Howdy, Stranger!

It looks like you're new here. If you want to get involved, click one of these buttons!

Please take a moment to read the Community guidelines and learn how to use the Community. The personal details and information provided by you will be used by VisitScotland to create your iKnow community account. Any content you provide, such as a profile photo, username, comments and discussions will be publicly available.

By ticking the box and clicking submit you confirm that you have read and agreed to the terms of our privacy policy.

Love Scotland and want to share your stories – why not have a look at all the recent discussions and make a contribution or start a new discussion? Visiting Scotland and looking for some advice – why not ask a question or start a discussion or simply explore all the great content?

Join the conversation today and share your #scotspirit.

Help save Edinburgh's best loved wee dug

Samantha_GrantSamantha_Grant VisitScotland Ambassador ✭✭✭✭
This is an appeal from an Edinburgher to help preserve Edinburgh's best loved wee dug.  Greyfriars Bobby. 

A statue of the loyal terrier sits proudly outside Greyfriars Kirkyard where his master is buried. Bobby has sat there happily for many years looking awfy bonnie until quite recently when some silly, uninformed tour guide decided to spin a yarn that rubbing the wee dug's nose would bring good luck. Please believe me when I say it's not good luck and it's not a tradition.  It hasn't resulted in a spare of lottery wins either. Now our poor wee Edinburgh dug looks awfy daft with a big shiny nose.  More like a clown than a proud wee terrier. 

It's also costing the council money to repair and preserve the statue, as what you may see as a bit of harmless fun is actually causing damage to our lovely wee boy.  We want him to survive so generations of Edinburghers and visitors to come can love him as much as we do. 

So please do admire our wee dug and have a photo taken with him but please don't rub his wee nose away any further. 

The reason you'll never catch a local rubbing his nose is simple.  They know the true story.  It's actually bad luck to rub his nose as it awakens the ghosts of Bloody MacKenzie and Voldermort in Greyfriars Kirkyard from their eternal slumbers and they'll appear to chase you off.  Trust me you don't want to meet those guys.

I'm a Scottish travel blogger and freelance writer with an extensive knowledge of travelling in Scotland.  I'm always on the road exploring my wonderful country.  I love remote places, history and the great outdoors. 



  • LeodhasachLeodhasach Member ✭✭
    edited June 2016
    100% agree! I was on one of the tour buses last summer and the guide on board was very scathing about this new 'fad'. 

    I heard that not only do ghosts appear to chase you off but the paving slabs underneath you will come apart, swallow you up and send you to.... FIFE! The horror! :smiley:

    (With apologies to the good people of Fife, Fife is in fact lovely and the coastal path is definitely worth visiting. St Andrews is nice too.... oh and there's a good chippy in Anstruther).
    For music reviews and previews in Inverness and the Highlands:
Sign In or Register to comment.