You won’t go far in Edinburgh without hearing the heart-rending legend of the faithful Skye Terrier, who reportedly waited by his master’s grave for 14 years. Today, Bobby is immortalised with a gravestone, situated in the entrance to Greyfriars Kirkyard, and a cute, life-sized statue on the corner of George IV Bridge. At a point where several roads meet, the almost blink-and-you’ll-miss-it monument is usually surrounded by a swarm of tourists, and cars trying to navigate their way through them.
The little dog is celebrated in the city as the ultimate symbol of love and loyalty, as well as a symbol of easy moneymaking. Most of the surrounding shops and food outlets have named themselves after the pup, in an attempt to capitalise on his legacy. The nearby Greyfriars Bobby’s Bar, now part of the Nicholson’s chain, doesn’t even let dogs in. Across the road, you’ll find the garish sign for Bobby’s Kebabs, a beacon of cheap food for drunk and sentimental tourists.
If you can wrestle your way through the throng of selfie-takers and exasperated drivers, Greyfriars Bobby is still an adorable photo opportunity, but only worth visiting if you’re already passing by.