The Scotland Ghostour

Time again for another Ghostour! This time we took on Scotland: Edinburgh and west and north of the city. International Tours & Events (www.toursandevents.com) put on the show again, and Charles & Danny know how to put together a trip!


Absolutely Beautiful!

Member Rating 5 out of 5 by Cindy Grant on June 27, 2011

What a bummer - this was the last night of the trip! But we were thankful that it was at a hotel as beautiful as Airth Castle. We shared the hotel with a wedding party, and they must have thought we were crazy since we were having our costume party!
Airth Castle is located just outside the town of Airth, not too far from Edinburgh. There is a newer hotel, complete with a spa, and the older hotel, which is a beautiful castle (one member of our group got to stay in the castle because of a mix up with her room!). The grounds are extensive and beautifully manicured. They even have a small cemetery, which they had to keep telling some members of our group to stay out of! There is free wifi in the rooms, and the room was more than big enough. There is a restaurant with a piano bar, and a large lounge with a bar. This was a beautiful hotel, and the staff was wonderful.
So we had our last group dinner (which was great), and moved to another room upstairs for our party. We played games, had some drinks, and had a wonderful time! Exchanging email addresses before going to bed was important - we all want to keep in touch so we can help plan the next Ghostour - to Ireland in 2013! Stay tuned for another action packed Tours and Events tour!
Airth Castle Hotel
Airth Stirlingshire
Airth, Scotland

Beautiful ruins

Member Rating 5 out of 5 by Cindy Grant on June 27, 2011

Urquhart Castle is a beautiful ruin on the shores of Loch Ness. Most of the Loch Ness monster sightings have been near here. It was built in the 11th century. You cross a wooden bridge and enter the gatehouse. The Castle is surrounded by water on three sides. The visitor center has an exhibition, film show, shop and restaurant. In the ruins, there are exhibits, prison cells, a kiln, storerooms, and up the 5 stories to the top of the tower. We were able to photograph the ruins with the rainbows over it that came out after the rain on our boat tour!

1 April - 30 September 9:30 - 6; 1 October - 31 October 9:30 - 5; 1 November - 31 March 9:30 - 4:30
Adult 7.20 pounds, Child 4.30 pounds
http://www.historic-scotland.gov.uk/propertyresults/propertyoverview.htm?PropID=pl_297&PropName=Urquhart%20Castle
Urquhart Castle

Drumnadrochit

Beautiful Lake

Member Rating 5 out of 5 by Cindy Grant on June 27, 2011

First visit the Loch Ness Center. Through an interactive lecture and exhibits, they will try and convince you that there is no such thing as the Loch Ness Monster! Then take one of the boat trips around the loch. The pick up is at the Loch Ness Center. We had some heavy drizzle while we were out - but that made for some beautiful rainbows over the loch afterward. The boat captain was great fun, and explains the equipment they use to check underwater for sightings. The loch was beautiful, and I really enjoyed the boat ride. It went around the loch, and up to Urqhart Castle so you can get views of it from the water before you tour the ruins. Unfortunately, we didn't have a Nessie sighting!

For the Loch Ness Center, adult 6.50pounds, child 4.50 pounds
Cruises Adult 12 pounds, child 8 pounds
Open 10 - 6
Loch Ness Exhibition Centre
Drumnadrochit
Inverness, Scotland

Old Prison

Member Rating 3 out of 5 by Cindy Grant on June 27, 2011

A visit to the Tolbooth Prison shows you what life was like in a 17th century jail. There is a guide to answer any questions you might have, but you are free to roam the prisoner's cells. There are displays explaining things like how bad conditions were for the people who were jailed here. There have been several deaths in the jail, and it is considered one of the most haunted buildings in Scotland. This museum might not be ideal for people who have problems with narrow stairs or small enclosed spaces.

Free admission
The Tolbooth - Museum and Former Jail
Town House
Aberdeen, Scotland
44-122-462-1167

Manor House

Member Rating 5 out of 5 by Cindy Grant on June 27, 2011

The Ardoe House Hotel is a beautiful 19th century manor house with beautiful grounds. It has a spa, bar, and restaurants, 109 rooms, with wifi, an indoor heated pool, and fitness center. My room was a good size, and the staff was attentive and quick to respond to needs. Of course, it was haunted! The daughter of a former owner fell to her death from the top of the grand staircase. Only 3 miles from Aberdeen city center, but in the quiet countryside if that's what you are looking for.
Ardoe House Hotel
S DEESIDE RD BLAIRS
Aberdeen, Scotland
44 1224 867355

Amazing!

