Harry Potter Filming Locations in Scotland: A Complete Guide

Almost Ginger blog owner at Glenfinnan Viaduct in Scotland

Where is the most magical place for Harry Potter fans to visit? Some would argue London, what with the Harry Potter Studios just a short train ride north and all of those fantastic filming locations in London like Piccadilly Circus and Grimmauld Place. Others might say Edinburgh, the “Birthplace” of the books. Personally, I would say the Highlands of Scotland. And seeking out some of the Harry Potter locations in Scotland should be on every Potterhead’s Bucket List.

Scotland’s cinematic and epic landscapes are weaved throughout all eight films, particularly as the Hogwarts Express steams through the Highlands en route to Hogwarts School in almost every movie. Several lochs, waterfalls and moors around Scotland were used to heighten the awe and excitement already found in these adaptations and you can absolutely visit every single one for yourself!

I’ve visited all of these Harry Potter Scotland locations (except one!) including a ride on The Jacobite Steam Train over Glenfinnan Viaduct. This guide will detail exactly where all of the Harry Potter locations are in Scotland, which films and scenes they appeared in and how to get there via car and public transport (where possible!) including a map. Basically, everything you need to know so you can visit the Scotland Harry Potter locations too!

Harry Potter Locations Scotland: Where was Harry Potter filmed in Scotland?

Every Single Harry Potter Filming Location in Scotland

1. Rannoch Moor, Bridge of Orchy

Which Films? Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009) and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 (2010).

Which Scenes? Hogwarts Express briefly travels through this area in Half-Blood Prince and the Dementors stop the train in this area at the beginning of Deathly Hallows Part 1. 


Would you believe this Harry Potter location in Scotland isn’t most known for its appearance in the wizard boy series? Corrour Station in Rannoch Moor played a prominent role in the 1996 British cult classic Trainspotting and it’s 2017 sequel. But the moor’s burnt orange and strangely flat landscape (for Scotland, anyway, which is basically one giant hill) offer an eery setting for the later, darker Harry Potter films. 

How to Get There

Via Car – Rannoch Moor Viewpoint is on the A82, the main road between Glasgow and Fort William. I started off using the postcode PA36 4AG but our Sat Nav/GPS directed us to turn right down some random side road which is very incorrect. Keep on the A82 until you reach the Rannoch Moor Viewpoint (pinned on the map) and there is a small layby you can pull into to park which might be tricky if the road is particularly busy. And it sometimes is during summer but in spring/winter it’ll be really quiet!

Via Public Transport – Though it’s not the exact Harry Potter location, taking the train from Fort William or Glasgow to Corrour Station as I mentioned above is the best way to visit the general Rannoch Moor area via public transport. I’ve written a whole separate guide on visiting Corrour Station from Glasgow which you can find below…


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Rannoch Moor in Scotland, a Harry Potter Filming Location in Scotland
Rannoch Moor

Almost Ginger blog owner at Rannoch Moor, Scotland

2. Loch Etive in Glen Etive

Which Films? Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2005) and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 (2010).

Which Scenes? The loch can be seen briefly in the background when the Hogwarts Express travels through the Highlands in Order of the Phoenix and Harry, Ron and Hermione camp on the shores of this loch while searching for Horcruxes when Ron decides to leave the group and Hermione ties her scarf on a tree in Deathly Hallows Part 1. 


There are some seriously gorgeous lochs featured in the Harry Potter series. Prepare for loch overload! Over-loch! Anyway… The first loch on the list is Loch Etive, not a million miles away from Glen Coe. It’s a sea loch stretching 30km which is why it has a thin sliver of beach around its banks. When we visited in August 2020, the loch was surprisingly busy with families camping in the area so despite the extremely remote location, it’s beauty still seems to draw people there.

How to Get There

Via Car – There is a car park at the northern tip of the loch (which is where Harry Potter scenes take place, luckily!) called Glen Etive Estate Parking. It’s free but we visited on a Sunday afternoon in August so the car park was very busy. In winter, I imagine it’ll be completely deserted. Use the postcode PH49 4JA which will direct you straight to the car park. Unfortunately, it’s a 30/40 minute drive down a single track road and then back up again to the A82 so not the most convenient location.

Via Public Transport – I don’t think there is any way you can reach this Harry Potter in Scotland location without a taxi fare costing you £££!

Loch Etive in Glen Etive, a Harry Potter Filming Location in Scotland
Loch Etive

Loch Etive in Glen Etive, a Harry Potter Filming Location in Scotland

Loch Etive Car Park in Scotland
Glen Etive Car Park

3. Clachaig Gully in Glen Coe

Which Films? Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004), Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007) and Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009).

