Exciting Edinburgh: Oh, the Places We’ll Go!

The Buttontapper Challenge is back! This month’s challenge is Seussily titled “Oh, the Places We’ll Go!” and will feature a new destination, daily, with inspiration from film and literature.

Today we’re traveling to Edinburgh.

But first!

As some of you keen-eyed readers will notice, I’ve skipped a few days here on the blog, and we’ve whizzed right past Chicago and Dublin. Here are two tiny stories I posted on social media, in case you missed them elsewhere:

You can also dig through my Chicago From A to Z posts if you’re particularly missing the Chicago layover!

What makes Edinburgh unique?

The capital of Scotland, Edinburgh is a medieval city filled with Gothic architecture.

Photo by Nicola Gadler on Unsplash
Photo by Michael D Beckwith on Unsplash
Photo by Nicola Gadler on Unsplash

Please note that it isn’t pronounced as written (“Eden-burg”) but “Ed-in-borough.” Ah, the English language. So confusing, so crazy, so unpredictable.

But back to the city itself, if you’re a Harry Potter fan, there’s no better bookish place to visit!

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Films featuring Edinburgh

Some films set in Edinburgh include the animated film, The Illusionist:

Additional films set in the city:

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  • The 39 Steps
  • Avengers: Infinity War
  • Chariots of Fire
  • The Da Vinci Code
  • Shallow Grave
  • Trainspotting


Books about Edinburgh

Some books you might enjoy about life in Edinburgh include many of Irvine Welsh’s titles (including the aforementioned Trainspotting), as well as:

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  • 44 Scotland Street by Alexander McCall Smith
  • The Existential Detective by Alice Thompson
  • A Good Hanging by Ian Rankin
  • How to Make a Golem and Terrify People by Allette J. Willis
  • Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson
  • A Method Actor’s Guide to Jekyll and Hyde by Kevin MacNeil
  • One Good Turn by Kate Atkinson
  • The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner by James Hogg


Have you ever been to Edinburgh?

What did you most enjoy about visiting this city?