Member Rating 5 out of 5 by Cindy Grant on June 27, 2011

Dunnottar Castle is a dramatic ruin on the cliffs! The "Honours of Scotland" were hidden here and saved from Cromwell! You follow a path from the carpark to the ruins; along the way you can see a beautiful waterfall off to the side, a lot of rabbit holes, and if you are really still you will see the rabbits too! Once you reach the castle, you can continue on to a little beach. There is said to be a spirit of the Green Lady here, looking for her lost children, and the spirits of the Covenanters who were imprisoned here. Getting to the castle is quite a workout - the path is steep and there are lots of steps. But its location next to the sea is very dramatic and worth the workout!

Open 1 April - 31 October 9 - 6
Adult 5 pounds, child 2 pounds
Dunnottar Castle
Coastal Path at Stonehaven Harbour
Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire
+44 (0)1569 762173

Beautifully restored

Member Rating 5 out of 5 by Cindy Grant on June 27, 2011

Glamis Castle is a beautifully restored castle in Angus, and is more than 600 years old. It is the home of the Strathmores. This was the setting for Macbeth! There is a secret room hidden in the castle - only the current laird knows where it is! It is said that the Lord of Glamis and the Earl of Crawford played cards with the devil in that room. The Lady of Glamis was accused of witchcraft and burned at the stake - she haunts the castle. The ghost of a serving boy causes mischief sometimes; and a ghost in armour and a Grey Lady are sometimes seen. No photography is allowed inside, and you will be taken around on a guided tour. Don't forget to check out the highland cows in the field beside the castle!

2 April - 31 December 10 - 6, November - December 10:30 - 4:30

http://www.glamis-castle.co.uk/
Glamis Castle
Village of Glamis
Glamis, Scotland
01307 840393

A Haunted Ship

Member Rating 5 out of 5 by Cindy Grant on June 26, 2011

Our next stop was in Dundee to see the haunted Discovery ship. Again, Richard Felix had filmed "Most Haunted" here. After you go through the interactive exhibition inside the building, you have a self guided tour of the ship. Discovery was the last wooden three masted ship built in Britain. Her first mission was an Antarctic Expedition carrying Robert Scott and Ernest Shackleton. Some people say that Shackleton loved the Discovery so much that he haunts it today. One sailor fell to his death from the rigging, and ghostly footsteps have been heard on the deck along with unexplained electrical problems. Worth a visit to see history most people don't know about!

Adult 8 pounds, child 5 pounds
April - October 10-6, November - March 10 - 5
www.rrsdiscovery.com
RRS (Royal Research Ship) Discovery
Discovery Point
Dundee, Scotland

Scottish history

Member Rating 5 out of 5 by Cindy Grant on June 26, 2011

The National Wallace Monument can be seen in the distance from Stirling Castle, but is well worth a visit. It overlooks the scene of the battle of Stirling Bridge. The exhibits and displays in this monument tell the story of William Wallace and the place he carved in Scottish history. The views from the monument are beautiful!

Open 10 - 5
Adult 7.75 pounds, child 4.75
National Wallace Monument
Summit of Abbey Craig
Stirling, Scotland, FK9 5LF
+44 (1786) 472140

A beautifully restored castle

Member Rating 5 out of 5 by Cindy Grant on June 26, 2011

An impressive castle perched high on a hill with beautiful views of the countryside. While restoration continues until later this summer, the castle is still open, but the palace isn't. Stirling has the largest banquet hall, a beautiful royal chapel, views from the battlements of Stirling Bridge Battlefield and Bannockburn Battlefield. You can also see windmills in the distance.

open 10 - 5
Adult 7.75 pounds, child 4.75 pounds
Stirling Castle
Castle Hill
Stirling, FK8 1EH
+44 (1786) 475165

A beautiful loch

Member Rating 5 out of 5 by Cindy Grant on June 26, 2011

Loch Lomond is a beautiful freshwater loch, and the second largest one in Scotland. It is part of the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park. There is plenty of room to bike or take a siteseeing boat across the loch. There are numerous pubs, shops, and places to stay. There are many islands, depending upon the level of the water. There are so many things to do here - hill walking, cycling, boating, golf, wildlife watching, canoeing, kayaking, windsurfing and mountain biking. Visit the website for more information.

