Victoria Street Edinburgh

Victoria Street is a jamboree of colour & quirky shops, admired as the bonniest street in Edinburgh. Soaking in it’s bewitching old world charm is essential to any exploration of the old town with Tripadvisor rating it the 5th best activity in the city.

It’s reputed to be an inspiration for Diagon Alley, with a ribbon of cobbles curving upward, multiple levels hosting an eclectic throng of boutique shops and pointy roofs touching the sky it’s not impossible to see why.

The brick he had touched quivered – it wriggled – in the middle, a small hole appeared – it grew wider and wider – a second later they were facing an archway large enough even for Hagrid, an archway on to a cobbled street which twisted and turned out of sight.
the Philosopher's Stone
Victoria Street Edinburgh, Diagon House Harry Potter shop @ no. 40

TRUTH: Upon consultation JK Rowling would tell you it's not nearly so much an inspiration as her imagination, whilst tapping the wonder loom (her head).
So, fer instance, where's Potage's cauldron shop? And the books in the Old Town bookshop?! They don't even bite. Not even nibble.

Rowling is precious about credit & truth. Harry Potter is greatly the result of an epic, obsessive imagination, Edinburgh's gift was texture. Drink it in.

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the release of the Philosopher’s Stone in 2017, Diagon House, a stone vaulted Harry Potter shop exploded onto the scene, echoing Professor Snape's Potions classroom.

Diagon House shared a post on Facebook:

Muggles Welcome, Relatives by Appointment. Please let us point your Nimbus 2000 in the right direction to find our two stores situated in the heart of Edinburgh's medieval Old Town, The Birthplace of Harry Potter.

A few more sorcerous shops stud the street outfitting pupils with the essential kit for a new term at the finest school of witchcraft and wizardry in the world.

I’m Sam a Harry Potter tour guide (& former old town tour guide). I’m fast friends with anyone whose pulse beats faster at the sight of a lightning scar and this is my:

  1. Selection of Victoria Street’s best Harry Potter shops,
  2. The confectioners which may have just Apparated here from Hogsmeade.
  3. The tale of how Victoria Street was born.
The best view of Victoria Street is near the Bow well

Museum Context, was Diagon House

Home of interesting curiosities for the curious...

2 stone vaults stacked one upon another connected by a twisting narrow stair, a hungry metal dragon curves along the ceiling and every shelf, nook and corner is stuffed full of a curated selection of the finest instruments of witchcraft and wizardry in Potterdom.

Diagon House a Harry Potter shop on Victoria Street
Our premier Harry Potter shop & purveyors of all things Potter

After the 20th anniversary celebration summer, the shop rebranded as Museum Context, honouring it’s eclectic Scottish collection. Potter pilgrims the world over continue to converge on the shop for it’s Tardis like transportation.

Developed by Alice and Andrew McRae, a conservation architect, this is the busy, claustrophobic full on immersive Diagon Alley experience. The same scene & bustle Harry would have experienced elbowing sniggering Slytherins aside as he struggles to purchase his new year supplies.

Owner Andrew McRae says “The unique nature of these premises feels as if it was purpose built to offer a Harry Potter collection. This building feels like it’s found its perfect usage – you walk in and it feels like you’re walking into Ollivanders.”

What to do?

Explore the wand selection, take Hogwart’s magical Quill of Acceptance and try to wrestle your your name into the stern Book of Admittance, consider a T-shirt to declare your allegiance to the boy who lived, and scare companions with the monstrous props.

If you don’t have a house scarf yet, they sell officially licensed scarves made here in Scotland. The home of Hogwarts. I’m sure JK Rowling would happily tell you Scottish sheep are the best in the world, how else could our Hebridean Black Dragons grow to 30ft (9.1m) in length?

Naughty boys and girls perhaps?

To calibrate the senses, a polyester Slytherin scarf is £24.95 at the Warner Brother's Studio tour in London. Museum Context has something for every pocket but what I think it shines at is unique interior decorating.

There is a second Harry Potter Museum Context similarly stuffed to the brim on Cockburn Street. I really love the teddy bear dragons, I wish I was 2! They must have breathed some kind of fire because when I read the price tag my eyes began to water.

Many of the items are exclusive to the shop, the owners want to create something unique and special, I think they have.

