‘My wife and I went to Egypt, only to find that our hotel had burnt down’: Bestselling author Ian Rankin recalls his best and worst holidays
- Ian will be appearing at the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival
- Here he talks about his favourite destinations and Edinburgh recommendations
- The write also reveals what he’s got planned for his next excursion
Ian Rankin, who found London ‘noisy and dirty – but as a place to visit, exceptional’
So which destination has the write stuff for author Ian Rankin?
Here he talks about his favourite destinations, Edinburgh recommendations and more…
MOST MEMORABLE PLACE YOU HAVE VISITED?
I was recently in Budapest and the old town of Buda was like something out of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.
EARLIEST HOLIDAY MEMORY?
Caravans and rain by the seaside.
YOU LIVE IN EDINBURGH – ANY RECOMMENDATIONS?
Head for the top of Calton Hill, because you’ll get a 360-degree vista of the city and its surroundings.
FAVOURITE PLACE SOUTH OF THE BORDER?
When I lived in London I found it busy and noisy and dirty — but as a city to visit it’s pretty exceptional.
HOLIDAY FROM HELL?
My wife and I went to Egypt, only to find that our hotel had burnt down.
We are planning to get the train from Paris to Milan, drive through Italy and take a ferry to Greece.
Mr Rankin says that the most memorable place he has visited is Budapest (pictured)
ARE THE HIGHLANDS MIDGES AS BAD AS THEY SAY?
Midges? What midges?!
In A House Of Lies is out in paperback. Ian will be appearing at the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival from July 18 to 21.