http://www.lochlomond-trossachs.org/
Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park

Loch Lomond, Scotland

Beautiful area

Member Rating 5 out of 5 by Cindy Grant on June 26, 2011

The Winnock Hotel is located near Loch Lomond. Ghost hunters have named this hotel one of the most haunted hotels in Scotland! A local investigation team says they have a recording of a ghost; there is a ghost of a little girl seem sometimes in the hotel, and a ghost of a woman in a ball gown. Room #38 is reputedly haunted - and this is the room I got! Unfortunately, I slept soundly!

http://www.winnockhotel.com/index.asp
Winnock Hotel
The Square, Drymen
Loch Lomond, Scotland
01360 660 245

Grab a drink

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by Cindy Grant on June 26, 2011

Located on High Street in Glasgow; come in for a drink! The sign says "Oldest Pub in Glasgow". Tunnels in the cellar lead to the University, and professors used them to come in for a pint so their students wouldn't know. The bartender told us there is often unexplained noises and electrical problems in the bar, and especially in the cellar. We just stopped in for a drink; we seem to find ghosts everywhere!
Old College Bar
High Street
Glasgow, Scotland

An old cemetery

Member Rating 5 out of 5 by Cindy Grant on June 26, 2011

The Glasgow Necropolis is a Victorian cemetery, next to Glasgow Cathedral up on the hill, with more than 50000 burials taking place there, some more than 14 feet deep. Meticulous records were kept of all the burials. A great place to look around, take photographs, and see great views of the city. There are 37 acres of great architecture and sculptures. Check the website for guided tours, they are only on certain dates.

http://www.glasgownecropolis.org/
Glasgow Necropolis
50 Cathedral Square
Glasgow, Scotland, G4 0UZ
+44 141 552 3145

Beautiful!

Member Rating 5 out of 5 by Cindy Grant on June 26, 2011

A beautiful church in the heart of Glasgow. Built in 1136, and it has continually had services for more than 800 years. A beautiful set of of stained glass windows! The Millennium Window is especially beautiful. One person in our group wanted to take a picture inside, but there was a man standing in the way. She was waiting for him to move and turned around to talk to someone, and when she turned around he had vanished! She still says that there was nowhere for him to have gone if he had been real!

Check the website for opening hours and dates, since they vary. Definitely worth a visit.
http://www.glasgowcathedral.org.uk/
Glasgow Cathedral (St. Mungo's Cathedral)
Castle Street
Glasgow, Scotland, G4 0RH
+44 141 552 6891

Beautiful seaside castle

Member Rating 5 out of 5 by Cindy Grant on June 26, 2011

After a short bus ride, we arrived at Culzean Castle. From the carpark you walk along a short path filled with flowers, and arrive at the arch through which you can see Culzean. The Castle overlooks the sea and has extensive gardens perfect for strolling. Ghostly ladies have been seen on the grand staircase, and a ghostly piper has been heard below the house in the sea caves. No photography allowed in the castle. You will be taken around on a guided tour. It's a beautiful castle, especially the grand staircase.

1 April - 30 Oct
Adult 14 pounds, child 10 pounds
Culzean Castle

Ayrshire, Scotland

A boat ride away

Member Rating 5 out of 5 by Cindy Grant on June 26, 2011

Threave Castle was built in the 14th century, on a small island in the middle of the Dee River. All 50 of us took turns taking the boat ride from the landing to the castle. The Douglas family built this castle. From the car parking lot, you walk a little less than a mile down a country pathway through farmland. At the landing, you ring the bell, and someone will come and get you. A beautiful setting with lots of flowers and birds. The ruins were very windy, and the temperature had dropped a little, but we listened to more ghost tales and had a great visit! There are often unexplained noises like breathing heard here.
The castle is only open from April - September.

