George Heriots, Pentlands View

Rebus (2024)

The series follows John Rebus in his younger detective days and delves into his often complex and often dark life. He is known for his unorthodox methods and determination to solve the most perplexing crimes, that soon turn personal. The storyline follows Rebus as he navigates the intricate web of the criminal’s, amongst Edinburgh’s beautiful and dark landscape.

The drama showcases many iconic Edinburgh spots such as Grassmarket and Victoria Street. The Old Town fits perfectly into the drama with its history of open-air marketplaces and public executions, now transformed into a winding cobbled street with a variety of shops, cafes and historic pubs, dating all the way back to the 18th century.

The Mound is also featured. Located in the centre of Edinburgh, it connects the Old Town to the New Town. At the bottom, you can find the entrance to Princes Street Gardens, and If you’re keen to learn about Scottish culture, you can find the National Galleries of Scotland: National, featuring some of Scotland’s most impressive artwork.

A couple standing at fence looking down over Edinburgh Mound
The Mound

With Ian Rankin donating his entire archive to the National Library of Scotland, it’s no surprise they used this as a filming location. Their research archive dates back to the 17th century and offers an incredible maps, manuscripts and rare historical documents for visitors to learn about and explore.

Another location used is the Meadows, the perfect place to relax with a book or take a stroll, and grab some snacks and drinks from the trendy food and coffee trucks nearby.

George Heriot’s School is where Rebus’s daughter Sammy attends school. Founded in the 1600s, it is the perfect mysterious and dark building for the drama.

And finally, The Oxford Bar in New Town is featured, and has connections with the author. The bar has been Ian’s go-to place for a drink since the 1980s.