Literature Tour - Language and the Land

Quotation Bright is the Ring of Words - Robert Louis Stevenson

Language and writing associated with the Parliament and the landscape which inspired the design of the award-winning Parliament building are explored in this 1 hour guided tour. Selected pieces of prose, poetry and drama from Scottish writers past and present are included. 

The tour will visit the Dewar Room in the 17th century Queensberry House, the oldest building in the Parliament campus, where the book collection of the former First Minister Donald Dewar is on display. The tour ends in the Media Gallery of the Debating Chamber.

Quotation from A Man in Assynt - Norman MacCaig

This tour will appeal to visitors with an interest in literature but no prior knowledge of Scottish Literature is required to join.

Recommended for visitors 16+

If you would like to explore the architecture of the building and the work of the Scottish Parliament, you may prefer to join the Parliament Tour.

Tour dates

Advance booking is recommended. For tour dates and booking enquiries, please click here.

For any additional enquiries, please contact Visitor Services.

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For information about visiting, booking tours and tickets for parliament sessions email

0131 348 5200 or freephone 0800 092 7600

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Booking Periods

March to end of May: please contact Visitor Services from the first Tuesday in December; 

June to end of August: please contact Visitor Services from the first Tuesday in March

September to end of November: please contact Visitor Services from the first Tuesday in June

December to end of February: please contact Visitor Services from the first Tuesday in September   

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