Open 9:30 - 4:30
Adult 4.50 pounds, child 2.70 pounds
Threave Castle
Island in the River Dee
Castle Douglas, Dumfries and Galloway
07711 223 101

Our first haunted hotel

Member Rating 5 out of 5 by Cindy Grant on June 26, 2011

Gretna Hall Hotel was built in 1710, and is most famous for being where runaway couples could get married. The blacksmith at Gretna married more than 1100 couples! Gretna was the first coach stop once they crossed to Scotland from England. There have been concealed rooms found, ghostly noises, and unexplained occurrances. There was a beautiful little church across the street with an eerie graveyard. 100 rooms, a lounge, a bar, and a restaurant. My room was more than big enough.

www.gretnahallhotel.com
Gretna Hall Hotel
Gretna Green
Dumfriesshire, Gretna
44-01461-338257

A Sad Event

Member Rating 5 out of 5 by Cindy Grant on June 26, 2011

The Lockerbie Memorial is located in Dryfesdale Cemetery, and the monument is dedicated to the memory of the victims of the 1988 plane crash. On December 21, 1988 Pan Am flight 103 from London bound for New York was blown up by a bomb over the town of Lockerbie. 243 passeners, 16 crew, and 11 townspeople were killed. Free entry into the cemetery; the monument is located at the back of the cemetery.

www.dryfesdalelodge.org.uk
Lockerbie Memorial at Dryfesdale Cemetery

Lockerbie Scotland, United Kingdom

Ruins in the countryside

Member Rating 5 out of 5 by Cindy Grant on June 26, 2011

Our first stop after I joined up with my group was Hermitage Castle. This is when the real ghost hunting began! Unfortunately we arrived late, so we were unable to get in the castle. And the locked gate didn't stop us - we just climbed over! There are many ghost stories associated with this castle. The Dark Arts were practiced here, children disappeared, and the culprit was boiled alive. They say he still haunts the castle. The security guard has even heard children inside the deserted castle. The surrounding countryside was beautiful! Queen Mary visited her lover here, had an accident on the journey home, and was ill, but recovered.

1 April - 30 September 9:30 - 5:30; closed winter
Adult 4 pounds, child 2.40 pounds

http://www.historic-scotland.gov.uk/propertyresults/propertyoverview.htm?PropID=pl_149&PropName=Hermitage%20Castle

Hermitage Castle

Scottish Borders, Scotland

Ruins on the cliffs

Member Rating 5 out of 5 by Cindy Grant on June 26, 2011

Tantallon Castle sits on the cliffs along the sea, near North Berwick. I had the place all to myself! You enter through the small gift shop and follow the winding path to the castle. Lots of green grass and flowers and a small stream along the path. A footbridge takes you through the entry. You can see Bass Rock out in the sea, a seabird colony is there. Tantallon was the stronghold of the Douglas family, and several pictures have been taken showing ghostly figures at the windows.

1 April - 30 September 9:30 - 5:30, 1 October - 31 October 9:30 - 4:30, 1 November - 31 March 9:30 - 4:30

Adult 5 pounds, child 3 pounds
Tantallon Castle
5 Km east of North Berwick
North Berwick, Scotland
01620 892 727

Beautiful location

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by Cindy Grant on June 26, 2011

Linlithgow is a ruined castle sitting beside a beautiful loch. It was home to the Stewart kings, and because of the wildlife found here now, the loch has been designated a "Site of Special Scientific Interest". The great hall is impressive even without a roof! The fountain is shaped like a 3 tier wedding cake, and the location is often used for weddings.

1 Apr - 30 September, 9:30 - 5:30; 1 October - 31 March 9:30 - 4:30
Adult 5.50 pounds, child 3.30 pounds

http://www.historic-scotland.gov.uk/propertyoverview?propid=pl_199&propname=linlithgow%20palace
Linlithgow Palace
Town Of Linlithgow Off The M9
West Lothian
01506 842896

Edinburgh Monuments

Member Rating 5 out of 5 by Cindy Grant on June 26, 2011

This is definitely worth a visit! There are several monuments on the hill, which is at the Holyrood end of the Royal Mile. The Acropolis with its Greek columns makes a great picture in the morning when the sun shines through them. Arthur's Seat and Holyrood Park can be seen from here, along with the Old Observatory House and the City Observatory and Nelson's Monument. Many people come here and picnic, makes a very pleasant place to sit or stroll. The views here are wonderful; Edinburgh Castle at sunset is a beautiful picture.
Calton Hill
Regent Road
Edinburgh, Scotland, EH1 3DG
+44 131 200 2000

Something different

Member Rating 5 out of 5 by Cindy Grant on June 26, 2011

Tucked down an alley off of Rose Street, is a great restaurant. They have eat in or takeaway, Turkish favorites, and pizza. I had the calzone, under 10 pounds, and there was enough for several people. Wait staff was very attentive, and the food was hot and good.
Turkish Kitchen
Rose Street
Edinburgh, Scotland

