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Edinburgh – The Dark Side Explored In a Photo Essay

By Lakshmi:

Edinburgh is a city that boasts about its dark side!  There are many tours that offer to take you around town, with their own twists on the macabre happenings of the past (We’ve included some of these below)! My recommendation is to pick one and do it!  Murders, hangings, unfulfilled dreams – you get to hear about it all – sometimes from someone dressed and sounding like a ghost.  We continued this journey with Sandemans and our tour guide was scary….see featured image! Just be prepared to hug your younger ones if they are spooked.

Dark side tours in Edinburgh including the one we took (first one) are





Oh Edinburgh – Will You Stay The Same Or Change This Week?

By Lakshmi:

This week, Scotland is in the news with the country voting whether it will stay as part of the United Kingdom or break away to independence.  We recently had a chance to spend time in Edinburgh and fell hopelessly in love with this city with its myriad shades of black, white and gray.

Our love affair was kicked off by our “complete Scottish package” of a tour guide who led us on a FREE 2.5 hour tour of the city.   Through fun anecdotes, animated expressions, macabre descriptions and a periodic self-reference to Mel Gibson, he had us riveted to the history of the country and the city.  Of course, he ended this beautiful journey telling us the next time we visit, we could be in an independent nation!

Here are some of the more interesting things we learnt from Billy along the way:

– A dog so dedicated to its master that it pined way at his graveside for 14 years till his own death (Greyfriars Bobby) – read more at http://www.greyfriarsbobby.co.uk/vigil.html

– Yes, there is a Haggis option for vegetarians, if you have not been turned off at the description of what goes into the original – http://www.hendersonsofedinburgh.co.uk/restaurant.php

– A once hung person proclaimed dead cannot be rehung if they come back to life since they have served their sentence (Margaret Dickson) – http://murderpedia.org/female.D/d/dickson-margaret.htm

– There are many dark and underground tours that take you through the other side of Edinburgh – we will feature more in an upcoming article.

– A graveyard and the tombstones in it inspired some of the characters in J.K. Rowling’s first book – http://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/news/voldemort-draws-harry-potter-fans-to-greyfriars-1-3067986

Independent or not, Edinburgh is a city packed with a ton to do in a compact space.  And the free tour from  Sandemans provides an excellent orientation to the city.  More information can be found at  http://www.newedinburghtours.com/daily-tours/new-edinburgh-free-tour.html

Sandemans also provides free tours in several major cities around the world.