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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Holyrood Abbey

Scott had a tirade against those who damaged Holyrood Abbey in November 1688.

The Abbey was badly damaged during the Protestant Reformation. By the mid-1600s, only Holyrood's nave remained in use. It was used by both by the local population and visiting royalty for Protestant worship. 

But James VII was Catholic and, in 1687, converted the nave into a chapel and decorated it with furnishings suited to Roman Catholic worship. In response, an angry mob smashed the new fittings, broke into the royal vault, and destroyed bones of the Stewart dynasty. 

Find out more about Scott's work in connection to Holyrood Abbey on our website.

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