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Walter Scott storytelling festival day

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Map & directions

Palace of Holyroodhouse, Canongate, The Royal Mile, Edinburgh, EH8 8DX
By car

There is a public car park adjacent to the Palace at Broad Pavement. Please visit the Historic Environment Scotland website for more details.

Accessible parking spaces are located on Horse Wynd, just outside the Palace, on a first-come first-serve basis.

By train

Edinburgh Waverley. The Palace is a 15 minute walk from the station.  Visit National Rail Enquiries for times and fares.

By tram

The nearest tram stop is York Place. The Palace is a 20 minute walk from the station. Visit Edinburgh Trams for times and fares.

By coach / bus

Bus number 35 stops near the Palace.  Open-top tour buses stop nearby.

Limited free coach parking is available adjacent to the Palace. Alternative pay-and-display coach parking is available on nearby Regent Road.

By bike

A free-to-use public bicycle rack is located opposite the Scottish Parliament. Cycle hire stations are available nearby on both Holyrood Road and Abbeyhill, within a 5 minute walk of the Palace and The Queen’s Gallery. Visit Edinburgh Cycle Hire for details.

  • Palace of Holyroodhouse
  • Sunday, 15 Aug 2021
  • 10:00 - 15:00
  • Included in Palace ticket or 1-Year Pass

Born 250 years ago this year, Scottish novelist Walter Scott was at one time the most famous writer in the world. Join us on his birthday to celebrate Scott and his connection to Holyrood. 


Holyrood histories 

Are you a budding writer, in need of inspiration? Scottish writer Walter Scott often collected objects and memories which inspired him and helped him to write his stories- including stories inspired by the Palace of Holyroodhouse and its fascinating history! Take a leaf out of Scott’s book and design your own book cover inspired by a chapter in Holyrood’s history- and fix this to your very own book-box which you can use to collect memories and help you write your own Holyrood story!


Courtly characters

Walter Scott wrote stories filled with kings, queens, castles and courts, about some of the most dramatic, gruesome, and important events ever to have taken place in Scotland. Join us to hear the fascinating stories of some of these famous courtly characters.


Walter Scott's royal readers

As well as writing about Scottish royal history, Scott also had many royal readers, including George IV and his niece, Queen Victoria. Find out about Scott’s Holyrood-inspired historical novels and his royal readers in these drop in talks. 

Talks will take place at 11:00, 12:00 and 14:00.

These activities will be delivered as drop-in events to one household at a time. Please see our FAQs for more details on our Covid-secure procedures in place.

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