If you're looking for magical or
is the place to be! Deemed the most haunted city in the world, it has its fare share
of dark historical events and strange phenomena.
Let's go for a quick ride through the city known for its unsettling atmosphere.
Victoria Street & West Bow
charming, colorful, and twisted street is one of the most recognizable
has it that
It just so happens that two Harry Potter-themed shops (Museum Context and The Great Wizard) are located in the middle section of this picturesque street.
Context used to be the home of the oldest shop in
Museum Context- the display window:Victoria Street is also infamous for its most notable dweller- Major Thomas Weir (known as the Wizard of the West Bow). He lived with his sister at the top of the street in the impressive-looking house. The house itself was torn down and another structure (today's 'The Quaker Meeting House') was built in its place.
|'The Quaker Meeting House'|
For decades, Weir's house stood mostly empty. After a few ghostly accounts from very brief new owners, street occupants, and nosy visitors, it gained a reputation for being haunted.
'The Quaker Meeting House' (on the left)
were the ghostly accounts, you ask?
Eerie music and lights coming from inside of the empty house, ghostly bull apparition, and most notably- the impression that you're going up the stairs when in fact you were going down and vice versa. After being unoccupied for the whole century, the house was eventually demolished.
Greyfriars Kirkyard is most known for the touching story about a loyal dog named Bobby. After the death of his owner, the faithful pooch guarded his owner's grave for 14 years. Bobby died in 1872 and was buried on the Kirkyard grounds.
There's also a pub (next to the Greyfriars Kirkyard entrance) and a gift shop (on the graveyard site) named after Bobby.But this story isn't the only one that Greyfriars Kirkyard is known for.
The place is known to all Harry Potter fans because some of the names on the graves were an inspiration for the characters in J. K Rowling's most famous book series (including the name of Tom Riddle aka Voldemort ).
Another notable person connected to place (but for all the wrong reasons) is Sir George Mackenzie of Rosehaugh aka Bloody Mackenzie).
He was a lawyer and a writer responsible for torturing and killing Covenanters in the 17th Century. His Mausoleum is located on cemetery grounds but
his tomb is not attended out of respect for the victims.
People visiting the site often report bruises, scratches, and faint spells, and a vengeful spirit of Mackenzie has been blamed for it.
But the most recent account concerning Bloody Mackenzie dates to the news story from 2004. Two teenage boys were charged under old legislation created for prosecuting 18th-century grave robbers. Teenagers forced their way were into the tomb and...
Please, read the news report to know exactly what they did.
My personal experience at the site? Churchyard grounds are much colder than the street nearby. Much, much colder. But I wasn't brave enough to go any further than Bobby's grave near the entrance.
Visitors often hear the bagpipes from underground, and see shadowy figures roaming castle grounds.
|Fog Covered Edinburgh Castle|The Witches Well Haunted Pubs
Parts of the South Bridge Vaults were most likely incorporated into The Banshee Labirynth and Whistle Binkies buildings. SouthBridge Vaults (or Edinburgh Vaults) are series of damp, stuffy corridors and chambers located underground in the South Bridge area (now used for Ghost Tours and entertainment purposes). Those secretive, dark tunnels were known at the turn of the 18th century as a center for criminal activity. Rumor has it that body snatchers used the vaults as a storage place for corpses.
The Last Drop Taverns is located opposite former gallows (hence the name) and is 'home' to a spirit of a little girl that seemingly used to live upstairs.
The staff of the Whistle Binkies experienced a lot of paranormal happenings over the years (including aforementioned trapping in the cellar), but two of the ghosts visiting the place are known by name! The Watcher' (spooky man-like figure wearing a long, black coat) and The Imp (known for the ghoulish pranks and misbehaving).
The oldest pub in Scotland
The Elephant House
J.K Rowling admitted that parts of the first book were written at the cafe.
Mary King's Close & Lady Stair's Close
Black Moon Botanica
The Witchery by the Castle
|Camera Obscura & World of Illusions (on the left) and Witchery by the Castle (on the right).|
|Holograms at 'Camera Obscura & World of Illusions'|