Sandwiches

Member Rating 5 out of 5 by Cindy Grant on June 26, 2011

A chain where you can eat in or takeaway. They have great sandwiches, drinks, coffee, and chips. Pret had the coldest drinks, which was sometimes hard to find! The sandwiches were pretty big and tasted good.
Pret A Manger
25 Castle Street
Edinburgh, Scotland

Great to go food

Member Rating 5 out of 5 by Cindy Grant on June 26, 2011

Greggs is a chain found all over Scotland. They specialize in fresh baked bread, pastries and cakes, and filled pies. Very reasonably priced. I had several of the meat filled pies, and a couple sandwiches over the week I was there. They also have breakfast items, salads, and drinks.
Greggs
Rose Street
Edinburgh, Scotland

Good food

Member Rating 5 out of 5 by Cindy Grant on June 26, 2011

This little restaurant on Rose Street only does takeaway. Very reasonable, with a good selection of hamburgers, fries, sandwiches, and drinks. You would definitely pass this on the street and think it was nothing - but the food was good, hot, and reasonable. I had a burger and fries.
Eatings
172 Rose Street
Edinburgh, Scotland

Great fish and chips

Member Rating 5 out of 5 by Cindy Grant on June 26, 2011

The fish and chips were great at this little takeaway only restaurant located on Rose Street. Rose Street is a mostly pedestrian only street one block off of Princes Street full of restaurants and shops. The Takeaway doesn't look like much on the outside, but is definitely worth it for the reasonable prices and good food. The portions were also huge here; you could easily share a fish and chips and not be hungry! They also have the fried Mars bar.
Rose Street Takeaway
172 Rose Street
Edinburgh, Scotland

Great Fish & Chips

Member Rating 5 out of 5 by Cindy Grant on June 26, 2011

Second best fish and chips I had while in Edinburgh (Castle Rock in Grassmarket was the best)! They also had the fried Mars bar on the menu! Takeaway only; doesn't look like much from the outside, but the food was reasonable and good. Less than 5 pounds for fish, chips, fried pizza, and the dessert. Also has a wide selection of other foods to pick from, but I would get the fish. The portion was huge and delicious.
Bene's Fish and Chips
162 Canonate On The Royal Mile
Edinburgh, Scotland

Beautiful gardens and view

Member Rating 5 out of 5 by Cindy Grant on June 26, 2011

Princes Street Garden is the public garden at the foot of Castle Hill. It is the former site of the Nor Loch, where the city sewage drained into. It is now a beautiful place filled with flowers, a fountain, a bandstand, and great views of Edinburgh Castle. People come here to picnic, relax, people watch, listen to music, and get ice cream at the bandstand. Scott Monument is here, as are several statues of explorers and poets, the Ross Fountain, and a floral clock. A beautiful way to spend some time relaxing in Edinburgh!
Princes Street Gardens
Princes Street
Edinburgh, Scotland, EH2 2YJ

A Royal Residence

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by Cindy Grant on June 26, 2011

Holyrood Palace sits at the opposite end of the Royal Mile from Edinburgh Castle. It's the Queen's official residence when she is in Scotland, which is always one week in the summer. It was also once the home of Mary Queen of Scots. There is no photography allowed inside, on the grounds only. Check the website; if any member of the royal family is in residence, you might not be able to tour. You could also check out an exclusive evening tour. You can tour the royal apartments, the queen's gallery, and the royal gardens.

1 April - 31 Oct 9:30 - 6, 1 November - 31 Mar 9:30 - 4:30, allow 1 1/2 hours to tour
Adult 10.50 pounds, child 6.35 pound

http://www.royal.gov.uk/TheRoyalResidences/ThePalaceofHolyroodhouse/ThePalaceofHolyroodhouse.aspx
Holyrood Palace/Palace of Holyroodhouse
The Royal Mile
Edinburgh, Scotland, EH8 8DX
+44 (131) 556 5100

Very entertaining

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by Cindy Grant on June 26, 2011

Worth a visit if for no other reason to go to the top for views of Edinburgh Castle. It's one of the oldest attractions in Edinburgh, and has 5 floors of fun exhibits, especially for kids. 3D historical accounts, illusions, magic gallery, and 3D holograms. Kids will think the electric ball is great fun, and the illusion lab is really cool and will definitely get their attention. There is an infinity corridor of light, you can use a morphing machine, and make coloured shadows. Great fun for the whole family!

