Where are the Ghosts of Edinburgh's Royal Mile?

Anchor Close off the Royal Mile may well harbour a few of Edinburgh's ghosts
Anchor Close off the Royal Mile may well harbour a few of Edinburgh's ghosts | Source
Memorial well to the 300 women burned for witchcraft. Many of the shadowy raiths seen on the Royal Mile could be the ghosts of these unfortunate women.
Memorial well to the 300 women burned for witchcraft. Many of the shadowy raiths seen on the Royal Mile could be the ghosts of these unfortunate women. | Source

The Royal Mile's history and ghosts

Apart from the fascinating mile long road, the many side streets and closes that spring off from it, this area of Edinburgh is crammed with history, intrigue, dark deeds and of course ghosts!

Edinburgh's Royal Mile is one 'Scots mile' long and is situated in the Old Town. It runs from the castle on its 340 million year old volcanic rock, down to the beautiful Holyrood Palace and ruins of Holyrood Abbey. This is the beginnings of the city of Edinburgh. The first records of a stone castle are dated to King David I of Scotland in the 12th century. However, it is likely that some sort of fortress or dwelling was present for centuries before this date. Legends state that one castle that was built on the site was known as 'The Castle of the Maidens.' There has been much speculation that this is a reference to the 'Nine Maidens' one of whom was Morgan le Fay of Arthurian legend.

Many of the ghosts from this area of Edinburgh such as those from the castle and Mary King's Close are already very well known. However, the Royal Mile holds many more secrets if you take the time to look for them.

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Queensberry house in the Royal Mile was home to dukes, murder and now ghosts
Queensberry house in the Royal Mile was home to dukes, murder and now ghosts | Source

Queensberry House - the Royal Mile's most gruesome location?

Today Queensberry house is one of the buildings the Scottish Parliament uses for offices. However, back in time this beautiful mansion had a macabre and frightening reputation.

The house was built in 1681 by Lord Haltoun and sold on completion to William the 1st Duke of Queesnberry. It was the family of this first Duke who would keep a secret that led to murder. The 1st Duke's son was James, 2nd Duke of Queensberry. James was detested in Scotland when it was discovered that he had accepted bribes to push through the 1707 Act of Union with England - in effect giving Scotland's sovereignty and independence away. He would travel around Edinburgh in heavy disguise, frightened in case the mob would recognise him. It was after a night out in the town when James returned to Queensberry House to be met with a horrific scene.

James's eldest son was Lord Drumlanrig. Normally the first born boy would be shown off as the next heir, but this one wasn't. His existence was kept secret for many years due to the fact that he was thought to be criminally insane. This son had a suite of rooms on the ground floor of the mansion and they were always kept locked. One night while his father was out in Edinburgh he broke out and murdered a young kitchen lad who was hired to turn the spit handle for roasting the meat. When his father walked in the little boy had been murdered and his body had been put onto the spit. Some accounts state that the mad Lord Drumlanrig was also witnessed eating the young boy's flesh.

It is the tortured ghost of this young boy that is said to still haunt the house to this day. Now whether this story is propaganda written by the duke's enemies or it is in fact true, probably can't proven either way. However, there is no doubt that the form of a little boy has been seen on various floors of the house by a number of witnesses.

Edinburgh Castle at the top of the Royal Mile has it's own ghosts and dramas to share.
Edinburgh Castle at the top of the Royal Mile has it's own ghosts and dramas to share. | Source
This area of the Royal Mile has much history and many ghosts
This area of the Royal Mile has much history and many ghosts | Source
The ghosts of the Royal Mile can be found anywhere along this historic route
The ghosts of the Royal Mile can be found anywhere along this historic route | Source

The Canongate is ghost central on the Royal Mile

The Canongate is the link from the Royal Mile into the grounds of Holyrood Palace - still one of the official residences of the present Queen. In times gone by there was hardly a day that would pass without some kind of rousing drama taking place in the Canongate - as we have already seen with Queensberry House. In the past, many of the nobles of the land would have their town houses situated in the Canongate and this often led to bitter rivalries and bloody feuds. Murder was one of those 'dramas' that affected the location frequently. Not surprising then that this area of the Royal Mile should be crowded with ghosts.