Beware: If you don’t have Hagrid along to guide you, you may feel jostled and harassed. And don’t place your fingers too near the monster books of Monsters. The staff have a bucket by the door full to the brim with student’s digits bitten clean off 🩸

Enchanted Galaxy

Victoria Street's embattled Harry Potter shop. It was called 'The boy wizard', but Warner Brothers weren't fans. It rebranded as 'The Great Wizard', but Brothers Warner still not fans. (If you're reading this beloved Bros, my Potter tours are actually Tolkein tours, FOR REAL, complete with dancing Hobbits in Edinburgh's Prancing Pony. But please please please give me 5 Fantastic Beasts movies X Sam).

If Museum context, with it’s higgedly piggedly selection of curiosities is the heart of cramped and crammed Diagon Alley, then the Galaxy is Walmart, a gleaming concept store.

It’s safe, it's charming in it's own way, if it had floating candles, you'd known they were LED and weren't going to splosh hot wax on your head or dinner.

A Harry Potter broomstick for sale in the Great Wizard, Victoria Street
"Do not touch | Or attempt to fly" ... This broomstick's worth more than you & your entire family Weasley

Everything’s laid out neatly and fronted and sparkling. My eyes weren’t fatigued darting around trying to drink it all in, my elbows had their full range, and I never never never, not for a moment, feared a collision with a surly Draco Malfoy. I didn’t say "Sorry" once.

There might be a hungry Acromantula crawling around in the vaults beneath George IV bridge, occasionally, late at night, pushing a drain grate aside and dragging down a hapless tourist taking them to their nest and spinning them in silk. There might be, but they're definitely fought back out of this well groomed shop.

It’s the shop for, you know, ‘Harry Potter was alright and all that, but I just want the T-shirt not the trauma’.

While Museum Context feels authentic because of the stone vaults and it's mix of licensed merchandise, with curious curiosities, just like the bric-a-brac Diagon or Knockturn Alley; this shop is laser focused on the Potter merch.

A room that goes on and on like Hermoine's Hallow's bag it offers a good number of familiar affordable-ish movie memorabilia, perfect for kids who are tugged to keep up with their schoolmates.

In it's sister store, Wizarding World AKA Galaxy, 47-49 South Bridge, you can take a take a selfie upon a hard wooden stall in a crazy hat, just ask Professor Mcgonagall to hoist it on your head, while the shop's Harry Potter music transports you to Hogwarts. That shop also contains a Star Wars and marvel memorabilia. Muggles eh?

No, Tom isn't literally related to Harry. That would be a bit Starwars
JK Rowling

I'm reminded of one of my kind reviewers “we got our Geek on and we loved it”, this is how I feel about all our Harry potter shops. They open and I think ‘Ohhh What's new? What haven't I seen? What do I miss that they might have?’ I desperately want a mad eye sooo bad.

Isn't it magical?

We pass all 3 shops on Rowling’s Edinburgh & Complete Potter tours, if you’re after a Harry Potter souvenir, come along and decide which for yourself.

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The Mutt’s Nuts

Orwellian for The Dog’s bollocks, or in California ‘most excellent’

You wouldn't normally say that you need anything that is stocked here. A lot of the stuff is very tongue-in-cheek, and is the sort of thing that you'd maybe give as a humorous side-present beside another main present.

The prices may not be amazingly low, but the stuff is of a great quality, and I can't think of another place with their range of stock. Where else could you get a grow-your-own Jesus?

This is a great place to go for the person who has everything, because they almost certainly won't have most of the stuff that this place stocks. I always find that as I wander round, I try and justify in my head why I need, for example, a really small cheese grater. If you visit, prepare to come out having bought something, whether you intend to or not!
Review by Mark W

An interview with Gary

What's unique about shopping here?
You can get a good mix of things, we've got the Christmas shop on the other side so you can get Christmas decorations all year round, so I think you can't get much more unique than that.

They look specialer than Lidl,
Yes, they’re collectables for people who come on their holidays.

Bagpipe playing Highland cows on Victoria Street Edinburgh
No Christmas tree is complete without a Highland cow playing the bagpipes

There's lots of Scottish themed ones, they'll really make a Christmas tree pop and conjure memories of someone's visit to Scotland.

