Start your creative tour in Edinburgh, Scotland’s capital and the world’s first UNESCO City of Literature, with a visit to the Writers’ Museum, just off the Royal Mile. This wonderful treasure trove includes manuscripts by some of Scotland’s best loved writers; Sir Walter Scott, Robert Burns and Robert Louis Stevenson.
Find out more about Sir Walter Scott, author of classics including Ivanhoe and Waverley, at the Scott Monument, the largest monument to a writer anywhere in the world. It may include climbing 287 steps, but the challenge is well worth the effort, with a fascinating museum on the way up and spectacular views over the city at the top.
Edinburgh is also ‘Europe’s festival capital’ and hosts over 10 international spectacles throughout the year, from film, jazz and blues, to literature and arts festivals. The Edinburgh Fringe Festival, held each August, is the largest arts festival of its kind in the world. But whenever you visit, there are creative events to inspire you.
A good literary stop off point for a coffee or meal is The Elephant House on George IV Bridge, where Harry Potter author JK Rowling spent time writing the early novels in the hugely popular series.
On the nearby Chambers Street, the recently refurbished National Museum of Scotland has a fantastic collection of thousands of exhibits spread across 36 galleries, which can be enjoyed by all the family.
Art lovers are spoilt for choice and can enjoy a fabulous range of galleries and exhibitions, many within the city centre, such as the Scottish National Portrait Gallery on Queen’s Street and the Scottish National Gallery on the Mound.
A great way to end the day is with Edinburgh’s wonderful Literary Pub Tour.