Which Scenes? Hagrid’s hut is set here and the students visit Hagrid after Divination and for Buckbeak’s execution in Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry visits Hagrid and witnesses the thestrals for the first time and the three students visit Hagrid before Umbridge fires him in Order of the Phoenix and Slughorn and Harry mourn Aragog with Hagrid here in Half-Blood Prince.


One of the top Harry Potter locations in Scotland for me, hands down. Hagrid’s hut was moved from the edges of Black Park in Slough to Clachaig Gully by director Alfonso Cuarón in Prisoner of Azkaban. That man changed so much about the series for the better. It’s a much more dramatic location with a little lochen in the background and mist settling on the hilltops. Fern has taken over where the hut used to stand but you can still imagine the scenes unfolding in that location.

How to Get There

Via Car – You can park at the Clachaig Inn, so follow the postcode PH49 4HX which is a short detour off the A82. Continue by walking up the road to the left of the pub and you’ll see a narrow path next to the road (picture below) that you can walk up into the fern. The exact site of Hagrid’s Hut is pinned on the map above. It’s literally no more than a 10-minute walk from the car park to the filming location.

Via Public Transport – If you’re already staying in the general Glen Coe area, either on an organised trip or you’ve taken a CityLink bus from Glasgow, it’s definitely not impossible. You could actually stay at the Clachaig Inn for starters, or take a taxi from another local hotel or lodge provided it’s not 50 miles away.


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Path up to Clachaig Gully near Glen Coe, Scotland
The path up the hill to Hagrid’s Hut

Clachaig Gully near Glen Coe, a Harry Potter Filming Location in Scotland

Almost Ginger blog owner at Clachaig Gully near Glen Coe, Scotland

4. Steall Waterfall in Glen Nevis

Which Films? Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (2001), Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002), Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004), Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005) and Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009).

Which Scenes? The background scenery for all Quidditch matches in the films listed and the setting of the first Triwizard Tournament in Goblet of Fire (2005).


I secretly love it when a popular activity or “top thing to do” in a city or region is also a filming location. Because even though I look like a regular tourist, I’m actually an undercover, super nerdy location hunter. AKA a really cool person. Steall Waterfall in Glen Nevis is one of the top activities to do in Fort William (aside from climbing Ben Nevis, the tallest peak in the UK). It’s a 120m tall waterfall, the second tallest in Scotland, and it’s a lovely way to spend a morning. The trek is a bit tricky because there are a few waterfalls and rocks to clamber over but there’s basically no elevation so you don’t need an amazing level of fitness.

How to Get There

Via Car – It’s only a 20-minute drive from Fort William to Glen Nevis Car Park (postcode PH33 6SY) and the parking is free. It’s a sizeable car park but I recommend getting there fairly early. We arrived between 9:00-9:30 in the morning on an August Bank Holiday and that was a great time to go. Not just because the car park was full by midday, but the path to the waterfall is quite narrow and you don’t want to have to constantly stop to pass tonnes of people on your walk.

The hike takes around 30/40 minutes (depending on how many times you stop for photos) and begins at the car park, so you’ll find it really easily.

Via Public Transport – Definitely doable! If you’re already staying in Fort William for The Jacobite Steam Train, putting aside a morning for this hike is a great idea. You’ll need to arrange a taxi from Fort William and back again, but I actually saw a couple of women get out of a taxi at Glen Nevis Car Park so people clearly do it.

Almost Ginger blog owner at Steall Waterfall and Gorge in Glen Nevis, Scotland
Steall Waterfall in Glen Nevis

Glen Nevis, a Harry Potter Filming Location in Scotland

Glen Nevis Car Park in Scotland
Glen Nevis Car Park

5. Loch Arkaig

Which Films? Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 (2011).

Which Scenes? After stealing from Bellatrix Lestrange’s vault at Gringotts, Harry, Ron and Hermione hitch a ride on the back of a dragon and are dropped off in this loch at the start of Deathly Hallows Part 2. Also featured in some scenes via CGI with the Eilean na Moine island as it’s a bigger, wider loch than Loch Eilt (see N.7).


Definitely one of the most remote, off-the-beaten-path Harry Potter filming locations in Scotland. By Far. Which might make it the most remote Harry Potter location ever! Loch Arkaig is a long, secluded freshwater loch just north of Fort William measuring 12 miles total in length.

