TOP 3 BEST GRAVEYARDS IN EDINBURGH OFF THE BEATEN PATH
Edinburgh is the City of Ghosts and she has earned her reputation as the most haunted city in the world with great splendour. The old town district alone attracts more than a million visitors a year, built upon underground vaults once populated by murderers, ladies of the night, and covens of witches. Host to grave robbers, secret torture chambers, hanging gallows, and royal crimes. There's hardly a building left that isn't haunted. Many graveyards here are world famous and host dozens of tours per day, but away from the old cobbled streets there are cemeteries in the new town untouched by tourists that hold equal secrets to be learned in the midnight hours. Here are just three of Edinburgh's best graveyards lesser known to tourists for your spooky pleasure:
1. Newington Cemetery
Located at 222B Dalkeith Road (EH16 5DT). This incredible sprawling cemetery is more a forest that hosts the dead. Opened in 1846 it is a shining example of the post-1830's 'garden cemeteries movement'. As well as hosting 156 war graves from both WWI and WWII it also has many unusual local citizen graves. There is an old abandoned railway line at the back, large catacomb style tombs and a wild life conservation area. Look for David Bowie's grave!
2. Rosebank Cemetery
Located at 104 Pilrig Street (EH6 5BB). Also opened in 1846 and designed by the same architect as Newington Cemetery (David Cousin). This 11-Acre burial ground hosts a memorial to the Gretna Rail Disaster, many lost sailors drowned at sea, a large Sikh grave section, and an unusual plot for the graves of children. It also contains the graves of Queen Victoria's dresser, several authors, and two rare female war graves. If you stay by the trees on the left side you may see the ghost of The Tall Man!
3. St. Cuthbert's
Located at 5 Lothian Road (EH1 2EP). Perched beneath Edinburgh Castle, this church and its burial grounds are located in the centre of the city and yet it still remains least visited by tourists in comparison to the likes of Greyfriars. The church was founded in the 7th century and its charters date back to 1128. The watchtower to the south-west of the grounds was built to defend the graves against grave-robbers. A railway tunnel was built underneath the graveyard. It is the final resting place of many notable architects, artists, and scientists – of whom designed and built most of Edinburgh's finest buildings/monuments, artistic works are taught the world over, and whom made paradigm altering discoveries. Notable graves include; John Napier (inventor of logarithms), Scottish folklore legend 'Dainty Davie', Charles Darwin (uncle of the famous naturalist Charles R. Darwin), the famous painter Sir Henry Raeburn, the poet Anne Grant, the inventor Alexander Nasmyth, legendary author Thomas De Quincey (who's work heavily inspired Edgar Allan Poe), and the actual heart of Canadian sculptor Robert Tait McKenzie.