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Edinburgh's City Guide

Greyfriars Kirk

Greyfriars Kirk or more notably its Kirkyard is one of the most historically interesting and some say, spooky, sights in the whole of the city. The convent garden surrounding the Kirk was used as a burial ground in 1562 by Mary Queen of Scots and the grounds also provide the final resting place for many famous Scots.

One of the most famous tourist attractions and pieces of Edinburgh oral history is the story of Greyfriars Bobby. Bobby was a Skye terrier, now immortalised in a commemorative status, who was said to have kept a 14 year vigil on his master’s grave. His master, John Gray, and Bobby himself are buried in the Kirkyard and Bobby’s story brings in many tourists every year.

Greyfriars is also the home of rumoured paranormal activity with the Mackenzie Poltergeist amongst the most famous paranormal phenomena worldwide. A visit to Greyfriars Kirk is your immerse yourself in a real piece of Edinburgh history.

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