Literature in Dumfries & Galloway

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  • Looking through a book shop window to a woman browsing books in Wigtown, Scotland's Book Town
    A book shop in Wigtown, Scotland's Book Town
  • A replica of Robert Burns' writing desk
    A replica of Robert Burns' writing desk
  • Looking down to the buildings of Ellisland Farm
    Ellisland Farm
  • A memorial to Hugh MacDiarmid, near Langholm
    A memorial to Hugh MacDiarmid, near Langholm

Visit book shops, authors’ former homes and Scotland’s National Book Town to discover the region’s fascinating literary connections.

Uncover literary connections on an afternoon in fascinating Wigtown, named Scotland’s National Book Town in 1998 - the first proclamation of the new Scottish Parliament.

Wigtown has over 20 book-related businesses and you can find over 250,000 thrilling and unusual books as you search through the renowned book shops.

Take a look around the nine rooms of Scotland’s largest second hand bookshop, appropriately named The Bookshop, and find some brilliant second hand children’s books in The Box of Frogs.

Immerse yourself in the written word at the annual Wigtown Book Festival which celebrates books and literature, offering inspiration to book lovers and writers alike. With a large variety of events scheduled you can hone your writing skills with classes run by professionals, learn more about your favourite books at talks from authors or take part in some of this year’s active events.

Famous Scottish poet Hugh MacDiarmid grew up in the town of Langholm and on nearby Whita Hill you can find a monument in his honour, in the form of a large, cast iron open book depicting images from his works. Buried in the cemetery in Langholm, MacDiarmid is most famous for his book-length poem, A Drunk Man Looks at a Thistle.

The region was also once home to Scotland’s National Bard - Robert Burns. The famous poet’s former home is now a museum dedicated to his life and works. Visit the house in which he spent the last few years of his life and learn more about how Burns and his family lived. The museum houses the famous Kilmarnock and Edinburgh editions of his works and the original desk where he wrote his most renowned verses.

With many other literary connections and interesting attractions to visit, Dumfries & Galloway is a must-visit destination for book lovers.