The Writers Museum - a one for all you literary fans out there. This hidden gem really is just that, and although we knew it's location...we still had a mini mission to locate it.
Set back off the road, up a set of stairs at Lady Stair's Close, Edinburgh, The Writers Museum is in a astounding building that actually dates back to 1622!!!! If that isn't enough reason alone to visit it, then the fact that it houses items that tell the stories of three of the biggest names in Scottish literature Robert Burns, Sir Walter Scott and Robert Louis Stevenson, sure is!
[This post is another photo heavy one. I went a little overboard getting excited at every little item I saw...although I have to say I'm not the biggest literature fan, more so history. This was my companion for the day, Claire's, heaven!
Please also be aware this was way back in March, therefore photos were taken on my old camera and suck :P]
As I said, the building itself is amazing. The 'house' itself is named Lady Stair's House, named so because of
, Dowager Countess of Stair, an early 18th century owner and it now belongs to the city of Edinburgh after being gifted in 1907. Elizabeth
As you walk up the steps from N Bank Street there is another little nod at Scottish writers in the form of quote engraved flagstones! There are a whole range of these, by many different writers and not just those featured in the museum. They are apparently added to frequently as well.
The cool thing about this museum is it just feels so personal. Being in a super old building, the rooms are small and cosy and the items on display aren't just books and the like. Over three ( I think) floors, which are navigable via a pretty cool stone spiral staircase, there is everything from household furniture items and personal possessions of the writers to first edition novels and stunning paintings.
Anyways, hope you enjoyed this! Let me know if you've been here or if you didn't know it existed until now so I feel less oblivious and ignorant :P