As a child, Robert Louis Stevenson frequently visited the manse in
Colinton, where his maternal grandfather, Dr Lewis Balfour, lived while
he was the
Minister of the Parish Church. The Trust has installed an archway, a series of plaques, and a statue
to line the way of a walk from the top of Colinton to the Dell, via the
Long Steps and the Parish Church.
The poetry trail: A Walk with Robert Louis Stevenson was opened on
Saturday 25th October 2014. The opening ceremony started on Bridge Road
at the top of the Long Steps where the arch was unveiled. The unveiling
party moved down the Long Steps unveiling poetry panels on their way.
Speeches were made to the assembled crowd in Spylaw Street at the foot
of the Long Steps. Further panels were unveiled in Dell Road at the
bridge over the Water of Leith, and in the cul-de-sac leading to
Colinton Dell. The poetry trail also takes you by the
statue of RLS as a boy.
The archway is an steelwork feature at the top of the Long
Steps and contains the text "The Long Steps: a walk with Robert
Louis Stevenson". The photo
shown here, in this view from the belvedere on Woodhall Road. The arch
by artist Jack Sloan and fabricated by Hector McGarva of Samuel
McGarva and Son.