Discover Scotland’s Greatest Wordsmiths at The Writers’ Museum

A great free attraction to visit in Edinburgh is The Writers’ Museum where you can learn about the lives of three of Scotland’s famous wordsmiths – Robert Burns, Sir Walter Scott and Robert Louis Stevenson.

There are portraits and photographs of the writers along with lots of interesting facts. My favourite part was the exhibition on Robert Louis Stevenson – the 19th century author who wrote Treasure Island.

I enjoyed reading about his travels which undoubtedly inspired his audacious tale. There were some great quotes of his highlighted, my favourite being this one:

“As I poured over my map of Treasure Island, the future characters of the book began to appear there visibly among imaginary woods… they passed to and fro, fighting and hunting treasure.”

Portraits of Robert Louis Stevenson

Another quote of Stevenson’s featured in the exhibition exemplified how proud he was to be Scottish. In 1883, he said:

“The happiest lot on earth is to be born a Scotsman. You must pay for it in many ways, as for all other advantages on earth. But somehow life is warmer and closer; the hearth warms more redly; the lights of home shine softer on the rainy street; the very names, endeared in verse and music, cling nearer round our hearts.”

The Writers’ Museum is located in the historic Lady Stair’s House, built in 1622 by an Edinburgh merchant burgess. It is brimming with character and has quirky decor.

To get to The Writers’ Museum, take Lady Stair’s Close off the Royal Mile.

There is a plaque above this street sign marking the fact that Robert Burns once lived in the house to the east of the close.




  1. February 25, 2012 / 00:00

    A lot of history there, and you definitely can’t beat the low low price of free ;)
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    • February 25, 2012 / 14:49

      I know, free stuff is brilliant. You could easily entertain yourself for free in Edinburgh as there are so many free museums and art galleries. Just walking around is entertainment enough. Saying that, I spent waaaaay too much! Mostly on food :-)

  2. February 25, 2012 / 02:16

    Now that is a place I would love to visit!

    • February 25, 2012 / 14:47

      Hi Darlene, it’s a really interesting little place and the house itself is cool as well :-)