Use the interactive map to take the tour from the Scottish Borders around the country to Edinburgh to visit the birthplaces of almost 50 famous writers who were born in Scotland.

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Interactive Map

Note: the interactive map below is best viewed using a desktop browser. If using a phone or tablet, rotate your device to landscape mode.

The map above includes authors listed in the following table. If you are looking for a particular author you can sort the table by clicking on the column headers. Note, the table entries do not link directly into the interactive map.

Author Birthplace
Hugh MacDiarmid Langholm
James Hogg Ettrick
Robert Burns Alloway
William McIlvanney Kilmarnock
Liam McIlvanney Kilmarnock
Janice Galloway Saltcoats
Christopher Brookmyre Barrhead
Denise Mina East Kilbride
Liz Lochhead Craigneuk
Robin Jenkins Flemington
Alistair MacLean Shettleston
Alasdair Gray Riddrie
Carol Ann Duffy Gorbals
Nigel Tranter Glasgow
Andrew O'Hagan Glasgow
Debi Gliori Glasgow
Iain Crichton Smith Glasgow
Peter May Glasgow
Edwin Morgan West End, Glasgow
James Kelman Govan
Stuart MacBride Dumbarton
A. J. Cronin Cardross
Lin Anderson Greenock
Neil Munro Inverary
Alan Warner Connel
Ken MacLeod Stornoway
George Mackay Brown Stromness
Neil M. Gunn Dunbeath
Ali Smith Inverness
Jessie Kesson Inverness
George MacDonald Huntly
Lewis Grassic Gibbon Auchterless
Nan Shepherd Peterculter
J. M. Barrie Kirriemuir
A. L. Kennedy Dundee
James Robertson Bridge of Allan
Iain Banks Dunfermline
Dorothy Dunnett Dunfermline
Ian Rankin Cardenden
Adam Smith Kircaldy
Val McDermid Kircaldy
Irvine Welsh Leith
Robert Louis Stevenson Edinburgh
Arthur Conan Doyle Edinburgh
Kenneth Grahame Edinburgh
Walter Scott Edinburgh
Jackie Kay Edinburgh
Muriel Spark Bruntsfield
Margaret Oliphant Wallyford