Virtual Trails and Apps

Sometimes the only way to experience a literary city is to download a good guide and go for a walk. From exquisite sculptures to dangerous literary stomping grounds, there’s treasure for the independent Edinburgh adventurer.


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Interactive Edinburgh Book Sculptures Gallery

The mystery of the paper sculptures was a media sensation. From Twitter, local and national newspapers to broadcast news, everyone wanted to see the sculptures for themselves. The secret identity of the artist kept everyone guessing but her love of books was unquestionable... Read more
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Hidden Gems Trail

Edinburgh’s literary offerings are a deep seam and there’s still plenty more to mine. From the lesser known names of the Royal Mile to highlights a little off the beaten track, this is one for those who like to impress with their literary knowledge.
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Bookspotting puts Scottish books in your pocket, connecting you - your interests, where you are and where you’re going - with a world of Scottish books and authors.
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Discover Ian Rankin's Edinburgh

This is for the diehard Rebus fan. Take a walk around bestselling author Ian Rankin's favourite places in Edinburgh, guided by the author himself.
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Edinburgh Book Trail

Get the Purple Trails Edinburgh Book Trail on your smartphone and start exploring attractions, watching exclusive author interviews and testing your book knowledge.
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Alexander McCall Smith's Edinburgh

Explore Alexander McCall Smith's Edinburgh. Discover the world of the characters of 44 Scotland Street, read exclusive extracts from his upcoming works and listen to snippets from the series.
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Edinburgh Literary Pub Tour App

An audio journey into the literary heritage of Edinburgh, based on the original script of the tour, available to download, anytime, anywhere.

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Stories in Stone

Edinburgh World Heritage and Edinburgh City of Literature join forces to present a series of free podcasts written by poet Stuart Conn, celebrating the literary and built heritage of Edinburgh.
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In the Footsteps of Robert Louis Stevenson

Edinburgh World Heritage presents a guide to the duality of Edinburgh and its significant influence on the creative imagination of beloved Treasure Island author Robert Louis Stevenson.
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Canongate Kirkyard Trails

Edinburgh World Heritage is also behind a rather nifty set of trails within Canongate Kirkyard. There are five different themes, but the arts is a good one for authors and has a podcast with Alexander McCall Smith to go with it.
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A Secret Golden Age

'A Secret Golden Age: Walks in Early Literary Edinburgh' is a series of five "story trails" going around the city. All of these trails tell true stories about Edinburgh's lesser-known literary past, from medieval times until the 18th century.
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