Scott’s life and stories have a rich association with many places across Scotland and further afield. Explore some of those sites on our interactive map.
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Abbotsford is the extraordinary home of the 19th century novelist and Great Scott who popularised tartan, saved the Scottish banknote and rediscovered his country’s Crown Jewels.
This town, with its long sandy beaches and stunning sandstone cliffs, is thought to be the setting for Walter Scott's novel The Antiquary (1816).
Bell Rock Lighthouse
Off the coast of Angus
Bell Rock Lighthouse, which lies off the coast of Angus, was visited by Sir Walter Scott in the summer of 1814.
Chatelherault Country Park, Hamilton ML3 7UE
In 1801, Walter Scott spent Christmas at Hamilton Palace and walked to the nearby ruins of Cadzow Castle.
Castle Road End, Dumfries DG1 4RU
With its moat, twin-towered gatehouse and imposing battlements, this awe-inspiring castle is thought to have featured in Sir Walter Scott’s novel Guy Mannering (1815).
1 Vine St, Clovenfords, Galashiels TD1 3LU
On being appointed Sherriff of Selkirkshire, Sir Walter Scott stayed at the Clovenfords Inn multiple times before purchasing his first home in the Borders.
College Wynd, Edinburgh Old Town
On 15th August 1771, Sir Walter Scott was born in a third-floor apartment on College Wynd in Edinburgh Old Town.
Castle Hill, Conisbrough, Doncaster DN12 3BU
Sir Walter Scott embellished the ancient origins of Conisbrough Castle, one of South Yorkshire’s most notable landmarks, in his novel Ivanhoe.
Pathhead, EH37 5XA
Walter Scott was a collector of histories, and stored up historic gossip about Scotland's nobility, and set part of his epic 1808 poem Marmion at Crichton Castle.
Dryburgh, St Boswells, Roxburghshire, TD6 0RQ
In April 1826, Scott saw his wife, Charlotte, buried at Dryburgh. Six years later in 1832 he was laid to rest alongside her.
Castle Grounds, Dunbeg, By Oban, Argyll, PA37 1PZ
Scott visited Dunstaffnage while sailing around Scotland in summer 1814.
On Hoy, Orkney
Scott visited the Dwarfie Stane in August 1814.
The Esplanade, Edinburgh, EH1 2NG
Walter Scott describes the moment when he unearthed the Honours of Scotland.
Elizabeth Gaskell's House
84 Plymouth Grove, Manchester, M13 9LW
Celebrating the life and literature of Elizabeth Gaskell, Manchesters most famous Victorian writer. A restored Victorian middle-class house just one mile from the city centre.
Eyemouth TD14 5TY
The ruined remains of Fast Castle, inspired Sir Walter Scott’s description of the fictional "Wolf's Crag", featured in his 1819 novel The Bride of Lammermoor.
Scott's poem, Marmion: A Tale of Flodden Field, written by Scott and published in 1808, concludes with the story of one of the greatest disasters in Scottish history, the Battle of Flodden (1513).
Harbour St, Lerwick, Shetland ZE1 0JL
Scott visited Lerwick on his voyage around Scotland in 1814.
Cathedral Precinct, Castle Street, Glasgow, G4 0QZ
Walter Scott gives a detailed description of Glasgow Cathedral in his epic novel, Rob Roy.
Glen Shiel, a glen in the Northwest Highlands of Scotland which runs approximately 9 miles from south-east to north-east, features in Scott’s 1817 novel Rob Roy.
Glencoe, Lochaber Geopark
Situated within the astonishingly beautiful Lochaber Geopark in the Highlands, Glencoe is the setting of Scott’s poignant poem “On the Massacre of Glencoe”.
Newcastleton, Roxburghshire, TD9 0LU
Scott visited Hermitage many times, excavating part of the castle, and having his portrait painted with it behind him.
Perth, Perth and Kinross
The events of Sir Walter Scott’s novel, The Fair Maid of Perth (1828), was set in and around historic Perth.
Canongate, Edinburgh, EH8 8DX
Scott had a tirade against those who damaged Holyrood Abbey in November 1688.
Queen's Drive, Edinburgh EH8 8HG
In 1820, Scott suggested unemployed weavers be put to work creating the Radical Road along Salisbury Crags.
Boatshed, Port of Menteith, By Kippen, Stirling FK8 3RA
Inchmahome Prior is a monastic sanctuary situated in the centre of Lake of Menteith. Sir Walter Scott revived the island’s popularity in his romantic novel, A Legend of Montrose (1819).
Isle of Iona, Argyll, PA76 6SQ
Scott visited Iona twice - once in 1810 and again, sailing round Scotland in 1814.
