Get up close and personal with some of the statues and monuments that tell the story of Edinburgh’s greatest literary achievements. Take a picture to preserve the memory – perhaps it will inspire a story or a poem?
A statue marking Doyle’s birthplace celebrates Sherlock Holmes, one of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle‘s most enduring characters. When the statue was moved in 2009 due to tram work, it was discovered that Holmes hid a time capsule beneath him, the sleuth and his secret were reinstated at Picardy Place in 2011.
Back in 1812, a marble statue of the nation’s most famous bard Robert Burns was produced – and a monument built to house it. However, while the monument still stands proud on Regent Road, the statue has been relocated to the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, where it is (presumably) equally comfortable.
Robert Louis Stevenson
RLS famously didn’t want any statues, but his childhood haunt of Colinton got round that with a statue which shows him as a young boy, with his head in a book and his Skye Terrier by his side. Erected in Colinton and unveiled by Ian Rankin in 2013, this is one of the newest additions to Edinburgh’s literary statues.
Sir Walter Scott is one of the world’s most eminent author’s, so it’s only right that his monument also happens to be the world’s largest dedicated to a writer. Towering over Princes Street Gardens, there are 287 steps up to the top of the monument and you can look at a cast of Scott’s famous characters as you climb.
Allan Ramsay was a playwright, publisher, wig-maker and poet responsible for reviving Scots vernacular in verse. He also opened Britain’s first circulating library on the Royal Mile. Say hello to his statue on Princes Street.