Terrifying Tours
April 28th, 2009

I love a good ghost story. I watch ghost hunters, I read “true” ghost stories (if you’ve not read the Myrtles Plantation and are a ghost story fan, I highly recommend it). There is even some legend that the house my parents grew up in is haunted, and though I have never seen or heard a ghost there, I know people that believe they have. coque samsung I also love ghost tours. Mind you, I don’t know if I actually want to experience a ghost, I know I love the idea of them. However, I am also a person that generally has to experience something to believe it therefore it’s difficult for me to be impressed by a ghost tour. coque samsung Up until about five years ago, nothing had truly done so. This changed when I took an evening ghost tour in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle

If you know anything about ghosts or Scotland, you probably know that Edinburgh is considered to be one of the most haunted cities in the world. coque iphone Taking the tour at night was an added bonus, though I figured this was probably all for effect. I figured people would jump out at us and try to scare us, or the tour guide would hear some sound that was probably easily explainable and the circumstances of the tour would cause a few to think it was a ghost. bague femme Instead, the guide took us to three of the “most haunted” spots in Scotland. First, we headed to a former residence, where people had been quarantined and eventually died from the plague and the guide described several of these stories. The history of the place alone make it a bit spooky. coque iphone
Edinburgh on a foggy day

Edinburgh on a foggy day

We next headed to the underground tunnels, where doctors used to store dead bodies that they had stolen from the cemetery. Again, this though alone is enough to make someone a little uneasy. When we walked into the tunnels, something changed. Though we didn’t see anything “ghost like” the air just felt unsettled, like we weren’t alone or were being watched. Then, the tour guide blew out his candle, and we stood there in complete darkness. Coming from someone who’s bungee jumped and sky dived, this was probably the scariest moment I’d ever experienced. It was down right creepy. Then you heard other tour guests startle – they’d felt or heard something near them. The guides themselves seemed spooked out beyond belief. coque huawei They said that in fact, there are times that the guides have freaked out due to something they experienced down there. It seemed like they never get used to it. On the final leg of the tour, we visited the cemetery where the doctors stole the bodies from. bracelet homme If visiting and old cemetery at night isn’t difficult enough, add in the fact that it’s in one of the world’s most haunted cities and that the graves were dug and bodies were stolen, and you have a movie plot scarier than any Friday the 13th. It was eery and disturbing, though for a ghost tour fan, in the best of ways. If you ever visit Edinburgh, I highly recommend the evening ghost tour. There are a wide variety of tours, so make sure to choose the kind best suited to you (real life stories versus dramatizations/theatrical productions).

2 Responses to “Terrifying Tours”

  1. You’re right about the atmosphere in Edinburgh that really makes a person understand how people believed in ghosts. The night time cemetery tour on the old end of town just before the gate at night is especially fun.

    • maya says:

      I love the atmosphere in Edinburgh! I have heard that there are regions in Germany and Romania that give the same ambiance (I’m sure Transylvania) but I have yet to visit them. I think in Edinburgh it was the history that made it so interesting. Instead of something “Halloweenish” like “this person died in this room and is now trying to get revenge” the history of the body snatchers was very real. I have heard of a “Jack the Ripper” tour in London which I’d be interested in taking for the same reason, but have not yet.

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