World Book Day marks its 20th anniversary on March 2, and there’s no better time to celebrate Britain’s favourite novels, authors and fictional characters.
Having been the inspiration behind some of the world’s favourite stories, Scotland is the perfect place to enjoy a World Book Day adventure. From the locations which inspired J.K. Rowling’s magical Harry Potter series to scenery captured in Beatrix Potter’s tales of Peter Rabbit, there are plenty of spots for book lovers across the country to help the imagination run wild.
Caledonian Sleeper has listed some inspiring Scottish literary locations to help families to make the most of the celebratory annual event.
Perthshire had a great influence on renowned author and illustrator Beatrix Potter’s life and her tales of Peter Rabbit. Enjoying family summer holidays in Dunkeld and Birnam, the area’s wealth of natural wildlife, provided inspiration for some of her most famous and loveable characters including Mrs Tiggy-Winkle and Mr Jeremy Fisher.
The Birnam Arts and Conference Centre offers visitors the chance to step back in time and discover Potter’s favourite childhood experiences and stories. The centre is a five minute walk from Dunkeld and Birnam Railway Station which is served by Caledonian Sleeper.
J.K. Rowling’s decision to move to Edinburgh in the early 1990s shaped much of the Harry Potter series and resulted in many Scottish references throughout the books. One particular place of importance was a small café in the centre of the capital – The Elephant House.
Now a popular location with wizarding fans from across the globe, this quaint and quirky café is where Rowling spent much of the time writing her first novel, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, taking inspiration from the city’s old town and iconic castle.
Raised in the Aberdeenshire village of Arbuthnott, Lewis Grassic Gibbon used the surrounding Mearns countryside to create the 1932 novel Sunset Song.
The popular seaside town of Stonehaven, where Grassic Gibbon attended secondary school, is serviced by Caledonian Sleeper and offers the perfect place to enjoy views of the rolling hills and the dramatic seascape which inspired the book and recent film.
For a more in-depth insight into the author’s life and work, take a short drive to the Grassic Gibbon Centre where an exhibition, book shop and café can be found.
Uncover these inspiring locations in Scotland with Caledonian Sleeper.