Historical West End
In partnership with Edinburgh World Heritage, Edinburgh’s West End invites visitors to meet the West Enders of the past.
Our West End Trail map is perfect for those who would like uncover the historical elements of Edinburgh’s West End. A collaboration with Edinburgh World Heritage, the West End Trail Map takes you on a tour of the West Ends most historically famous locations while introducing you to the influential characters of the area, such Dr Joseph Bell. Dr Bell provided the inspiration for Conan Doyle’s iconic fictional character, Sherlock Holmes.
The West End is full of amusing personalities. Did you know that Mary Dunlop travelled the streets of the West End with her barrel organ on a small cart, pulled by her white horse Smokey, charming residents and making memories that have been passed down for generations?
Download our Historical Trail Map, or better yet, visit any one of our venues in the West End to pick up a copy of the map and spend an afternoon exploring our beautiful neighbourhood.
Download the trail map here
Be sure to visit the Edinburgh World Heritage site for more information on the West End’s historically significant buildings and unique past.
David Hicks, Communications Manager for Edinburgh World Heritage said:
“The trail is intended to cast the West End in a new light, and reveal some of the hidden stories about this fascinating part of Edinburgh’s World Heritage Site. William Street, complete with its Georgian shopfronts, setts and recently restored streetlamps has such tremendous period atmosphere, it is not surprising it has been used as a film location. The three gothic spires of St. Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral can be seen from around the city, but how many people know about the treasures it has inside? By focusing on the human stories of the West Enders of the past, we hope to encourage more people to explore this historic area.”