How to Get There

Via Car – As with Loch Etive, the ‘Parking Place’ is actually right next to the precise filming location, so that’s perfect. Use the postcode PH34 4EL for Murlaggan but you’ll need to continue driving until you reach the Parking Place (photo below) which is about 15 minutes further. I’m not going to lie, it’s a 90-minute drive from Fort William to the Parking Place and much of that is a single track, bumpy road. It ain’t fun. Then you’ve got to drive it back again.

This location is beautiful, but I’ll put a “diehard Harry Potter fans only” sticker on it because the long drive might not be worth it to most.

Via Public Transport – You ain’t getting here by bus or train, pal. Maybe someone has a Nimbus 2000 you can borrow?

Almost Ginger blog owner at Loch Arkaig, a Harry Potter Filming Location in Scotland
Loch Arkaig

Almost Ginger blog owner at Loch Arkaig, a Harry Potter Filming Location in Scotland

Loch Arkaig Parking Place in Scotland
Loch Arkaig Parking Place

6. Loch Morar

Which Films? Various Harry Potter films. Most likely all the same films that Loch Shiel featured in (see N.9).

Which Scenes? Unknown.


This is a bit of a ‘meh’ Harry Potter location because the only reason it features on this list is due to its use as a second unit location. Meaning it’s not one of the big boy Harry Potter locations but was used for sporadic CGI/special effects shots. While Loch Shiel is the main loch that stood in as Hogwarts’ Great Lake, Loch Morar was utilised for some close-up shots, as needed. It’s the deepest loch in Scotland though, so that’s a fun fact. You might need that little tidbit for a pub quiz.

It’s probably a very beautiful loch, but I just paid it a quick visit on an extremely wet and misty day. So my photos aren’t that great!

How to Get There

Via Car – It’s not too far off the A830, which is the main road between Mallaig and Fort William. We parked quite close to the town of Morar itself at the Our Lady of Perpetual Succour & St Cumin’s RC Church (great name) which has the postcode PH40 4PB. The church has quite a big car park (picture below) and it was easy for me to just nip out and take a few snaps of the loch opposite before returning to shelter.

Via Public Transport – Morar has a train station on the West Highland train line between Fort William and Mallaig, so you can absolutely visit this loch via public transport. Check out ScotRail’s website for timetable and ticket information.


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Loch Morar in Morar, a Harry Potter Filming Location in Scotland
Loch Morar – On a very rainy day!
Mini Countryman car parked in Church Car Park in Morar, Scotland
Parking at the Church for Loch Morar

7. Eilean na Moine in Loch Eilt

Which Films? Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004), Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005), Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 (2010) and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 (2011).

Which Scenes? Harry and Lupin take a walk next to this island whilst chatting about Dementors and Hagrid skips stones here after attending Buckbeak’s sentencing in Prisoner of Azkaban, briefly seen from the window of the Hogwarts Express in Goblet of Fire and the island is the setting of Dumbledore’s grave in Deathly Hallows Part 1 and Deathly Hallows Part 2.


I love these tiny little islands covered in trees dotted around in some Scottish lochs. I think if pixies exist, they’d live somewhere like these tiny islands. Eilean na Moine in Loch Eilt was the picturesque wee island used in the Harry Potter movies, though you might not remember it being in such a small loch close to the banks! That’s because Eilean na Moine was often CGI’d into Loch Arkaig in the later Harry Potter films, which is a much bigger, wider loch.

How to Get There

Via Car – Very similar to Loch Morar, the loch is just off the A830 road using postcode PH38 4LZ but parking is a lot trickier. There is a very slim gravelly layby that has obviously just been worn down by people parking up there. But it’s not an actual layby. Or there is a very small place for a car to park next to a gate. I’ve pinned on my map above where you can park near the island, but I recommend checking out the road on Google Street View first so you know what you’re dealing with.

Then, it’s just a short walk down a worn path through the trees to see the island up close.

Via Public Transport – The closest train station to Eilean na Moine is Lochailort Station and its also on the West Highland train line like Morar Station. It’s a 30-minute walk from the station and I’m not 100% sure there’s a decent path or pavement. However, if you’re travelling on The Jacobite Steam Train from Fort William to Mallaig during your trip, you can spot it from the right side of the train! The second photo below is proof of this, so that might be a convenient alternative.

Eilean na Moine island in Loch Eilt, a Harry Potter Filming Location in Scotland
Eilean na Moine in Loch Eilt
Eilean na Moine Island in Loch Eilt, a Harry Potter Filming Location in Scotland
View of Loch Eilt from the Jacobite Steam Train

8. Glenfinnan Viaduct

Which Films? Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002), Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004) and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005).

