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A Long Overdue Visit To Greyfriars Kirkyard

I’m ashamed to say I’ve never visited Greyfriars Kirkyard during the 3 years I’ve lived in Edinburgh. Had I known what an intriguingly beautiful place it is I would’ve taken my camera and headed there ages ago. It took a visit from my parents to finally venture inside the gates and even inside the Kirk. Funnily enough my work took me there again the following day!

The graveyard was established in 1561-62 and is most famous for being the final resting place of night watchman John Gray and his loyal skye terrier known as Greyfriars Bobby who spent the rest of his life sitting on his master’s grave – 14 years in total. Bobby got his own statue and grave in front of the church as that is an unconsecrated patch.

Greyfriars Kirkyard is said to be haunted by the Mackenzie Poltergeist, with hundreds of reports of attacks and sightings of the entity…The haunted tomb, the Black Mausoleum, has been exorcised twice without success. You can see the mausoleum in the 4th last photo.

Hope I didn’t creep you out too much! Here are a few snaps from my two recent visits, enjoy!

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The graveyard is in the Old Town, just across the street from the National Museum of Scotland. Although it’s such a pretty place I don’t think I’d like to live in one of the houses surrounding the graveyard…

x Nina x

Nina Äikäs

I’m a Swedish-speaking Finn who left Finland for the lovely and thrilling London town in 2011, but after meeting an equally lovely and thrilling Scotsman I somehow now find myself in the beautiful city of Edinburgh. In February 2015 our gorgeous little girl arrived and made us a happy family of three. Follow my blog and get to know us!

  • Leonard Adams

    The last picture is fab.


    May 16, 2016 at 10:06 pm
    • Nina Äikäs

      Thanks,it was actually a trick that the guys from Iconic Tours showed us ?

      May 17, 2016 at 8:14 pm
  • Sharon

    Looks very atmospheric.Great photos.Old graveyards are so interesting.

    May 17, 2016 at 5:45 pm
    • Nina Äikäs

      Yes it’s a very nice spot, definitely worth a visit!x

      May 17, 2016 at 8:15 pm
  • Laura

    What a pretty spot (even though graveyards are supposed to be morbid, I think they have a calming atmosphere about them). Definitely a place I will be adding to my Edinburgh list. Hope you & the family are well! 🙂

    May 17, 2016 at 8:02 pm
    • Nina Äikäs

      I know exactly what you mean – it’s strange how beautiful and calm graveyards often are given the purpose of them…Your blog looks great, like a place where I can get loads of useful travel tips from ? x

      May 17, 2016 at 8:27 pm
  • Maria Rosenström

    Jag tänkte just att inte behöver jag nu kommentera på allt, men inte kan man nu va tyst heller, otroligt vackert!!!!!

    June 8, 2016 at 1:30 pm
    • Nina Äikäs


      June 8, 2016 at 1:38 pm
  • Karma

    Hey, first of all, your photos are absolutely fabulous!
    Anyway, long story short, I come from France and I am planning a visit with my boyfriend at the end of the month as we are visiting Edinburgh for his birthday. I tried to look up for infos about the place but I’m not sure so I’d rather ask someone who actually visited it!
    Is the graveyard entrance free for visitors? Because i found tons of websites to book tours of the place but i was wondering if it’s mandatory or if you can just come by and visit?
    Thanks again for this beautiful article, I definitely can’t wait to be there now! x

    March 9, 2017 at 11:46 am
      • Karma

        Hi, sorry i didn’t see your answer before, thanks a lot! That’s what i thought but i wasn’t sure. 🙂 Can’t wait to get there now haha. Actually i went through your blog these days and i wrote down some places to eat and visit that looks great so no worries now, i think we’re all ready 🙂 You’re so lucky to live in Edinburgh, i hope someday i will too, such a beautiful place, such a great country!

        March 18, 2017 at 3:58 pm
        • Nina Äikäs

          Oh so nice to hear that my blog has provided you with some tips! Yes I am pretty lucky, Edinburgh is unreal! Welcome and hope you have a fabulous time!!

          March 19, 2017 at 1:28 pm
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