Edinburgh World Heritage - Meet the West Enders Trail


Meet the West Enders Trail

A new heritage trail of Edinburgh's West End invites visitors to meet the West Enders of the past.

The new trail has been produced as a partnership between EWH and Edinburgh's West End Business Improvement District, with support from the City of Edinburgh Council.

The aim is to encourage more visitors to explore the historic streets of the West End, a key part of the city's World Heritage Site.

Download a copy of the Meet the West Enders trail (PDF | 6MB)

The trail reveals links with some famous people like:

- Dr Joseph Bell, who provided the inspiration for Conan Doyle’s fictional character Sherlock Holmes.

- Samuel Peploe, the well-known artist and leading light of the Scottish colourists.

But also highlights less well-known West Enders such as:

- William Fielding, a Turkish Bath entrepreneur from New York who opened an establishment in Stafford Street.

- Janet Story, whose memoirs give a valuable insight into high society life in late-Georgian Melville Street.

- Mary Dunlop, who travelled the streets of the West End with her barrel organ on a small cart, pulled by her white horse Smoky.


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