Itinerary

This is our suggested itinerary for our Literary Scotland self-drive tour. All of our itineraries are fully flexible and we would be delighted to add additional nights, or tailor the route to match your interests and favourite authors/books. Please request this when making an enquiry.

Day 1 - Arrive Edinburgh
Arrive in Edinburgh, Scotland's impressive capital and UNESCO City of Literature. Climb the Scott Monument, the largest monument to a writer ever built, and discover why ‘Scotland never owed so much to one man’.
Overnight - Edinburgh

Day 2 - Edinburgh Sightseeing
Continue your literary adventure as we reserve you a place on the Edinburgh Book Lovers' Tour. Visit the sites and haunts of Edinburgh’s literary legends – including Arthur Conan Doyle, Robert Louis Stevenson, Ian Rankin, and J.K. Rowling.
Overnight - Edinburgh

Day 3 - Edinburgh Sightseeing
Complete your time in Edinburgh with a final glance at the buildings that inspired Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Spend time exploring the Writers' Museum, before paying a visit the monument to Rabbie Burns, and discover famous literary quotes engraved in stone on the exterior of the Scottish Parliament.
Overnight - Edinburgh

Day 4 - Edinburgh to the Scottish Borders
Depart Edinburgh and search for the Holy Grail at Rosslyn Chapel as featured in the Da Vinci Code, before continuing your journey south into the beautiful Scottish Borders.  Stop by Scott’s View and enjoy the vista over the Eildon Hills and the River Tweed, as Sir Walter Scott did before you.
Overnight - Melrose

Day 5 - The Borders Sightseeing
Immerse yourself in the very landscapes that inspired the ‘Father’ of Scottish Tourism and visit his former home at Abbotsford. Wander through Scott’s Study where he wrote some of his most famous novels, before exploring his favourite Border haunts that provided inspiration for many of his storylines and characters. Discover the delights of the Border Abbeys and the rural tranquillity of this beautiful area of Scotland.
Overnight - Melrose

Day 6 - The Borders to Ayrshire
Head West to Ayrshire and immerse yourself in the homeland of Robert Burns. Stop by the Tibbie Shiels Inn at St Mary’s Loch to discover where many of the finest Borders ballads were penned by Sir Walter and James Hogg, ‘the Ettrick Shepherd’. Take a detour to Wigtown, Scotland’s National Book Town before arriving in Ayrshire.
Overnight - Alloway

Day 7 - Ayrshire Sightseeing
A full day to explore Burns Country and discover more about the man behind the genius. Visit the award-winning Robert Burns Birthplace Museum and discover the locations that inspired our National Bard’s famous poem, Tam O’Shanter.
Overnight - Alloway

Day 8 - Ayrshire to the Trossachs
Drive north from Ayrshire into the spectacular Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. Discover the scenery that Queen Victoria loved so dearly and wrote about in her journal. Enjoy a taste of the Highlands and marvel at how quickly the scenery changes as you get closer to lochs and mountains.
Overnight - Callander

Day 9 - The Trossachs Sightseeing
Take the ‘High Road’ to Loch Lomond and discover the incredible scenery that inspired so many writers, and transformed Scotland from a land of savages to a desirable tourist destination. Take a pleasure cruise on the Steamship Sir Walter Scott at Loch Katrine, where he wrote the acclaimed poem The Lady of the Lake. Breathe in the medicinal fresh air as Queen Victoria came to do, and see how easy it was for the writers of the day to be inspired by this wild romantic landscape.
Overnight - Callander

Day 10 - The Trossachs to Edinburgh and Depart
If time allows, travel to the Kingdom of Fife to visit the birthplace of Alexander Selkirk, who provided the inspiration for the classic novel Robinson Crusoe. Then travel over the Forth Road Bridge and into Edinburgh where your literary journey will end.