Often you’ll see hoards of people walking through the Old Town anxiously following a caped figure. These are Edinburgh’s ghost tours. A city thats history is riddled with debauchery and crime has a story for every street corner. Here are our favourite tours!
The Real Mary King’s Close
An award-winning five star attraction that brings to life an important piece of Edinburgh’s rich history; a fascinating underground network of hidden closes and rooms that reveals an extraordinary time capsule of life as it used to be in the Old Town. Buried deep beneath the streets of Edinburgh lies the city’s deepest secret; a warren of hidden streets that has remained frozen in time since the 17th Century. In the company of an expert character guide, you can explore the site and experience what it was really like back when people lived, worked and died there.
2 Warriston’s Close, High Street, EH1 1PG | 0845 070 6244 | www.realmarykingsclose.com
Mercat Tours’ award-winning guides relish bringing colourful tales of Edinburgh’s people and past alive with vivid, dramatic storytelling. They run seven daily tours, each exploring different sides to Edinburgh’s spooky past. Our favourite is the Hidden and Haunted. Here you’ll hear of bloody plots that led to treason and torture, and secret lives that lead to horrific deaths and tormented souls. As a family business from 1985, they’re now the largest, and only 5*, walking tour company, with the greatest variety of tours in Edinburgh. They help you explore every close, courtyard and underground vault of our fabulous city – you’ll discover your city like never before!
28 Blair Street, EH1 1QR | 0131 225 5445 | www.mercattours.com
The Ghost Bus Tours
The Ghost Bus Tour is a sightseeing journey around Edinburgh’s gruesome past, taking in the city’s most famous sites including Edinburgh Castle, the New Town, Grassmarket, Greyfriar’s Kirk, the Old Town, Holyrood Palace and the Royal Mile. The conductor will show you where the murders, tortures and executions took place – and where certain restless spirits still linger! Hear about Edinburgh’s grisly history, from Burke and Hare to the hundreds of women drowned or burned as witches. There are also surprises onboard the bus – it was indeed once a funeral bus, so it’s not a surprise that the dead may have left an imprint on the vehicle…
25 Chambers Street, EH1 1LA | 0844 5677 666 | www.theghostbustours.com
City of the Dead
The Haunted Graveyard Tour, Underground City of the Dead and Double Dead Tours are run and written by a mixture of historians and professional entertainers. Probably the most infamous ghostly entity in the world is The Mackenzie Poltergeist can be hunted on The Haunted Graveyard Tour. This is not a tour for the faint hearted, there has been hundreds of reports of bruising, scratches and red marks left on people’s bodies after taking part in this tour.
Royal Mile, EH1 1RE | 0131 225 9044 | www.cityofthedeadtours.com
The Witchery Tours
The Witchery Tours operate two evening walks around Edinburgh; The Witchery Ghosts and Gore Tour in the summer, and The Witchery Murder and Mystery Tour all year round. The Witchery Tours take a light-hearted look at Edinburgh’s darker side and include tales of witchcraft, plague and torture. The tour information is gathered from city records, library documents and historical archives. It’s a tour suitable for all ages, unlike many tours in the city.
84 West Bow EH1 2HH | 0131 2256745 | www.witcherytours.com
The City of Edinburgh Tours
Their Extreme Paranormal Ghost Tour is not for the faint hearted! The tour is for the hardened ghost hunter as well as the non-believer. Looking at ghost stories from both sides, it also covers true, terrifying tales of hangings, torture, murders, witches and cannibals!
Old Police Box, Tron Kirk, Royal Mile | 0131 220 6868 | www.cityofedinburghtours.com