What's your most popular product?
Well the Harry Potter stuff is selling very well, we sell a whole range of products from books to mugs to anything you can think of... [ refrigerated Flying Cauldron Butterscotch beer ]

What do people get most excited about when they're kind of the shopping for Harry Potter?
Oh definitely the wands that's why they’re right up front and center there. They’re Warner replicas [ genuine, snatched from the hands of witches and wizards ], ornaments more than toys.

Quidditch balls in Mutts Nuts Victoria Street Edinburgh
A Quidditch ball set; fake Bludgers of course, the originals kept bludgeoning the shop assistant so had to be put down

You’ve got some badges here “I would rather be at Hogwarts” yes I share that sentiment. And Hogwarts prefect badges!
[ Fred and George have even visited and enchanted some of them to say ‘Pinhead’, that got my sister's birthday sorted. I also bought her tickets to Britain's longest zip line. A flying Pinhead. ]

Exterior of Mutts Nuts Victoria Street Edinburgh

What’s it like working here? What do you like to do here with friends?

Well it’s meant to be the inspiration for Daigon Alley, so we’re kept busy.

I like to have an ice cream over from the police box over there which opened last year. Sit out on the Conventer’s monument, the old hanging zone you know? A bit morbid for ice cream but probably a better use of the square now. That and then going to one of the many pubs in the Grassmarket around here.

The pedestrianised Grassmarket at the bottom of Victoria Street has tables outside and in the summer it’s a very relaxed continental feel.

Jokes Aha ha ha 🥸

"We have whoopee cushions we have fake jobbies we have chattering teeth, rubber chickens, all the classics."

Do they though? They may... The remaining twin has retired & it's in flux. It's become a popup shop, over Halloween it was a costume shop, as of writing it's a boutique handbag shop. The legendary fake nose & glasses adorning the shop front & defining the street in fans' imaginations continues, alas, I fear, just for now.

Exterior joke shop Victoria Street Edinburgh

Was it Weasleys?
Well it opened in 1996, a year before the Philospher's Stone was published & years before Rowling had Ron & Harry visit Zonkos in Hogsmeade. The actors who played Lucius Malfoy and Professor Trelawney visited. Riding on passion & Harry's broom it became a triumph, Europes' busiest joke shop.

In memoriam.
I interview the bubbly staff of the shop that was...

What's unique about shopping here?
Ohh the friendly service, [ laughter ]
That’s not unique though, that's honest.

But there’s not many joke shops in Edinburgh you know? It’s a novelty in itself.

What's your most popular product?
I think the fake jobbies,
No Way! Yeah you’ve got a full range there: cat jobbies, Human jobbies and kind of biscuity dog jobbies

We sell many many masks as well, the fake horse mask, and Donald Trump masks are very popular.
Yeah you’ve got Donald Trump in 3 different colours, that is amazing.
4 actually.
That’s going to be a really scary Halloween.
Yeah there’s going to be a lot of Trumps about.

So what’s the weirdest thing you’re asked for?
Well I’ve had some weird phone calls, I guess the weirdest, well a lot of people ask for Gimp suits.
No way!
And then Phalluses in various forms.
Ah of course, Hen parties visiting the Grassmarket.

Victoria Street Edinburgh inside Joke Aha ha ha

What’s it like working on the street?
It’s great, there’s a lot of atmosphere, especially during Halloween and the festival. It gets very busy during the festival, artists come in for theatre props and magic as well. Everyone comes in, we had a few celebrities during the festival, jugglers...

Which celebrities?
Mostly standup comics, Al Murray has been in, Jack Whitehall

What did he buy?
He tried on this Trump mask, but he never bought it. He didn’t say very much he was like a little lost boy, he just let his agent do all the talking. His agent had to ask if he could use the toilet.

What would particularly interest Harry Potter fans?
The usual wands, a golden snitch, cloaks, scarves, we have ties of the various houses. Voldemort overhead mask.

I think a lot of people like to visit as well because this is what the joke shop was based on in Harry Potter, the Weasley brothers joke shop of course right on Diagon Alley [ Weasley Wizard’s Wheezes ] So we have a lot of fans coming in on their pilgrimages.

