Scotland is a very important site to Harry Potter fans because not only is where the students in the books attend Hogwarts, but it is also where J.K. Rowling did most of the writing for the series. To make Scotland even more attractive to fans, the production crew shot many scenes from the films around the country, especially in the highlands. While the areas outside of Edinburgh will most likely only interest those who love the movies, Edinburgh is a “Harry Potter fan heaven” providing many must see locations is one city. Here are the must see sites divided by place within Scotland.

The Elephant HouseCredit: S Friedman


As mentioned earlier, Edinburgh is where Rowling did most of the writing for the series. Because of this, there are plenty of coffee shops that are fan favorites as well as locations that provided her inspiration.

The Elephant House: The Elephant House is one of the coffee houses in Edinburgh where Rowling worked on Harry Potter. Because of this, all admirers of the series that pass through the city make sure to stop in and have a warm drink while enjoying the fact that they are sitting in the same café that J.K. Rowling first wrote their favorite series.

Former Nicolson Café: Another one of the many locations that J.K. Rowling worked on the saga is the Nicolson Café. The café doesn’t exist anymore and it has since become a Chinese buffet and then resold. However, you can still see the building where it was and visit whatever business is now there.

Edinburgh Castle: If you get a chance to go inside The Elephant House you will quickly realize that it gives an amazing view of Edinburgh Castle. Based on the fact that J.K. Rowling wrote a reasonable part of the Harry Potter series while sitting in this café, it is safe to assume that the castle served as the inspiration for Hogwarts, making it a must see site for fans.

The Balmoral Hotel: Edinburgh is home to many of the locations where Rowling wrote the famous series and one of the most famous is the Balmoral Hotel. This is where she finished the final chapter of Deathly Hallows, bringing an end to the legacy.

Edinburgh CastleCredit: S Friedman

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Glenfinnan Viaduct: Moving on to other areas of Scotland, one of the most famous images found in the HP films is the Glenfinnan Viaduct which is in several of the films.

Lakes: If you want to visit some of the lakes that appear throughout the movies, you should visit Loch Eilt, Loch Shiel and Loch Morar which are near Fort William. While visiting Loch Shiel, take a look at the train bridge right across from the lake and you will recognize it from both Chamber of Secrets and Prisoner of Azkaban.

Fort Williams And Glencoe: Although there are not too many specific locations in these areas to visit (other than the lakes listed above as well as the train bridges), many of the scenes of Hogwarts' grounds took place in this area.

Clachaig Inn: The Claichaig Inn area is in Glencoe and was where some of these background shots were filmed as well as where several sets for Prisoner of Azkaban were built and shot. 

Balmoral HotelCredit: S Friedman

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