Edinburgh Haunted Walking Tour: Mysteries, Murder And Legends

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See Edinburghs shady side. The gruesome and the glorious. The ghostly and the ghastly. This 2-hour tour is a wickedly entertaining walk on the wild and dark side of the Scottish capital. Explore the spots where murders, monsters and mayhem have become things of legend, and visit Old Calton Burial Ground or Canongate Kirkyard, two of Edinburghs most chilling cemeteries. Throughout the tour, hear real-life tales of witches, body-snatchers, vampires, cannibals and more from your entertaining guide.

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  • Informative, friendly and professional guide

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Meet your guide on Edinburghs Royal Mile, the main thoroughfare of the Old Town, and then set off on foot to begin your walking tour of the citys shade side. Edinburgh is crawling with odd activity, and there are tales of murderers, vampires, monsters and even cannibals that locals nervously recall to each other.
Follow your guide through dark courtyards and eerie alleys, and hear spine-chilling stories of executions, murders, torture, ghosts and witchcraft. Then, make for the North Bridge, with its own formidable history, before climbing Calton Hill.
Feel the hair on the back of your neck stand on end as your guide tells real-life tales of gore and gruesomeness, including stories about the witch trials that once took place here. Discover how the site is still used today for pagan rituals such as the Edinburgh Beltane Fire Festival, and drink in 360-degree views of the citys skyline.
Then, continue to the Old Calton Burial Ground, one of Edinburghs chilling cemeteries. See the imposing mausoleum that marks the final resting place of David Hume, who is said to have made a deal with the devil, and perhaps hear of the infamous body snatchers Burke and Hare. Alternatively, visit the Canongate Kirkyard cemetery, which dates back to the 17th century. Rest assured, there is no staged gimmickry, monster masks or made-up stories on this tour.
After roughly two hours, your tour concludes at a local pub near the Royal Mile, where you can purchase a pint of beer or a dram of whisky to help cool your nerves after this entertaining and intriguing tour (own expense).

Inclusions for Edinburgh Haunted Walking Tour: Mysteries, Murder And Legends

  • Professional guide

Exclusions for Edinburgh Haunted Walking Tour: Mysteries, Murder And Legends

  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Cancellation Policy
  • If you cancel within 3 calendar days (72 hours) of the scheduled departure time, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel between 4 to 7 Calendar days before scheduled tour departure,the cancellation charge will be 50% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel at least 8 calendar days in advance of the scheduled departure time, there is no cancellation fee. You will receive Full Refund for the paid amount.
  • Please note that in case of No show, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the listed tour fare.
  • Please note tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.
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  • Great tour!!! Highly recommend this when visiting Edinburgh.

  • Our tour guide made it more of a comedic act than something spooky. The stories were interesting though. I would be curious to see how the other tour guides take their groups around.

  • Very animated tour guide with a great sense of humor! Worth doing. Make sure you have your walking shoes on!

  • What a good way to learn the history and interesting stories of Edinburgh. Adam was an amazing story teller. He was so animated that the stories just came to life. I could of listened to him tell stories all day long.

    One Tip: The climb to the top of Carlton Hill is a little difficult , but well worth it. I have a medical condition that caused me to lag behind the group Adam was so kind and caring to walk to the back of the line to make sure I was doing ok, while never compromising the schedule or the experience of the Tour for the others..

  • We went on this tour in the height of the Fringe Festival so there were people everywhere. The first glitch was trying to find the meeting point. The confirmation email said to meet outside of the Starbucks on the Royal Mile. Well there are 2 Starbucks and with all the people enjoying the Fringe, it wasn't a quick walk uphill to get to the RIGHT Starbucks. Second issue was that they said to look for the tour guide under Red umbrellas. No red umbrellas. Luckily someone else was looking for the guide as well and went roaming around asking everyone so eventually he found her and came back to get the rest of us that had gathered outside of the Starbucks. The guide Paula was personable and geared her discussion to all in the group. Luckily Paula has a loud voice as it was really hard to hear with all of the people around. The group size was LARGE which made it even harder to hear her at times. We are used to more intimate tours so this wasn't turning our crank and the reason why I wouldn't do it again. Be prepared to walk as the name implies but it's different walking than what you might be used to - uphills, many stairs, down cobbled streets. Not for someone with mobility issues. It also was pretty standard stuff that we had heard on other tours or read in books and online. Nothing too new or exciting.

  • Scary, fun, but scary. Ride at the end was a good one.

  • Sarah was wonderful! Lots of local knowledge, shared personal stories and was a very efficient tour guide - which was great for us as we had just 1 day in Edinburgh. I do wish there was an option for a longer tour! :

  • This was a really excellent tour, I did not know what to expect from this.

    The Tour Guide cant remember her name was really good and told us about all the history of the old Murder and Legend tales of Edinburgh

    I would certainly book again on my next visit :

  • We thoroughly enjoyed this tour. I looked through many similar ones, but this one stood out and we had a great time! Our guide, Adam, was amazing, very knowledgeable, enthusiastic, and a brilliant, hilarious storyteller. He had us enthralled from the start to the end. Organisation at the start of the tour could have been a bit better the umbrellas said Edinburgh Pub Crawl, and there was a bit of confusion about which groups were going with Spanish speaking guides and English speaking ones etc. The guides having cards to hold in the air may have helped. That was our only criticism though: it was nice not to be in the pitch dark as we went round I saw that other, similar tours change their starting times in the summer, as the weather and visibility was better. The stories didn't lose any of their effect! There was time to stop and take pictures or to take some and catch back up with everyone, which I enjoyed, especially as we went up Carlton Hill and got to see stunning views towards Leith. There are approx. 100 steps to do to get up the hill, which is something to bear in mind. Doable though, and totally worth it! Adam's stories were really engaging and intriguing, and they spanned all sorts of topics, from murder and grave robbing to witchcraft. Walking pace was fine, and Adam stopped to tell each of his stories, so we could all gather round, hear what he was saying no straining to hear someone shouting behind them! and rest for a few minutes. He also chatted to everyone on the tour about where they were from etc, and gave us food and drink recommendations after the tour. We highly recommend this tour it is great value for money, and it rounded off our trip to Edinburgh nicely we did the tour on our last night. Enjoy!

  • The weather was dismal at the time of our tour, however our guide Adam, a friendly and animated character, ensured that the weather did not hinder the entertainment for the 2 hours the tour lasted. Adam related his Gordy tales with gusto, with a mixture of interesting facts and tongue in cheek humour. Be prepared to walk uphill and downhill, but a thou roughly entertaining tour, reviewing alternative and less savoury historical facts about the city of Edinburgh and surrounding area, great fun!

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