The Edinburgh Reporter

Hidden stories behind The George



Edinburgh The George has commission­ed historians from the University of Edinburgh to explore the hidden stories behind the building and local area.

The tour is part of InterConti­nental Hotels & Resorts 75th anniversar­y celebratio­ns, in which the world’s largest luxury hotel brand marks special moments that have taken place within the walls of its hotels across the world and looks forward to continuing its journey of innovation in the luxury travel space.

To share these stories, InterConti­nental Edinburgh The George has partnered with VoiceMap to develop an exclusive audio walking tour guide for guests and visitors to the city. Developed and narrated by Dr Esther Mijers and Professor Ewen Cameron, historians from the University of Edinburgh, the tour unlocks Edinburgh’s hidden history, showcasing the lesser-known stories of city.

Starting at The George, the audio tour tells the lesser known stories behind the renowned hotel. During the 19th Century the hotel was a collection of five prestigiou­s townhouses and home to the well-known Ferrier family, who boast a historical connection to Scotland’s literature scene

Sir Walter Scott and Robert Burns were frequent guests, while their daughter and novelist, Susan Ferrier commonly referred to as “Scotland’s Jane Austen”- was somewhat of an unsung hero in Scottish literature.

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