Scotland Destinations
Scotland is one of the world's best countries to visit if you love dark history. There are so many Scotland destinations with a history of Scottish Clans battling each other at the Culloden Moor or the betrayal at Glen Coe to the most horrific witch trials in the world - Scotland has it all.


However, it is still the perfect place for those seeking out touristy things to do in Edinburgh, checking out the puffins at North Berwick, spending a day tasting Scotch Whisky or exploring the charming Dean Village in Edinburgh.

Scotland is also the perfect place if you want to spend a year or two living in a foreign country. You can check out all of the posts related to Scotland below. Otherwise, you can check out the dark & spooky history posts here or all posts related to living in Scotland here.

Looking for more dark history posts in Europe? Check out the list of European Countries full of dark history and spooky stories here.

Or do you want to hop across the pond? be sure to check out the best dark history and spooky travel in North America.

Do you love dark tourism, dark history or spooky travel? Check out more dark and spooky travel around the world here. You can also check out the Spooky Travel Guides for more dark travel inspiration.

If you love podcasts filled with a dark history and haunted ghost stories from all over the world, be sure to check out the Everything is Spooky in the Dark Podcast!

All Scotland Destination Posts



If you are looking for unusual things to do in Edinburgh, you have come to the right place. This is a list of actual off the beaten path things to do in Edinburgh. You won’t find any super touristy locations that pretend to be unusual on this list (okay, there is one, but it has a good reason to be

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I’m an avid fan of old cemeteries, and Scotland has them in abundance. Edinburgh, Scotland’s compact and hilly capital, is home to magnificent historical cemeteries you shouldn’t miss during your visit. Such as the world’s most haunted graveyard, which inspired the creation of several Harry Potter characters and is known for its connection with one extraordinarily loyal dog. One of

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You have moved to Scotland. Now, what do you do? It can be overwhelming to figure out what you need to do when you first arrive in your new home. From setting up your bank account to finding a place to live – where do you start? I will guide you with a smooth transition into your life in Scotland

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Looking for the best ghost tours in Edinburgh? The Scottish city of Edinburgh is known for its disturbing dark past. With nearly 900 years of history, Edinburgh survived plagues, witchcraft, grave robbers, cannibals, and so much more. The 12 Best Ghost Tours in Edinburgh Scotland Mercat Tours All of the tours with Mercat are absolutely fantastic, but the best ghost

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Edinburgh is known for being a city full of spooky things to do. With so many attractions filled with dark and haunted history, there is no shortage of pubs that have a similar macabre back story. Want to spend a night drinking with the ghosts? Here are the best haunted pubs in Edinburgh. The White Hart Inn The White Hart

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Edinburgh, the capital city of Scotland, is filled with so much history and beauty. If you are looking for things to do in Edinburgh Scotland – the city has a lot to offer. Whether you’re looking for a hillside walk on Arthur’s Seat. A tour of 1,000-year-old buildings brimming with history. Or a spooky outing that delves into Edinburgh’s dark

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Scotland is known for being spooky, haunted and full of a dark history. Glasgow is no exception, although not as haunted as Edinburgh, there are plenty of haunted places in Glasgow. From the ghosts that linger in old theatres to spooky tales of child-eating vampires with razor-sharp teeth. Glasgow is full of terrifying legends, mysteries and places perfect for the

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Moving to Scotland can be full of surprises especially if you aren’t aware of some of their colloquialisms, the Scottish culture or just everyday things that are a part of day to day life in Scotland. What is normal to them may be totally different than what you do in your home country. Here is my list of what to

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Follow the trail of Edinburgh’s most notorious serial killing duo and explore the real sites of their murders on a Burke and Hare Edinburgh tour. The infamous duo used to prowl the city’s streets in search of their next victim they could transform into a corpse to sell to anatomy students for their next dissection in exchange for a bit

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Have you ever sauntered around Edinburgh and wondered how old some of the buildings and structures were? What about the seemingly unimportant walls that line Greyfriars Kirkyard? If you’ve explored the ancient gravestones in Greyfriars Kirkyard, you may have happened upon a towering 24ft-tall wall. Known as the Flodden Wall, this structure was a medieval defence that surrounded Old Town

