.
The largest equine sculpture in the world, the Kelpies, that required bespoke engineerixng solutions, is also located in Falkirk.
Glasgow, a more liberal neighbour of the capital offers further contemporary architecture explorations including structures by Zaha Hadid and Steven Holl. Here, the “starchitecture” sits alongside the world famous Glasgow School’s Art Nouveau movement headed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh.
Worth a trip North
Coastal villages feature picturesque harbours and charming streets of traditional Scottish architecture, while Hadid’s and Gehry’s Maggie’s Centres present real little gems of contemporary architecture. Kengo Kuma’s new V&A museum in Dundee crowns the visit.
Mix & match the sites for a tailored experience
Organising a study trip?
Let us know your topic and we will tailor the itinerary to your theme.
Want to meet local professionals - engineers, architects, policy makers? Let us know if we can use our local knowledge and connections to help you.
Need a lecture about Scottish architecture? We have it ready.
Bringing a university or a school group? Let us know to get a student discount for a tour led by a guide experienced to work with students.
Turn the tour into an interactive outdoor tutorial, where your students will use their previous cultural and historical knowledge to understand Edinburgh, thus memorising the newly learned information.
On a touristic route? Get your group to learn about the castles and Scottish building materials right at the start of your trip - in Edinburgh!
Have little time? Let us know and we will adapt the route (and prices) for the time you have.
Have mobility requirements? let us adapt the tour for your specific needs.
Bringing dogs? Let's go to Dean Village!
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For groups, we ask for a £100 deposit to confirm the booking.
Cobble Tales would issue invoices to be paid 1 month prior to the tour date, or immediately if the tours are booked with less than 1 month notice.
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If for any reason the customer is entitled to a refund, we will refund the booking with Cobble Tales in the same way as payment was made.
Refunds will only be given on the ticket price, not on any other costs incurred.
Cancellation by Cobble Tales
In the unlikely event that one of our architecture tours is rescheduled, changed or moved, Cobble Tales will give the customer the option of either retaining and exchanging your tickets for a new date/tour, or alternatively claiming a full refund.
In the unlikely event that the architecture tour is cancelled by Cobble Tales the customer will be refunded in full.
Cancellation by the customer/agent
Cancellation by the customer is accepted with a notice of at least 7 days for groups.
The agent will be charged for all bookings not cancelled 7 days in advance of the tour.
Cancellation by the customer or their agent within 7 days of any tour commencing will be treated as the tour being fulfilled and no refunds will be given unless cancellation of tour happens due to extreme weather. In which case an alternative date/time will be offered. The tour guide or manager in charge for the day will contact if they deem the weather does not permit the tour to go ahead. The guide/manager will try to contact the customer/agent on the phone/email address provided if any changes need to occur due to weather. Note that tours can and do go ahead in wet/snowy weather.
No shows will be treated as cancellations and no refund or rescheduling will be offered.
Latecomers: please inform your assigned guide with as much notice as possible and we will attempt to accommodate your request.