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30 March 2017

A JK Rowling fan’s guide to Edinburgh | Luxe Travel

Edinburgh has been a muse to many of Britain’s greatest writers. With beautiful vistas, historic buildings and a rich, engrained culture, it’s easy to see why. From celebrated poet Robert Burns to ‘Harry Potter’ author JK Rowling, the city has provided writers with the inspiration needed to produce great works of literature for many decades.

JK Rowling is one of the most famous novelists of our time. Creator of the immensely successful ‘Harry Potter’ series, Rowling has a strong connection with Edinburgh, where she lived for many years. At the start of her career, Rowling wrote in cafés such as Nicolson's Café and The Elephant House – a coffeehouse overlooking Edinburgh Castle that’s also been used as a writing hub by Alexander McCall Smith and Ian Rankin. It was here that she penned her first novel, ‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone’, which would go on to make her one of the most celebrated writers of the century.

When success hit, Rowling moved her writing hub to The Balmoral, where she wrote the seventh and final book in the series, ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows’. Fans can stay in the very same suite as Rowling, which has been renamed the JK Rowling suite. Recognisable from the outside by its brass owl doorknocker, the suite contains her writing desk and a marble bust of Hermes, the Greek god of travel, mischievously signed by Rowling herself.

If you’re planning a tour inspired by our literary guide to Edinburgh, stay at the historic Balmoral and take advantage of our Luxe Bonus Amenities and Luxe Private Tour.

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