The Writer’s Museum #Edinburgh

It doesn’t matter how many times I visit Edinburgh, I never tire of wandering up and down the Royal Mile, which stretches from Holyrood Palace to Edinburgh Castle. The shops are eclectic, and the architecture fascinating. Some of the buildings have been used recently in the filming of the popular TV series of the OUTLANDER books, such as this archway, although I’m sure they would have removed the car from that scene!

Something I noticed this time was several dedicated Christmas shops – I wonder how they fare, being open all year round?

One of the places in Edinburgh that I’d been meaning to visit for a while, was the WRITER’S MUSEUM (surprise, surprise), and seeing as my companion, Giselle, is also a writer, naturally, we visited.

This is us, posing at the back gate to the Writer’s Museum, which is approached through one of the many passages that lead off the Royal Mile

The museum is dedicated to just three famous Scottish writers: Robert Burns, Sir Walter Scott, and Robert Louis Stevenson, and contains books, manuscripts, portraits, and the odd statue, along with information giving insight into each writer’s life story

Statue of Burns (1759-1796). In this section of the museum, we found Burns’ draft of ‘Scots wha hae’ – ‘Bruce’s Address to his troops at Bannockburn’.

In the area devoted to Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832) there is a precious first edition of his novel Waverley, a printing press, a chess set, an inkwell, and the rocking horse he used as a child. 

One of Scotland’s best-loved writers, Robert Louis Stevenson, (1850 – 1894), is probably best known for his novels ‘Treasure Island’, ‘Kidnapped’, and ‘The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde’. Alongside other personal mementos, the museum displays his riding boots and Stevenson’s wardrobe, made by the infamous Deacon Brodie, respected tradesman by day and thief by night, whose double life is believed to have inspired the latter novel.

Even the building housing the museum has a detailed history

And there you have it: Edinburgh continues to offer so much to see, including the zoo, which will be the subject of future post. But for now, I hope you have enjoyed yet another taster of the eclectic history and buildings of the capital of Scotland.

9 comments

  1. That was fun! I’ve never been to a writer’s museum, would love to go. We had a Christmas store open year round here in California, at a mall, but not surprisingly, it did close after a few years.

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    1. I’d never been to a writer’s museum before, and I must admit it wasn’t quite what I expected, but it was interesting. I will probably be back in Edinburgh again next year, and I plan to check and see if those Christmas shops are still there! Seems like a strange idea to me 🤔

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  2. A writer’s museum! How wonderful. I must visit when I get to Edinborough. I love the building too. And that arch – sigh.

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    1. Gorgeous, isn’t it? Edinburgh is full of such delights ❤️

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  3. Thanks for showing us the writer’s museum. How cool. Christmas all year, oye! Surprising they are still open. 🙂 x

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    1. I plan on checking those shops out next year to see if they are still there! Mind you, there were plenty people going in. Whether they bought anything, now that’s a different matter.

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      1. That is the question! 🙂

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  4. I can’t wait to visit Edinburgh someday. That building is spectacular, Deborah, and I’m glad you got to visit. The bits of history are always fascinating to me. And I wonder about year-round Christmas shops too. We have them here too, though I only visit them once a year. 🙂

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    1. Me too 🤔😂
      Ah well, next year I will take a look to see if they are still there.

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