Jarlshof Prehistoric and Norse Settlement
Sumburgh, Shetland, ZE3 9JN
In his novel The Pirate, Scott would go on to call the house ‘Jarlshof’, giving it the name we still use today.
4/5 Abbey Bridgend, Jedburgh, Roxburghshire, TD8 6JQ
As well as being a writer, Scott was also a lawyer and pled his first case as an advocate in Jedburgh, right next to the abbey, in 1793.
Kinnaird Head Castle Lighthouse and the Museum of Scottish Lighthouses
Castle Terrace, Fraserburgh, AB43 9DU
Walter Scott portrays his view of the castle at Kinnaird Head from the Lighthouse Yacht at sea.
Kirkgate, Linlithgow, West Lothian, EH49 7AL
Walter Scott extolls the beauty of Linlithgow and its natural setting.
Isle of Skye
Popularised by Sir Walter Scott’s poem “The Lord of the Isles” (1815), Loch Coruisk is located at the very heart of the Cuillin Hills, on the Isle of Skye.
Loch Katrine, Callander, FK17 8HZ
Loch Katrine, situated in the heart of Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park, was made famous by Sir Walter Scotts poem "The Lady of the Lake" (1810).
Lochranza, northern coast of Arran
Walter Scott wrote lines on Lochranza in the early morning sun.
Abbey Street, Melrose, Roxburghshire, TD6 9LG
Walter Scott loved Melrose Abbey. His 1818 poem, The Lay of the Last Minstrel, brought many tourists to the site and work soon began to protect the ruins.
Island of Mousa, Shetland
A seasick Walter Scott wrote the poem, Mousa's Castled Coast, offshore from Mousa in 1814.
National Museum of Scotland
Chambers Street, Edinburgh EH1 1JF
Home to Scotlands National Collections.
North Castle Street
Edinburgh, EH2 3BG
After the birth of his second child, also named Walter, Scott moved his family into a house on 39 North Castle Street.
Palace of Holyroodhouse
Palace of Holyroodhouse, The Royal Mile, Edinburgh, EH8 8DX
The Queen's official residence in Edinburgh and the home of Scottish royal history.
In the 1800s Portobello sands were used by the Edinburgh Light Horse Dragoons for drill practice, in which Walter Scott was their quartermaster.
Melrose TD6 9HA
Rhymer’s stone is a monument to Thomas the Rhymer, protagonist of a well-known folktale and Scottish ballad which featured in Sir Walter Scott’s Minstrelsy of the Scottish Border (1802).
Rob Roy’s Cave
Loch Lomand, Inversnaid
Sir Walter Scott visited Rob Roy’s cave, the hiding spot for Scotland’s most famous outlaw, in 1817 in research for his novel of the same name.
Castlehill Street, Rothesay, Isle of Bute, PA20 0DA
Walter Scotts tale, The Bluidy Stair, is of love, hate, and murder at Rothesay Castle.
Visting Scalloway in 1814, Scott reflected on Earl Patrick Stewart's castle and his tyrannical rule over Shetland.
B6356, Melrose TD6 9DW
Scotts view is known to have been one of Sir Walter Scotts favourite places to reflect.
Sir Walter Scott's Courtroom
26 Market Pl, Selkirk TD7 4BL
Sir Walter Scott’s Courtroom, which dates from 1804, is the building in which Scott sat as Sherriff of Selkirkshire for almost thirty years until his death in 1832.
Sandyknowe Farm, Kelso, TD5 7PG
Thoughts of Early Time represents Scotts childhood memories of playing around Smailholm Tower, and being inspired by Border ballads.
Castle Wynd, Stirling, FK8 1EJ
Walter Scott describes King James V (disguised as James Fitz-James) riding to Stirling Castle in The Lady of the Lake.
Stones of Stenness Circle and Henge
Walter Scott described the Stones of Stenness in August 1814, mere months before one of the stones was destroyed.
Near North Berwick, East Lothian, EH39 5PN
Scott's swirling description of Tantallon, in the 1808 poem Marmion, brought many tourists to see its wild, high vantage point over the sea.
The Haining House Selkirk TD7 5LR
The Haining Selkirk is home to the Old Ginger Dandie Dinmont Terrier statue.
The Tibbie Shiels Inn
St Marys Loch, Innerleithen, TD7 5LH.
The Tibbie Shiels Inn, located between St Mary’s Loch and the Loch of Lowes, was a favourite of Sir Walter Scott and his great friend James Hogg, the Ettrick Shepherd.
Castle Douglas, Dumfries, DG7 1TJ
Walter Scott refelects on Scotland's turbulent past.
Walter Scott Way
NT085052 - Moffat, Dumfries & Galloway
Walter Scott Way is a 92 miles (148km) cross-country walking route of which there are numerous connections with Scott's life, literary career and legacy along its length.