Halloween in Edinburgh Posted on 24th of October 2017

Halloween in Edinburgh

Edinburgh is renowned for its spooky stories and haunted past, making halloween the perfect time to hop on of our tours buses, listen to ours guides tell scary stories and visit some of the most haunted places in the City.

Our Edinburgh Tour will take you to some of the most infamous spots in town, here are just five of them.


Greyfriars Kirkyard 

With a violent poltergeist, and a history of stolen bodies, Greyfriars Kirkyard is known as one of the most haunted cemeteries in the world.

Body snatchers, violent ghosts, a loyal dog, and Harry Potter - the all have a story in this haunted graveyard!


West Bow - The Wizard to West Bow

In the early eighteenth century preacher Major Thomas Weir, lived in West Bow with his sister.

Seldon seen without his grotesquely carved blackthorn walking stick. Weir confessed in his seventies to his startled congregation that he was in fact a wizard.

According to his sister the Major’s stick was possessed and a source of his powers.

The Weirs were tried, convicted and sentenced to death.

For many years after, tales of Major Weir’s walking stick making appearances about the town, floating along under its own power were told. 

Their house lay empty for years, apart from a brief stay by a family stayed there for a few nights before fleeing the house convinced that it was cursed and haunted. 

In the middle of the nineteenth century, the house, it was believed, was fully demolished but recently it was discovered that some of the fabric of the house was incorporated into what is now a Quaker meeting house on Victoria Terrace.

 

Festival Theatre, Nicolson Street – The Great Illusionist

The Festival Theatre is said to be haunted by the ghost of Sigmund Neuberger, a German Magician known as The Great Lafayette. 

In May 1911 Lafayette, was appearing in the Empire Theatre, now the Festival Theatre, here in Edinburgh to a packed house. As he performed one of his illusions, a fire broke out and a number of people died, including Lafayette

On winter nights, the Great Lafayette’s ghost can sometimes be seen in the theatre auditorium.

 

The Beehive Inn, Grassmarket 
St Andrews House, Regent Road

Calton Jail was one of the worst prisons in Scotland during an era when the conditions within the country’s prisons were as bad as you can imagine.

The jail was demolished in 1935 and St Andrews House on Regent was constructed on the site where the prison had stood.  The bodies of ten men hanged for murder inside the jail still lie under what is now the car park of St Andrew’s House. 

The door of the condemned cell where these men spent their last days can be found in the Beehive Inn in Grassmarket.

Both sites can be seen on our Edinburgh Tour.

 

The Meadows - The woman holding a baby

In the eighteenth century a house known as Wrights stood on the Meadows.  It was the home of a retired army officer one of whose servants, a valet, found himself unable to sleep at night.  He told his employer that he was wakened each night by the appearance in his room of a young woman holding a child.  Nothing could persuade him that the young woman was a dream.  

In the late nineteenth century, many years after the death of the master and the servant, the house was demolished and during demolition the skeleton of a young woman and a baby were found, buried beneath one of the floors.

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