With a long and horrid history of bloody wars, a deadly plague, an underground city, merciless dungeons, a murderous duo and a labyrinth of perilous closes, it comes as no surprise that Edinburgh is one of the most haunted cities in the world. Famed for its paranormal activity, marvelous mysteries and sights unknown, thousands of people flock to our haunted capital every year in search of some of the most haunted pubs in Edinburgh. And as a city with a long and proven track record for all things unexplained, more often than not, these phantom hunters are not disappointed.
The 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, it is not surprising that the pub has collected its fair share of haunted happenings along the way. While having your hair pulled and bottled things thrown at you is usually a sign of a night of serious drinking, at the White Hart Inn it is usually the result of the spirits roaming the halls and not the spirits behind the bar.
The Last Drop Tavern
Just 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 the Grassmarket area the refuge of the poverty stricken in old tenement buildings, it was also home to one of the main gallows in the city. And the Last Drop Tavern just happens to be located right next to the scene of public hangings (and incidentally got its name from the last hanging in the Grassmarket). But that’s not the only thing a bit macabre about the Tavern. It also happens to be haunted by the ghost of a young girl in medieval clothing. Over the years, the mischievous little waif has been spotted in the cellar and the bar by staff and patrons alike.
The Banshee Labyrinth
Staying in Edinburgh’s haunted Old Town, just a few steps from the Royal Mile is the Banshee Labyrinth. And as its name suggest, 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 (a place where many people met a horrifying end), the haunted night club has a strange and spooky aura about it. But the strange happenings have always seemed like the work of some liquored-up patrons or the result of a clever marketing campaign. It wasn’t until workmen doing some renovations in the bar came across an eyeless women screaming a blood curdling cry that locals started to take the strange happenings seriously. Especially when one of the workmen received a call informing him of the death of a family member a few hours later.
So there you have it. 3 haunted pubs in Edinburgh. If that sounds just a tad too chilling for you, play it safe with a dram or two at our MP’s Bistro instead. 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.