City of the Dead Haunted Graveyard tour, Edinburgh.

Last month I was in Edinburgh and I went on a night time tour of Greyfriars Kirkyard. I’ve been to the kirkyard before, and spent a lot of time researching the brilliant and sometimes chilling stories that extend from this beautiful resting place.

Promotional poster for the tour
Taken on City of Dead Haunted Cemetery tour.

I’d been meaning to go on the City of the Dead graveyard tour for a long time. After a couple of failed attempts (turning up for the midnight tour when there was no midnight tour) I joined a group for a visit on my second to last evening in Edinburgh.

Our meeting point
Taken on City of Dead Haunted Cemetery tour.

The first half hour of the tour is spent walking to Greyfriar’s Kirkyard, the guide stops us at various points and explains a bit of pop history, murder, torture, architecture etc.

View of Edinburgh Castle from one of the tour stops
Taken on City of Dead Haunted Cemetery tour.

Depending on how well read you are on Edinburgh’s ‘bluidy’ history you could probably skip this part of the tour. Unfortunately there’s no option to do this. In fairness the whole tour is fun, I don’t mean to sound like a spoilsport…

…Which there were quite a few of. One girl in particular was insisting on being the sensible skewer of paranormal believers, constantly contradicting all the guide told us, incessantly sticking her oar in. Now I am a firm skeptic and the sole reason for me going on the tour was to have a bit of a laugh in the dark and more importantly, get into the Covenenters Prison.

We didn’t spend long in that section of the graveyard, just 15 mins, 10 of which was spent in the ‘Black Mausoleum’. Ironically the voice of reason paranormal busting girl got the fright of her life in the mausoleum. I won’t go into details, you’ll have to take a trip to Edinburgh and find out why yourself. Although we didn’t spend long in the Covenenters prison I was able to secure an in and next year I may be able to get a private view of that section of the kirkyard, the reason being I will document what I find on this blog.

Here are the few photos I took on the tour

Taken on City of Dead Haunted Cemetery tour.

Taken on City of Dead Haunted Cemetery tour.

Taken on City of Dead Haunted Cemetery tour.

Taken on City of Dead Haunted Cemetery tour.

Taken on City of Dead Haunted Cemetery tour.

Taken on City of Dead Haunted Cemetery tour.

Taken on City of Dead Haunted Cemetery tour.

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A Scottish Graveyard Miscellany

Today I received a gift. ‘A Scottish Graveyard Miscellany’, a book by Hamish Brown. It is no doubt one of the best gifts I have ever received and look forward to ploughing through it with great relish.

Below are some photos of the Mackenzie mausoleum at Greyfriars Kirkyard, one of the cemeteries featured in the book. For history of the Kirkyard and the much rumoured Mackenzie Poltergeist, go here.

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