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Greyfriars Bobby

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“loyal dog”(78 reviews)
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“touching story”(55 reviews)
Greyfriars Bobby was a Skye Terrier who became known in 19th-century Edinburgh, Scotland, after reportedly spending fourteen years guarding his owner's grave, until his own death on 14 January 1872. The story continues to be well known in Scotland...more
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Candlemaker Row, Edinburgh EH1 2QE, Scotland
Old Town
+44 131 510 7555
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 17 December 2006

As a dog lover, who can possibly be failed to be moved regards the wonderful story of the devoted terrier Greyfriars Bobby. As a child I loved the Walt Disney film and so on my trip to Edinburgh decided it apt to visit the Kirkyard...More

4  Thank Liverbird1
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 18 July 2012

nice part of the city, grave yard is a bit grotty but its nice to think that this is a true story.

10  Thank scotlass508
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Visited Bobby's statute today and what a wonderful story. As a dog lover this story will bring a tear to the eye and how wonderful it is that so many many years on the story is still told. The love of a dog is something...More

Thank Joann K
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great story of how this loyal companion stayed 14 years at his masters grave. Great to visit the area and the cemetery equally.

Thank 677ScottS
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We always visit this statue when we come to Edinburgh. It is such an incredible story & as dog-lovers, we really appreciate Bobby's dedication to his owner. The support from the community was wonderful as well.

1  Thank Konie
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A small statue recognising a big heart and a wonderful story - moist eyes when reading and looking. It is a story for everyone and every age. Just Wonderful

2  Thank RetiredWazza
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is quite a sweet little memorial to a beloved pet. Whether the stories are true or not we don't know, but the statue is certainly worth popping by and admiring. It is obviously well loved as his little nose is very bright from all...More

Thank TheOldMacs
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

loved this film when i was a child. lovely to see where it all started from. defiantly worth a visit

Thank Gail G
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We literally stumbled on this statue, as we crossed the road to see what the mass of tourists were gathered around - obviously something important. We waited til they all boarded their big tour buses and then saw the Greyfriars Bobby and the Bar behind...More

Thank pasowine
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The statue of Bobby, the Skye terrier, is one of those spots that tourists feel obligatory to pay a visit to and touch his nose for luck (I wonder why?). Whether the story about the loyal dog who had spent 14 years guarding the grave...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Popped in here for lunch as it opened after spending the morning in the museum. Wasn't given the kids menus to start with or the pie menu at all but the food we had was excellent. The burgers were fresh and well cooked. The lamb...More

Thank Adam W
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It is what it is, a nice little statue for Bobby, my daughter is reading the book and wanted to see it for herself

Thank Gary J
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Old Town
Few Edinburghers live in the Old Town, but its
labyrinth of dank alleys and steep streets suggests
this was not always the case. Today, it’s mostly
visitors, tartan-flavoured souvenir shops, and pipers
that you’ll find on its cobbled streets. This is the
place to get a feel for Auld Reekie (Old Smelly), as
the town was once nicknamed, and stroll the Royal
Mile, the thoroughfare that links the castle with the
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12 August 2018|
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Response from A R |
Good question. Answer is: you wouldn't as it is a completely made-up 'tradition' thought up by some hapless tour guide. Rubbing his nose is NOT a tradition and will NOT bring you luck. Keep the residents of Edinburgh happy... More
Pauline L
11 November 2015|
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Response from desmondsdoll | Reviewed this property |
Not sure if it's an urban legend but apparently it was for photogenic reasons so the pub would be caught in the background.
11 August 2015|
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Response from ScotlandLjh | Reviewed this property |
It's not a local tradition it's something stupid made up by a tour guide trying to promote their dismal tours. Just because lots of people do it doesn't mean it's right