One of the most frightening apparitions to be seen in the Canongate is that of a tall hooded figure dressed in black. There have been numerous sightings of this sinister ghost but one of the most unusual was a husband who saw the apparition clearly, but his wife who was beside him didn't see anything. There is speculation that the ghost is that of John Kello who was a minister in the 17th century. This Church of Scotland preacher murdered his wife but tried, unsuccessfully, to make it look like a suicide.

One of the most disturbing ghosts seen is that of, what is described as, a 'burning woman'. The apparition is thought to be that of a young woman murdered by her family in the 1700's to conceal an illegitimate birth. The account was recorded by a Church of Scotland minister who was taken at gun point to say prayers for the dead - while the young woman was still alive. He later heard a gunshot and a short while later his servant told him that the house in which the young woman stayed had been destroyed by fire and she had perished. Although the MInister was troubled he had no proof that foul play had taken place.

New buildings were quickly put up on the site of the old house but shortly afterwards the new house also caught fire. The apparition of the young woman then began to appear and is alleged to have cried out 'Once burnt, twice burnt, the third time I'll scare you all!'. To the present time the ghost has not as yet had to keep her promise of scaring anyone.

Baker's Close - one of the many narrow paths leading off the Canongate area of the Royal Mile
Baker's Close - one of the many narrow paths leading off the Canongate area of the Royal Mile | Source
The White Hart Inn just off the Royal Mile may have convicted criminals as ghosts.
The White Hart Inn just off the Royal Mile may have convicted criminals as ghosts. | Source
Archbishop Spottiswoode is just one of the ghosts that may haunt Edinburgh's Royal Mile.
Archbishop Spottiswoode is just one of the ghosts that may haunt Edinburgh's Royal Mile. | Source

Ghosts in the Royal Mile's haunted pubs

The White Hart Inn

The present building dates from 1740 although the cellars go back to the early 16th century. One of it's most macabre employments in the past was its use as the last drinking place for criminals who were condemned to death. Spectators to the execution also used the inn to watch the grisly proceedings. One of the main ghosts is a dark figure seen going down into the cellars. This apparition has also been described on occasion as more like a shadow person. People then report hearing objects being moved and on investigation have noticed beer barrels shifted out of position. One of the weirdest apparitions reported from the inn is that of a pair of legs with no upper body - who the legs belong to has never been resolved! There may well be a few ghosts around the White Hart Inn but whether they are the condemned looking for one last drink is open to debate.

The Banshee Public House

There's a female ghost who has been encountered on a number of occasions called Rosie. This unfortunate lady worked as a prostitute in the area of the vaults beneath the pub. It seems that Rosie does not like male visitors to the premises as many have been scratched and marked by her.

Another ghost is curiously called 'Six Finger Bill' and he seems to be a bit more playful. He likes nothing better than to surprise customers by sitting under their table and grabbing at their ankles.

The Mitre Pub

The unusual name for this pub is in honour of Archbishop Spottiswoode of St. Andrews who lived on this site when it was his home in the early 17th century. His downfall came after a long and dramatic career when he reluctantly agreed to a new liturgy introduced for Scotland by King Charles I. So violent was the out cry against this liturgy that Archbishop Spottiswoode went through the courts to force it on Scotland's population. There was uproar as the people demanded religious freedom to worship and not by royal decree. A subsequent riot that took place outside St. Gile's Cathedral on the Royal Mile marked the start of the Covenant movement - one that would see much hate and bloodshed on both sides.

Archbishop Spottiswoode fled to Newcastle in the north of England fearing for his life. While out of Scotland his opponents took the opportunity to strip him of his office and rights. A list of charges was brought against him and makes remarkable reading. The Assembly of the Church of Scotland published a document that proclaimed the Archbishop was guilty of:

"playing cards and dice, riding through the country all day, tippling/drinking in taverns until midnight, adultery, incest, sacrilege..." and the list goes on. The charges are thought to be pure fabrication but there was enough ill-feeling against the Archbishop for the ludicrous charges to be ignored. He spent the remainder of his life in London and is buried in Westminster Abbey.

