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our Greyfriars Kirkyard tour

Meet the Dead of Old Edinburgh in our TripAdvisor five-star rated Greyfriars Kirkyard Tour. Learn about martyred Covenanters, an amusing artist, an infamous ghost, grave robbers, a tortured spy and, of course, the devoted Skye Terrier, Greyfriars Bobby!

Greyfriars Bobby

For over a hundred years, the most visited grave in the Kirkyard has been that of the loyal wee Skye Terrier, Greyfriars Bobby. We’ll look at his story right at the start of your tour. It IS a fascinating one (and it would be rude to miss out the Kirkyard’s most famous ‘resident’!)

Your Greyfriars Kirkyard tour highlights

Come with us as we ‘resurrect’ the dead of Old Edinburgh! This Greyfriars tour will reveal to you the stories of some of Scottish history’s most fascinating and significant characters. Our focus on history, rather than ghosts, is something that makes our Greyfriars tour different to most other tours which come here. We believe that history can be just as intense, just as spine-tingling as stories of the paranormal.

The Cheeky Caricaturist

This caricaturist is one of our favourite ‘Old Edinburgh’ people! He lived at a time when the Scottish Enlightenment was in full swing, when some of the most significant Scottish thinkers were in Edinburgh, yet he chose to draw caricatures of some of the strangest and most entertaining people in the city. His stories give us a peek into life in the Old Town during one of its greatest periods.

Memento Mori

Your Greyfriars Kirkyard tour doesn’t just focus on the lives and deaths of people; it explains some of the symbology on the oldest tombs in the graveyard. You’ll even discover how most of the bodies are laid out, quite a chilling thought when you remember that they are there, only a few inches under your feet…

The infamous Greyfriars Kirkyard ghost

story

We usually don’t tell ghost stories, but we do make an exception for one of Edinburgh’s most historically significant ghost stories. The story of ‘Bluidy Mackenzie’ really is a classic tale! You’ll discover why this Greyfriars Kirkyard ghost was helpful to one young highwayman and what this tomb meant to the local school children!
The Resurrectionists Resurrectionists, or ‘bodysnatchers,' almost certainly stalked Greyfriars looking for freshly buried corpses which they could dig up and sell to Edinburgh’s anatomists. Their story is one of the most mysterious and misunderstood stories in Edinburgh’s history. We’ll also look at one of the supposed ways of lifting a corpse as well as stories of the most famous anatomists of the 1820s, an infamous period where some saw murder as a much easier alternative to using a wooden shovel to dig up corpses in the graveyard…
“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.” Shannon B TripAdvisor review - 2/5/2019
“This was an excellent tour, especially due to the knowledge and presentation skills our our Tour guide, Robert. He has clearly spent a lot of time researching the many fascinating subjects that lie within this site. He approaches the tour with humor and enthusiasm while maintaining a proper degree of reverence for the location (this is a real graveyard, after all). My wife and I spent a week touring sites across the UK and Ireland, and I have been telling my friends and family that this tour was one of the highlights of our trip. Thank you!” Matthem C TripAdvisor review - 5/8/2018
“This tour was arranged for us by a friend and I would have to say it was the best small group tour we did in Scotland. Robert is very knowledgable and gave a very in depth tour of the history surrounding Greyfriars, at the same time making it interesting and enjoyable without the usual boring overload of facts that you tend to get on some Historic Tours. We have suggested our friend put this on her list of must do tours for all her aussie visitors.” Clair V TripAdvisor review - 31/8/2018

This tour has been given a ‘five-star’ rating on TripAdvisor

Your Greyfriars Kirkyard tour meeting place Greyfriars Bobby statue Greyfriars Kirkyard Bloody Mackenzie in Greyfriars Kirkyard Greyfriars bodysnatchers John Kay

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Inside the main gates of Greyfriars Kirkyard. Greyfriars Kirkyard, Candlemaker Row, EH1 2QQ
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£10 standard
£8 concession £2 children under 16 (although we’d say tour is ‘parental guidance’)

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An Edinburgh walking tour with a difference -

our Greyfriars Kirkyard tour

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Meeting place >

Inside the main gates of Greyfriars Kirkyard. Greyfriars Kirkyard, Candlemaker Row, EH1 2QQ

Greyfriars Bobby

For over a hundred years, the most visited grave in the Kirkyard has been that of the loyal wee Skye Terrier, Greyfriars Bobby. We’ll look at his story right at the start of your tour. It IS a fascinating one (and it would be rude to miss out the Kirkyard’s most famous ‘resident’!)

