Cemeteries and burials in Edinburgh

We are responsible for managing 39 cemeteries and churchyards, including a number of Edinburgh's historic burial grounds, such as

  • Old and New Calton
  • Canongate
  • Greyfriars.

Arrange a burial

When arranging a full coffin burial, it is most likely that you will appoint a funeral director to carry out your wishes.  Burial can take place within a new grave or in an existing family plot, provided that there is enough depth within the grave.

Even when a grave has no further depth for full coffin burial, up to six caskets of ashes can also be buried. Ashes should not be scattered on a grave. You can arrange a burial of ashes within our cemeteries either with Mortonhall Crematorium or via a funeral director.

Cemeteries where new graves are available 

  • Corstorphine Hill - full burial, ashes plots and woodland burial
  • Craigmillar Castle Park -  full burial, Muslim burial, baby graves and ashes plots
  • Currie - full burial and ashes plots
  • Grange - ashes plots
  • Kirkliston - full burial only
  • Liberton - cremated remains plots
  • Morningside - full burial and ashes plots
  • Mortonhall - ashes plots
  • Portobello - full burial, Muslim burial and ashes plots
  • Ratho - full burial only
  • Rosebank - full burial only
  • Saughton - full burial only
  • South Queensferry - full burial only

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