A Harry Potter tour & witch on Edinburgh's Royal Mile

A visitor from New Zealand told me "Everywhere has castles, there are two unique things to do in Edinburgh, the underground city and Harry Potter". Well actually Seattle has an underground city, so that just leaves one...

Potter trail was formed in 2012, they are the trailblazers, thus having more reviews from happy customers.
πŸ‘‰ Potter tour formed 2017 and I love every last one of my reviewers from their eyebrows up.

Pottertrail has HUGE groups, 35+, it's like going to the Quidditch world cup, their guides probably have whistles & referee.
πŸ‘‰ In 2019 Potter Tours had upto a dozen. If you're interested you can get individual chat.

Pottertrail is for tips so you can walk away with no loss.
πŸ‘‰ I get everyone to swear an unbreakable vow at the beginning of my tour, if you walk away, you die.

Potter trail has won certificates of excellence from Tripadvisor for a high number of good reviews.
πŸ‘‰ So have I.

Potter Trail has an award from 'THA' for hospitality; never heard of them.

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

According to LUX life magazine I'm the best in class for family & visitor attraction; never heard of them either. But bless them!

Potter trail is 75 minutes with a flatter route. Less walking arguably makes it better suited to those who are disabled or who have a casual interest.
πŸ‘‰ I have 'The Complete Potterhead' a 6 hour activity tour for witches & wizards on a pilgrimmage. My tours are longer, I like reviving the magic sure, we do some wand work on the tour, but I love what Rowling's life has to teach.

Quill writing in the Elephant House on a Harry Potter tour
18th birthday! Writing thankyou letters to JK Rowling to leave in the Elephant house on a 6 hour Complete Potter-head

Potter trail is fun and Funny.
πŸ‘‰ I hope to provide something useful, perhaps inspiring and worthy of spending more time on. I want to make memories, laughter is satisfactory.

Potter Tour's longer tours take in more sights (& more walking).
πŸ† However Potter trail includes Favourit cafe & some Edinburgh ghost stories celebrating the gothic tradition, I don't. These are all good things.

Nice robes...
Will, PotterTrail guide

Never has Sam been complimented by a wizard β€” like an equal!

Bless you master William. Master has nice robes too.

Oh Good Lord.

OK well Sandemans are a multinational based in Germany? Spain? They have an excellently rated historical tour and a well paid executive class. Too often their 'serf' guides, paying Β£3 per head for each customer, earn less than our legal minimum wage. Their company makes us poorer and the bloated battalions they march around make passage of the city worse for people who live here.

Is it run by Grindelwald? No.
But they could be.

My tours are run by me. I'm pretty bad too. If you do a quiz on my blog, you can see I probably idolise Alan Rickman too much. But he's just sooo silky.


In a worst case scenario the British government is contemplating that Coronavirus will kill about 1% of our population and knock perhaps 20% of us off sick, quarantined at home.

My tours are generally small. The average last year was around 8 Potterheads. My competitors go for huge tours, they can be around 35 people, it's helped build a review quantity gap.

The government anticipates banning large gatherings, because the virus is spread by human to human proximity - groups are a brothel for the virus.


As the Coronavirus gains a firmer foothold and gathers pace for every 3 tours my competitors run, more than one person is expected not to survive the aftermath. They're superspreader factories.

If concerned for your welfare seek smaller groups, or ask the company of your choice for a private tour with a healthy guide. I'd rather Potterheads survive the Corona-clypse.

Angela Bowen
10 reviews
This is my second Harry Potter tour in Edinburgh and Sam's blew the other one out of the water, I will be bragging to everyone back home about it and definitely going again
This was a wonderful surprise, my first review from someone who has been on both tours & I'm very grateful for it.

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All my tours are jam packed with sights of gothic romance:

The Potter Tour Edina Potter head
Time 2ΒΌ hrs 3ΒΎ hrs ~6 hrs
The Tron Kirk
Kwidditch postbox
George Heriots
The Nor Loch
Nicolsons café 🍽️
Surgeons Hall
McEwan Hall
The Grassmarket
Tom Riddle's grave
Andrew Carnegie's library
The Elephant House 🍽️
A dragon flies by Edinburgh Castle
Edinburgh Castle grounds
The witches fountain
Mcgonagall's Gt. grandfather
The Witchery
Riddle's court
Victoria Street 🍨 πŸ‘ πŸ‘ πŸ‘
Lady Stair's mansion
Royal Academy
The Balmoral Hotel
The Heart of Midlothian
Parliament Square
Rowling's Edinburgh Award
Inside Old Parliament Hall
CafΓ© witchcraft
Small Harry Potter tour groups keep you safe from Coronavirus

Short tour, long tour; loooong tour, short?


If you're a fan it's like choosing between Butterbeer & Fire whisky. One will make you jolly, the other will make you soar.

Why choose Potter Tour?
More Rowling, more of her inspirations, more magic, more memories.

A Harry Potter tour dressed in cosplay poses on Victoria Street
Victoria Street, acclaimed as Diagon Alley, now dethroned. Over summer we stop here for Scottish ice-cream; this class just had a standard Cheering charm, I love a fizzy brain
Young Witch in a Sorting Hat floats in mid-air above Princes Street, Edinburgh Castle in the background
Had a young witch on the tour today, she doesn't even need a broom
St Giles Cathedral stands in for the gates of Hogwarts
St Giles Cathedral is not the doors of Hogwarts, however if Professor McGonagall cast Piertotum Locomotor the stone saints would surely spring to life
Tom Riddle's Court Edinburgh with prentice stair
Lions tigers and bears oh my!
Some come for passion, some come in Loopy hats, all are welcome
A Harry Potter tour poses in Makars Court
Defend yourselves, servants of the Dark Lord incoming! Obviously some take this more seriously than others; they're probably better at Apparition
A wizard tour guide stands before Tom Riddle's grave
The tour is open to all denominations so sometimes we'll do a eulogy to Thomas Riddell for practioners of the Dark Arts. I see you
St Columba journeys on a boat to bring Christianity to Scotland
At the fortress of King Bridei near Loch Ness St Columba took down the old ways. The gates were barred but Columba made the sign of the cross & they were flung asunder. He confronted a Pictish Druid & a battle of supernatural wills followed... Rowling's a Christian, discover its significance
A Harry Potter tour poses outside St Giles Cathedral
What do we want? Elf liberation. When do we want it? Now!
But bless their flappy ears, they look so happy. Goblin oppression & unionisation is covered at the bank that inspired Gringotts
Demonic imagery adorns the sign of the witchery restaurant on Castlehill
What happens when Britain's biggest mystery, fantasy, childrens, literary novelist philanthropist meets the most seductive & demonic restaurant there is?
Edinburgh's Writers museum off the Royal Mile
Sometimes we pop inside the Writer's museum here for an exhibit & story about master Potter
Riddle's Court one time home of Professor Mcgonagall
Riddle's Court... how many bodies have come out off this place? Poor Scottish historic buildings trust have to keep repainting the walls
A tour group practices witchcraft outside St Giles Cathedral
It's a spell to.... I dunno, make things really glowy? When you no longer need the library or doddering balding professors & you begin improvising your own magic, that's when you've hit mastery
A Harry Potter tour group poses by a statue of Alexander The Great outside City Chambers
A class wraps up outside City Chambers before Alexander the Great taming his horse Bucephalus. Goodbye friends!
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