A Book Lovers Guide To Edinburgh

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Bookworms the world over will know the joy of visiting a city that has strong ties to some of their favourite authors and bookshops, and Edinburgh is lucky to have plenty of both. As the world’s first UNESCO City of Literature, you can expect the Scottish capital to have high standards when it comes to showing off its literary heritage and it certainly doesn’t disappoint. Put your book aside or bundle up your Kindle, get those flights to Edinburgh booked, and set off on a bookish holiday of your own.

A few literary highlights

Edinburgh has been the home to some very popular writers over the years. From the Statue of Sherlock Holmes near the birth place his creator, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, to the cafés frequented by J K Rowling, there are plenty of highlights to visit. Stop for a drink in the Oxford Bar, made famous by Ian Rankin and his crime-solving hero Rebus.

Take a tour of past delights

Be sure you don’t miss any of the best literary treats by booking a specialised tour. There are several to choose from, including a literary pub crawl which makes sure you’re well lubricated throughout the proceedings and a booklover’s tour ideal for those who prefer a thermos of coffee to go with their literary lessons. You’ll even find a literary bus tour, perfect if you’re hoping to sit back and relax.

Visit the top bookish spots

Whether you take a tour or not, you’re sure to want to stop off in a few of Edinburgh’s best places for book fans, including the Scottish Poetry Library in Canongate and the National Library on George IV Bridge. Don’t forget to pay a visit to the Edinburgh Writer’s Museum, which celebrates the lives of Robert Burns, Sir Walter Scott and Robert Louis Stevenson.

Time your trip for festival fun

Time your trip to Edinburgh well and you could find yourself right in the heart of one of its inspiring book festivals. From the international affair that draws authors and fans from around the world every August to more local events such as the West Port Book festival and Radical Book Fair, both taking place in October.

Visit the city’s best bookshops

Still home to a fine variety of bookshops, you’ll find everything from the big brands such as Blackwells and Waterstones to excellent specialist and second-hand stores – particularly in the Morningside and West Port areas. Be sure you have plenty of pennies to spare for your favourite tomes, compare cheap flights and hunt for affordable accommodation in the capital and leave plenty of space in your suitcase.

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