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In the Footsteps of Chiang Yee, 'The Silent Traveller' - private half day EV tour with inclusive coffee and scones

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January — December

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Painter, lawyer, poet, magistrate and travel writer, Chiang Yee looked at Edinburgh through 'the Chinese Eye' in his 1943-4 visit; visit his favourite spots and hear reflections and poetry from his wonderful book, 'The Silent Traveller in Edinburgh'.

Chiang Yee was without doubt one of Edinburgh’s most cultured visitors of the whole 20th Century, though at the time, in an Edinburgh taken up with World War II, his visit aroused only mild curiosity except in academic and art circles, which welcomed him as a distinguished scholar. In exile from his home and family in central China, Chiang Yee was already a trained painter and talented poet before creating some of the most beautiful and sensitive travelogues ever to have appeared in Britain. One such was ‘The Silent Traveller in Edinburgh’, in which the author muses, composes and paints his way through wartime Edinburgh, in writing of poetic simplicity but also great profundity. We’ll be visiting many of Yee’s favourite places in the city, where he was inspired to painting or poetry, and reading from his wonderful account of his Edinburgh months. 

Picking your party from your accommodation or cruise vessel, we’ll first retrace Chiang Yee’s first journey in Edinburgh to his lodgings in the Marchmont area. Then we’ll visit Blackford Hill, the Hermitage of Braid and other locations dear to the author during his stay, stopping for inclusive refreshments. At each location we’ll quote from Chiang Yee’s book, including poetry composed by the author at the locations.

Each party will receive a souvenir copy of 'The Silent Traveller in Edinburgh,' in English or Chinese as preferred.

Tour essentials

- Private hybrid electric vehicle tour for up to 4 guests (3 adults or family of up to 4) Larger vehicles can be arranged for groups of up to 18 guests.

This tour can be guided in German by our Associate Guide - Amanda Aikman MA(Hons)

- Visiting key locations in Edinburgh from Chiang Yee’s book, ‘The Silent Traveller in Edinburgh’

- Half day tour

- Warm clothing required 

- Weather dependent tour

- Some steps and gentle hill walking required – strong shoes recommended.

- Free cancellation up to 24hrs before tour time

- Complimentary pickup and drop-off at your choice of location.

- Commentary from local guide

- Inclusive coffee and scones stop

- Children welcome but we cannot provide child safety seats

- Fully insured vehicle and driver/guide

Contact details

7 Hills Tours
56 Allan Park Crescent
EH14 1LQ
Edinburgh Edinburgh & The Lothians Edinburgh - City Centre Edinburgh Airport
Driver guide
English German
Art Landscapes Literature Walking/Hiking

Tour company information

7 Hills Tours

7 Hills Tours is a new and imaginative private tour and shore excursion company, run by local family physician and Edinburgh native Dr Moray Grigor. Touring in a luxury and eco-friendly hybrid vehicle, we open up Edinburgh and Scotland along a myriad of fascinating planes for the guest to see and enjoy. Plus, within Edinburgh, we also offer memorable Old Town walking tours. Vehicle tours include free pickup and dropoff at your choice of location. Our vehicle can accommodate up to three adults or a family of four; for larger groups of up to 18 guests, bigger vehicles can be arranged.

Opening times

Mon-Fri 0800-1700
Outside these hours as arranged for private tours.

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