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Edinburgh, Dùn Èideann in Scottish Gaelic, is Scotland's capital. The White Council headquarters are located here.[1]



Edinburgh and the Castle

Located on Firth of Forth's southern shore, Edinburgh has been the capital city of Scotland since the 15th century, home to the Scottish parliament and seat of Scottish monarchy. It is Scotland's second most populous city and second largest financial center in the UK.[Footnote 1]

Historically part of Midlothian, the city has long been a centre of education, particularly in the fields of medicine, Scots law, literature, the sciences and engineering; The University of Edinburgh is an internationally high-ranking university founded in 1582. The city also hosts the Edinburgh International Festival, the Fringe, the latter being the world's largest annual international arts festival, and the Edinburgh Royal Military Tattoo. Historic sites in Edinburgh include Edinburgh Castle, Holyrood Palace, the churches of St. Giles, Greyfriars and the Canongate, and the extensive Georgian New Town, built in the 18th century. Edinburgh's Old Town and New Town together are listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.[Footnote 1]

Castle Rock[]

Castle Rock is a volcanic plug in the middle of Edinburgh upon which Edinburgh Castle sits.[Footnote 2] The White Council headquarters are located whithin it.[1]

Edinburgh Castle[]

788px-Castle from Princes Street, Edinburgh

Edinburgh Castle is a historic fortress located on the Castle Rock and dominating the skyline of the city of Edinburgh, Scotland. The rock has been occupied since the 2nd century AD and a royal castle between the 12th century and the 17th century. Its importance as a part of Scotland's national heritage was recognised increasingly from the early 19th century onwards, and various restoration programmes have been carried out over the past century and a half. Edinburgh Castle was involved in many historical conflicts from the Wars of Scottish Independence in the 14th century to the Jacobite Rising of 1745. Research undertaken in 2014 identified 26 sieges in its 1100-year-old history, giving it a claim to having been "the most besieged place in Great Britain and one of the most attacked in the world".[Footnote 3]

The castle, in the care of Historic Scotland, is Scotland's most-visited paid tourist attraction. As the backdrop to the Edinburgh Military Tattoo during the annual Edinburgh International Festival the castle has become a recognisable symbol of Edinburgh and of Scotland and indeed, it is Edinburgh's most frequently visited visitor attraction—according to the Edinburgh Visitor Survey, more than 70% of leisure visitors to Edinburgh visited the castle.[Footnote 3]

In the series[]

Turn Coat[]

In Turn Coat, Harry Dresden travels from Chicago and enters the Hidden Halls of Edinburgh directly from Winterfae-controlled Ways in the Nevernever, completely bypassing Edinburgh proper and arriving directly in the underground tunnels beneath Castle Rock.[2] After conducting business related to Donald Morgan's framing, he departs,[3] but soon places the Ways out of Chicago and back to Edinburgh under surveillance[4] by Vincent Graver.[5] When he returns to Edinburgh, again by means of Winter's territory in the Nevernever, he presents surveillance evidence to implicate Wizard Peabody in a conspiracy against Donald Morgan,[4] leading swiftly to a battle beneath Edinburgh that results in the deaths of Peabody and Morgan.[6]


In Changes, Dresden again visits Edinburgh, entering the Hidden Halls below directly by means of the Way nexus around the fortress in the Nevernever.[7] There Dresden sought help from the White Council in recovering his daughter Maggie, but was rejected by The Merlin.[8] Shortly after Dresden's departure, Arianna Ortega, a visiting plenipotentiary of the Red Court, released a disease into the fortress and then departed back to Chichén Itzá, crippling the fortress and temporarily disrupting its control of the surrounding Way nexus, presumably due to lack of manpower.[9]



  1. 1.0 1.1 Turn Coat, ch. 14
  2. Turn Coat, ch. 13
  3. Turn Coat, ch. 17
  4. 4.0 4.1 Turn Coat, ch. 47
  5. Turn Coat, ch. 21
  6. Turn Coat, ch. 48
  7. Changes, ch. 6
  8. Changes, ch. 8
  9. Changes, ch. 40