July - October 9:30 - 7:30; april - June 9:30 - 6
Adult 10.95 pounds, child 6.95 pounds
Camera Obscura and World of Illusions
Castlehill, The Royal Mile
Edinburgh, Scotland
0131 226 3709

Nice to tour

Member Rating 3 out of 5 by Cindy Grant on June 26, 2011

It is said that this house was owned by Protestant Reformer John Knox during the 16th century and that he lived there, but he actually lived in Warriston Close. The house itself was built sometime after 1490. It has a wooden gallery and a hand-painted ceiling. The house is now a museum. The Church of Scotland owns the building, and it is also a part of the Scottish Storytelling Centre. There is an exhibition of stories, a café, and a library. This is a self guided tour, and worth an hour or so of your time on maybe a rainy day.

Adult 4 pounds, child 1 pound
Monday - Saturday 10 - 6; Sunday 12 - 6

John Knox House Museum
43 High Street
Edinburgh, Scotland, EH1 1SR
+44 131 556 9579

Government Center

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by Cindy Grant on June 26, 2011

Ask any local about the Parliament building, and you get a passionate answer - some like it and some hate it. It is located in front of Holyrood Palace and Salisbury Crags. It was designed by Enric Miralles, and opened in 2004. It is filled with leaf motifs in the roof, scottish rocks were used as a building material, and some of the room looks like upturned boats. There is definitely a nature feel going on. There is a free guided tour of the building. Visit the website for opening hours and the days they are open, and what you are able to see. This is a government building, and they can change when necessary.

http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/vli/visitingHolyrood/index.htm

Scottish Parliament
EH99 1SP
Edinburgh, Scotland
+44 (131) 348 5000

Pork Sandwiches

Member Rating 5 out of 5 by Cindy Grant on June 26, 2011

On Victoria Street, just off the Grassmarket, is Oink Restaurant. Very simple, and with a line wrapped halfway down the block, you this is a local favorite! Some people may be put off by the roasted pig on display in the window, but you definitely know what this place is about. 4 pounds for a sandwich, .25 extra for crackling, and you can choose sage and onion stuffing, applesauce, or relish. I opted for plain, and grabbed a cold drink and a dessert. They have eat in or take out. Recommended!
Oink
34 Victoria Street
Edinburgh, Scotland

Best Fish and Chips

Member Rating 5 out of 5 by Cindy Grant on June 26, 2011

In the Grassmarket area, there are plenty of pubs to choose from. They are also expensive. I found Castle Rock, a little take-away only chip shop, and it was the best fish and chips I had in the city. Very reasonable - I got fish, chips, and a fried Mars bar for less than 5 pounds! Very reasonable and very delicious, and I ate it in the square and people watched. Many walking tours go through here, so you can sit and listen to the guides while you are eating. Highly recommended!
Castle Rock Chip Shop
87 Grassmarket
Edinburgh, Scotland
0131 220 1110

Garden Tours

Member Rating 5 out of 5 by Cindy Grant on June 26, 2011

This company has several tours to pick from, I went on the Hidden Gardens of the Royal Mile tour. All along the Royal Mile there are little alleyways, called closes. They are all public property, and you can walk freely. Many people have planted their own gardens in their small backyards; some are really beautiful. The guide tells you what is planted and the history behind some of the buildings along the way. There is no sign of these beautiful gardens from the mile; if you didn't know they were there, you would pass right by!

www.greenyonder.com Check the website for the times for the tour you want to go on. Mine met in front of the John Knox House and ended at Scottish Parliament.
Greenyonder Tours

Edinburgh, Scotland

Our only NOT-Haunted Hotel :-(

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by Cindy Grant on June 25, 2011

As a group, we were only in Edinburgh one night, and the Premier Inn Haymarket was where we stayed. Just slightly out of the city center, but still convenient to everything. I've never had to use my room key to operate an elevator before! Also have never seen a Ben and Jerry's ice cream vending machine, but it sure hit the spot for breakfast the next morning! The hotel was very clean and had enough room, but wifi was extra.

www.premierinn.com
Premier Travel Inn Metro Haymarket
1 Morrison Link
Edinburgh, Scotland
+44(870)2383319

Special effects and rides

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by Cindy Grant on June 25, 2011

Two scary rides and a lot of special effects will entertain you! Learn more about Mary King, cannibals, William Wallace, and Burk and Hare through costumed actors and displays. For the rides, you have the option to opt out of one, because it could aggravate health problems (I don't want to give anything away). The boat ride through the cannibal's caves has a couple scary moments. This was a really fun attraction, and worth an hour of your time in Edinburgh.

