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The Potter Trail! | Edinburgh, Scotland

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Advocate's Close

Step out of Waverly Station in Edinburgh and look in any direction to see exactly what inspired J.K. Rowling to create the Harry Potter universe the way it is. The famous author still lives in Edinburgh and was at the Wales vs. Scotland rugby match in Edinburgh Sunday as we were walking around. No we didn’t spot her, but saw many rugby fans from both teams decked out in team colors. (So fun!)

But this post is about Harry Potter! Every turn, alley and hill is so beautiful. Edinburgh has this charming old town feel to it that leaves you awe-inspired. I did my fan-girl research and found some notable spots. (Pictured above is Advocate’s Close located on the Royal Mile. Walk down the steps and you’ll be led up the hill to Cockburn’s Street which is a gorgeous street as well.)

The Elephant House

J.K. Rowling liked to write while sitting in this charming cafe, The Elephant House. We enjoyed a latte and lemon tea beside the fireplace in the middle of our day. They were doing work on the outside of the building at the time so I wasn’t able to grab a great shot.

Elephant House, Edinburgh, Scotland

My grandmother crocheted this red and yellow scarf and mailed it to me for Christmas. Of course I had to take advantage of Gryffindor color scheme while in Edinburgh. (Although I’m more of a Hufflepuff).


Greyfriar's Kirkyard

Sitting in The Elephant Cafe near the windows overlooks The Greyfriar’s Kirkyard. This historical cemetery has a life and history all its own, including part of it being used as a temporary prison for the battle of Brothwell Brigs in 1679 and also because of the Greyfriar’s Bobby–the story of the faithful dog who visited his owner’s grave for 14 years until he, too, passed.  J.K. Rowling was inspired to name several of the Harry Potter characters after names from these historical grave markers, most notably Tom Riddle, or Lord Voldemort.


Balmoral Hotel, Edinburgh, Scotland

The Balmoral Hotel is also a place J.K. Rowling has reportedly holed up to write the last Harry Potter book. This gorgeous hotel and The Balmoral Clocktower can be seen almost anywhere in the city.

Balmoral Hotel, Edinburgh, Scotland

I have many more photos to share (and I will!) I’m glad this fun little Harry Potter addition was added to the trip. In a city full of history and inspiration, I feel like my 5th grade self reading Harry Potter under the blankets at home has a very tiny connection to the stories and this lovely place.

Author: Alyssa

I am an East Texan graphic designer living in Canterbury, Kent, UK with my husband. My favorite sport is rearranging my furniture. When I'm not writing blogs, you can find me making fun of myself on Snapchat or Twitter, or being hipster on Instagram. Coffee, vintage and The Office reruns for life. Find me elsewhere: Snapchat: lyssssabeth | Twitter | Instagram | Pinterest

One thought on “The Potter Trail! | Edinburgh, Scotland

  1. I love to read your posts of the adventures you are having. You and Taylor seem to be really enjoying your time in England. Sure do miss seeing you around here tho. I like your scarf too! Aly, Papa and I really love you and MISS you!!! Praying that your time there will pass very quickly!

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