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Burials have been taking place here since the 16th century and there are a number of notable inhabitants including William McGonagall, James Craig and George Buchanan. The National Covenant which... Read More
Burials have been taking place here since the 16th century and there are a number of notable inhabitants including William McGonagall, James Craig and George Buchanan. The National Covenant which sparked the Covenanter's movement against King Charles II after the Reformation was signed here in 1638 and after their defeat many of them were imprisoned nearby. It is most famous for Greyfriar's Bobby the loyal dog who guarded his master's grave for 13 years. You'll find a statue of the Skye Terrier nearby at the end of George IV Bridge. Many claim the graveyard is haunted, most of them run ghost tours, but there's certainly no denying it is creepy. You'll find a number of interesting monuments and gravestones within.
- Kirkyard open 24 hours: Daily
- Kirk (April to October): Mon-Fri 10:30am-4:30pm; Sat 11am-2pm
- Guided walks £1.50
- Free Things to Do: "Look out for the mortsafes which were designed to protect graves from body snatchers like Burke and Hare."
- Sightseeing, Historic Sites: "If you are of a daring disposition you can visit the covenanter's graveyard at night with one of Edinburgh's ghost tours and brave the Mackenzie poltergeist."
- Best for Free Things to Do Because: Greyfriars Kirkyard has a real atmosphere and it's a wonderful place to explore, with many interesting stories to tell.
- Best for Sightseeing Because: Greyfriars Kirkyard is a beautiful sixteenth century church and cemetery with a fascinating and macabre history.
- Best for Historic Sites Because: Greyfriars is a serene oasis which has seen much of Edinburgh's sometimes gruesome history