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Tombstone Tuesday: A Trip to Greyfriars Kirkyard in Edinburgh, Scotland

I can't believe it's been almost a month since I last posted! Things get so crazy around the holidays. But don't worry, I'm still desperate to learn and share with lots of stories and adventures!

Last year I watched a 2 hour special on the History Channel, Afraid of the Dark. I really enjoyed the scary stories and history of our innate fear of the dark. Several areas of the world are covered and one of my favorites  was about Edinburgh, Scotland. Not only was I obsessed with the accent of the Scottish guide, but the the creepy scarey stories of the haunted Greyfriars Kirkyard and the underground moors fascinated me. I can be big baby and get scared easy, but for whatever reason I love creepy cemeteries!

When I had the amazing opportunity to visit Scotland this past September I just had to get to Edinburgh to see these sights for myself. I visited Greyfriars during the day, it was beautiful! The crypts and tombstones were very elaborate. This graveyard is supposedly haunted, but since I visited during the day I don't have any spooky stories to share of my own. They have nighttime tours, but there were just too many to chose from and I read that some people felt that the tours were not always respectful of the graveyard. They left garbage and disrupted the area. Not wanting to take part I decided not to take a nighttime tour. 


The ornate tombstones in on the western side of the graveyard sit right up against the back of the buildings. Can you imagine having this veiw literally right outside your window? You could almost touch the stones from the windows! I don't know if I could do it...


I just couldn't stop taking pictures of all the intricate details in stone...lots of skulls and cross bones!


To the right is a picture of the Covenanter's Prison, where thousands of Presbyterian's supporting the National Covenant were imprisoned. Hundreds died and were buried here. This area is behind a locked gate so I couldn't walk down the land to view to areas, but from what I could see, you wouldn't want to stay there.



Edinburgh is a great city for sightseeing, eating, and shopping. After the graveyard we had wee pint of local Scottish ale at the Greyfriars Bobby's Bar just around the corner. Another spot I recommend is Lebowskis Bar. We are huge fans of "The Dude" from the movie The Big Lebowski and this bar is an ode to all things dude, most importantly to his favorite drink, the white russian. They have many different variations of white russians, we loved them.

I really enjoyed my visit and recommend you take a trip to Greyfriars next time you're in Edinburgh, Scotland. If you have gone on a haunted tour I'd LOVE to hear about your experience!

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Reader Comments (4)

The castle looks like the one from Harry Potter's movie! Cool vintage!

Dec 8, 2011 at 10:02 PM | Unregistered CommenterBrochure Printing

Looks like I'll be taking a trip soon, that place looks awesome!!

Luke O.
Just Colleges

Dec 16, 2011 at 4:59 PM | Unregistered CommenterLuke Oothbed

Your photographs are beautiful. I always enjoy looking at old gravestones (but I'm the only one my family who does, so we don't often go to graveyards). Thanks for posting about the cemetery. I'm going now to look at your other photos from Scotland. Thanks for sharing.

Jan 3, 2012 at 6:00 PM | Unregistered CommenterNancy

This cemetery is so gorgeous. I would love to visit here. These photos make me want to take a break and go somewhere quiet. A visit to the cemetery, perhaps?

-Loria Schleiff

Feb 21, 2012 at 6:32 PM | Unregistered CommenterLoria Schleiff

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