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Although best known for its golf courses and university, St. Andrews has a much darker side with a macabre history. St. Andrews Cathedral in Fife was once the site of the largest medieval church in Scotland. Since left to ruin, today the temple is blanketed with a dark history and spooky stories abound about the ghosts of St Andrews. The

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Figuring out what to pack for Scotland for a trip can seem stressful at first. When you add the fact that you are moving to Scotland, even just temporarily – you may find yourself stressing over what to pack for Scotland even more. Moving to Scotland can seem overwhelming at first. There’s so much you need to do before you

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North Berwick is a coastal town located 30km outside Edinburgh on the shores of the Firth of Forth in East Lothian, Scotland. The tiny seaside community attracts history lovers with its connections to the Great Scottish Witch Hunt and magnificent ruins like Tantallon Castle, while others are enticed by its superb seabird population and excellent golf courses. If you’re wondering

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Dark history is everywhere at Holyrood Park. If you’ve ever walked around Edinburgh, you’ll know that no matter where you go, you’re going to be walking through history. The Dark History at Holyrood Park in Edinburgh will be all around you. With buildings that have survived the dreadful plague, horrendous wars and terrifying serial killers almost everywhere you look, you

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Scotland is a land of dark history, with some spooky and dark stories from times past. It’s a place where mystical landscapes and abandoned castles have been left to ruin. The country is perfect for a dark history fan and lover of dark tourism in Scotland. If you want a glimpse into the country’s sinister past, want to find haunted

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Just moved to a new city and want to meet people and make friends? Making friends in a new city can be difficult and intimidating for almost everyone. Luckily, Scottish people are very friendly which makes it very easy to make friends in Edinburgh. As an adult, you’re definitely not alone if you find yourself wondering how to make friends

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If you want to embrace dark history and immerse yourself in a spooky atmosphere, the Tolbooth Tavern in Edinburgh is a must-visit. Here you can grab some unique Scottish pub grub like a Warlock Pie or a Tolbooth Haggis Tower and wash it all down with your favourite pint. Built in 1591, the Tolbooth Tavern in Edinburgh was formerly part

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Visit the Royal Botanic Garden in Edinburgh for a peaceful day out spent walking amongst thousands of beautiful flowers. If you’re looking for relaxing things to do in Edinburgh, exploring the Royal Botanic Garden should be at the top of your list. Head there on a sunny afternoon with a blanket and a book, tuck yourself under one of the

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When you think of somewhere with a fantastic jazz scene, do you picture Edinburgh? If not, a visit to the Jazz Bar in Edinburgh will change your mind! Home to the annual Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival and many live music venues where you can see incredible bands perform, Edinburgh is an amazing place for jazz music fans. One of

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Step into the delicious world of Scotch whisky with a visit to the Scotch Whisky Experience in Edinburgh, Scotland. One of the best things to do in Edinburgh, the Scotch Whisky Experience invites you to take a journey through the history and creation of the spirit by climbing aboard a barrel ride and listening to tales told by the ghost

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If you’re looking for things to do in Edinburgh, St Giles Cathedral is a fantastic place to spend an afternoon. Located in the heart of Edinburgh on the historic Royal Mile, the cathedral is a stunning display of iconic Gothic architecture that takes over Edinburgh’s Old Town. Because St Giles Cathedral in Edinburgh is served by a minister and not

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What gets narrower the higher you go and is terrifying for claustrophobic people who are also afraid of heights? That’s right — The Scott Monument in Edinburgh! The gorgeous Gothic structure, dedicated to the life of Scottish author Sir Walter Scott, towers over Princes Street and Princes Street Gardens. It offers stunning views of Edinburgh…for those brave enough to climb

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Spend a day reliving medical and surgical history at the Surgeons Hall Museum in Edinburgh. The medical museum is one of the most unusual things to do in Edinburgh. It is filled to the brim with a collection of curiosities, rarities and oddities that will both educate and shock you. The Surgeons’ Hall Museum, owned by the Royal College of