Bains retro sweets

For many fans their favourite part of Edinburgh's 'Diagon Alley', isn't actually on Victoria Street at all. A little bit further along from Overlangshaw's icecream police box, midway up the Southside of the Grassmarket, is Bain’s retro sweets. If you’ve never had one of Dumbledore's hard-boiled Sherbet Lemons it's £1.20 for 100 grams. The same place Albus gets his.

Sherbet Lemons are Muggle candy, Dumbledore has strange tastes, but Bain has sweets that grow on trees, which is a bit magic.

Bains boasts: chocolate bananas, jellied snakes, liquorice wands, Fizzing wizzes, Skippers pipes, sherbert shots, Bazooka chew bars, barrels of sour blueberry toxic waste, radiation balls, Kraktoa foam. Lord, it's 4 walls of diabetes! And lip lickingly luscious
I just want to get inside Honeydukes!

"What's that?" said Hermione.
"It's the sweetshop," said Ron, a dreamy look coming over his face, "where they've got everything....

Pepper Imps - they make you smoke at the mouth- and great fat Chocoballs full of strawberry mousse and clotted cream, and really excellent sugar quills, which you can suck in class and just look like you're thinking what to write next-"

"But Hogsmeade's a very interesting place, isn't it?" Hermione pressed on eagerly.
"In Sites of Historical Society it says the inn was the headquarters for the 1612 goblin rebellion, and the Shrieking Shack's supposed to be the most severely haunted building in Britain-"

"- and massive sherbert balls that make you levitate a few inches off the ground while you're sucking them," said Ron, who was plainly not listening to a word Hermione was saying.
the Prisoner of Azkaban

Mr Bain says he'll never be rich, but it's a job and it's been building and building for 5 years and best of all he says "nobody can sack you". He loves his nutty customers saying his website gets orders from all over the world despite the fact the postage cost often matches the price of the order.

Bain says he does a lot of corporate functions with his sweet cart for banks etc., he says folk are never too old. Well I think close your eyes and suck a Bains' hard boiled sweet you're transported to an earlier age.

Make a weird memory by posing with one of Bain's 1 meter lollies for his Facebook. You may as well, he says they don't sell and are utterly useless, so cheer Bain up

Bains is utterly Scottish, he sells Haggis poo - Haggis poo collectors are apparently called 'Haggis trackers' - and Iron Bru creams. Iron Bru is Scotland's second national drink, the sugar infusion picks us up the morning after a hard night on the Whisky.

Mr Bain's biggest selling item is Scottish tablet, he has 350 reviews of it from all over the world. Mr and Mrs Bain make 8 trays of Tablet a week, so it's like it's just been plucked from the Tablet Tree.

What's it taste like? Well he usually has little samples on his counter, but it's like a softer crumblier fudge, it melts in the mouth with a buttery sweet taste.

Florean Fortescue's Ice cream parlour

Overlangshaw Farmhouse ice cream

Florean was abducted and murdered by Deatheaters. So Scotland’s smallest ice cream parlour is now run by a family farm and, of course, they have a snake!

A family enjoying ice cream outside Scotland's smallest icecream parlour, Overlangshaw Farmhouse at the foot of Victoria Street

The Police box sells ice cream from the Bergshaw farm down in the borders near England. The bread basket of Scotland. The farm is powered by a wind turbine called Winifred, solar panels, the ice cream is made in a machine called “Sylvester” and everything’s organic.

Occassionally Lucy Bergshaw tests her will power with a stint in the dream Police box, and I’ve been given the full Bergshaw briefing. Their farm is special, all their animals have been given passports and liberty.

Killer hens

Seemingly normal hens, they’re basically bred for factory farms, if you open the door they sit in their cages and squawk ‘get away, I’ve got neighbours to peck’. They’re essentially brutalised House elves, hopeless.

But ice cream needs egg yoke to keep it stuck together, or it will just slop off the cone, instant slimed hand.

So the farm has a special breed of Braveheart chicken, who every morning paint half their face blue and charge out of the shed doors crying “Freedom!”. Columbian Black Tails who stay out till nightfall, 11pm in summer, marauding the fields, seeking stray English. Menace.

Lucy Bergshaw owner of Overlangshaw Farmhouse ice cream outside her Police box on Edinburgh's Grassmarket

Lucy also told me her cousin has left her pet snake on the farm. You cannot believe how excited I got, “is it called Nagini?”, “No”, said Lucy, “it’s called No no”. Presumably it’s ravenous.

