Fame and Fortune in Edinburgh

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“Piled deep and massy, close and high; Mine own romantic town” -  Marmion (1871) Sir Walter Scott.

With its gothic architecture, rolling hills and rugged coasts, Edinburgh has been an attraction for artists, writers, filmmakers and inventors for decades, each keen to preserve their view of Auld Reekie for future generations.

Instrument, paint, pen, camera – whatever the medium, Edinburgh is overflowing with scenes, stories and settings to get the creative juices flowing.

Literary tour of Edinburgh

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From the cafe where a boy wizard was conjured into existence to the streets walked by a legendary teacher in her prime, Edinburgh has been a capital of the written word for centuries.  And what better way to immerse yourself in Auld Reekie's ties to literature than by visiting the objects that tell the story themselves?

Read on for a whistle-stop tour round some of Edinburgh's most historically significant literary sites & objects

Edinburgh’s Art Galleries

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Whether it's a former fruit & vegetable market, or the world’s first purpose-built portrait gallery, Edinburgh is home to an array of world-class art galleries.  So, whether you like Renaissance or Impressionism, Surrealism or Pop art, you’ll find a gallery for all interests here.

Immerse yourself in the beauty of art at these glorious Edinburgh Art Galleries

Filmed in Edinburgh

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From city to coastline, medieval to modern, dramatic to domestic, it’s no wonder film makers are drawn to Edinburgh. The city has played host to worldwide blockbusters and television productions, and with a new studio space set to open in the city in the future, Edinburgh’s film and TV industry looks booming.

Join us as we take you on a cinematic trail through the streets of Scotland’s capital and explore our Guide to The Top Ten Filmed in Edinburgh

Edinburgh’s Famous Furry Residents

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Sir Walter Scott, Robert Louis Stevenson, Sir Henry Raeburn, Sir Sean Connery – Edinburgh has been home to some of the biggest names in literature & the arts for centuries. But look a little closer and you’ll discover that the city has also been, and is to this day, home to a fine selection of furry and feathered residents.

Follow their exploits on our trail of Edinburgh’s Famous Furry Residents >

15 Edinburgh Inventors

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From the founder of the world's first municipal fire service to the butcher who gave us Bovril, read on to discover more about the inspiring inventors that have called Edinburgh home.

Discover more in our Guide to 15 Edinburgh Inventors