The Most Haunted Place in the World11/20/2010
On a cold late January evening in Edinburgh, Scotland, the city streets empty, leaving but a few scattered individuals holding their scarfs to their faces to protect against the howling wind.
The Edinburgh Castle is standing strong in the distance, ever present, with a few guards on duty. Those guards however, know they are not alone.
Edinburgh Castle is one of the most haunted places in the world!
I arrived in Edinburgh excited to play detective during my 3 day stay in the city. I heard many stories about the dark underworld of Edinburgh, and the ghosts of Scotland in general.
My first mission was to take a day tour of a few of the cemeteries to understand why Edinburgh creeps out the most fearless ghost hunters.
My guide from my hostel, Budget Backpackers, walked us around Old Town and the Royal Mile talking about the history of the city.
Greyfriars Cemetery was the high lite of this fascinating walking adventure. The cemetery is famous for the story of the Greyfriar’s Bobby, the dog that still mourns his owner, and the covenants persecuted by the evil George Mackenzie.
Here is a picture of Edinburgh’s most famous statue
After braving the day tour, and opening my mind up to these outrageous ghost stories, I decided to take a night tour of what Ghost Hunters and Ghoul-ologists call the most haunted place in the world, THE VAULTS OF THE EDINBURGH CASTLE!
The ghost tour took place at 10PM at night, exposing my mind and body to evil other-worldly entities. I arrived with about 12 other brave soldiers.
My guide was certainly dressed for the occasion. Wearing a black witch-like outfit with an evil grin, it appeared her soul was possessed by the demons inside those haunted vaults.
She took as around the city where some of Edinburgh’s most traumatic events occurred. These characters all wander the city at night looking to avenge their untimely deaths.
Finally, after some spooky stories and a bit of devil worshiping, we all were lead to the vaults. I was the last person inside those vaults making it my duty to make sure no one escaped.
I read article after article on why these vaults were haunted. Mostly because they were extremely old warehouses used as burial grounds, ignored for centuries.
Nevertheless, just about any expert would agree that these vaults have a spiritual presence about them.
The first room we visited was supposed to be a “safe room”. A young, playful boy inhabited this room. He tugged at anything shiny or sparkly. Women were a favorite target of his playful demeanor.
The rest of the rooms I visited were stalked by an evil entity. This entity did not like ANYONE inside these vaults.
He has been known to leave scratch marks on human bodies and to whisper, “Get Out!” whenever someone enters his realm.
Throughout the adventure people said they felt slight breezes or brushes, but I never felt a thing. I still would never go in these vaults alone!
Here are a few pictures I snapped inside the vaults.
The tours were fantastic and I learned a lot about Edinburgh’s ghostly past. I would never go in any of these vaults alone, even with a video camera.
I didn’t experience any ghostly encounters, but I was protected by a solid group of people. Further solo analysis would be needed to verify these claims. I, however, do not want to be there to verify them!