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Edinburgh – a thousand years of history

It hosts the world’s biggest arts festival, has a dramatic medieval castle on its main street, and can draw on a literary tradition ranging from Burns and Stevenson to Rankin and Rowling. Edinburgh’s restaurant scene has both variety and quality, and the Queen is in residence here every summer. This Scottish gem also offers fantastic museums, galleries, pubs, interesting shops and some seriously classy hotels.

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Writers' Museum

Writers' Museum

The Writers' Museum – Rabbie, Walter and Robert

The Writers' Museum – Rabbie, Walter and Robert Editors' Note

Literature has played such a key role in Edinburgh’s cultural heritage that it’s no surprise to find a venue in the city dedicated to three legendary scribes.

The Writers' Museum, based in a 17th-century townhouse, celebrates the works of Robert Burns, Sir Walter Scott and Robert Louis Stevenson with early editions, personal effects and displays. It sometimes even prompts people to buy the books and read them.

Writers' Museum
Lady Stair's Close, Lawnmarket, Royal Mile, EH1 2PA Edinburgh
+44 0131 529 4901
10am-5pm Mon-Sat; noon-5pm Sun (Aug only)