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Greyfriars Kirk in Summer

 

Welcome to City Tours Edinburgh. Join one of our walking tours in Edinburgh to learn more about the history of our beautiful City of Edinburgh.

Our walking tours offer you the chance to visit and learn about the history of the capital and hear about the people who helped to shape Edinburgh into the City it is now. 

On our walking tours we will walk you through some of Edinburgh’s dark past and tell the history that helped build Scotland. Learn about the famous and infamous of old Edinburgh. Listen to our true stories about the history of  Greyfriars Kirkyard and the Covenanters.


On our Greyfriars Kirkyard Tour learn about Greyfriars Historic Kirkyard with its Harry Potter connection and the tale of Greyfriars Bobby, the faithful little Skye terrier who slept by his masters grave for 14 years, the creepy tale of the Mackenzie poltergeist, The Covenanters and much more.


With our Covenanters Tour learn about who the Covenanters were and the Prison where they were locked away, the Gallows where they were hung, the Chapel where their bodies were dressed before burial and their burial site. This tour will visit three different sites.


Why not book an indulgent Scottish Afternoon Tea after your tour. Enjoy a delicious afternoon tea with tea or coffee at a venue near to Greyfriars.


City Tours Edinburgh conduct unique walking tours for groups of up to 18 people. We like to keep the numbers small so that everyone on the tour will be able to hear the guide and not feel left out at the back of the group.

We can also cater for Private Walking Tours of Greyfriars Kirkyard and Edinburgh City Center. Student tours can also be arranged, please contact us to arrange any of these.

All of our tours are conducted by experienced guides. We pride ourselves on our customer care. 

Hear the history of Old Town Edinburgh, let us share our knowledge about Edinburgh with you and hear her secrets unfold on our unique walking tours. 


The Greyfriars Kirkyard tour last around 105 minutes. Those tours which include an afternoon tea are considerably longer.


We also specialise in Private Tours for Celebrities, please contact us for more information.


Booking is essential. 


look out here for information on our sister group DARK DEACON TOURS coming soon. Please email us for information about these tours.


LATEST NEW


A great time was had by all at our unveiling ceremony of a new grave marker stone for Painter John McLeod. The ceremony was held today at New Calton Cemetery.

Special thanks to Tim Purves (William Purves Funeral Directors) for providing the beautiful marker stone, The McLeod family direct decendants of John McLeod, Councillor Alex Staniforth, piper Jennifer Hutcheon, Willie Telford, Craig Walker, George Robinson.




We will be appearing in a short documentary about The Covenanters and The Mackenzie Pioltergeist made by the Media students at Queen Margaret University, Edimnburgh. 



John Gray, 'Auld Jock' Greyfriars Kirkyard

A great time was had by all at our unveiling ceremony of a new grave marker stone for Painter John McLeod. The ceremony was held today (17th February) at New Calton Cemetery.

Special thanks to Tim Purves (William Purves Funeral Directors) for providing the beautiful marker stone, The McLeod family direct decendants of John McLeod, Councillor Alex Staniforth, piper Jennifer Hutcheon, Willie Telford, Craig Walker, George Robinson, Lisa and Bob (Bobby).

Photos courtesy of Neil Primrose.

Greyfriars Bobby,New Calton Cemetery
Greyfriars Bobby Day City Tours Edinburgh
Greyfriars Bobby Day
Greyfriars Bobby Day
Greyfriars Bobby Day
The annual Greyfriars Bobby Day commemorating the death of one of the most faithful little dogs in history, 146 years ago the little Skye Terrier passed on after laying guard over his Master John Gray's grave in Greyfriars Kirkyard. You can hear the full story of Greyfriars Bobby on our Greyfriars Tour. Photos courtesy of Tammie Severn.
Photo 1 Inside Greyfriars Kirk, from left to right, piper  Jennifer Hutcheon, Caroline Walker, Bailie Lezley Marion Cameron and Dave Severn. Photo 2, From City Tours Edinburgh, Caroline Walker and Dave Severn. Photo 3,  Bailie Lezley Marion Cameron (representing the Lord Provist of Edinburgh) and Bobby.

Link to the BBC News.

As seen on the mainstream French TV holiday programme  Échappées belles:  We can be seen at 9.55 into the video.

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Mort safe Greyfriars Kirkyard
Greyfriars Kirk In the sun
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Magdalen Chapel Grassmarket
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Covenanters Prison
Members of Edinburgh City Guard pay homage to Captain John Porteous
Mackenzie's Tomb, Greyfriars Kirkyard.
Whose who in Greyfriars
Leading piper Jennifer Hutcheon plays'Tribute To Bobby' at Greyfriars Kirkyard.
grave marker in Greyfriars Kirkyard
The Martyrs Monument in Greyfriars.