Literary Edinburgh

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The Scottish take their literature seriously.  Some of the largest monuments around Edinburgh are all dedicated to famous Scottish authors and poets.  You can take numerous literary tours or even literary pub crawls!

The picture to the left is The Burns Monument, dedicated to the Scottish poet Robert Burns.  The clue we gave you last week about the song Auld Lang Syne, this is one of his poems. The monument is at the top of Calton Hill and offers amazing views of the city below.

 

From Calton Hill with the Holyrood Palace in the background.

From Calton Hill with the Holyrood Palace in the background.

 

Usually monuments of this size are dedicated to royalty or war heros, but not in Scotland.  This monument is dedicated to Scottish author, Sir Walter Scott.  Just one of the many reasons we love the Scottish people!  And if you need a refresher, those classics like, Ivanhoe, Rob Roy and The Lady of the Lake are all written by Scott.

The Scott Monument

The Scott Monument

And for more recent literary heroes…a stop at The Elephant House, the cafe where J.K. Rowling wrote most of the first Harry Potter novel.

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