Credit W. Lloyd MacKenzie Wiki Walter Scott monument, largest for any writer in the world.
This from the Edinburgh Tourism Action Group
Countless writers have lived and worked in Edinburgh over the centuries. Get to all the important literary sites on a city centre walk, or pick up a copy of the ‘Explore the City of Literature on foot’ leaflet so you can recommend locations to visitors.
1. Start on the High Street at St Giles’ Cathedral, where there’s a plaque commemorating the life of Robert Louis Stevenson (author of Treasure Island). He was born, raised and attended university in Edinburgh before living out his final years in Samoa. The huge west window of the Cathedral is inspired by the works of Robert Burns, Scotland’s National Bard.
2. Continue down the Royal Mile to St Mary’s Street where a plaque commemorates the visit in 1773 of Dr Samuel Johnson, the author of the first, authoritative dictionary of the English language.
3. Make your way up to the Tron Kirk and along South Bridge to the beautiful Old College buildings of the University of Edinburgh. Among the many noteworthy people educated here are famous writers such as David Hume (historian and philosopher), Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (creator of Sherlock Holmes), and J. M. Barrie (author of Peter Pan). More recent graduates include Ian Rankin (the modern crime novelist) and Alexander McCall Smith (author of The No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency and 44 Scotland Street series).
4. Take a walk up Chambers Street and you’ll find a plaque commemorating the birthplace in 1771 of Sir Walter Scott. Famous for writing books such as Waverley, Rob Roy and Ivanhoe, Scott is perhaps the most celebrated Scottish writer in Edinburgh. Scott never wandered far from here. He spent much of his childhood at 25 George Square (also marked with a plaque) and then went to the University of Edinburgh.
5. You can follow more of Scott’s story around the city. Make for George IV Bridge and the National Library of Scotland with its original copies of important pieces of Scottish literature.
6. At the Royal Mile end of George IV Bridge are Lawnmarket and The Mound where, down a narrow close, you’ll discover The Writers’ Museum and Makars’ Court. The museum is inside the charming Lady Stair’s House, which houses collections relating to the lives and works of Burns, Scott and Stevenson.
7. Head over Princes Street to Castle Street. At number 39 is a plaque and a seated statue of Sir Walter Scott above the door. (While you’re there, take a look at number 30 where you’ll also see a plaque commemorating the birthplace of Kenneth Grahame, author of ‘The Wind in the Willows’.)
8. Back on Princes Street again and the garden side is dominated by a huge monument to Sir Walter Scott. Sir Walter Scott sits under a 200-foot high canopy with Maida, his dog, at his feet, surrounded by 64 characters from his many books.
9. Carry on down Princes Street and along Waterloo Place until it becomes Regent Road. On the right is the Robert Burns memorial.
10.After all that walking, it’s time for some refreshment. Stop off in Young Street at the Oxford
Bar, Rebus’s favourite pub.