Edinburgh is treating me well -Anastasia Niforos
It is my third day in Edinburgh, Scotland and I am having a blast. Today we went to Greyfriars Kirkyard which is where J.K. Rowling got inspiration for characters in the Harry Potter series. We also had the opportunity to visit Kinloch Anderson which is the leading manufacturer for tartans.
Our first stop was Greyfriars Kirkland which is a very well known graveyard in Edinburgh. This is where J.K. Rowling walked around when she was writing the Harry Potter series. Thomas Riddell and William McGonagall are the two names she found and these became characters in the book. The graveyard was pretty big so it took us some time to actually find the graves. I think we walked around for at least twenty minutes until we eventually found them. Thomas Riddell’s grave was off to the side and behind a wall. The entire graveyard had such interesting architecture and many of the graves and tombs weren’t like ones I had ever seen. It was an interesting experience, to say the least.
After exploring Greyfriars we stopped to get lunch and then had to about an hour to get to Kinloch Anderson. It was quite the walk, but well worth it. When we arrived we were greeted by the director, Deirdre Anderson. She is probably the sweetest woman I have ever met. She was so knowledgeable about the history of tartan and Kinloch Anderson. She also showed us where the kilts are made, what the process looks like and what type of apparel the company makes. They also have three royal warrants to make tartans for the royal family. We also were able to walk around the store and see the different types of clothing. I loved the kilts.