Your Greyfriars Kirkyard tour highlights

Come with us as we ‘resurrect’ the dead of Old Edinburgh! This Greyfriars tour will reveal to you the stories of some of Scottish history’s most fascinating and significant characters. Our focus on history, rather than ghosts, is something that makes our Greyfriars tour different to most other tours which come here. We believe that history can be just as intense, just as spine-tingling as stories of the paranormal.

The Cheeky Caricaturist

This caricaturist is one of our favourite ‘Old Edinburgh’ people! He lived at a time when the Scottish Enlightenment was in full swing, when some of the most significant Scottish thinkers were in Edinburgh, yet he chose to draw caricatures of some of the strangest and most entertaining people in the city. His stories give us a peek into life in the Old Town during one of its greatest periods.

Memento Mori

Your Greyfriars Kirkyard tour doesn’t just focus on the lives and deaths of people; it explains some of the symbology on the oldest tombs in the graveyard. You’ll even discover how most of the bodies are laid out, quite a chilling thought when you remember that they are there, only a few inches under your feet…

The infamous Greyfriars Kirkyard ghost

story

We usually don’t tell ghost stories, but we do make an exception for one of Edinburgh’s most historically significant ghost stories. The story of ‘Bluidy Mackenzie’ really is a classic tale! You’ll discover why this Greyfriars Kirkyard ghost was helpful to one young highwayman and what this tomb meant to the local school children!
The Resurrectionists Resurrectionists, or ‘bodysnatchers,' almost certainly stalked Greyfriars looking for freshly buried corpses which they could dig up and sell to Edinburgh’s anatomists. Their story is one of the most mysterious and misunderstood stories in Edinburgh’s history. We’ll also look at one of the supposed ways of lifting a corpse as well as stAories of the most famous anatomists of the 1820s, an infamous period where some saw murder as a much easier alternative to using a wooden shovel to dig up corpses in the graveyard…
“This was an excellent tour, especially due to the knowledge and presentation skills our our Tour guide, Robert. He has clearly spent a lot of time researching the many fascinating subjects that lie within this site. He approaches the tour with humor and enthusiasm while maintaining a proper degree of reverence for the location (this is a real graveyard, after all). My wife and I spent a week touring sites across the UK and Ireland, and I have been telling my friends and family that this tour was one of the highlights of our trip. Thank you!” Matthem C TripAdvisor review - 5/8/2018
“This tour was arranged for us by a friend and I would have to say it was the best small group tour we did in Scotland. Robert is very knowledgable and gave a very in depth tour of the history surrounding Greyfriars, at the same time making it interesting and enjoyable without the usual boring overload of facts that you tend to get on some Historic Tours. We have suggested our friend put this on her list of must do tours for all her aussie visitors.” Clair V TripAdvisor review - 31/8/2018

This tour has been given a ‘five-star’

rating on TripAdvisor

£8 concession £2 children under 16 (although we’d say tour is ‘parental guidance’)
£10 standard
Meet the Dead of Old Edinburgh in our TripAdvisor five-star rated Greyfriars Kirkyard Tour. Learn about martyred Covenanters, an amusing artist, an infamous ghost, grave robbers, a tortured spy and, of course, the devoted Skye Terrier, Greyfriars Bobby!

Tour times >

Next date not yet confirmed. Booking essential
Your Greyfriars Kirkyard tour meeting place Greyfriars Kirkyard John Kay Greyfriars Bobby statue Bloody Mackenzie in Greyfriars Kirkyard Greyfriars bodysnatchers

Serious stuff!

Contact us

Historic Edinburgh Tours Ltd

28/2 Bridge Road

Edinburgh

EH13 0LQ

robert@historicedinburghtours.co.uk 07590026077

Copyright Historic Edinburgh Tours 2019

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