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If you’re looking to escape from the bustling centre of Edinburgh, head down to the picturesque Dean Village and discover the perfect place to spend a peaceful afternoon. The remarkable beauty of the little suburb makes it feel like you’ve stepped into a real-life fairy tale. You’ll have a quiet and restful time, but you won’t be bored — there’s

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Have you recently moved to Edinburgh Scotland for a working holiday? Or are you thinking about moving to Edinburgh and want to know what to expect when looking for a place to live? Where to live in Edinburgh? Or Finding a flat or renting a room in Edinburgh? There are many different factors to consider when it comes to finding

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Have you ever wanted to visit a haunted castle and possibly meet the castle ghosts of Scotland? Or better yet, have you ever wanted to stay in a haunted castle overnight in Scotland? With a richly historic landscape full of imposing medieval castles that witnessed perilous wars, The Great Scottish Witch Hunt and a deadly Black Plague, Scotland has an

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As the panic of witchcraft swept over Northern Europe, witches in Scotland were not something to be feared. Scotland had its fair share of healers and herbalists, however, these people (who were also known as witches in Scotland) weren’t seen as evil beings working with the devil. Many of them were sought out to help people alleviate their ailments or

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Scotland is one of the most haunted countries on the planet, home to eerie underground vaults, an unnerving possessed cemetery, spine-chilling cursed castles and bloody tormented battlefields that changed Scotland’s history forever. Why not also spend the night at one of the haunted hotels in Scotland. There are so many haunted places in Scotland. It’s almost as if no part

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Have you been thinking about moving to Scotland for university or on a working holiday? Anywhere you pick in Scotland will be an excellent choice, because the country is such an incredible place with a world of opportunities, regardless of where you are. There are so many different reasons you should move to Edinburgh depending on what you want to

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Do you want to work abroad in Scotland? Whether you’re moving there temporarily on a youth visa or you’re making a permanent move to Scotland, you’ll need to find a job soon after you arrive. Luckily, there are lots of jobs in Scotland for foreigners. If you’re on a temporary visa, you may be concerned that no one will want

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There are so many positive points to living in Scotland. It’s the perfect country for almost everyone looking to move somewhere new. It’s truly an incredible place for foreign workers, whether you visit as part of your gap year with a working holiday visa, as a student studying at one of the universities or even if you’re just looking for

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Looking for haunted and spooky things to do in Edinburgh Scotland? The capital of Scotland and Europe’s most haunted city, Edinburgh bears a grim and horrible past just waiting to be discovered. Edinburgh showcases its haunted, scary and spookiest places through gruesome supernatural stories and outright terrifying attractions. With a history burdened by brutal witch trials, the ghastly plague epidemic

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Mary King’s Close was a street in Edinburgh sealed off from the world, leaving all the people suffering from the bubonic plague trapped beneath. These people were quarantined and left to die as the residents in the city above went about with their everyday lives. Did they even know there were victims of the plague dying beneath their feet? This

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Edinburgh is a city oozing with creepy historic events, many of which have paranormal backstories. Once upon a time, Scotland’s capital decided to throw an amazing festival called “Mary King’s Ghost Fest” which featured several spectral events, including trips to the Edinburgh underground vaults, the incredible Mary King’s Close (my personal favourite), ghost storytelling and even overnight vigils in the

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Edinburgh has an abundance of really cool visitor attractions which offer unique job opportunities. I’ve always been drawn to jobs where I can educate people about the place in which I’m working. Like a museum bursting with history, an art gallery flowing with culture or a zoo brimming with animals! As someone interested in working in animal conservation in the

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Want to experience life as a local in Scotland, England or Wales? You need the UK working holiday visa! There are several ways of turning the dream of moving abroad and really understanding a new culture into reality. One way is to go on a “working holiday”. This is how I managed to move to Scotland for two years! I

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As darkness falls, and as the sparkling lights of the city appear in the distance. I am in the Glasgow Necropolis – exploring the city of the dead. I’m encapsulated by a stunning silhouette of Victorian tombs, monuments, and mausoleums in the Glasgow Necropolis. A crisp winter breeze keeps me company as I quietly make my way through the “City

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