Greyfriars Kirkyard has some incredible 16th century memorials.
“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” Clair V TripAdvisor review - 31/8/2018
Meet the Dead of Old Edinburgh on our TripAdvisor five- star rated guided walk. Discover the stories behind martyred Covenanters, an amusing artist, an infamous ghost story, grave robbers, a tortured spy and, of course, the devoted Skye Terrier, Greyfriars Bobby! We love looking at the stories of people. We’re fascinated by how people lived, acted, what they were involved in and how they died. We know that these stories all add to the rich tapestry of the history of Scotland’s capital city. The burial ground has some truly incredible memorials, but we’ll reveal the stories of some fascinating people who are interred here. Their stories are stories of Edinburgh’s history, and you’ll learn about these characters as you stand only inches away from where their mortal remains lie buried today.
“Amazing storyteller! 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 though that barely 30 min were spent into Greyfriars (tour is 1.5h !). Quite an achievement!” TripAdvisor review by Marc Deryke - July2019
Days: Thursday 7pm - 8.45pm (selected dates).
Prices: Adult - £10 Senior - £8 Children - £2
Duration: 1 hour 45 mins (approx).
Meeting place: Just in front of the church
Candlemaker Row, EH1 2QQ
WE CAN ONLY TAKE GUESTS WHO HAVE PRE-BOOKED
John Kay features on our Greyfriars tour. Greyfriars Bobby's statue. Bloody Mackenzie's mausoleum in Greyfriars Kirkyard.

THE RESURRECTIONISTS

Resurrectionists, or 'bodysnatchers,' almost certainly stalked the yard, 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…
Greyfriars and the bodysnatchers.
KEY INFORMATION
LEARN ABOUT EDINBURGH’S PEOPLE

INCHES FROM WHERE THEY LIE TODAY!

MEMENTO MORI

Your ‘Dead of Old Edinburgh’ exploration 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 were buried, quite a chilling thought when you remember that they are there, only a few inches under your feet!

A 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, a time 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.

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’!)

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 ghostly tales! The story of ‘Bluidy Mackenzie’ really is a classic yarn! You’ll discover why this ghost story was helpful to one young highwayman and what this tomb meant to the local school children!
We can also offer this as a private walk.
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FRIENDLY LOCAL GUIDE - Robert was born in Edinburgh and has lived here all his life.
VERY GOOD ACCESSIBILITY - Only one set of steps and a possibility of muddy shoes. The perfect ‘walking tour’ after a long day of walking!
REALLY ATMOSPHERIC - This place is gorgeous in the spring and autumn months, relatively tranquil in the summer and eerily atmospheric in the winter!
VERY VISUAL - Your guide uses an A3 book with images which will help you imagine the stories he’s discussing.
EXCELLENCE - This graveyard walk has an average ‘five-star’ rating on Tripadvisor.
FIVE REASONS TO COME ON THIS

HISTORY WALK

VIDEO COMING SOON RATED 5 ON TRIPADVISOR

‘MEET’ THE DEAD OF OLD EDINBURGH

ON OUR GREYFRIARS KIRKYARD TOUR

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GREYFRIARS KIRKYARD TOUR

SOME HIGHLIGHTS OF YOUR

BURIAL GROUND EXPLORATION

Copyright Historic Edinburgh Tours Ltd 2020
Registered in Scotland I SC 454482
28/2 Bridge Road, Edinburgh, EH13 0LQ
FIND OUT MORE ABOUT YOUR

GREYFRIARS KIRKYARD TOUR

SOME HIGHLIGHTS OF YOUR

BURIAL GROUND EXPLORATION

“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” Clair V TripAdvisor review - 31/8/2018
Meet the Dead of Old Edinburgh on our TripAdvisor five-star rated guided walk. Discover the stories behind martyred Covenanters, an amusing artist, an infamous ghost story, grave robbers, a tortured spy and, of course, the devoted Skye Terrier, Greyfriars Bobby! We love looking at the stories of people. We’re fascinated by how people lived, acted, what they were involved in and how they died. We know that these stories all add to the rich tapestry of the history of Scotland’s capital city. The burial ground has some truly incredible memorials, but we’ll reveal the stories of some fascinating people who are interred here. Their stories are stories of Edinburgh’s history, and you’ll learn about these characters as you stand only inches away from where their mortal remains lie buried today.
Days: Thursday 7pm - 8.45pm (selected dates).
Prices: Adult - £10 Senior - £8 Children - £2
Duration: 1 hour 45 mins (approx).
Meeting place: Just in front of the church
Candlemaker Row, EH1 2QQ

THE RESURRECTIONISTS

Resurrectionists, or 'bodysnatchers,' almost certainly stalked the yard, 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…
KEY INFORMATION

MEMENTO MORI

Your ‘Dead of Old Edinburgh’ exploration 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 were buried, quite a chilling thought when you remember that they are there, only a few inches under your feet!

A 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, a time 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.

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’!)

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 ghostly tales! The story of ‘Bluidy Mackenzie’ really is a classic yarn! You’ll discover why this ghost story was helpful to one young highwayman and what this tomb meant to the local school children!
We can also offer this as a private walk.
CLICK HERE TO BOOK THIS TOUR
FRIENDLY LOCAL GUIDE - Robert was born in Edinburgh and has lived here all his life.
VERY GOOD ACCESSIBILITY - Only one set of steps and a possibility of muddy shoes. The perfect ‘walking tour’ after a long day of walking!
REALLY ATMOSPHERIC - This place is gorgeous in the spring and autumn months, relatively tranquil in the summer and eerily atmospheric in the winter!
VERY VISUAL - Your guide uses an A3 book with images which will help you imagine the stories he’s discussing.
EXCELLENCE - This graveyard walk has an average ‘five-star’ rating on Tripadvisor.
CLICK HERE TO BOOK THIS TOUR
Text/Call us : +44 (0)7590 026 077
BOOK ANY TOUR
WE CAN ONLY TAKE GUESTS WHO HAVE PRE-BOOKED
“Amazing storyteller! 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 though that barely 30 min were spent into Greyfriars (tour is 1.5h !). Quite an achievement!” TripAdvisor review by Marc Deryke - July2019
FIVE REASONS TO COME ON THIS

HISTORY WALK

LEARN ABOUT EDINBURGH’S PEOPLE

INCHES FROM WHERE THEY LIE TODAY!

Greyfriars Kirkyard has some incredible 16th century memorials. VIDEO COMING SOON RATED 5 ON TRIPADVISOR