Luxury Scotland’s Literary Links with Contemporary Fiction

luxury scotland literary links

During September our Luxury Scotland Book Project, marking the 25th Anniversary of Luxury Scotland, reaches its climax at the Wigtown Book Festival. At the end of the Wigtown Festival, Jeremy Hawkings CEO will announce the winner of our ‘Literary Links‘ competition and present them with a small library contains over 30 Scottish Books featuring literary links to Luxury Scotland properties. Their subjects range from historical novel and contemporary fiction to fascinating travelogues and biographies of famous Scots. Within the contemporary fiction section there are several intriguing links to our hotels.

The Sunday Philosopher's Club Edinburgh

The stylishly Edinburgh Sheraton Grand on Lothian Road is located opposite Edinburgh’s Usher Hall. This famous concert hall was the scene of a concert goer’s tragic death in The Sunday Philosophy Club by Alexander McCall Smith. One of the novel’s characters, the charming intellectual, Isabel Dalhousie, is a philosopher, art lover and amateur sleuth. In her first mystery, she investigates, the tragic death in this warm, witty novel about Edinburgh lives and loves. We like to think she would have had afternoon tea in the Sheraton as she pondered the evidence surrounding the mystery.


The Para Handy Tales by Neil Munro

At the end of the Crinan Canal in Argyll, the white washed Crinan Hotel looks out over Loch Crinan and the mountains of the West Highlands. This was the seafaring setting for the Para Handy Tales by Neil Munro. First published in 1905. The Para Handy Tales was a huge success and became a very popular television series.  The book describes the hilarious exploits of crafty skipper Para Handy and his motley crew on board The Vital Spark as they carrying cargo around the West Highlands.  Visitors to the Crinan Canal Basin will spot several vintage puffers including “Auld Reekie”(star of the Para Handy TV series) recently restored at Crinan Boatyard. Pop into the bar at Crinan for a beer or a dram and you might think you were in the company of some of these characters.


Whisky Galore by Compton Mackenzie

The comic novel Whisky Galore by Compton Mackenzie is set in the Scottish Highland’s during the 1940’s. it was inspired by the sinking of the cargo ship SS Politician carrying 250,000 bottles of malt whisky. In the book a cat and mouse chase ensues between the cunning locals who find the cargo of whisky and the customs officials aided by the police who are determined to retrieve the whisky. As well as having over two hundred legally sourced whiskies in their wonderful whisky bar, MacLeod House & Lodge in Aberdeenshire is close to the Malt Whisky Trail, the distilleries and the villages of Portsoy and Pennan – all film locations for the 2016 movie Whisky Galore


As well as links to contemporary fiction, during our creation of Luxury Scotland’s Literary Map, we have discovered links to historical fiction and to a number of famous Scottish celebrities. We will explore these links in the next of our Literary Links posts.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ HURRY, COMPETITION ENDS ON 29th SEPTEMBER ~~~~~~~~~~~~~

For booklovers, there is still a chance to win our little library of books as featured in the Luxury Scotland Book Project. Simply answers the following question in the most creative way.

If you could sit down with any Scots writer, past or present and discuss a book with them, who would it be, where would you like to have the discussion and what book would you like to discuss?


Send your answer to Jeremy Hawkings CEO Luxury Scotland at