There is a tradition that just prior to fleeing to England, the Archbishop hid and walled up his religious regalia inside his Edinburgh home and this includes the episcopal chair he had used. This is one of the reasons his ghost is said to haunt the inn in order to guard his personal goods. Many incidents of a poltergeist nature are reputed to be the work of the Archbishop. One engineer working in the pub was violently pushed by an unseen force. Items move on their own such as chairs spinning and shifting of their own accord, bottles and glasses lifting up and flying across the pub and doors opening and closing of their own accord. It's one of the cellars where staff report that there is an unpleasant, thick atmosphere and an overwhelming feeling of being watched and followed.

The old Tolbooth, Canongate, Edinburgh
The old Tolbooth, Canongate, Edinburgh | Source
St. Giles's Cathedral in Edinburgh  - a magnificent building that has its own ghosts.
St. Giles's Cathedral in Edinburgh - a magnificent building that has its own ghosts. | Source
Deacon Brodie's Tavern, Royal Mile, Edinburgh. Brodie's ghost might well be lurking around this area of the Old Town.
Deacon Brodie's Tavern, Royal Mile, Edinburgh. Brodie's ghost might well be lurking around this area of the Old Town. | Source

The ghost of the real 'Jekyll and Hyde'?

When Robert Louis Stevenson wrote his classic novel 'The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde', it was believed that the main character was based on a true person. That person is none other than Edinburgh's famous Deacon Brodie.

William Brodie was born in 1741 and his father was a cabinet maker. Brodie in turn became a very skilled craftsman and locksmith, becoming one of the most respected citizens of 18th century Edinburgh. He acquired the title of 'Deacon' after he was made leader of the Guild of Wrights and Masons. Brodie was also a serving member of Edinburgh City Council. He was always extravagant and even although he earned good money, it wasn't enough to cover his life style and gambling expenses. It was then that he decided to turn to crime.

Being a skilled craftsman he was invited into houses of the rich and famous. While visiting he would make notes about doorways where his skill as a locksmith was invaluable. He was successful for a time until one of his gang was caught breaking into an Excise House. The gang member called Ainslie, turned evidence to save himself form the hangman's noose. Brodie escaped to Amsterdam but was eventually caught and brought back to Edinburgh. He was hanged in 1788 at the Edinburgh Tolbooth - or so the main story is told. Other accounts allege that Deacon Brodie managed to bribe the hang man and escaped to Australia.

However, the main story relates that after he was hanged his body was thrown into an unmarked pauper's grave. Is this reason why he is haunting the Royal Mile? Deacon Brodie loved the fine things in life, perhaps he is angry at the way his body was treated after death? His ghost has certainly been seen numerous times over the centuries.The ghost is most often seen as a sinister, dark clad figure carrying an old fashioned lantern and a large set of keys. This apparition has been seen on the Royal Mile itself as well as in the numerous narrow passages that branch off from it, known as a 'wynd' or 'close'. There doesn't seem to be any interaction between Brodie or the witnesses despite the clarity of the apparition - it simply vanishes into thin air.

Advocate's Close one of the many small passage ways leading off the Royal Mile - nearly every one has a ghost!
Advocate's Close one of the many small passage ways leading off the Royal Mile - nearly every one has a ghost! | Source

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The Royal Mile Ghosts

The ghosts of the Royal Mile are an interesting and curious part of the history of the Old Town of Edinburgh. It is also for me an area where I have had - or so I believe - personal experience of the ghosts who walk this mile long route.

On a night out with co-workers in 1997, two of us were witness to a shadow like figure - although it did have more substance than a shadow - standing in one of the tiny close's that branch off the Royal Mile. The passage was well lit and the shadow seemed to be that of a small woman with a shawl draped around her head and shoulders, and an ankle length dress. There could have been traces of a green/brown colour on the dress and shawl, but I can't be 100% about that. Her face was not that clear, but we both estimated she was about middle age. As my friend and I took a step forward the woman also seemed to come towards us but then vanished. The disappearance wasn't sudden.It was if her top half dispersed, leaving only her long dress in view before it too disappeared. We looked around for any logical conclusion such as reflections, other people, natural shadows, but the passage way was made of stone with no windows and there was no other people near us at that time. The rest of our company was behind us. Interestingly, when we arrived on the spot only seconds later, where she had been standing, it was much colder than the surroundings - but then Edinburgh at any time of the year can be very cold and you get frequent winds up on the Royal Mile - but there was also a distinct and beautiful scent of roses. Since it was December no flowers were in bloom. Who this lady was I have no idea but I can recall the incident clearly. It was not frightening at all and both my friend and I had the same impression, that this lady, who ever she was, wanted to say something, but just couldn't manage it.