I interviewed Lucy's wonderful assistant in the police box (she didn't at all bribe me with free ice cream to say that).

What's unique about shopping here?
What’s unique, well the flavors are all very unique. We’ve got Whisky flavour, salted caramel flavour, we’ve got some wacky flavours, they’re very good.

They’re quite individual, we’re the only people who sell them because they’re made in our own farm, so you can’t get them anywhere else apart from here.
[ And a handful of fancy fancy restaurants. ]

Which one do you most often have with lunch?
Salted caramel, I feel that’s kinda perfect any weather as well, you can have it when it’s raining and you forget where you are.

Our most popular one is the Whisky one, Whisky ripple, it’s rippled with Raspberry.

What’s it like working here?
When it’s sunny like today it’s so nice working here. Before I worked in shops, and every day was the same, here every week we get different flavours.

JK Rowling was asked what butterbeer tastes like: "I made it up. I imagine it to taste a little bit like less sickly butterscotch."

Sometimes We have a slightly less sickly Butterscotch at the Police box (Please keep stocking this Lucy). Imagine... Butter-brew ice cream in Rowling’s home (although whisper that around the Brothers Warner).

is their sensational take on chocolate. It’s rammed full of fruit and vegetables: cherries, coconut, marshmallow, Honeycomb. [ Sections of the spit of rock that is the royal mile is a honeycomb of passages and basements carved into the rock. ] It’s like 4 of your 3 a day, so you won’t need to eat vegetables for a week. I don’t know how that works, but it’s kinda magic.

By far the most popular flavour is

Whisky is our biggest export and our national drink, the ice cream is the most Scottish thing within a 1 mile radius, it’s more Scottish than The Castle, that’s just made of rock. It’s so Scottish the government has mandated it be served with a Saltire cross.

I’m not mad on whisky but I really like this ice cream, all the alcohol is boiled out during pasteurization just leaving a cool-hot, spicy flavour. If you’re going for a few flavours, it’s Scotland, it’s sacreligious not to make Whisky the summit. Scotland, always on top, splat.

Overlangshaw ice cream is also available in the Dog house, a friendly dog themed pub, where they sell a properly alcoholic & biscuity Butterbeer. Fosters with a gloop of secret sauce.

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Multi-nationals, based outwith Scotland, such as Sandemans have run tours which breach Scotland's First Minister's guidance, thereby spreading disease. 153,000 UK citizens, no small number, have died. Members of people's families gone forever.

Local companies have endured having their guides on their tours, taking notes, to help build their own versions. They call this 'sieving' or 'filtering', their partners believe they 'do it properly' and are... sieving for gold?

This reduces local tour operators & Scotland 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 because their guides get little, much of the profits are sucked abroad. It also harms honest - originated the work - competition, because the multi-nationals lean on a cartel they've built with hotels & hostels. These partners, some 'pocketed' for a fee, spotlight multi-national's 'sieved' tours, building their review dominance.

There's little motivation to do original work if you expect the work won't pay. We're being sieved to the bottom. There's little need for tourism if its gift is congestion & hardship.

Please do not visit & norm 'sieving'.

If you go on a multi-national's tour you are helping pollute Scotland's culture & empower brands who kill 🤢

Work should pay 💪
Reject the fatcat cartel 😾↔😼↔😾 Prefer local tour providers who would love to host you, or maybe just use an app.

Go well

Other curiosities nearby

Opposite the end of Victoria Street at 5 Cowgatehead there’s

Mr Wood’s fossils
Minerals and meteorites and fossils. Evidence of the Fantastic Beasts which roamed the Earth before the international statute of secrecy was signed and they were hidden from Muggle eyes.

For much of the Highlands it’s the wizarding clan McFusty who hide them. Thanks to Nessie many folk will tell you they don’t do a very good job.

Google map 📍

Why splurge in Edinburgh?

If there’s something you've always fancied from the wizarding world, or you have someone who might cherish your impulse, (or extravagance), Edinburgh is the most meaningful and memorable place to splash the Galleons.

And if you spend here it allows us to buy pitchforks to fend off the Acromantula colony. I swear it’s growing. Where’s Newt when you need him?

On my tour you can discover all these places and more, just follow the trail of awards...

