A Great Scottish Railway Hotel

A Great Scottish Railway Hotel

Robin Stewart
Robin Stewart
POSTED BY: Robin Stewart

Explore Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh - The Caledonian with our World Heritage Walking Trail. Win Cream Tea For Two at The Caley by tweeting your musical suggestions for our accompanying Walking Trail soundtrack.

The first of our featured World Heritage Walking Trails, created exclusively for The Caley by Frank McGrail at Edinburgh World Heritage, focuses on this historic hotel itself.

Highlights include The Caley’s famous facade, which boasts exquisite ornamental embellishments harking back to its railway-hotel beginnings. There are also some gorgeous stained-glass windows depicting the coats-of-arms of the major towns and cities served by the Caledonian railway network. The Walking Trail finishes with a stroll through the Peacock Alley lobby, formerly the station’s concourse, where you can nowadays unwind with a glass of wine or some well-deserved afternoon tea.

To obtain your World Heritage Trail itinerary, just ask the hotel concierge, who’ll be happy to provide you with a printed copy. Otherwise, you can view the Walking Trail PDF on your smart-phone or tablet. 

Win Cream Tea For Two!

We're currently creating a musical playlist that will act as the perfect soundtrack to your Edinburgh Caley Walking Trail. You can download the music in advance of (or during) your stay and listen to it on their smartphone or mp3 player during the tour!

If you have a favourite piece of music that you think is perfect for our Walking Trails Soundtrack, send it to us via Facebook or Twitter (using the hashtag #CaleySoundtrack) for the chance to win Cream Tea For Two in hotel's plush Peacock Alley!

You might want to include a YouTube link or a brief explanation of why your selection should be included. Remember, we're especially looking for music that’s relevant to Edinburgh or ideally to The Caley itself.

We’ve included some staff suggestions below, and will upload all the best user selections right here on our blog.


Op 28, No. 15 – Raindrop Prelude - Frédéric Chopin

Frédéric Chopin briefly lived and performed in Edinburgh in 1848, and his stunning Raindrop Prelude –often cited as one of the most beautiful pieces of music ever created – is perfect accompaniment to our World Heritage Trail. 

Suggested by Robin Stewart

Deep Blue Day – Brian Eno

Brian Eno’s ambient Deep Blue Day, from the Trainspotting soundtrack, lends a certain off-beat, atmospheric wistfulness to your tour of the hotel. 

Suggested by Nicky Blake-Knox

On the Nature of Daylight – Max Richter

On The Nature Of Daylight by Edinburgh-based classical composer Max Richter is perfect way to end your tour of The Caley, strolling through the bright open space of Peacock Alley.

Suggested by Anwen Sinnet


Harvest Home - Big Country

Proud Scottish song called 'Harvest Home', from Big Country's The Crossing album.

Suggested by Brian Jones

Highland Cathedral: Edinburgh Military Tattoo : Massed Pipes & Drums.

Suggested by Karen @grassicgibbon