As to the other Royal Mile ghosts mentioned? Perhaps some are natural explanations misunderstood but there are a few that, due to the amount of witnesses, would seem to be genuine paranormal activity even although the identity of the ghosts may well be different to the accepted stories. However, given the age of this part of the city and that most of the buildings and/or the foundations go back hundreds of years, it could be that a lot of residual energy is caught up within the old stones. This would give credence to one of the most popular paranormal theories - 'the stone tape theory'.This is where due to the properties of stone and perhaps the environment, they somehow trap life events and are then played back when the conditions are right. This wouldn't however explain poltergeist activity or actual spirits who interact with the living.

Edinburgh is often reputed to be one of the most haunted cities in the UK and a walk down the Royal Mile would certainly seem to suggest this accolade might be correct. I can vouch for the fact that walking down the Royal Mile with a large group of people around you, is no protection or guarantee that you will not meet with something or someone not of this world.

© 2012 Helen Murphy Howell

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MzChaos 4 years ago from Indianapolis

I love ghost stories. It's a bit long, I bet you could have made 2-3 hubs out of the same info. Well done article.


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efeyas 4 years ago from Some Sunny Beach, USA

The pictures are beautiful, so clear and crisp! I enjoyed the Queensbury House story the most! Voted up :)


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Maddie Ruud 4 years ago from Oakland, CA

I got goosebumps from reading this Hub! You describe everything so evocatively, I want to jump right on a plane and go explore the Royal Mile for myself!


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pstraubie48 4 years ago from sunny Florida

One place on the planet I would like to travel to is the UK. The whole ghostly experience is fascinating to me so I am certain I would find these places quite an adventure. Of course, I would take along someone who would love to chuckle and scream as much as I am sure I will. Whenever I visit such places, I do admit, I am a bit S C A R E D...thanks for sharing.


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Seeker7 4 years ago from Fife, Scotland Author

Hi MzChaos many thanks for stopping by and glad that you enjoyed the hub.

Yes I agree there is a lot packed in to this one, however there is nothing I hate more than very short online articles that give you snippets of information and nothing else, so I tend to swing the other way. I think as well the more good content you put into a hub the more traffic you get.


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Seeker7 4 years ago from Fife, Scotland Author

hi efeyas, many thanks for stopping by and glad that you enjoyed the hub - the Queensbury House is very creepy. To be honest criminally insane folks scare me much more than any ghost ever could!! LOL!


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Seeker7 4 years ago from Fife, Scotland Author

Hi Maddie, always lovely to hear from you and glad that you enjoyed the hub. It would be great to see you on the Royal Mile one day!!


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Seeker7 4 years ago from Fife, Scotland Author

Hi pstraubie, many thanks for stopping by and glad that you enjoyed the hub. The paranormal has always fascinated me as well and still does! And here's hoping that one day we will see you in the UK for a 'chuckle' or a 'scream'!!!

There's nothing wrong with being scared! It's natural thing to feel when you are in a place or situation where you might come across something out of the norm!!

Thanks again for your visit, I really enjoyed your comment.


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

Fascinating stories Helen. The population of ghosts along this Royal Mile is amazing, no wonder they are seen by so many. Had to chuckle at the legs in the pub, somewhere there must be a 'legless' body who maybe had a few too many.

The story of the boy being placed on the spit gave me the shivers, how gruesome.

It was interesting to hear of your own account and comforting to to know that not all ghosts are out to scare or harm us, like the woman in the house that burned down twice, was the house rebuilt again or just left?

Awesome and interesting as always. I love to rad your hubs on this topic.


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grandmapearl 4 years ago from Southern Tier New York State

I was enthralled by this hub! So many ghosts in that Royal Mile; I felt so sad about the little boy who was murdered--just minding his own business doing what he was hired to do. Poor little guy! Voted Up, Awesome and Interesting. Also shared!


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annerivendell 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

What an informative and fun hub. And I've just finished an Ian Rankin/Inspector Rebus book in which the ghosts trail of Edinburgh features! Voted up of course.


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Gordon Hamilton 4 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom

Hi, Seeker7

Wow, what an interesting and fascinating read - especially the account of your own experience.