LUX life magazine award for the Potter tour: Edinburgh's most magical pop culture tour

How Victoria Street grew up

In the 1800s the middle class had taken flight to the New Town and Edinburgh’s old town, around the Royal Mile, was a slum bursting with crime, poverty and addiction.

At its peak each room in a tenement housed from 6 to 15 people, who slept in shifts. There would be one toilet between 250. Edinburgh was a petri-dish of disease.

And then one collapsed. An 8 storey tenements shaking like an Earthquake and then thundering down into rubble, crushing 35 slumbering people, half its residents.

The council, housed on the Royal Mile, had known it was bad for sometime and hadn’t been sleeping, but still change had been too slow.

The council comissioned Architect Thomas Hamilton to create Edinburgh Old town bridges, George IV bridge, and 19 arch South bridge, to span the valleys either side of the old town, connecting and reinvigorating the slum on the rock.

With George IV bridge completed, the council decided to overhaul the Westbow, a steep Z shaped street, it was one of the main thoroughfares to the Royal Mile and carriages frequently needed a little bit of extra encouragement from shop boys to make the climb.

Medieval West Bow was mental

Mad timber framed buildings overhung the street, as landlords built upward they extended the new floors over the road, so the tenements grew to resemble upside down medieval pyramids.

At lower levels washing lines extended across the divide but at some of the top floors the distance between the rooms on either side of the street was so little that it is said neighbours could enjoy ‘the pleasure of tea drinking, without the trouble of leaving their respective abodes’.

The council instructed Hamilton that the buildings along the new street should be ‘Old Flemish’ in style, and draw inspiration from the details of majestic George Heriot’s school on the ridge opposite, meaning Edinburgh’s Diagon Alley echoes our Hogwarts.

Panoramic mosaic of Victoria Street Edinburgh
George Heriot's school is lit up in amber

In fact one of the best views of George Heriot's original front can be discovered from the end of Victoria Terrace. Rising majestically on the far ridge with the oldest buildings on Victoria Street leading your eye towards it, it’s my favourite vantage.

Volcanic Edinburgh

The Royal Mile is a long tail of lava spewed out of Castle rock, with the soft rock of the Grassmarket carved out by passing glaciers. The rebuilt tenements on the North side soared up to the top of the lava rock to accommodate entrances on the Royal Mile’s Lawnmarket.

Between these sheer tenements and Victoria Street, Hamilton put in a series of arches, supporting a walkway, Victoria Terrace above. This gives the view up the street toward the Royal Mile a pleasing staggered effect. From the Bow well your eye is led up the ribbon of cobble and drawn back across Victoria Terrace, as the busy Muggles flow across the levels it feels like the city pulses with life.

It was christened Bow Street. In 1837 it was renamed Victoria Street in honour of Queen Victoria’s coronation.

Victorian Edinburgh

We also honoured Queen Victoria with a statue, planted on top of the Royal Academy Gallery, one of only 2 statues to women in Edinburgh, we have 5 statues of dogs, 1 of a bear. But Victoria punches above her weight.

Queen Victoria by John Steell atop the Royal Academy
Queen Victoria by John Steell

She weighs ninety tons and was taken up in parts, the gallery portico had to be reinforced to support her. I looked it up and 90 tons, for the rest of the world, is 1.9 million Bertie Botts - steady on your majesty.

But when Victoria visited Edinburgh in 1842 she was unimpressed. ‘Foul burns’, streams rich with piss and poo, ran down the tail of the Royal Mile, pooling at Holyrood palace. Their stench was so vile Queen Victoria refused to stay there.

Victoria Street was no better, Riddle’s Court backing onto Victoria Terrace, installed an underfloor waste reservoir, for controlled release of waste on occasions when they wouldn’t flood the street’s houses. The pigs that once roamed Edinburgh's streets would have stampeded for such a feast.

The pigs are no longer, but their spirit echoes in Oink on Victoria Street, famed for it's Scottish hog roast sandwiches.

A skinned pig in Oink Victoria Street shop window
NO LITTLE PIGGY! Don't go to this market
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Tom Riddle's grave in Greyfriar's Kirkyard and other character's namesakes are 5 minutes walk through the lower, wrought iron gate of the Kirk. Or, if shut, scoot up atmospheric Candlemakers Row.

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