Greyfriars Kirkyard tour
A history tour of Scotland's most famous burial ground
“Robert definitely knows to catch the attention of the audience. My teenage son that usually looses interest for anything historical quite quickly was following from start to finish with pleasure and was really looking to the next tour - he told us he thought that barely 30 min were spent into Greyfriars (tour is 1.5h !). Quite an achievement”
Marc Deryke - Tripadvisor
Your private Greyfriars Kirkyard tour at a glance
£40 total price
£60 total price for 5-8 people
In front of Greyfriars Kirk
Gradients and steps
1 and a half hours (approx)
This tour looks at the lives (and even some of the deaths) of the people who made Edinburgh such an important city. Their stories are the stories of Edinburgh's history!
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This Greyfriars Kirkyard tour is an exploration of the lives of some of Edinburgh’s most fascinating people. Their stories are the stories of Edinburgh. You’ll learn about these characters as you stand only inches away from where their bodies lie buried!
Hear the stories behind martyred Covenanters, an amusing artist, an infamous ghost, grave robbers, the Irish murderers Burke and Hare, a tortured spy and, of course, the devoted Skye Terrier, Greyfriars Bobby.
The burial ground at Greyfriars has some photogenic memorials which we will look at, but we focus more on the stories of some of the people who lie in rest here.
Are you ready to ‘meet’ the ‘Dead of Old Edinburgh’?
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This tour meets at this spot, just in front of Greyfriars Kirkyard (next to Greyfriars Bobby's Bar on Candlemaker Row).
Meet your Greyfriars Kirkyard tour guide
Walk in the footsteps of the famous (and infamous!)
An amazing story…but not the only tale in town!
We look at fashionable memorials and trendy tombs!
A man with more than one ‘last resting place’. We'll tell you all about the teacher of the young King James VI.
The Martyr’s Monument
Although the gravestones of John Grey, Greyfriars Bobby and Tom Riddle are probably the most visited memorials in the Kirkyard, we believe THIS is the most significant memorial in Greyfriars.
The Franciscan Friars
You'll find out about the original owners of the Kirkyard. We'll also look at one of the most missed gravestones in the Kirkyard. It's a story of powerful people and gruesome endings.
A lynched guardsman (and golf!)
Find out about the grizzly ending for one of our local golfers!
The Ovir Yard.
You'll get a chance to torture your tour guide (we aren't joking) and you'll find out about, imprisoned rebels and a group of long-living sisters!
An Unexpected Ending
Your Greyfriars Kirkyard tour finishes with three cracking stories - ghosts, bodysnatchers…and some rude possibilities!
“So much history, so well told”
“Our tour with Robert was excellent, and we would highly recommend this informative and diverse tour. I thought I knew quite a bit of Scottish history, well now I know much more. The tour was fun, respectful, and very engaging, you should make time for this one.”
ShannonB- TripAdvisor review of the Greyfriars Kirkyard tour - May 2019
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Why should you choose us?
Easily adapted for children
Your guide is a qualified primary school teacher and can give an appropriate tour which will interest children.
Friendly guide - in a kilt!
Robert was born in Edinburgh and has lived here all his life. He researched all our tours and has an extensive knowledge of Edinburgh and her history.
Your tour is private. You can choose when it starts and we can make some alterations to the route if needed. You've got the freedom to ask all the questions you want!
We offer a full refund if you cancel your tour more than 12 hours before your tour is due to start.
A picture tells a thousand words
Your guide will carry an A3 folder packed with ‘then and now’ images to help you imagine Edinburgh as it once was.
If you have someone with mobility requirements, please contact us in advance so that we can offer some appropriate changes to the route.
Snapshots from this Edinburgh tour
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Off we go on tour!
The Flodden Wall in Greyfriars.
What a picturesque place Greyfriars is!
Remembering the Covenanters in Greyfriars Kirkyard.
We believe this should be the most visited memorial in the Kirkyard.
Sir George Mackenzie's mausoleum.
Note the shells - Sir George wanted to visit Santiago de Compostella.
The Covenanters' Prison.
The Flodden and Telfer Walls can both be seen in the Kirkyard.
Sir George Foulis and Janet Bannantine's memorial.
One of the most magnificent memorials within the Kirkyard.
Greyfriars in the snow.
The front of Greyfriars Kirk.
Greyfriars is still a working church.
A mortsafe a day keeps the bodysnatchers away!
Bobby you're a good wee dog...
Greyfriars Bobby, probably the most famous 'inmate' in the burial ground.
Your Greyfriars history tour starts here!
We can't wait to meet you!
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