Edinburgh has long been known as one of the most haunted cities in the whole of the world, with its Ghost Bus tour that can take you around parts of the Capital that are said to be inhabited by ghosts and ghouls of the past.
However, while it is true that many spooky tales can be explained with rational – maybe it was a rat scurrying, a problem with the pipes – some bumps in the night cannot be explained…
Our readers share their terrifying tales of malevolent spirits, meetings with mysterious figures and simply unexplainable stories with us.
Have you had any similar experiences in any of these areas?
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1. Man on the stairs at Mary Kings Close
Laura Milne told us: "I worked in Mary Kings close for years had to turn the lights off myself at night, twice I had some unexplained things happen. A man definitely came down behind me on one of the internal staircases."
2. Shadow man in Grassmarket.
Roberta Catoni told us: "I used to live in Grassmarket and more than once I had strange episodes. Once, both me and my husband saw, simultaneously, a shadow of a man with a tall hat passing in the corridor. On another occasion my Mother-in-law was locked in the bathroom, which has a glass door, and she was convinced we were holding the door by joke, because she could see a shadow on the other side of the door, yet we both were in another room."
3. The Malevolent Spirit in Newington
Damien Lindsay told us of numerous spooky tales, including this one from his old home in Newington, he said: "I suspected there was a malevolent spirit in my bedroom but never said anything. After moving out, one night I came home to babysit and the dog suddenly woke up, walked halfway up the stairs and started growling with the hair up on her back. I never said anything to my folks but next time I came home my mother said she had somethimg to tell me...she had seen something in the house, up the stairs and in my room."
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4. The little boy in Niddrie Street Vaults
Nikki Hay had a very scary experience, as she told us: "Within the vaults on Niddrie Street, there is ghost of little boy that likes to hold your hand - mainly women. I went on a tour and the whole time I was down there my left hand was freezing. When I was leaving, I said goodbye to the child and the temperature in my left hand went back to normal."
Photo: Andrew O'Brien