Discovering the Magic of Harry Potter in Scotland: A Spellbound Journey

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Embark on a whimsical adventure through the enchanting landscapes of Scotland, where the magical world of Harry Potter comes to life. Whether you are a die-hard Potterhead or simply appreciate the wonders of this fantasy series, a Harry Potter pilgrimage in Scotland promises to be a truly unforgettable experience.

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Where to stay in Scotland

The Witchery by the Castle

An enchanting retreat where history, luxury, and culinary delights converge in the heart of Edinburgh.

The Balmoral Hotel

Legendary hotel and landmark clock tower, The Balmoral Hotel is a regal and luxurious hotel that is a true love letter to Scotland.

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Bunchrew House

Timeless elegance by the sea, where luxury meets Highland charm.

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Things to do in Scotland

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Begin your journey in Edinburgh, where you'll find Victoria Street and West Bow, widely believed to have inspired Diagon Alley. The colorful facades and narrow, winding streets will transport you to the wizarding world.

Immerse yourself in the wizarding universe by visiting Museum Context, a unique exhibition in Edinburgh that celebrates all things, Harry Potter. Explore a collection of props, costumes and behind-the-scenes information that will leave you spellbound.

Make your way to the City Chambers in Edinburgh, where you can find J.K. Rowling's handprints. This iconic author left her mark in honor of the city's contribution to her writing inspiration.

Delve deeper into the magic by visiting George Heriot's School, said to have inspired Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Legend has it that J.K. Rowling drew inspiration from this magnificent building while creating Hogwarts.

Wander through the ancient cemetery of Greyfriars Kirkyard, where you'll find grave markers bearing familiar names such as Thomas Riddell and William McGonagall – the inspiration behind the two iconic characters in the series.

Head to the Royal Mile and discover The Witches Well, a mystical fountain dedicated to Edinburgh's history of witchcraft. Its eerie charm and Gothic allure make it the perfect spot for Harry Potter enthusiasts.

Venture into the Scottish Highlands, and you'll find yourself standing in the presence of the world-famous Glenfinnan Viaduct. This iconic railway bridge, featured in the Harry Potter films as the path to Hogwarts, provides stunning views of Loch Shiel and its surroundings. Capture the magic as the Jacobite steam train, resembling the Hogwarts Express, glides gracefully across the arches.

Discover the mystical Isle of Skye, where the rugged landscapes and ancient castles will transport you to the world of Harry Potter. Explore Eilean Donan Castle, known for its dramatic appearance in the films, and let your imagination soar as you envision yourself amid the magical wizarding world.

Although located just across the border in England, Alnwick Castle is an unmissable stop for any Harry Potter enthusiast. Recognized as Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in the first two films, this grand castle invites visitors to experience broomstick training, potion classes and scenes from the movies.

Exploring Scotland is an immersive experience that allows fans to unravel the mysteries and embrace the magic of Harry Potter. Journey through Edinburgh's historic streets, traverse iconic landmarks, and let the breathtaking landscapes transport you into J.K. Rowling's unforgettable realm. Scotland's mystical charm and deep-rooted connections to the beloved series make it a pilgrimage for any Harry Potter enthusiast. So, pack your wand, say "Alohomora," and prepare yourself for an enchanting adventure through the land where Harry Potter was born.

Places to eat & drink in Scotland

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  • The Cauldron, Edinburgh - Offers potion making classes and wizard afternoon tea.

  • Spoon Café, Edinburgh

  • The Balmoral Hotel, Edinburgh

  • The Three Broomsticks, Glasgow

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This guide is part of our ongoing series on travel to Scotland.