Open and close times vary by the season, basically 10 - 4.
Adult 17 pounds, child 12 pounds. Near Waverly Station.
Edinburgh Dungeon
31 Market Street
Edinburgh, Scotland
+44 131 240 1000

Drinks and Dancing

Member Rating 5 out of 5 by Cindy Grant on June 25, 2011

Located just steps away from Greyfriars, end your ghostour with some dancing and drinking! Frankenstein's also has a theme floor show, but the animatronic Frankenstein was awaiting parts when we visited. So we just had some shots and beers, and danced for a few hours! Free entry, the place is decorated like a castle with cobwebs and is pretty cool. Open 10 am - 1 pm daily, located on George IV Bridge.
Frankenstein Pub
26 George IV Bridge
Edinburgh, Scotland, EH1 1EN
0131 622 1818

Ghost Tours

Member Rating 5 out of 5 by Cindy Grant on June 25, 2011

As a group, we did the Greyfriars and Underground tours. Jamie Corstorphine was our guide, and he was great, very knowledgeable and passionate about history. The underground vaults were used for all types of illegal activities. Jamie merged history with spooky and was very entertaining. Most Haunted visited here to tape an episode once. After our tour of the vaults, we walked on to Greyfriars for our night ghost walk. We learned about all the bad things that MacKenzie did, especially the history about the Covenanter's and what happened to them. We saw MacKenzie's tomb and learned about how the tomb was disturbed and the strange things which began to happen just after the disturbance. You have to be on a City of the Dead tour to get into the Covenanter's Prison - it's behind a locked gate. We were able to go in and listen to more tales from Jamie and Richard Felix. The church yard is very spooky at night, and bats live in the top of one of the tombs and sometimes fly out during tours because of all the noise!
City of the Dead also runs some other tours, all are less than 10 pounds, and you can pay your guide in person.
City of the Dead Tours
Departs from St. Giles Cathedral
Edinburgh, Scotland

Visit the church and take a ghost tour!

Member Rating 5 out of 5 by Cindy Grant on June 25, 2011

Everyone has heard of Greyfriars Bobby, the little terrier who came to sit on his master's grave for 14 years before he also died. But few dare to stay around to hear about the MacKenzie Poltergeist! MacKenzie was responsible for killing many people, and it's said his soul does not rest in peace. He is buried in a huge tomb in Greyfriars churchyard, and some people think he is responsible for mischief in the graveyard. Check out the City of the Dead Tour for more info!
You can visit from April through October - Monday to Friday 10.30 to 16.30 and Saturday 11.00 until 2.00.
Take a walk through the graveyard, see the remains of the Flodden Wall, and look through the gate at the Covenanter's Prison.

Located down George IV Bridge
Greyfriars Kirk and Kirkyard
Greyfriars Place
Edinburgh, Scotland, EH1 2QQ
+44 131 226 5429

Rock n Roll

Member Rating 5 out of 5 by Cindy Grant on June 25, 2011

I always love to visit the Hard Rock when I go on a trip! They feature a special hamburger in each city - and for Edinburgh it was a haggis burger. I didn't try it, but some of the guys in our group did, and said it was delicious. The Hard Rock is great for rock and roll memorabilia - James Brown, Elvis, and Ringo Starr to name a few. Don't forget to visit the gift shop, or order a drink in a souvenir cup to take home. Located in a shopping area a few blocks from Princes Street.

www.hardrock.com
Sunday - Thursday 12 pm - 11 pm, Friday - Saturday 12 pm - 11:30 pm
Hard Rock Cafe
20 George Street
Edinburgh, Scotland, EH2 2PF
+44 131 260 3000

A Step into the Past

Member Rating 5 out of 5 by Cindy Grant on June 25, 2011

You can see what life was like in the city of Edinburgh centuries ago by venturing into the close. The tenements towered up to the sky, and living conditions were horrible. Murder and plague were common occurrences. You can see the alleys where people carried out their business and the little rooms that large families lived in. It's very dark down there, might be a little scary for little kids. It was very interesting to see what life was like. Takes about an hour for the guided tour.

