Makars’ Court is an evolving national literary monument where you can see some of the famous words of great Scottish writers inscribed in the flagstones. The Scots word Makar means ‘one who fashions, constructs, produces, prepares, etc.’ (Dictionary of the Scots Language), and in a literary context it is the role of the poet or author as a skilled and versatile worker in the craft of writing.
Look out for quotes ranging from the 14th century John Barbour to Dame Muriel Spark who died in 2006. New flagstones are added on a regular basis.
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Travel by public transport
Path to main entrance
Makars' Court is a courtyard. You can access it from the Royal Mile via a path on a slope but without any steps. You can also access it from North Bank Street via stairs (26 steps).