Greyfriars Kirk and Kirkyard.
Greyfriars Kirk © Historic Edinburgh Tours

Greyfriars Kirkyard History Tour

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January — December

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This Greyfriars tour will reveal to you the stories of some of Scottish history’s most interesting characters. Why not come with us and 'meet the dead of Old Edinburgh'? Hear their stories just inches from where their bodies lie buried today!

Most Kirkyard tours focus on Greyfriars Bobby and the ghostly side of the Kirkyard. Our tour though is strictly history, and we believe it’s better because of it! Come with us and experience one of the most comprehensive history tours of the burial ground available.

Your tour covers stories of some of Edinburgh’s most important and controversial characters - from a man who had the power of a King to social commentators and grave robbers, we’ve got the lot.Whether you believe in ghosts or not, there is certainly something incredibly atmospheric about Greyfriars. A historical tour of the Kirkyard would be missing something if we didn’t look at the ghostly side of Greyfriars.

On our tour, we deftly combine history and the paranormal with the tales we tell. We’ll let you find out everything about Sir George ‘Bluidy’ Mackenzie, and you’ll get a chance to experience what his desire for torture looked and felt like (no, really, you will!), and you’ll also find out just how the Covenanters suffered during the “Killing times.”

Oh, we’ve even got a historic ghost story about the Mackenzie tomb!

Contact details

Historic Edinburgh Tours Ltd
28/2 Bridge Road
City of Edinburgh
EH13 0LQ
Bespoke Large Group (31+) Medium Group (17-30) Private Small Group (1-16)
Ancestry History


Tour company information

Historic Edinburgh Tours Ltd

Historic Edinburgh Tours was formed in 2013 with the intention of providing high-quality walking tours around the Old Town of Edinburgh. We research, write, plan and resource our tours ourselves and pride ourselves on a high degree of professionalism. Robert, your tour guide, is a local school teacher. Awards TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Winners (2017) Luxury Travel Guide (Edinburgh)- 2016/2017 Travel and Hospitality Award WinnerCultural Tour Company of the Year (Edinburgh)- 2017/2018

Opening times

Available to take calls;
Monday-Wednesday, 9am-5.30pm
Thursday-Friday, 3.30pm-7pm
Saturday-Sunday, 12noon-4pm

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