However, living in Edinburgh and seeing JK Rowling's inspiration for this story every single day is a treat that is one of a kind. There are many stories about where she wrote (Elephant House) and where she apparently hangs out now (the cafe on top of Harvey Nichols), but visiting the places that are used in the film is incredibly cool. So here is a mixture of things: Places she apparently visited, real places used in the films and places she got her inspiration from.
Aawww I think we all know this one. The actual train does not run all year round- it only starts around May.
The Elephant House is not part of the actual movies but rumor has it that JK Rowling was writing part of the books here, in that cafe. The view you get of the castle is actually really nice, so who knows?