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Greyfriars Kirk in the sun.


                                                      Céad míle fáilte 2020.

A very warm welcome from City Tours Edinburgh.  Join us on one of our walking tours and you will learn all about the history of our beautiful City.

Our walking tours in Greyfriars offer you the chance to visit and learn about the history of the capital and hear about the people who helped shape Edinburgh into the City it is now. Learn about the famous and infamous of 'Auld Reekie' (Edinburgh). Hear our true stories about the history of  Greyfriars Kirkyard and the Covenanters.

On our Greyfriars Kirkyard Tour learn about Greyfriars Historic Kirkyard which includes the 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.

On our Covenanters tour you will learn about the Covenanters 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. All this and more on our Covenanters Tour. This tour will take us to three different sites.

Why not book an indulgent Afternoon Tea after your tour and 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 15 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 do larger groups on request.

We can also cater for Private Walking Tours of Greyfriars Kirkyard. 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. Selected tours are conducted in period correct costume.

Hear about the history of Greyfriars and 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 of Greyfriars and the City for Celebrities visiting our beautiful city, please contact us for more information, privacy is assured.

Booking is essential. 


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Celebrating Greyfriars Bobby Day 2020 at Greyfriars were: Lord Provost  Frank Ross, Piper Jennifer Hutcheon, Moira Barrass with Skye terriers Hannnah and Murrin and children from Prestonfield School.

Piper Jennifer Hutcheson plays Bobbys Theme, written by Jennifer inside Greyfriars Kirk in celebration of Greyfriars Bobby Day 14th January.

City Tours Edinburgh at Greyfriars Bobby event 2019
A great day was had today at the Greyfriars Bobby Commemoration Day Event 2019 at Greyfriars Kirkyard. Celebrating the legendary Greyfriars Bobby. The service included speakers MSP Angela Constance and Bailie Lezley Marion Cameron, hosted by the Dogs Trust. City Tours Edinburgh represented Bobby's master PC John Gray and Mrs Traill of the Temperence Coffee House where Bobby and PC Gray used to eat. Beautiful Sky Terriers Hannah and Mullin provided by Moir Barrass.
PC John Gray at Greyfriars Bobby event 2019
Mrs Traill and John Gray in Greyfriars Kirkyard
Mrs Traill of the Temperence Coffee Shop (Caroline Walker) where Bobby used to eat with his Master and PC John Gray (David Severn) Bobby's master at the grave of the faithful little Skye Terrier Greyfriars Bobby in Greyfriars Kirkyard. 
Photo courtesy of The Edinburgh Reporter.
Greyfriars Bobby's Bar
Costumed tour guides from City Tours Edinburgh

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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Greyfriars Kirk
Edinburgh Castle from Greyfriars Kirkyard
Mackenzie's Tomb, Greyfriars Kirkyard.
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Leading piper Jennifer Hutcheon plays'Tribute To Bobby' at Greyfriars Kirkyard.
City Guard and friend in the Kirkyard
Martyrs Monument
Greyfriars Kirkyard in Spring
Headstones in Greyfriars Kirkyard
Greyfriars Kirkyard.

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