www.realmarykingsclose.com
1 Apr - 31 Oct 10 - 9; 1 Aug - 30 Nov 10 - 5
adult 6 pounds, child 4.50 pounds, free under 5
Mary King's Close
Old Town
Edinburgh, Scotland, EH1 1PG
08702 430160

The Number 1 Attraction in Edinburgh

Member Rating 5 out of 5 by Cindy Grant on June 24, 2011

No visit to Edinburgh would be complete without a tour of Edinburgh Castle. You could easily spend hours there! Walk up the Esplanade, and the Castle is right in front of you. From the side you get amazing views of the city and the Firth. So many things to see inside - the dog cemetery, prisons, chapels, towers, and no visit would be complete without seeing the crown jewels - better known as the "Honors of Scotland". There have been many ghost sightings at the Castle: American Revolutionary War soldiers, phantom pipers, a ghost dog, and headless drummers. Janet Douglas, the lady of Glamis Castle, was accused of witchcraft and burned at the stake here - it is said she still haunts the castle. Don't forget to stay around for the firing of "Mons Meg"!
Adult 15 pounds, child 8.50 pounds, under 5 free
Open 9:30 - 6 1 Apr - 30 Sep; 9:30 - 5 1 Oct - 31 Mar
Edinburgh Castle
Castlehill
Edinburgh, Scotland, EH1 2NG
+44 (131) 225 9846

A Must on your list!

Member Rating 5 out of 5 by Cindy Grant on June 24, 2011

My objective was to photograph the beauty of the city, and Edinburgh didn't disappoint me! I started early and walked the entire day. I started on Market Street, near Waverly Station, on the nearby bridge. Beautiful views of Edinburgh Castle to your left and Calton Hill on the right. There is usually a piper on the corner of Princes and Market Streets. Follow Princes Street up to Princes Street Gardens, and take a leisurely stroll. You have beautiful views of the castle all through the gardens. I chose to walk completely around the perimeter of Castle Rock, and the Grassmarket area was next. It's filled with pubs and shops, and I lunch in the square (I suggest Castle Rock or Oink). I continued my walk up Victoria Street, past the pretty pastel colored shops and restaurants. From the Palace, you have several options. You can continue on to Calton Hill, or catch a hop on hop off to see Arthur's Seat. There is a convenient taxi stand on the Mile right before Holyrood to get you where you want to go. Allow at least four hours for a leisurely stroll; even more if you plan to visit any of the attractions along the way.

A Family Run Hotel

Member Rating 5 out of 5 by Cindy Grant on June 24, 2011

When I stay somewhere, I am not looking for the Ritz - the less money I spend on accommodations, the more money I have to spend on my vacation! I do always look for something centrally located, and Edinburgh townhouse fits the bill. When you are standing on their front steps, you have a perfect view of Edinburgh Castle up on Castle Rock. You are in a perfect location for shops and restaurants. This is where the locals shop and eat, just two blocks off of Princes Street. The rooms at the Townhouse come with free wifi, the rooms are a little on the small side, but you aren't here to stay in your room! Breakfast was included in the 40pound per night rate, making this a bargain. Management and staff were very friendly and eager to help with anything I needed. A great value for the money!
Edinburgh Townhouse
38 Castle Street
Edinburgh, Scotland

Tours & Events

Member Rating 5 out of 5 by Cindy Grant on June 24, 2011

With Charles and Danny, you never know what's around the corner, but you can be assured that you will enjoy every second! This time we had a special tour guest - Richard Felix! That's right, from "Most Haunted". After extensive research from the Ghosteam, we were set to visit haunted castles and ruins, and we stayed in haunted hotels every night but one! Richard knows every ghost story and gladly shares all he knows in a very entertaining way. Everywhere we went he asked if there were any ghost stories or things happening, and he shared them with us at dinner. And of course, as we do on every Ghostour, we had a costume party on the last night at Airth Castle which was our haunted hotel for that night, right outside Edinburgh. It was great to see old friends from the previous Ghostour, and to make new friends along the way!

My trip actually began in Edinburgh the week before the Ghostour began. I wanted to spend more time seeing the city on my own.
International Tours and Events Ghost Tour of Scotland

Edinburgh, Scotland

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