Which Scenes? Ron and Harry fly the Ford Anglia car over the bridge and are almost hit by the Hogwarts Express in Chamber of Secrets, the Dementors stop the steam train over this viaduct in Prisoner of Azkaban and the Hogwarts Express travels over the viaduct briefly in Goblet of Fire.


You knew this one was coming, right? This Harry Potter filming location in Scotland is the most recognisable, iconic location in the entire series. A lot of people think Glenfinnan Viaduct features in most of the films, but it’s actually just in three! That’s how much people associate this location with the Hogwarts Express journey through the Highlands.

You simply cannot miss this Harry Potter location if you are on a quest to see Scotland Harry Potter locations. Try and head to the viaduct when The Jacobite Steam Train is due to be crossing, though it’s still worth visiting regardless. The viaduct is just as exciting to see in real life as you’d expect.

How to Get There

Via Car – Like the previous two locations, Glenfinnan is also on the A830 road between Fort William and Mallaig and you can park at the Glenfinnan Visitors Centre Car Park using the postcode PH37 4LT. All-day parking is £3 here. There are some free car parks nearby (though the main one that people recommend is now the ‘Wee Harry Potter Bridge Project’ and you can’t enter it at time of writing)

I’ve got tonnes more information on visiting Glenfinnan including where to stand and what time the steam train crosses the viaduct on a separate blog post here.

Via Public Transport – And like the previous two locations, Glenfinnan Station is also on the West Highland train line! Makes sense considering Glenfinnan Viaduct is a railway bridge. And by travelling on this train line, you’ll actually cross the viaduct itself. From Glenfinnan Station, you can easily hike up the Glenfinnan Viaduct Trail to the best viewpoint to watch the train cross the Harry Potter bridge.

Glenfinnan Viaduct, a Harry Potter Filming Location in Scotland
Glenfinnan Viaduct

Underneath Glenfinnan Viaduct, a Harry Potter Filming Location in Scotland

9. Loch Shiel in Glenfinnan

Which Films? Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (2001), Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002), Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004), Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005) and Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009).

Which Scenes? When the students arrive at Hogwarts on boats in Philosopher’s Stone, during a wide shot before Oliver Wood leads the Gryffindor team out for Quidditch practice in Chamber of Secrets, when the students arrive at Hogwarts via carriages and when Harry rides Buckbeak over the Great Lake in Prisoner of Azkaban, when students from Hogwarts, Durmstrang and Beauxbaton all arrive at Hogwarts and when they leave at the end and also during the second Triwizard Tournament in Goblet of Fire, briefly seen when the students arrive at Hogwarts in Order of the Phoenix and in the background of Harry talking to Hermione on the balcony next to the Astronomy tower at the end of Half-Blood Prince.


Honestly, Glenfinnan spoils us HP fans. All the best Scotland Harry Potter locations are in Glenfinnan, which is actually quite a tiny place. Ten points to Glenfinnan! Directly opposite the viaduct is a beautiful sea loch called Loch Shiel and it appears in almost every film as the Great Lake (or Black Lake). You really can’t miss this filming location, especially if you’re wanting to see the viaduct anyway. It’s an excellent bonus feature.

How to Get There

Via Car – How you get to Loch Shiel is exactly how you get to the Glenfinnan Viaduct! It’s literally opposite the Glenfinnan Visitors Centre Car Park, like a 3-minute walk away. You can’t miss it. Head up to Glenfinnan Viewpoint for a panoramic vista of both Loch Shiel (pictured below) and the viaduct from a distance. But it’s worth walking up to the loch itself, too, so you can check out Glenfinnan Monument.

Via Public Transport – Annnnd same again. Don’t say I don’t treat you!

Loch Shiel from Glenfinnan Viewpoint, a Harry Potter Filming Location in Scotland
Loch Shiel

Loch Shiel in Glenfinnan, a Harry Potter Filming Location in Scotland

Almost Ginger blog owner at Loch Shiel in Glenfinnan, Scotland

10. Black Rock Gorge

Which Films? Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005).

Which Scenes? The Hungarian Horntail dragon chases Harry over this gorge in the first Triwizard Tournament in Goblet of Fire. 


You’ll notice that the previous nine Harry Potter locations were all concentrated in one area of the West Highlands near Glen Coe, Fort William and Mallaig. Which is why it was (relatively) easy to tick them all off in one trip.