One of the parts of Edinburgh I used to live in was just a couple of minutes' walk off The Royal Mile, so I know it very well and have done since childhood but I certainly gleaned some new information from your Hub. Deacon Brodie's is a pub in which I very much used to be a regular so I know it particularly well :)

I miss Edinburgh very much and don't visit now but it truly is one of the most wonderful, beautiful and fascinating cities on the planet and your Hub does the very special part that is The Royal Mile great justice. Thanks for the memories and the new information,

Gordon


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Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

A brilliant hub.

Eddy.


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Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Voted up and interesting. Better than any ghost story because it's true. I love this it sounds so exciting. Ever get to Scotland that's where I'm headed to meet the ghostly folks. You know I was reading this and looking at those fantastic pics and I got the chills and for someone who's into the paranormal that really means something. Thanks for sharing looking forward to more ghost hunting from you and passing this on.


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Seeker7 4 years ago from Fife, Scotland Author

Hi Rosemay, as always its great to hear from you and glad that you enjoyed another of my ghostly tales. The story about the little boy is horrible. The kids then didn't have much protection back then. Poor wee mite!

The house that was rebuilt and burned down was replaced by other houses and as far as I can tell they are still standing but I couldn't get any photos of that area as they sit back off the Mile just a little bit. So far no more fires have taken place.

The site of the woman we saw was one of the best I've ever had the only thing that always bothers me is that I honestly feel she wanted to say something about herself but didn't manage to. That could be wishful thinking on my part of course but it was a strong feeling I had - and my friend - at the time.

Many thanks again for your input Rosemay I always enjoy getting your view on our ghostly friends.


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Seeker7 4 years ago from Fife, Scotland Author

Hey grandmaperal, lovely to hear from you - hope things are well with you!

The little boy story is very sad and although it could well be that some embellishments were added to this story, unfortunately it wasn't uncommon for young poor, working kids to be treated very badly and often they did die! We don't get everything in the 21st century right but at least protection for kids is more advanced than it was back then.

As always lovely to hear from you and many thanks for sharing the hub - much appreciated!


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Seeker7 4 years ago from Fife, Scotland Author

Hi annerivendell - many thanks for stopping by and glad that you enjoyed the hub. I also agree - ghosts are always great fun either to see or to write about!


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Seeker7 4 years ago from Fife, Scotland Author

Hi Gordon - do you know that Deacon Brodie's pub is one that I have never, unfortunately, visited? I would love to one day. I'm also very jealous of you. I would love to stay near to the old town of Edinbugh - I'm a history and ghost freak so I would be in my element! However, I'm over in Fife, not that far away, and the Kingdon itself offers plenty history and spooks to keep me happy! But I do love Edinburgh with a passion and enjoy nothing better than finding out all about her glorious pas and great present! With you being a former resident I'm really happy that you found the hub did your city justice! Many thanks for leaving your interesting and lovely comment - much appreciated!


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Seeker7 4 years ago from Fife, Scotland Author

Hi Eddy - always lovely to hear from you and glad that you enjoyed the hub!


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Alastar Packer 4 years ago from North Carolina

Holyrood Palace, now there's a castle that turns up in the history books a lot. Wow, what payback for selling the country out- cannibal boy escapes for a snack while James gambols about town in disguise. I'd say the eaten lad may be restless.

A wife murdering minister at Cannongate may of have been denied the pearly gates so who knows about him. This is some exciting Scottish history along with the specters. Speaking of murders why do you think Scotland's called the knife murder capital of Europe? Saw that on a show over here about Euro prisons not long ago.

Now that is macabre with the drinking house- how could a condemned man enjoy his last libation being goggled at like that lol? You and I both know about Banshees- remember the sisters sighting? Quite interesting with Brodie's haunting the Royal Mile, too.

And awesome to read of your own sighting there my friend. So you've had a vanishing as well as sis. Could be residual energy in the stones, could be something else. Its nice to know your a member in good standing of the 'Beyond Normal Experiencers Club'', Helen! Up awe and definitely interesting!


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Seeker7 4 years ago from Fife, Scotland Author

Hi Gypsy, I think you would love the Royal Mile and it's ghosts and since there is so many of them you would have a good chance of seeing one! That night back in the 1990s came out of the blue - one minute you are just walking and talking, the next you see before you someone not only from the past, but someone who is also from another sphere of life - its awesome!


