Image Credit: Booking.ComFast forward to the end of the Harry Potter series and Rowling suddenly had a few more pennies in the bank and decided to use the Balmoral Hotel (room 552 to be precise) as her writing grounds. On completing the novels, she decided to scribble ‘JK Rowling finished writing Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows in this room (552) on 11th Jan 2007' on a marble bust in the room. If you're willing to fork out a hell of a lot of money ((approximately £1,000) per night, you can stay in the Grand Suite that has since been named "The J K Rowling Suite" and it can be booked here. Greyfriars Kirkyard It's not often that a travel blog recommends you visit a graveyard, but here we go. Greyfriars Kirkyard is a short walk from The Elephant House and is said to be where J K Rowling went for a walk on her breaks from writing. The graveyard plays particular importance in naming a few of the books important characters - here you will find the graves of Thomas Riddle and William McGonagall (who we were actually informed on our Sandemans tour is known for being one of the worst recognised Scottish poets!) George Heriot's School Adjacent to Greyfriars Kirkyard is The George Heriot School which is known for being the inspiration for Hogwarts school (and it's not hard to see why). Unfortunately the school is very rarely open to the public and it's hard to see the entire building in all it's glory (unless you want to try and climb over the fence separating it from the graveyard). But apparently you can get a good view of the school from the observation deck at Camera Obsura - we didn't visit, so I can't comment! J K Rowling's Hands
Image Credit: Andy At CollegeOne thing that I completely missed whilst in Edinburgh and have only read about since returning is the "Hollywood Walk of Fame"-esque imprint of J K Rowling's hand-prints in the Edinburgh City Chambers floor. Go size up your hands - who knows, you could be the next biggest writer! Just Explore The City and It's Architecture Let's face it, the whole of Edinburgh feels magical. The buildings are old and whimsical. The city is also littered with ghost/horror stories (we took another tour with Sandemans New Europe called the "The Dark Side Tour" which explained all of the gruesome ancient stories that the city has to offer! There are so many other streets and buildings that apparently inspired J K Rowling, but who knows how truthful these accounts are! One story that I can believe to be true is Victoria Street inspiring Diagon Alley - take a look and you'll see why! Another favourite is the street "Potterrow" which alledgedly inspired the name for Harry! Glenfinnan Viaduct
Image Credit: GettyOkay, this one isn't in Edinburgh, but if you are taking an extended trip to Scotland and you're a huge Harry Potter fan, you will want to know about it (it's still on my bucket list)! Glenfinnan Viaduct is the famous bridge that the Hogwarts Express takes its journey across. Trains still run across the bridge every day, so grab a ticket and pretend you're off to the land of Hogwarts!
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