Greyfriars Cemetery Walk

“Edinburgh’s Hiddden Walks”

This short walk takes you on a tour around the tombstones of edinburgh’s more notable characters in the kirkyard surrounding the Greyfriars Kirk which also has its own mini museum dedicated to Greyfriars bobby. Opposite the entrance sits the statue of the Skye terrier at the top of Candlemaker Row, the dog has done far more to spread the word of the Greyfriars than any human buried there.

Harry Potter’s Thomas Riddle Grave

Behind Greyfriars Church (West Side) you will find an arch leading to the side gate of George Heriots School or Hogwarts if you observe…

As you passs through the arch turn right and you will see the recently erected barriers which will guide you past the tombstones.

Bus Tours

With a great local knowledge our team have the inside info on whats on and local special deals to take advantage off. Pop back for special offers this May…

Bus Tours

Full tour takes approximately 1 hour – Tour bus passes the foot of the cliffs at Edinburgh Castle and stops in Grassmarket approx 10am – then every 15 mins during summer months.

Entertaining and informative commentary is available in nine different languages*, alongside the Horrible Histories commentary – a great option for kids!

Highlights include:

  • New Town
  • Old Town
  • Grassmarket
  • Edinburgh Castle
  • National Museum of Scotland
  • Palace of Holyroodhouse
  • Our Dynamic Earth
  • Calton Hill

City Sightseeing operates 364 days a year. Tours depart from Waverley Bridge and last approximately 1 hour.

28 March – 26 June: first tour 0930 | last tour 1800 | every 15 mins

27 June – 5 Sept: first tour 0930 | last tour 2000 | every 7/8 mins until 1700 & every 15 mins thereafter

6 Sept – 31 Oct: first tour 0930 | last tour 1800 | every 15 mins

1 Nov – March 2016: first tour 0900 | last tour 1600 or 1630

bus-tour-leaflet

For information about City Sightseeing, including exclusive discounts available with a tour ticket please download their summer tour leaflet. Please note: times may vary during holiday periods. Call 0131-220-0770 for more information.

*Commentary is available in English, French, German, Portuguese, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Japanese and Mandarin Chinese.

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Walk Edinburgh are a walking tour company concentrating primarily on the Old Town area of the city centre in Edinburgh.

We have a passion for the city’s rich history and traditions and we don’t mind admitting that even with our years of experience as tour guides serving Scotland’s tourism market we still come across new nuggets of information and hidden gems on a regular basis.

In a city absolutely spoilt for choice in terms of stunning architecture, famous residents past and present, invention, innovation, ancient history (both good and bad!), iconic structures – not least the famous centrepiece castle – and such world-renowned institutions as the Edinburgh Festival & Fringe, Military Tattoo and the highly photogenic Princes Street and Gardens it was our view that we would leave the “Ghost Tours” to competitors already established in that area and concentrate on the historically researched facts.

Our Guide will provide you with historical and fascinating information that other tours dont, We look forward to touring the city with you…

“After years of reasearching the Grassmarket, Greyfriars & the Old Town myself I was stunned by the knowledge our guide Ian had, I just wanted to ask more questions, fascinating.” Gary Macdonald  – Candlemaker Row.

Iain Kennedy and Jackie Cunningham

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Edinburgh Old Town – Historical Walking Tour

(90 minutes Approx)

Travel back in time to the Edinburgh of mediaeval days and learn how people lived, worked and died in the narrow streets of the walled city.  The history of Edinburgh Castle and how the city developed around it.

Hear about the many famous people who were born in the city, came here to study or settled locally as they went on to make their mark on the world:  Sean Connery, Robert Louis Stevenson, Charles Darwin, Sir Walter Scott, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, King James VI, J.K.Rowling…..the list seems endless!

Visit the graves of the many victims of religious persecution, plague and rebellious violence as well as those of many key figures in Edinburgh’s rich history.  See how illness and disease thrived in the cramped, unhealthy living conditions from the Middle Ages through to the Industrial Revolution. Discover the consequences for those who opposed the monarchy or the power of the church.

Learn the background stories to battles lost and won, monarchs crowned and the harsh culture of torture and punishment for those who broke the law; the prominence and historical importance of the castle and it’s role in times of peace; the cruel treatment of prisoners and the fear of witchcraft.

royal mile Edinburgh history tour

Edinburgh:  Square Mile of Murder

                                                                          (90 minutes approx.)

Join your Guide for a tour of the streets of Old Edinburgh in the 18th and 19th centuries when murder lurked in the dark or dimly-lit passageways of the city’s narrow closes and wynds.

Tour the sites of execution and retribution and the locations where the foul deeds were committed.

Hear the facts of the crimes as they were reported and recorded at the time.

Discover how punishment was frequently more barbaric than the original crime!

Murders in the 20th century – The last days of hanging.

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Edinburgh Aspergers Art I

Some of my favourite things! Cherry Blossoms and to the Moon and Back!

A fond day in Arthurs Seat with Ms Sadie Cavapoo and the first day of Summer in Spring!

Bronze Bobby or Greyfriars Bobby as he’s better known, “the most photographed dog in the World!”

Clicks n Pics June 2019

Some images from around edinburgh – Spring 2019


Old Town Edinburgh

Edinburgh Bus Tours

Full tour takes approximately 1 hour – Tour bus passes the foot of the cliffs at Edinburgh Castle and stops in Grassmarket approx 10am – then every 15 mins during summer months.

Entertaining and informative commentary is available in nine different languages*, alongside the Horrible Histories commentary – a great option for kids!

