Edinburgh has no shortage of ghoulish stories and there are lots of activities you can do if you want to immerse yourself in the darker history of this wonderful city. The City Art Centre in Jeffry Street just at the South Entrance to Waverly Train Station has a wonderful exhibition featuring the reconstructed image of a young 18th Century woman who was buried directly opposite the then Edinburgh Royal Infirmary, and was one of the victims of an underground trade in human remains after her teeth were stolen by staff at the hospital to supplement their wages. Who knew there was such a market for 'real' false teeth back then. The exhibition also features more than 300 other objects and works of art drawn from the capital’s vast archives, including Walter Scott’s childhood rocking horse, Deacon Brodie’s family bible and Robert Louis Stevenson’s smoking jacket.
The notorious pair, Burke and Hare, graverobbers who graduated to selling freshly killed human cadavers to the medical community for 'research' are well kent in Edinburgh. The Surgeon's Hall Museum in Nicholson Street tells their story and gruesome exhibits such as the pocketbook made from the skin of Burke can be seen there. It is a very unusual museum charting medical history with lots of interesting exhibits if you can stomach it! Another exhibition and walking tours can also be found at http://www.witcherytours.com/william-burke-museum in Edinburgh's West Bow, in the Old Town.
You can also explore Edinburgh's past by taking a tour of the underground streets, frozen in time since the 17th Century, to be found under the Royal Mile in the Old Town which is well worth a visit. Go to https://www.realmarykingsclose.com/ for more information.
And of course the ultimate in gruesome thrills has to be a trip to the Edibnurgh Dungeons, just along from the City Art Centre.
If you have kids with you or even if you don't and you are a Harry Potter fan, you can take a Harry Potter tour through Edinburgh http://www.pottertour.co.uk/ which looks very entertaining and something a bit different.
Something to clear the mind after all this gruesome history would be a trip to Edinburgh's Botanical Gardens, take a stroll through the gardens, visit the impressive glasshouses and then indulge yourself with a lovely afternoon tea served in the restaurant there.
Edinburgh is famously known as 'Auld Reekie' due to the high proliferation of Breweries in the past and a great afternoon out would be taking a Brewery Tour with https://www.scot.beer/edinburghbrewerytour.html with the added option of stopping to sample the beers in local establishments.
Restaurant of the month is The Printing Press in George Street, serving delicious fresh Scottish produce. “We set out to create seasonal dishes that are bursting with the flavours of local produce,” says Head Chef Colin Fleming. “The world-class quality ingredients in Scotland are at the heart of our menus in The Printing Press”. http://www.printingpressedinburgh.co.uk
June and July are a wonderful vibrant time to be in the City, for more information please go to http://www.whatsoninedinburgh.co.uk/