Visiting Scotland: Edinburgh's ghosts
Visting Edinburgh's Ghosts
If you are a visitor to Edinburgh, you also want to visit with their ghosts. A whole industry has sprung up around them: there are books, movies, vidoes and even tours so you can meet them. Here I bring together some sites and information about Edinburgh's ghosts that may intrigue or amuse you including details of THE ultimate visit for Halloween - an all night special at Mary King's Close underneath Edinburgh's Royal Mile
Useful links for visiting Edinburgh's ghosts - Go on - I dare you.
- Edinburgh Information - Edinburgh's Ghosts - St Christopher's Edinburgh
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St Mary's Close
Mary King's Close
When you are walking Edinburgh's Royal Mile you probably have no idea there is a whole other city under your feet. There exists a labyrinth of narrow streets called 'closes' or 'wynds' in Scotland. When they were first built, these houses showed the usual Edinburgh hierarchy with those who could afford to pay most, living at the top of a seven storey building. The higher you were, the further you were away from the smell of the common sewage and waste. Remember this is way before modern sanitation.
In the 1750s the Edinburgh Burgh Council agreed to demolish the originals to build new City Council Chambers but they left the lowest levels.
After the discovery of these houses and an archeological dig by the Continuam Group it was decided to open the closes to the public. This is a unique opportunity for us to visit and see exactly what it was like to live here in the 16th, 17th, 18th and 19th century Scotland. These are the people whose history is often forgotten.
Who knows, you may meet some of the originals but there are actors playing the part of inhabitants as they may have been in the 16th century.
Here you can visit the home of a grave-digger and even find out the secrets of how the Burgh Council chose to deal with a huge plague epidemic in 1644-46.
On your visit you can move up a century to the 17th century and witness how little things had improved for the lower classes and see a 19th workshop.
On your visit you are walking the streets that are over 300 year old - imagine that. and there are guides to help you get the most out of your visit.
Edinburgh's ghosts on Amazon
Edinburgh has the reputation of being the haunted capital of the world.
The author takes a very personal viewpoint and includes a selection of research from his own perspective.
Do you believe in ghosts?
Halloween Close Encounter at Mary King's Close
If you dare - you can join a night-time trip to Mary King's Close - they call it an investigation but it is just plain spooky. On Halloween you can visit the site with a team of investigators to see if they can uncover any paranormal activity. After all Halloween is the night when the veil is thinest - so why not.
What REALLY lies beneath the Royal Mile - join us on this UNMISSABLE night and you may just find out!
You will need to dress warmly and wear flat shoes - the team will provide refreshments and any equipment needed.
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The Mausoleum: Edinburgh's Ghost and Graveyards
Edinburgh is one of the oldest settlements in the world - there have been people living on the spot for thousands of years. So it is no surprise that there are enough ghosts visiting and plenty of ghost stories to keep us all entertained.
On the site you can catch up with some of those stories. The visit is fascinating whether you believe in ghosts or not - the graveyard provides fascinating glimpses into days gone by.
The ghost of Annie in Mary King's Close
reported in the Scotsman 05/05/2005
If you are looking for a spooky atmosphere you need to visit The Real Mary King's close in Edinburgh. These dark and narrow streets are homes to lot of ghost and lots of ghost stories. Some say, these 16th/17th century homes were sealed up following a plague epidemic and believe there closes are haunted.
One of the most famous ghostly inhabitants is annie - a young girl who supposedly has appeared to many people including a Japanese psychic in 1992 as reported in the Scotsman. The woman claims she felt ill, hungry and cold in one of the rooms and felt the girl touch her leg.
The story has gained enough momentum that the spot is now known as Annie's Room and some people even go so far as to bring little gifts for a little girl abandoned to die all those years ago. Affection or appeasing the spirit? We haven't moved on all that far from the superstitions of the past.
- Greyfriars Graveyard And The Mackenzie Poltergeist
A (very) basic history of Greyfriars Graveyard and some information and speculation on the famous Mackenzie Poltergeist. (It's not Mackenzie...)