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Seeker7 4 years ago from Fife, Scotland Author

Hi Alastar - as always your insights and thoughts are profound, startling and very refreshing - not to mention spot on accurate!!

LOL! Knife weilding capital!! Well I guess it's marginally better than being the drunken capital of Europe what with all the whiskies that we have it's usually the title given! One reason probably is that knives are preferred as opposed to guns - which are bulky, expensive and noisy! Also apart from sport shooting, guns are not that easy to get hold of - legally that is. Knives on the other hand are cheap, easy to make, quiet and I believe are much easier to get rid off. I think a few who carry them probably steal them out their mother's bread bins! But maybe the main reason is, what other weapon is more appropriate for our charming little thugs and no-brainers than a knife? After all, even idiots like them are aware that the 'Sgian Dubh' (skeen do) knife or dagger is part of the Scottish national dress! But on a more serious note, it's interesting that this was mentioned Alastar since quite a few of the murders I do read about - in Scotland, is by knife rather than guns. Just goes to show we're famous for much more than just our whisky, golf, mountains and spooks!!LOL!

haunted pub - Only in Scotland could someone about to be strung up would be given a large glass of whisky or whatever!!! The wee church ministers would do their best to stop people taking the 'devil's potion' but would quite happily accompany the accused when he wanted his last drink of the said potion? Bit weird if you ask me. I wonder as well if it isn't the stern face wee men of the church creeping around the pubs rather than the folks that were hung?


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Alastar Packer 4 years ago from North Carolina

Haha, Helen! Could be with the wee, stern- faced. That profession is unfortunately rife with hypocrites as you know.


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Seeker7 4 years ago from Fife, Scotland Author

LOL! I couldn't agree more Alastar! Spot on!


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kittythedreamer 4 years ago from the Ether

Ohhh, very spooky seeker7. And perfect for the Halloween season. I love hearing ghost stories from your side of the Atlantic. Keep 'em coming! Blessings and a Happy Samhain to you.


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Seeker7 4 years ago from Fife, Scotland Author

Hi Kitty, as always lovely to hear from you and glad that you enjoyed the hub! A very happy Samhain to you and your as well!


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By Lori 3 years ago from USA

Oh what a fantastic Hub ! And the photos are gorgeous. You know how lucky you are to be there ! Thanks for sharing all this.


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Seeker7 3 years ago from Fife, Scotland Author

Hi By Lori, many thanks for stopping by and glad that you enjoyed the hub so much! Yes, Edinburgh is a very beautiful city! Many thanks for the share, greatly appreciated!


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Melovy 3 years ago from UK

I've lived in Edinburgh for over a decade, but haven't yet been on this walk - going to have to go on it very soon! This was very interesting, and I'll print out your hub when I go so I can link info to places. Thanks for the history trip.


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Seeker7 3 years ago from Fife, Scotland Author

Hi Melovy, many thanks for stopping by and glad that you enjoyed the hub! I think you will love the walk. I know Edinburgh is beautiful, especially the New Town area, but there is something about the old areas that are just full of energy - and ghosts - that makes the journey along here such a treat!! Hope you enjoy it as much as I have over the years. If you pass through Princes Street on your way to the Royal Mile, keep your eyes open, there are said to be a few ghosts that walk along this famous street!


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tigerbaby777 3 years ago from Nampa

Excellent hub! It kept my attention the while way through.

I love anything historical.


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Seeker7 3 years ago from Fife, Scotland Author

Hi tigerbaby777 - glad that you enjoyed the hub and many thanks for stoppin by!!


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JamaGenee 2 years ago from Central Oklahoma

Seeker7, my main complaint with travel shows about the Royal Mile is that they ignore so many places between and near the Castle and Holyrood that I find infinitely more interesting, such as those you share in this hub. Thank you!

Upped and shared! ;D


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Phyllis Doyle 2 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

Very interesting information. I love stories of the paranormal and ghosts, especially in Scotland and other parts of the UK. I would love to walk through the Close and Edinburgh Castle.


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Seeker7 2 years ago from Fife, Scotland Author

Hi JamaGenee and Phyllis Doyle - many thanks for stopping by and glad you enjoyed the hub.

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