Edinburgh was designated the first UNESCO City of Literature in 2004. It hosts the world’s largest book festival every summer and was the birthplace of Scottish printing back in 1508.
Are you a fan of literature, architecture or history? If yes, take a stroll through historic Edinburgh and discover its literary secrets.
“Scotland has a distinguished position in the pantheon of world literature, through our poets, novelists, short story writers, philosophers, screenwriters, playwrights, storytellers, song makers, scientists, historians and biographers. Novelists associated with Edinburgh have made a particularly strong impact around the world: James Hogg (The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner), Sir Walter Scott (The Waverley Series), Robert Louis Stevenson (Treasure Island, Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr. Hyde), JM Barrie (Peter Pan), Kenneth Grahame (Wind in the Willows), Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (Sherlock Holmes series), RM Ballantyne (The Coral Island), John Buchan (The Thirty-Nine Steps) and Muriel Spark (The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie).”(Source: We cultivate literature, Edinburgh UNESCO City of Literature Trust, 2004)
Edinburg is such a walkable city, eXploring the city on foot is the best way to see the old and new towns with all the hidden nooks and crannies.
A great place to start is the Scottish Storytelling Centre. Grab a coffee at the café and a map of the Literature Quarter.
You can join a tour or make up your own itinerary and discover the world’s first UNESCO city of Literature, Edinburgh.
“It's impossible to live in Edinburgh without sensing its literary heritage everywhere” ~J.K. Rowling
This trip to Scotland was sponsored by Visit Scotland, Scotland’s National Tourism Board.