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The Mackenzie Poltergeist Posted on the

The Mackenzie Poltergeist

Our final blog in the lead up to Halloween explores one of the most ghoulish stories in Edinburgh, centred on Greyfriars Kirkyard. The paranormal goings-on here have enthralled visitors to the city… and there’s the dog too.

Located about 10 minutes’ walk from Edinburgh Castle, Greyfriars Kirkyard has been used as a graveyard from the 16th century. In the

Robert Burns: Tam O' Shanter Posted on the

Robert Burns: Tam O' Shanter

Continuing with our Halloween theme; Robert Burns, Scotland’s most well-known poet, was not averse to exploring the macabre with his tale of witches, ghouls and the devil in his celebrated poem ‘Tam O’ Shanter’. Based on a local folktale which was rumoured to have begun by a farmer who needed to create a tale to tell his superstitious wife for why he had no money and was

The Creatures of Scottish Folklore Posted on the

The Creatures of Scottish Folklore

It’s not long till Halloween so we thought we’d take a look at the more spooky side of Scotland this week. From looking at the tales of folklore it could easily be assumed that Scotland is a land filled with ghosts, ghouls and witches. If you’re on one of our tours keep your eyes peeled as you can’t be sure what’s lingering in the dark!

The

The Royal Mile: Deacon Brodie Posted on the

The Royal Mile: Deacon Brodie

One of the more notably visible public houses on Edinburgh’s Royal Mile is Deacon Brodie’s, 2 minutes down the road from our Edinburgh tours departure point, on the corner of Lawnmarket and Bank Street. But who was Deacon Brodie and how did he gain the honour of having a pub named after him?

William Brodie, more famously known as Deacon Brodie, was a well-respected member of

Sir Walter Scott: A familiar sight. Posted on the

Sir Walter Scott: A familiar sight.

A face and name that many visitors to Edinburgh, and Scotland as a whole, will see in abundance will be that of the prominent historical novelist, playwright and poet Sir Walter Scott. Many of his works are still read to this day including his more famous works ‘Rob Roy’ and ‘Ivanhoe’ to name but a few.

Born in 1771, Scott was raised in the Old Town of Edinburgh.

Harry Potter and the Locations of Scotland Posted on the

Harry Potter and the Locations of Scotland

It seems that Harry Potter and his fellow wizards have fully ingrained themselves into pop culture consciousness now. This isn’t surprising considering that over 400 million books have been sold since the release of the first book in the series ‘Harry Potter & the Philosophers Stone’, thus becoming the most successful book series ever!

Just in case you’ve

Braveheart - The facts behind the fiction! Posted on the

Braveheart - The facts behind the fiction!

William Wallace’s popularity in Scottish history is almost unbridled due to the victories he had over the English and his eventual martyrdom. The movie ‘Braveheart’ which showcased his tale, with the usual Hollywood embellishments, was a massive film both in scale, scope, box office takings and awards wrangling. Timberbush Tours take a look at the facts behind the fiction of

Scotland's exports: Sean Connery! Posted on the

Scotland's exports: Sean Connery!

Seen as a national treasure and possibly Scotland’s greatest export… for the acting world at least, Sean Connery has been a fixture of stage and screen throughout the last 60 years.

On the 25th of August, 1930 Sean Connery was born, raised in Edinburgh’s Fountainbridge to a working class family where the family had routes Scotland particularly in Fife and

Shakespeare's Macbeth: the man behind the story Posted on the

Shakespeare's Macbeth: the man behind the story

The classic play Macbeth, by the quintessential and celebrated British playwright William Shakespeare, is known throughout the world as a tale of scheming, murder and prophecy, but did you know it was based on a real historical figure?

The play Macbeth is about the rise to the throne and the murderous deeds that are enacted to secure this power by Macbeth, a Knight of the King. This is

Surviving the Edinburgh Fringe Festival! Posted on the

Surviving the Edinburgh Fringe Festival!

It’s that time of year again…

  • The population of Edinburgh triples
  • You can’t move without accumulating enough flyers to wallpaper your living room
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