Lady Stairs Close is one of the most famous closes in Edinburgh. It is home to the 17th century townhouse ‘Lady Stairs House’, which is renowned for its picturesque beauty. The house is close to four hundred years old and has many a story to tell. It was common for wealthy families at that time to live in closes, as they did not want to live in the busy main streets. Make sure you take a peek at the Writers’ Museum while you’re there. The museum celebrates the famous Scottish authors Robert Burns, Walter Scott, and Robert Louis Stevenson.