A wee house near an old cobblestone bridge is the historic birthplace of poet Robert Burns, whose famous verse translates to “times long past,” not “happy new year.” It’s just one of the incredible places in Scotland that inspired some of Great Britain’s most celebrated poets.
Robert Burns: Brig o’ Doon | Alloway
At the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum in Alloway, Ayrshire, you can step inside the cottage where the poet who was voted “Greatest Scot” in 2009 was born in 1759. While you’re in the neighborhood, see the Brig o’ Doon – a cobblestone bridge which provided the setting for the final verse of one of Burns’ most famous works, “Tam o’ Shanter.”
Robert Louis Stevenson: The Writers’ Museum | Edinburgh
Born in Edinburgh in 1850, Robert Louis Balfour Stevenson is most famous for creating Treasure Island and The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. His personal items, manuscripts and an extensive archive of photographs are on display there in the Writers’ Museum.
Sir Walter Scott | The Scottish Borders
Sir Walter Scott was a novelist, playwright and poet, whose works include “Lady of the Lake,” Waverley, The Bride of Lammermoor and Ivanhoe. Born in Edinburgh in 1771, Scott was sent at age two to live on his grandparents’ farm in the rural Scottish Borders. Nearby Smailholm Tower, built in the 15th century, offers commanding views of the border landscape. You can also tour, eat, stay, or even get married at Scott’s impressive home, Abbotsford.
Edwin Morgan | Glasgow
Edwin George Morgan, born in Glasgow in 1920, was the first Glasgow poet laureate and the first Scottish national poet: the Scots makar. He was a graduate of the University of Glasgow, and a lecturer there until his retirement in 1980. While visiting campus, make time for Scotland’s oldest public museum, The Hunterian.
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