As the world’s first UNESCO City of Literature, it’s definitely hard to escape Edinburgh’s literary heritage! The city has been the home to several famous authors, like Sir Walter Scott, the author of ´The Waverley Novels,´ Robert Louis Stevenson, and the poet Robert Burns.
Even Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, who invented the most famous detective Sherlock Holmes, was born and studied here. He is remembered by a statue in Picardy Place, as well as by a restaurant and a pub, which are named after him. Sherlock Holmes is based on Conan Doyle’s professor at Edinburgh University, Dr. Joseph Bell. Look out for an information sign about a “most foul” murder case that involved the doctor himself on George Street, on the way to the West End.To find out more about literary Edinburgh, go to the Writers’ Museum and the National Library, where exhibitions are held.
The Waverley Station is quite literary itself, as it is the only station in the world to be named after a book series. And for fans of J.K. Rowling’s ´Harry Potter´ series, Edinburgh is like a treasure trove: George Heriot’s School (the inspiration for Hogwarts,) the Elephant House Café, and Greyfriars Kirkyard are all waiting to be explored.
Team Curso/CTR Edinburgh