Places to Visit

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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Bell Rock Lighthouse

Bell Rock Lighthouse, which lies off the coast of Angus, was visited by Sir Walter Scott in the summer of 1814.

At the time Scott (then aged 43) was embarking on a six-week voyage around Scotland. On the day of visiting Bell Rock Lighthouse, the world's oldest surviving sea-washed lighthouse, Scott wrote in his journal:

“Its dimensions are well known; but no description can give the idea of this slight, solitary, round tower, trembling amid the billows, and fifteen miles from Arbroath, the nearest shore.”

Photograph ©Ian Cowe / NLB

Off the coast of Angus