Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Day 246/365 Uncharted Territory

At our house there's no destination better than Scotland, and nothing more fascinating than ghosts, and therefore a Scottish ghost is perfection.

A Scottish piper ghost is just the icing on the cake.

Edinburgh Castle is built on an extinct volcano, and beneath it lie miles of tunnels and catacombs, some public, some private, some secret, some unmapped. It is said every corner of Edinburgh can be reached by these tunnels.

Two centuries ago a young piper was sent down into the tunnels, with the instruction to keep playing as he walked. The pipe music drifted back up the tunnels for a good long time, until it finally faded away. The young piper was never seen again.

But over the following two hundred years, he has been heard. And frequently. Both in the tunnels, and on the streets that cover them today.

Bagpipe music is eerie and haunting on its own, never mind ghostly piping.

Here, take a tour yourself. Welcome to the South Vaults, Edinburgh Castle catacombs, one of the most, if not *the* most haunted place on earth. Maybe leave some bread crumbs so you can find your way out.

Unless you have your own pipes.

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