Haunted Edinburgh: Three Spook-tacular Pubs in Edinburgh

Haunted Pubs in Edinburgh

Edinburgh has a long history of bloody battles, deadly plague, merciless dungeons, murderous figures and underground closes. So, it comes as no surprise that this city is one of the most haunted in the world. Famed for paranormal activity and mysterious happenings, thousands of people flock here every year to discover our ghost stories. And what better place to start, than with some of the most haunted pubs in Edinburgh!

The outline shadow of the grim reaper standing in a doorwayThe White Hart Inn

Set along the cobbled streets of Edinburgh’s historic Grassmarket, the White Hart Inn has a hard-earned reputation as one of the most haunted pubs in Edinburgh. It also happens to be one of the oldest. With a cellar that dates back to 1516, the pub has collected its fair share of haunted happenings along the way. Having your hair pulled and things thrown at you may usually be a sign of a night of serious drinking. But at the White Hart Inn it’s usually the result of the spirits roaming the halls and not the spirits behind the bar.

The Last Drop Tavern

Ghost child sitting on the stairs clutching a teddy bearJust down the road from the White Hart Inn is the Last Drop Tavern. If you think you might be spotting a haunted trend in the Grassmarket area, you would be right. Not only was it the refuge of the poverty stricken in old tenement buildings, many public hangings took place there. And the Last Drop Tavern just happens to be located right next to the site of the gallows. And it got its name from the last hanging in the Grassmarket. But that’s not the only thing a bit macabre about the tavern. They say a young girl in medieval clothing haunts the bar and cellar. Over the years, the mischievous child has been spotted by staff and patrons alike.

The Banshee Labyrinth

Outline of a woman clawing at a screenStaying in Edinburgh’s haunted Old Town, just a few steps from the Royal Mile is the Banshee Labyrinth. And as its name suggests, this is one of the few haunted pubs in Edinburgh that adds fuel to the fabled banshee fire. Once a part of the infamous underground vaults, the haunted night club has a strange and spooky aura about it. The Banshee is said to be the ghost of Lord Nicol Edwards. He was the Lord Provost of Edinburgh and he owned the front part of the club during part of the 17th century. It is believed he had a basement dungeon under his house, where he abused and tortured women accused of being witches. Now they say he haunts the club, along with several other spirits.

Haunted Tours of Edinburgh

When you’ve finished checking out these three haunted pubs in Edinburgh, continue your ghost hunt with our Haunted Edinburgh Tours. Combining a two night stay at Parliament House Hotel, with breakfast in our cosy breakfas room and tickets for a Mercat Ghost Tour or Real Mary Kings Close experience. But don’t worry, you’re in safe hands with us. Our historic building may overlook the cemetery of Calton Hill, but our encounters with the paranormal have always been few and far between … for now anyway.