Edinburgh is a city built on books, and full of literary links and inspirations. To help people get to know the City of Literature better, we're creating a series of walking tours and online trails to highlight our rich literary heritage.
We have created, produced and distributed a series of free online walking trails around Edinburgh, taking the visitor to places with a direct relevance to an author, a character or a story. These include:
In the Footsteps of Robert Louis Stevenson - the classic author was born and bred in Edinburgh.
Literature Quarter - 3,500 free printed trails were distributed, providing a guide to Edinburgh's key literary locations and organisations in and around The Royal Mile.
44 Scotland Street - 75,000 free printed trails based around Edinburgh author Alexander McCall Smith's hugely successful '44 Scotland Street' books.
Robert Burns - a free online trail about the Bard's time spent in Edinburgh.
Literary Podcasts - Stories in Stone
Worked with Edinburgh World Heritage to create a UNESCO tour of Edinburgh, designed as a series of free podcasts celebrating the literary and built heritage of Scotland's capital city. Using quotes from writers, poets and some of the classic stories inspired by the built environment of the city, the ten podcasts are designed to provide a guided tour of Edinburgh, revealing some of the hidden gems and history of the city.
These 10 free podcasts form an audio-visual tour of Edinburgh, available to watch online or download from VisitScotland.com.
City of Literature Film
We commissioned, produced and distributed a short promotional film of Edinburgh as a City of Literature, available on our Home page and shown through partner organisations across the city.