10 Books to Read Before Traveling to Scotland

By: Leah Shoup

Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson

17-year-old David Balfour faces misfortunes and a thrilling escape to the Scottish Highlands with fugitive Jacobite Alan Breck Stewart.

Waverley by Sir Walter Scott

Sir Walter Scott, known primarily for his poetry, made his prose debut with this historical novel following an English soldier during the Jacobite rising of 1745.

44 Scotland Street by Alexander McCall Smith

This novel introduces a colorful cast of characters living in one building as they unite to unravel a mystery surrounding a painting.

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark

In the 1930s, Miss Brodie selects six elite students to mentor, but as the story unfolds, one of them ultimately betrays her.

A History of Scotland by Neil Oliver

Neil Oliver provides an engaging and informative journey through Scotland's history, dispelling myths and offering valuable insights for travelers.

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

A WWII nurse finds herself transported to 18th-century Scotland, where she falls in love as the country prepares for rebellion.

The Game of Kings by Dorothy Dunnett

Occurring between Scotland and England, the first book in the Lymond Chronicles series follows the path of a Scottish exile in 1547.

Mary Queen of Scots by Antonia Fraser

Antonia Fraser depicts Mary's captivating life, from her early years to her ill-fated marriages, in an engaging non-fiction narrative for all readers.

How the Scots Invented the Modern World by Arthur Herman

For your first time in Scotland, explore this country's impact on the modern world, particularly during the Scottish Enlightenment.

Findings by Kathleen Jamie

This captivating essay collection transports readers across Scotland, from busy Edinburgh to the tranquil Outer Hebrides.