2. Edinburgh, Scotland
Another country capital, Edinburgh serves as a vivid source of literary inspiration, with a lively atmosphere that’s inspired over 500 novels, including Scotland’s own famous verses from 18th-century bard, Robert Burns. Tradition is key in Edinburgh, and the city stokes the flames of its history, as well as its modernity – celebrating both Burns and contemporary writers, like Ian Rankin. Rankin’s work is celebrated through walking tours and pub crawls to favorite haunts of his famed protagonist, Inspector Rebus. The city even boasts a Writers’ Museum, tucked away in a historical 17th-century building. After navigating a stone passageway, viewers can take in exhibits from Scotland’s literary heroes – Sir Walter Scott, Burns and Robert Louis Stevenson.