However, if you look at the map at the beginning of this blog post, you’ll see Black Rock Gorge is waaaay up north above Inverness and not remotely near any of the other filming locations. So sadly, this is the only Harry Potter film location I’ve not actually visited yet! Maybe if I do the North Coast 500 I can squeeze in a quick visit.

How to Get There

Via Car – The gorge is (apparently) easy to find via marked paths in Evanton Wood which is just off the A9 road roughly a 30-minute drive north of Inverness. I think the car park is either at or near Blackrock Caravan & Camping Park (postcode IV16 IUN) and there is probably a small fee. I believe the gorge is an easy, yet often muddy, 2.5-mile walk from the car park and there are bridges running over the gorge so you can look down into it.

Via Public Transport – The nearest train station is a 90-minute walk away (Alness) which is a bit far! It’s probably not very accessible without a car I’m afraid.

Black Rock Gorge in Evanton, Scotland
Black Rock Gorge | Courtesy of Sheila

11. The Jacobite Steam Train

This is a “Harry Potter location that’s not really a filming location but Harry Potter fans love it so I’m including it anyway” entry. The Jacobite Steam Train travels from Fort William to Mallaig during the summer months over the famous Glenfinnan Viaduct. Though it wasn’t used as the Hogwarts Express train (that train is sitting on the backlot at the Harry Potter Studios), the journey still attracts probably hundreds of Potterheads every year to recreate the magical experience we’ve seen in the films.

I’ve written a whole separate guide detailing exactly when and how to get tickets for the steam train, everything you need to know about riding the real-life Hogwarts Express including how and when to photograph the train crossing Glenfinnan Viaduct. It’s all in the post below!


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Front view of Jacobite Steam Train in Fort William Station, Scotland
Jacobite Steam Train

How to Plan a Trip to Visit the Harry Potter Locations in Scotland

How Many Days Will I Need?

I’m going to assume you’re travelling to the locations from the south. This isn’t exactly how I saw the filming locations but it’s very close and will provide a rough idea of how much time you need to see them all. Also, we stayed in Fort William.

  • Day 1 – Drive up to Fort William and visit Rannoch Moor, Loch Etive and Clachaig Gully on the way.
  • Day 2 – Hike to Steall Waterfall in the morning. And drive to Loch Arkaig in the afternoon.
  • Day 3 – Ride The Jacobite Steam Train from Fort William to Mallaig and back.
  • Day 4 – Watch the train cross Glenfinnan Viaduct and visit Loch Shiel in the morning. Drive to Eilean na Moine in Loch Eilt and Loch Morar in the afternoon.
  • Day 5 – Leave Fort William and drive back home!

Obviously, I’ve not included Black Rock Gorge. And even though the filming locations are concentrated in one area, many of the roads are single track and rough because its such a remote and mountainous region. So, if you want to visit all of the locations including a ride on the Jacobite Steam Train, I’d recommend four nights in Fort William. But if you don’t have that amount of time you could skip Eilean na Moine in Loch Eilt (especially if you make the effort to see it from the Jacobite train), Loch Morar and Loch Arkaig and squeeze it down to three nights.

How to Travel: Car or Public Transport?

I think you’ve already figured out that if you want to visit every Harry Potter Scotland location, you need a car. And I hate giving that as an answer because I wish places were more accessible by public transport as I do not like driving! I’d travel everywhere by train if I could.

You could still visit some of the Harry Potter locations in Scotland by public transport and have an AMAZING time. Take a train up to Glasgow and then either a ScotRail train or CityLink bus to Fort William. If you’re travelling from London, you could even take a Caledonian Sleeper train overnight and arrive in Fort William in the morning. Wouldn’t that be awesome?! Or is it just me that’s itching to take a journey on a sleeper train…?

Make Fort William your base. Spend one day of your trip on The Jacobite Steam Train which will be easy enough because the journey starts and begins in Fort William. And you can see Eilean na Moine in Loch Eilt during your journey. The next day, you can take the train to Glenfinnan and watch the steam train cross the Viaduct and also see Loch Shiel. Then in the afternoon, take a taxi and hike to Steall Waterfall.

You will at least pass through Glen Coe and Rannoch Moor on your way to Fort William from Glasgow. So you can probably see more of the filming locations than you might think!

Jacobite Steam Train on Glenfinnan Viaduct, Scotland

Where to Stay in Scotland to Explore the Harry Potter Locations

You could technically stay in Mallaig, Fort William or even Glen Coe for part of your trip to explore the Harry Potter locations in the area, but staying in Fort William definitely makes the most logistical sense. Here are some great options for accommodation in Fort William depending on your budget.