Highlights include:

  • New Town
  • Old Town
  • Grassmarket
  • Edinburgh Castle
  • National Museum of Scotland
  • Palace of Holyroodhouse
  • Our Dynamic Earth
  • Calton Hill

City Sightseeing operates 364 days a year. Tours depart from Waverley Bridge and last approximately 1 hour.

28 March – 26 June: first tour 0930 | last tour 1800 | every 15 mins

27 June – 5 Sept: first tour 0930 | last tour 2000 | every 7/8 mins until 1700 & every 15 mins thereafter

6 Sept – 31 Oct: first tour 0930 | last tour 1800 | every 15 mins

1 Nov – March 2016: first tour 0900 | last tour 1600 or 1630

bus-tour-leaflet

For information about City Sightseeing,including exclusive discounts availablewith a tour ticket please download theirsummer tour leaflet. Please note: times may vary during holiday periods. Call 0131-220-0770 for more information.

Bus Tour at Greyfriars Bobby

*Commentary is available in English, French, German, Portuguese, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Japanese and Mandarin Chinese.

Greyfriars Kirkyard is the graveyard surrounding Greyfriars Kirk in Edinburgh, Scotland. It is located at the southern edge of the Old Town, adjacent to George Heriot’s School. Burials have been taking place since the late 16th century, and a number of notable Edinburgh residents are interred at Greyfriars such as Tom Riddell and the Potters…

J. k. Rowling frequented the Elephanat House Cafe nearby, she would sit to the rear window of the cafe (weather dependent) which overlooks the graveyard, candlemaker Row, and has stunning views of Edinburgh Castle.

Harry Potter fans have for years trundled over the old towns cobbled streets gazing up at the archtecture which has inspired not just J K Rowling but many famous Scottish writers for years…

Harry Potter’s Thomas Riddle Grave

Behind Greyfriars Church (West Side) you will find an arch leading to the side gate of George Heriots School or Hogwarts if you observe…

As you passs through the arch turn right and you will see the recently erected barriers which will guide you past the tombstones.


WikipediaAddress: Candlemaker Row, Edinburgh EH1 2QE

BurialsGeorge Mackenzie of RosehaughWilliam McGonagallMOREDid you know: When John Gray died he was buried in Greyfriars Kirkyard, the kirkyard surrounding Greyfriars Kirk in the Old Town of Edinburgh

This is a popular trip for locals and visitors

Cramond Island is a tidal island about one mile out to sea, which is connected to the mainland at low tide across the Drum Sands. This causeway runs at the foot of a row of concrete pylons on one side of the causeway, which were constructed as a submarine defence boom during the Second World War and are one of the most striking sights in the area.

cramond island edinburgh scotland

At high tide the path is covered by several feet of seawater which cuts the island off from the mainland. 

It is safe to walk along the raised causeway to the island at low tide, but only if visitors ensure that they leave enough time to return to the mainland before the water rises.

The speed at which the tide comes in can easily trap the unwary. A large signpost (located at the start of the causeway) warns visitors of the danger. If this warning is ignored, there can be serious accidents or people may be stranded on the island until the next low tide.

Coastguards recommend that the crossing is only attempted during the two hours either side of low water. 

In 2011, a Daniel Defoe of Livingston, West Lothian and an unidentified female found themselves trapped on the island due to miscalculating the times of the tide. This story gained the attention due to the ironic parallels with Robinson Crusoe; a novel written by the 17th century writer Daniel Defoe

https://www.queensferrylifeboat.co.uk/cramond-island-history

Cramond Island Images

This is a very popular destination for locals and visitors.

Cramond Island is a tidal island about one mile out to sea, which is connected to the mainland at low tide across the Drum Sands. This causeway runs at the foot of a row of concrete pylons on one side of the causeway, which were constructed as a submarine defence boom during the Second World War and are one of the most striking sights in the area.

cramond island edinburgh scotland

At high tide the path is covered by several feet of seawater which cuts the island off from the mainland. 

It is safe to walk along the raised causeway to the island at low tide, but only if visitors ensure that they leave enough time to return to the mainland before the water rises.

The speed at which the tide comes in can easily trap the unwary. A large signpost (located at the start of the causeway) warns visitors of the danger. If this warning is ignored, there can be serious accidents or people may be stranded on the island until the next low tide.

Coastguards recommend that the crossing is only attempted during the two hours either side of low water. 

In 2011, a Daniel Defoe of Livingston, West Lothian and an unidentified female found themselves trapped on the island due to miscalculating the times of the tide. This story gained the attention due to the ironic parallels with Robinson Crusoe; a novel written by the 17th century writer Daniel Defoe

https://www.queensferrylifeboat.co.uk/cramond-island-history

Cramond Island Images

Greyfriars Kirkyard is the graveyard surrounding Greyfriars Kirk in Edinburgh, Scotland. It is located at the southern edge of the Old Town, adjacent to George Heriot’s School. Burials have been taking place since the late 16th century, and a number of notable Edinburgh residents are interred at Greyfriars such as Tom Riddell and the Potters…

J. k. Rowling frequented the Elephanat House Cafe nearby, she would sit to the rear window of the cafe (weather dependent) which overlooks the graveyard, candlemaker Row, “The Original Diagon Alley” and has stunning views of Edinburgh Castle.

Harry Potter fans have for years trundled over the old towns cobbled streets gazing up at the archtecture which has inspired not just J K Rowling but many famous Scottish writers for years…

WikipediaAddress: Candlemaker Row, Edinburgh EH1 2QE

BurialsGeorge Mackenzie of RosehaughWilliam McGonagallMOREDid you know: When John Gray died he was buried in Greyfriars Kirkyard, the kirkyard surrounding Greyfriars Kirk in the Old Town of Edinburgh