A Traveller’s Guide to Literary Scotland

This guide details 60 places to visit in Scotland associated with writers and their works: writers' homes, birthplaces, graves, locations vividly described in novels and poems, theatres, writers' museums and more. 

Alice Munro: Canada’s Nobel Laureate

Alice Munro is one of Canada's brightest literary stars and her work has established her as one of the greatest living writers of fiction. She also has the honour of being Canada's sole recipient of the Nobel Prize in Literature, which was won in 2013.

Burns love poems – Burns & the lassies

It could be argued that, for Burns, the lassies tended to be a fatal attraction. However, the legacy is in a canon of love poetry that spans the range of emotions from celebration of physical intimacy, through the pain of loss and separation, to the celebration of enduring friendship.

Edinburgh Festivals

Edinburgh is Scotland's shining capital city: an architectural jewel with its contrasting Old and New Towns, a place packed with history from its Castle to its Palace and every wynd and close in between.

Edinburgh International Book Festival

Edinburgh is the first UNESCO City of Literature, and no wonder given its history is full of the words and works of some of the most celebrated writers who have ever lived.

Edinburgh UNESCO City of Literature

Few people realise that, outside of London, Edinburgh has more literary associations than any other part of Britain.


English is the main language spoken in Scotland today and has been the since the 18th Century. However, there are a wide range of different accents and dialects spoken across the country.


For centuries, Scottish writing has been at the forefront of world literature. Scottish literature has also shaped and influenced some of the greatest writers to have ever put pen to paper.

Robert Burns Timeline

The Scottish poet Robert Burns was born on January 25, 1759 in Alloway, Ayrshire, at what is now Burns Cottage The day of his birth is celebrated today throughout the world as Burns' Night, with Burns' Suppers, poems and songs.

Scots lead the way in major cultural programme between India and the UK

Nine innovative Scottish arts projects are set to benefit from a partnership between Scotland and India as part of a core British Council programme.

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