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October 2015

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