Discover a region that has inspired many literary greats, is home to Scotland’s oldest private library and boasts two fantastic book festivals, including Scotland’s first festival dedicated to crime fiction.
Having met Wordsworth in the Scottish Borders, after his visit to the Trossachs, Sir Walter Scott was inspired to explore this beautiful part of Scotland for himself. Entranced by the lochs, glens and mountains, Scott sensed the magic of this region and set his best selling poem The Lady of the Lake in and around Loch Katrine. Step onboard the historic SS Sir Walter Scott steamship and witness the beauty that inspired the poet as it sails down Loch Katrine.
Why not follow further in Scott’s footsteps on the Trossachs Art and Literary Trail? Explore the shores of Loch Katrine and Rob Roy country, head to the Brig o’ Turk where John Ruskin gained a famous portrait and lost a wife and visit the waterfall where Wordsworth fell in love at Inversnaid.
Continue your exploration of Loch Lomond, The Trossachs, Stirling & Forth Valley’s literary connections by visiting Leighton Library in Dunblane. Dating back to 1687, it’s Scotland’s oldest private library and boasts 4,500 volumes in at least 80 different languages.
Feed your literary appetite at Off the Page, Stirling’s book festival, which features big names in the literary world and exciting workshops for children. Stirling also plays host to Bloody Scotland, Scotland’s first festival dedicated to crime fiction and boasts a line up that features top Scottish and international crime writers.