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Summer light in Neverland - image courtesy of Graeme Robertson
Take a tour of Moat Brae ››

Take a tour of Moat Brae, the house and garden in Dumfries that inspired JM Barrie to create Peter Pan

Discover Scotland’s fascinating literary history, its intriguing connections to renowned authors, poets and bestselling children’s writers, and celebrate great literature at some of the world’s best book festivals.

See the breathtaking landmarks that inspired some of the best-known stories of all time from Count Dracula’s castle to Harry Potter’s Hogwart’s School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Enjoy a drink in Ian Rankin’s fictional character, Detective Inspector Rebus’s favourite pub and relax in the old haunts of many famous literary figures.

Spend a day at one of Scotland’s renowned book fairs and celebrate the best Scottish and international writers. Enjoy many informative and fun events such as meeting bestselling authors, poetry readings and writing workshops.

There are many fascinating and exciting literary events and attractions to enjoy across Scotland throughout the year, so now is the perfect time to discover them.

  • The Jacobite steam train passing over the Glenfinnan Viaduct at the head of Loch Shiel, Highlands
    The Jacobite steam train passing over the Glenfinnan Viaduct at the head of Loch Shiel, Highlands
  • Two ladies sit looking at books outside of The Book Shop in Wigtown
    The Book Shop in Wigtown
  • The statue of Sir Walter Scott below the Scott Monument, Princes Street Gardens East, Edinburgh
    The statue of Sir Walter Scott below the Scott Monument, Princes Street Gardens East, Edinburgh
A statue of Peter Pan from the book by JM Barrie, in his birthplace town of Kirriemuir, Angus

Literary landmarks

Explore Scotland and discover stunning landmarks that inspired some of the best-known Scottish literature.

The outside of the tent for the Edinburgh International Book Festival, Charlotte Square, Edinburgh

Book festivals

Meet award-winning authors and discuss your favourite books at Scotland's book festivals.

The statue of Sir Walter Scott below the Scott Monument, Princes Street Gardens East, Edinburgh

City of Literature

Uncover Edinburgh’s literary history and UNESCO status and discover many intriguing connections to famous writers.

Looking towards the House and gardens of Abbotsford, Melrose

Literary connections

The landscape and history of the Scottish Borders have inspired many literary greats, but they remain most closely associated with the works of Sir Walter Scott.