All “Harry Potter” Fans Should Visit These Spots in Scotland, UK

Glenfinnan Viaduct, Glenfinnan, United Kingdom
Glenfinnan Viaduct, Glenfinnan, United Kingdom. Photo by Jack Anstey on Unsplash

Every Harry Potter fan should visit Scotland at least once. As well as being the place where Potter began, you’ll recognize many real-life locations from the movie franchise. If you’re planning your very own tour of the wizarding world, be sure to include these must-see destinations! Wands (and cameras) at the ready.


Edinburgh is the place where it all began. Visit the Elephant House Café where JK Rowling is said to have penned book one. Colorful Bow Street nearby is said to be the inspiration for Diagon Alley, while the graves in Greyfriar’s Kirkyard feature a few names you just might recognize!

Glasgow University

With its world-famous cloisters and gothic architecture, a visit to Glasgow University will make you feel like you’ve stepped straight into Hogwarts!

Glenfinnan Viaduct

We couldn’t not include this iconic location! The Glenfinnan Viaduct is the most recognizable stretch of the journey made each September by the Hogwarts Express. If you’re visiting in summer, you might be lucky enough to spot the famous Jacobite Steam Train and even take a ride on it yourself!

Loch Shiel

Located near the Glenfinnan Viaduct, most people will know Loch Shiel by another name—the Black Lake in the Hogwarts castle grounds. This stunning loch features in all eight of the movies and is used extensively in the filming of the second task of the Triwizard Tournament in the Goblet of Fire.