New lightboxes and locations are going to be added to the trail for late 2017, and will be present until early 2018. Be sure to check back for more information about Canongate Stars & Stories over the next few months.

Canongate Stars and Stories is a new illuminated walking trail for Edinburgh’s Old Town.

Explore 20 beautiful light boxes displaying quotations which shine a light on the print and publishing history of the Canongate area.

If you want to see them all, you can find your way around with a map which you can either download here, or pick up at any of the sites on the trail.

Just keep an eye out on your atmospheric winter evening walks when you head down the Royal Mile from the Tron towards Holyrood Palace. Don’t forget to look up and dive into the side streets.

iPhone users can download the Edinburgh World Heritage app from the iTunes store for more information. It also includes a Stars and Stories quiz to test your literary knowledge!

It takes 45 leisurely minutes to walk the trail and explore all 20 locations.



Leaflets with Maps at the Venues

It’s getting dark, so you’ll be pleased to know that the leaflets that contain some background info to the quotations are available from most venues that have the illuminated quotes on display. They also contain a mini-map that will help you find the others!

The Lights Go On

Tonight the light boxes will be switched on.

Get Your Guided Tour in the iTunes Store

Edinburgh World Heritage has added a Canongate Stars and Stories trail to their Mobile Edinburgh Tours App for iPhone.

Find your way around the trail and learn more about why each location and quotation was picked. There’s even a quiz to test your knowledge of the print and publishing history of the area.

If you don’t have an Apple device, you can always pick up a Stars and Stories leaflet from several of the trail locations around the Canongate. It’s also available to download and print at home right here.

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