If there’s one thing Edinburgh isn’t short on, it’s a spooky story or two. Situated right in the heart of the city centre, Parliament House Hotel is surrounded by old-time Edinburgh mythology and tales from the crypt. We present our top 3 Edinburgh ghost stories for your pleasure!
The MacKenzie Poltergeist – Greyfriars Kirkyard
Perhaps the most famous haunting of Edinburgh, the MacKenzie Poltergeist resides in the Greyfriars Kirkyard. This malevolent spirit dwells upon the burial ground of plague victims from medieval times. The tale itself tells the story of a man known as George MacKenzie who allegedly worked under King Charles II, persecuting the Covenanters – otherwise known as Scottish Presbetarians. MacKenzie’s work has been attributed to the creation of the world’s first concentration camp – located in a corner of the Greyfriars Kirkyard. If this hasn’t painted the picture of a foul man, then the nickname of “Bloody MacKenzie” certainly will. Earned as a result of his gleeful love for execution by the gallows of the Covenanters.
Since 1999, Greyfriars Kirkyard has seen increasingly chilling paranormal activity, including an instance of a homeless man fleeing the graveyard shortly after breaking into MacKenzie’s mausoleum, situated around the corner from the former concentration camp. As a result, the Edinburgh City Council chose to close off this particular part of the graveyard, with the exception of a few chosen tour companies.
Albert the Stagehand – The Edinburgh Playhouse
Are you planning a trip to the Edinburgh Playhouse? You may just catch another type of show altogether. There have been several instances of spotting an ethereal outline. Rumoured to wear a grey coat and create paranormal cold spots throughout the theatre, the origins of the ghost are unknown. However, there has been some speculation that Albert was a former stagehand who had an unfortunate accident, or a night watchman who committed suicide.
The Underground City
Situated under the South Bridge in the city, lays Edinburgh’s best kept secret – a series of underground vaults and passages that make up what is known as the underground city. In the past times, Edinburgh’s poverty-stricken were known to dwell and even trade business in the vaults. Rife with illness, the underground city was a very unpleasant place to live. During the great fire of 1824, the rich fled to the vaults to escape the fire. As the vaults were made of stone, passageways collapsed and in turn the people trapped inside were burned alive.
Edinburgh Ghost Stories – Visiting the Sites
This is just a short snippet of the many Edinburgh ghost stories you can find out about during your city break. Why not stay with us here at Parliament House Hotel and book up onto our of our spooky packages today?Book Now