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Great Scottish Literature Tour

Great Scottish Literature Tour

Introduction

Time: All Year

Accommodation: Finest Hotels

Start Date: 3 Nights / 4 Days

Group Size: Singles, Couples, Families and School Groups

Scotland has produced some of the world’s favourite authors from Robert Louis Stevenson to Ian Rankin and Arthur Conan Doyle to JK Rowling. Edinburgh has recently been designated the first “World City of Literature” by UNESCO. You see some of the beautiful and picturesque locations in Scotland and see the houses and sites associated with the most famous authors

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On this tour we will start in the sophisticated capital of Scotland; Edinburgh before travelling in a circular route south the Scottish Borders before travelling back north to the base of the Highlands. On the way, we will explore many wonderful places and towns associated with some of Scotland’s favourite writers.

In Edinburgh, there is also the option to visit some of the many pubs associated with the city’s writers with an evening tour of some legendary bars.

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Itinerary

Day 1: Edinburgh City - Literature Sites

Day 1: Edinburgh City - Literature Sites

Edinburgh has inspired writers including Robert Louis Stephenson and Ian Rankin. We start with an overview of this World Heritage City including the CASTLE, the ROYAL MILE and The Palace of HOLYROODHOUSE. Our stop will be the WRITER'S MUSEUM, principally devoted to Robert Burns, Sir Walter Scott and Stevenson. Just outside is MARKERS COURT - a celebration of Scottish writers. En route, we will stop at the cafe where JK Rowling wrote the Harry Potter books, the sites of Muriel Spark’s Miss Jean Brody and the places associated with Sherlock Holmes creator, Conan Doyle.

Day 2: Stephenson - Scott - Da Vinci Code

Day 2: Stephenson - Scott - Da Vinci Code

On the outskirts of Edinburgh is SWANSTON. Robert Louis Stevenson spent his summers here and it is the setting for his novel; St Ives. The C15th ROSSLYN Chapel came to literary prominence when Walter Scott wrote a romantic poem about the area, it featured as the resting place of the Holy Grail in the DaVinci Code. ABOTTSFORD was the home of Walter Scott with his immense collection of historic relics, weapons and over 9,000 rare books. Then, west to WIGTOWN - Scotland’s national “Book Town”. This is a book lovers haven with over a ¼ million books on sale. You will have time to browse.

Day 3: Burns - Loch Lomond - Defoe

Day 3: Burns - Loch Lomond - Defoe

The area to the south of Glasgow is associated with Robert Burns. In the picturesque town of Alloway is the BURNS NATIONAL HERITAGE PARK. It includes the cottage where he was born, a museum and monument. Nearby, is the Robert Burns Centre and BURNS HOUSE. The GLOBE INN was Burns’ favourite pub and you will have the chance to sit in his favourite chair. Then travelling north to LOCH LOMOND, associated with the Scottish folk hero Rob Roy. Robert Roy MacGregor’s story was made famous with the publication by Daniel Defoe in 1817.

Day 4: Loch Katrine - Dunkeld - JM Barrie

Day 4: Loch Katrine - Dunkeld - JM Barrie

We will take the historic steamship on LOCH KATRINE, The Sir Walter Scott. You are able to take the boat one way and cycle or walk back. Then east, to Dunkeld. and the Duke of Atholl's C18th folly called Ossian’s Hall. Ossian was an ancient Gaelic bard. James MacPherson wrote the popular “Poems of Ossian” which became blockbusters of his day with notable fans such as Napoleon. Kerriemuir was the birthplace of JM BARRIE, creator of Peter Pan. The son of a weaver, his birthplace is open as a museum. You can also discover their washroom which became his first theatre.


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