Take a journey through the literary city with this unique look at authors and poets connected to Edinburgh. Starting at the Writers’ Museum we look at the lives of Robert Burns, Robert Louis Stevenson and Sir Walter Scott. Then we tour the Old and New Towns looking at the source of inspiration for the city’s most famous current authors – J.K.Rowling and Ian Rankin. Discover the sinister side of life in Fleshmarket Close, and see the real Hogwarts.
On the death of Sir Walter Scott in 1832, the great and good of the city came together to agree on a fitting monument to this outstanding Scottish literary figure. In 1836, an architectural competition was launched, inviting designs for an appropriate memorial. Two years later, the trustees approved the design submitted by George Meikle Kemp, and construction began in 1840 after permission was obtained from Parliament to build in Princes Street Gardens. It was opened in 1846. The Scott monument is a brooding, 200-foot, Gothic spire and is in keeping with the romantic style of the author it was named after. When you climb the tower via its narrow, spiral staircase you come to a series of viewing decks offering stunning views of Edinburgh City Centre.
Opening Times: Mar - May: daily: 1000-1800; Jun - Sept: mon - sat: 0900-2000; sun: 1000-1800; Oct: mon - sat: 0900-1800; sun: 1000-1800; Nov - Feb: daily: 1000-1600