10 iconic spots for book lovers to visit in Edinburgh

Named the world’s first UNESCO City of Literature, Edinburgh has many hidden nooks and crannies for book lovers to explore.

By Rhona Shennan
Tuesday, 30th April 2019, 11:40 am
Updated Tuesday, 30th April 2019, 11:50 am
Edinburgh has a wealth of literary history
Edinburgh has a wealth of literary history

Edinburgh acts as an setting for iconic novels, a getaway for great writers and inspiration for those soon to be household names, so get your walking shoes on and prepare to hit these 10 iconic literary spots in Edinburgh.

Born in Edinburgh in 1859, Doyle studied medicine at the University 1876-1881. Just opposite the university is Surgeons Hall Museum where you can see the exhibition linking Edinburgh and medicine to the work of Arthur Conan Doyle
Home of the wildly popular debut novel of Irvine Welsh. With Trainspotting tours of Leith available, you'll be able to see all the iconic spots. An ever changing area though, Leith is now home to Michelin starred restaurants

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J K Rowling found inspiration for the boy wizard in this cafe. Whilst youre there, why not head to Greyfriars Kirkyard and see if you can spot some names that might have inspired Rowling, like Thomas Riddell and William McGonagal
Designed in 1840 to honour Edinburgh-born writer Sir Walter Scott, the monument features 64 statues of characters from his famous works. You can climb the 287 steps where you'll be rewarded with the best views of Edinburgh.
This is the chapel where the famous author married her second husband, Max Mallowan, and has now become part of a nationwide Christie trail. Christie married on 11 September 1930 in this gorgeous church.
Scottish history is teeming with events right out of Game of Thrones. Specifically, George R R Martin said that an incident at Edinburgh castle inspired the shocking scenes of The Red Wedding in A Storm of Swords
The childhood home of Robert Louis Stevenson, the house is full of Stevenson literature and some portraits. There's something special about spending a few nights in the same place that Stevenson lived, so why not book a room?
A must see for Rebus lovers, The Oxford is the favoured pub of Ian Rankins Edinburgh cop. When Rankin mentioned a footrail that didn't exist, The Oxford went and installed one, keeping true to novelists imaginings as possible
Hailed as a Scots classic, Edinburgh sets the scene for the tale, with the Grassmarket marking an important moment in Sparks' novel of Miss Brodie. Visit the same place that Brodie takes her girls to gaze upon the castle
The tale of Greyfriars Bobby is a classic, written by Eleanor Atkinson. It chronicles the real story of the loyal Skye terrier who spent 14 years guarding the grave of its owner. The statue of Bobby is definitely worth a visit