Hidden below Edinburgh’s medieval Old Town is a series of subterranean streets with an unsavory past. Mary King’s Close is where plague victims were quarantined and where there are tales of many people dying in the 17th century. Paranormal activity abounds down there. You might, for instance, feel some gentle tugging at your hands and legs by an unseen force. The cause is believed to be the ghost of Annie, a young girl abandoned by her parents in 1645.
More than a hundred years later, in classic horror-tale fashion, a grand new building was constructed over Mary King’s Close, leaving the streets, including the plague ghosts, intact underground. In 2003, the surprisingly well-preserved Close was opened to visitors, drawn by tales of its supernatural goings-on. Tour guides will accompany you down a stone staircase to the vaultlike, oppressive lanes. In addition to Annie’s Room, there are typical re-creations of bygone lifestyles and plague deaths. Just remember to keep on moving, especially when you feel a sudden chill.