Lady Stair’s Close, Edinburgh, 0131 529 4901

Mon-Sat 10am-5pm free

A tribute to Scotland’s rich literary history, with a particular focus on the works of Robert Burns, Sir Walter Scott and Robert Louis Stevenson. The collection includes manuscripts, first editions, portraits and personal items such Burns’ writing desk, Scott’s chessboard and dining table and the Ballantyne Press on which Scott originally published his Waverley novels. In Makar’s Court inscribed commemorative flagstones celebrate Scottish writers from John Barbour in the 14th century to Ian Crichton-Smith who died in 1998.

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