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Walter Scott's royal readers

Photograph of Prince Albert reading
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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
  • Every Thursday (Thursday, 5 Aug 2021 - Thursday, 26 Aug 2021)
  • 11:00, 12:00 and 14:00
  • Included in Palace ticket or 1-Year Pass
Portrait of Sir Walter Scott


Born 250 years ago this year, Scottish novelist Walter Scott was at one time the most famous writer in the world.

Many of his poems and novels took inspiration from events, places and people in Scottish history- including the Palace of Holyroodhouse, and several of its famous figures. 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 our weekly short talks.  

These talks are socially-distanced, with limited capacity; talks are drop-in and not pre-booked. Please see our FAQs for more details on our Covid-secure procedures in place.

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