The Writers’ Museum

The Writers’ Museum, housed in what used to be Lady Stair’s home, can be found off the Royal Mile in Makar’s Court; which means poet or author’s court. The area is not frequented as often as other places. Quotes from famous writers, such as Hugh MacDiarmid and Robert Burns, are etched into the cobblestones greeting all those who enter or pass.


The museum features three Scottish writers: Robert Burns, Sir Walter Scott, and Robert Louis Stevenson. Guests are immediately met with the choice of ascending or descending the small spiral staircase.

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Downstairs, people are lead into the intriguing life of Robert Louis Stevenson, author of Treasure Island. People can view his personal books, old Tartan scarf, and even a portrait his wife supposedly was not quite fond of. It is said that the artist insisted on painting the infamous author of The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.

On the upstairs floors, people can find strange and intriguing trinkets from Sir Walter Scott’s and Robert Burn’s personal items from a plaster of Burn’s skull to Scott’s published books. Make sure to check out the top floor to view a popular printing press.

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