Fort William

  • The Jacobite View AirBnB – This is the apartment we booked for our trip to scout out the Harry Potter locations and it was perfect! Really clean, well-decorated and couldn’t be better located. Fort William Train Station was literally right outside our window so we could watch The Jacobite Steam Train roll in every morning and roll out every night. Plus, Morrison’s supermarket is within walking distance and you could self-check-in.
  • Fort William Backpackers – If I were solo travelling, I’d choose to stay at this hostel. And I always book my hostels through HostelWorld to take advantage of their flexible booking and accurate reviews. Fort William Backpackers is in a really central location and even provides Free WiFi and parking.
  • Lime Tree An Ealdhain Hotel & Restaurant – And if I wanted to splash out on a cosy BnB, Lime Tree seems to have a quintessential cottage vibe but with a fresh modern interior. The log fire, four-poster beds and reading nooks would surely make anyone want to stay forever!
Fort William Apartment Interior with white lounge chairs and Hogwarts Express painting in Scotland
Inside our Fort William Apartment – Great decor!
View of Jacobite Steam Train at Fort William Station from Apartment Window, Scotland
View from our Fort William Apartment

Other Harry Potter Sites in Scotland

Edinburgh

A short city break in Scotland’s capital city of Edinburgh is a fantastic way to bookend your Harry Potter Scotland trip. It might not have been used as a filming location, but there are many inspirational and pop culture locations relating to the Wizarding World in this beautiful medieval city.

Grab a hearty lunch at Elephant House café, the supposed “birthplace of Harry Potter” where J.K. Rowling wrote some of the chapters featured in the early books. Book a night in the Rowling Suite at the swanky Balmoral Hotel where she finished writing Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and walk up Victoria Street, one of the inspirations behind Diagon Alley.

And there are so many more fantastic inspirational Harry Potter locations in Edinburgh! I’ve written a complete self-guided tour of them all in a separate blog post below (including a map).


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Colourful houses on Victoria Street, Edinburgh
Edinburgh is a great place for Harry Potter fans to visit

Tours of Harry Potter Locations in Scotland

There are so many great Harry Potter Scotland tours if you’d rather someone else do all the effort and planning. Day tours from cities like Inverness and Edinburgh are a great option if you’d rather stay in a bigger city than Fort William and explore a Scottish city on the same trip.

Or, you could check out the main Harry Potter locations as part of a multi-day trip around other parts of the Scottish Highlands! I recently spent one month working on the Isle of Skye and it was a fantastic experience.

I love GetYourGuide for day tours and multi-day trips because they always have a great selection and their refund policy is amazing. Check out this day trip from Edinburgh and this day trip from Inverness. And this three-day Scottish Highlands adventure will guide you around the mythical Loch Ness and the Battlefield of Culloden, the epic scenery of the Isle of Skye as well as a ride on the Jacobite steam train and Harry Potter tour of Scotland!

Two walkers at The Old Man of Storr on the Isle of Skye, Scotland

More Harry Potter Locations and Scotland Information

As well as my four day trip around the Harry Potter filming locations in the West Highlands, I’ve spent a fair bit of time in Scotland. Specifically, Edinburgh, Glasgow and the Isle of Skye. Edinburgh is my favourite city in the world (upon the last count, I’ve visited seven times) and I’ve written this three days in Edinburgh guide for first-time visitors.

If you’re looking for other filming locations to visit around Edinburgh and you love The Da Vinci Code (2006), check out my guide to visiting Rosslyn Chapel. I’ve visited the Edinburgh Fringe Festival a few times too as well as the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.


Read my other Harry Potter Filming Location Guides: 

I Harry Potter Filming Locations at Alnwick Castle, Northumberland

J Harry Potter Filming Locations at Malham Cove, Yorkshire

I Harry Potter Filming Locations at Goathland Station, Yorkshire

J Harry Potter Filming Locations at Durham Catherdral and York Station

I Harry Potter Filming Locations in London: A Walking Tour with Brit Movie Tours

J Harry Potter Studios Extensive Guide: Tips, Travel + Secret Filming Location!


The Cloisters at Durham Cathedral in County Durham, England
Durham Cathedral – An amazing Harry Potter filming location

And that’s my definitive, complete guide to visiting all the Harry Potter locations Scotland! Have you visited or planned to visit any of the Harry Potter Scotland sites or joined a Harry Potter Scotland tour? Let me know in the comments below!


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