Burial or cremation?


If burial is your preferred option, your main decision is which cemetery to choose. Please be aware that not all cemeteries in the Edinburgh area have room for further burials. Pre-purchasing of ground in Edinburgh council cemeteries is not an option.

In East Lothian and Midlothian, ground can sometimes be purchased prior to a death. Please be aware that in these council areas, out of area surcharges can apply for people living outwith the council boundaries. Most privately owned cemeteries allow lairs to be purchased in advance.

The main cemetery in St Andrews is St Andrews Western Cemetery which does not allow pre-buying of plots. However some cemeteries throughout the East Neuk of Fife do allow advance purchase.

For information on the cost of purchasing ground and the cost of interment, visit our burial costs page or ask one of our team.


If you are considering cremation, then the main decision is which crematorium to choose.

In Edinburgh there are three crematoria.

Mortonhall Crematorium:
On the south side of the city has two chapels – the Pentland Chapel, which can seat about 60 people and the Main Chapel, which can seat 200 or more people.

Warriston Crematorium:
On the north east side of the city has two chapels - the Cloister Chapel and the Lorimer Chapel. The Cloister Chapel can seat about 60 people and the Lorimer Chapel can seat around 200 people.

Seafield Crematorium:
On the east side of the city has one chapel, which will seat about 130 people.

In Fife, Kirkcaldy Crematorium is located on the north side of the town and can accommodate 180 people seated with further standing room. Dundee Crematorium, also in the north of the city has a main chapel which can accommodate 160 people.

There are also crematoria in Livingston, Melrose and Houndwood. All chapels have an organ, CD player and digital based music systems which hold many pieces of music played at funerals. All chapels are accessible for wheelchair users.

For information on the cost of each chapel and each crematorium, visit our cremation costs page or ask one of our team.

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