Ian Rankin to lead Edinburgh literary tour for competition winner

Literature enthusiasts have been invited to enter a competition that could see them win a writers’ tour of Edinburgh with award-winning author Ian Rankin.

The winner’s package and one plus one also includes round-trip travel to Edinburgh, two nights’ accommodation at YOTEL, a champagne lunch aboard the Royal Yacht Britannia and a tour and tasting at the Holyrood Distillery.

Rankin, author of Inspector Rebus’s novels and winner of several national and international awards, will use the tour to tell stories from writers inspired by the Scottish capital including Robert Louis Stevenson, Sir Walter Scott, Irvine Welsh, Alexander McCall Smith and JK Rowling.

The ‘Author’ Tour will include visits to some of Edinburgh’s literary landmarks, including the Scott Monument in Princes Street, dedicated to Edinburgh author Sir Walter.

Rankin said: “Like all great novels, Edinburgh has a compelling story to tell that is full of intriguing characters, compelling locations and plenty of twists and turns along the way.


The winner will visit Edinburgh (Jane Barlow / PA)

The winner will visit Edinburgh (Jane Barlow / PA)

“It’s hard not to be inspired by a city that possesses such natural and architectural beauty, a rich history and a diverse character.”

After the tour, the winner and his plus one will join Rankin for a drink at the Oxford Bar, a familiar spot for Inspector Rebus fans.

They will also experience a tour of the 17th century Mary King’s Close in Edinburgh and dinner at the Fazenda Restaurant.

Edinburgh City Council Chairman Adam McVey said: “Edinburgh was Unesco’s first city of literature and it is no surprise that the capital has inspired so many writers and has hosted a wide range of writers. ‘authors as diverse. “

He said he hopes the competition, which was launched through travel group Forever Edinburgh’s The Story Never Ends campaign, will inspire residents and visitors to venture into the capital.

Deputy Head of Council Cammy Day added: “Edinburgh has something for everyone at any time of the year, and it’s a major attraction for book lovers.

“Whether you’re a Harry Potter fan or love Inspector Rebus, Edinburgh offers a wealth of literary links spanning eras, genres and tastes.”

The competition can be entered by anyone over the age of 18 who lives in the UK and can be viewed at https://edinburgh.org/ian-rankin.

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