What to do

City of the Dead Ghost Tours


Founded in 1999, Black Hart Entertainment runs the world famous City of the Dead walks in Edinburgh – The Haunted Graveyard Tour, Underground City of the Dead and Double Dead Tours. All the walks are written and researched by the historical author and award winning novelist, J A Henderson – who has written non-fiction books on the Underground City, The Mackenzie Poltergeist and Haunted Edinburgh


Edinburgh Castle

This most famous of Scottish castles has a complex building history. The oldest part, St Margaret’s Chapel, dates from the 12th century; the Great Hall was erected by James IV around 1510. The Half Moon Battery by the Regent Morton in the late 16th century, and the Scottish National War Memorial after the First World War. The castle houses the Honours (Crown Jewels) of Scotland, the Stone of Destiny, the famous 15th century gun Mons Meg, the One O’ Clock Gun and the National War Museum of Scotland.



Portobello Beach

Just a few miles from Edinburgh city centre, is a charming seaside suburb, with two miles of golden sand making it perfect for swimming and sunbathing. The Seaside draws large crowds in good weather and, along with the promenade, hosts a number of popular events, including the annual Big Beach Busk, international volleyball competitions and triathlon events. The Portobello Kayaking and Sailing Club is based here, along with RowPorty, a community-run coastal rowing club.  Look out also for the splendid Victorian swimming pool, featuring an original Aerotone and Turkish baths.  If you are seeking refreshment, there is a choice of several bars and cafés on the promenade, with further options on Portobello’s bustling high street, including quality independent restaurants and gift shops. There is a market in Brighton Park on the first Saturday of every month, selling fresh local produce as well as crafts.