1. United Kingdom
  2. Scotland
  3. Edinburgh
  4. Greyfriars Kirkyard

Edinburgh: Haunted Graveyard Tour

Product ID: 210297
Experience Covenanter’s Prison in Greyfriar's Graveyard, lair of the infamous Mackenzie Poltergeist. This entity is responsible for hundreds of "attacks" on the tour, and is now the best documented supernatural case in history.
About this activity
Duration: 90 minutes
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
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Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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  • Hear about the Mackenzie Poltergeist
  • Enter Covenanters Prison
  • Learn about the area's dark history
  • Listen to horror and humor throughout your tour
Full description
Combining history, humor and horror, you walk will end inside the Covenanter’s Prison, a locked section of a 16th-century walled cemetery. This is the lair of the "McKenzie Poltergeist", which is now the best-documented paranormal case in history.

As well as receiving massive national and international television and newspaper coverage, the McKenzie Poltergeist is the subject of an acclaimed book, "The Ghost That Haunted Itself", of which signed copies will be available after the tour. Since your tour company has the only access to the prison, they have been able to record all of the "attacks" on visitors there. So far there have been over 900, including 180 people who have been knocked unconscious.

Researched and designed by best-selling historical author and award winning novelist J A Henderson, these walks combine the weirdest stories, wickedest humor, and the wildest history.
  • Mackenzie Poltergeist stories
  • Royal Mile
  • Greyfriars Graveyard
  • Covenanter's Prison

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Meeting point

Tree of the Dead' (the only tree around). By the side of St Giles' Cathedral, Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH1 1RE, UK

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Important information
Not allowed
  • Alcohol and drugs
Know before you go
• This tour can cause genuine physical and mental distress, and you partake in this tour at your own risk
• The tour is not suitable for under 12s, pregnant women, or anyone with a heart condition or difficulty walking
• Anyone under the influence will be turned away
• No stag or hen parties permitted
• Please wear sensible footwear
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 15 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.3 / 5
  • Organization
    4.5 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.4 / 5
  • Safety
    5 / 5
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This was a great tour with amusing/'scary' stories that are based on historical facts. Grant was creepy in a sexy way, which added to the allure of the storytelling. If it wasn't raining, it would have been a perfect way to spend some time in a beautifully haunting place. Having access to a locked part of the graveyard was an added bonus. I would recommend this company and this tour.

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September 11, 2019

Very interesting piece of history, but not scary.

Look, I did not expect McKenzie to come and dance for us like a little trained monkey...but having said that. This was not the least unsettling at all, and Greyfriars Kirkyard is really a quiet and cozy place on a late summer evening. As a historical tour however, this was easily worth 5 stars, in particular because of the guide, Charlie from Orkney, who is a gifted storyteller indeed. This has really sparked my interest for similar experiences. Maybe even in my own home town.

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July 17, 2019

A big let down!

December 9, 2019

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Product ID: 210297