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Edinburgh: Dark Secrets of the Old Town Ghost Walking Tour

1. Edinburgh: Dark Secrets of the Old Town Ghost Walking Tour

Discover Scotland’s mythical sites and Scottish faeries as you walk around the city of Edinburgh. Pass by graveyards, aged houses, and the sites where witches and warlocks were burnt on this sinister yet insightful walking tour. Learn about the black market for corpses in the 19th century and the serial killers William Burke and William Hare. Hear how they sold corpses for dissection at anatomy lectures. Visit the Old Calton Cemetery and Canongate Kirkyard. Enjoy pleasant views across Edinburgh whilst your guide talks about a particularly dark chapter in the city’s history, the burning of witches and warlocks. Be astounded by the number of people burned for witchcraft and what spells and beliefs caused this. Unearth the past as your guide explains about the doctors who cured those with the Black Death, a bubonic plague pandemic in the 1300s. Walk past houses where people lived in the 17th-century and explore the mystery and mysticism that surrounds Edinburgh.

Edinburgh: Dark History & Canongate Guided Walking Tour

2. Edinburgh: Dark History & Canongate Guided Walking Tour

Ah, Edinburgh! They don't call it "The Jekyll & Hyde City" for nothing. During the day, a respectable figure, with its astonishing architecture and wondrous history. But when the sun sets, it tells an entirely different story... Hear all about the darker history of Edinburgh: murderers, thieves, cannibals, hangings and decapitations, witches, the Plague and streams of human waste. Learn about the most notorious citizens of Edinburgh and how ghost stories are born. This is not a ghost tour: we don't need costumes or people jumping from behind the corners, Edinburgh's Dark History itself is enough to make your skin crawl. And oh, how we love to share it with our visitors...

Edinburgh: 2-Hour Nighttime Ghost Tour

3. Edinburgh: 2-Hour Nighttime Ghost Tour

The city of Edinburgh has witnessed its fair share of bloody events, murders and witch burnings throughout history. The echoes of these events have survived through time and have left their mark on the alleys and cemeteries that you will travel through on this exciting night tour.  On this tour of ghosts, mysteries and witches, you will take a 2-hour journey through the black history of Edinburgh. Take a stroll through Edinburgh, away from the stock standard attractions and travel back to a time of mystery. With your guide, enjoy a series of stories and visual projections that will give you insight into the dark history of Edinburgh. This tour is an essential part of your stay in Edinburgh and one not to be missed. 

Edinburgh: Greyfriars Kirkyard Tour

4. Edinburgh: Greyfriars Kirkyard Tour

Meet your expert local guide and visit the graves of some of the lesser-known individuals buried in Greyfriars Kirkyard. Learn about the lecturer who taught Charles Darwin, an actor buried in full theatrical costume, and a First World War ace pilot. Uncover fascinating stories from centuries past as you wander through Edinburgh's most historic cemetery. Hear more about the mysterious Miss Cathcart. Visit the gravesite of a bestselling novelist from the 1770s. Discover burial sites that have links to contemporary popular culture, namely the Harry Potter book and film series. In addition to learning about the hidden history behind the graveyard, spot the burial places of famous individuals related to the history of Edinburgh.

Edinburgh: Greyfriars Kirkyard Walking Tour

5. Edinburgh: Greyfriars Kirkyard Walking Tour

Explore Greyfriars Kirkyard, one of the most atmospheric, haunted, densely populated, and interesting burial grounds in Scotland. With your expert guide learn more about the lives of its famous and often infamous expired occupants, from the endearing and humorous to the horrifying and disturbing. Find out what inspirations J.K Rowling took from this 16th-century graveyard for her Harry Potter novels and discover the often cryptic and enigmatic meanings behind beautifully carved tombstone engravings and sculptures. Hear of the measures which were taken in an attempt to prevent grave-robbing and the consequences of this plundering. Uncover the dark stories related to the graveyard and hear more about a malevolent poltergeist who is said to still haunt Greyfriars to this day.

Edinburgh: 3-Hour Walking Tour

6. Edinburgh: 3-Hour Walking Tour

On this walking tour of Edinburgh, you will get an in-depth look at the city. Your guide will take you on a journey full of history, literature, gastronomy, and nightlife. You will learn the fascinating history and culture of the capital of Scotland. This is a fun and entertaining tour that will give you insight into this historic city and help you make plans for your stay in Edinburgh. During your walking tour, you will make stops that are off the traditional routes while ensuring that you get to see the forgotten areas of Edinburgh. This tour will take you through Old Town and its intricate alleyways to see some of its most emblematic buildings and characters. You will also get to see the New Town, the picturesque Victoria Street, Grassmarket, and the chilling cemetery of Greyfriars, to finish touring the most representative buildings of the University of Edinburgh, one of the oldest and most prestigious in the world.

Edinburgh: Harry Potter Public Walking Tour in French

7. Edinburgh: Harry Potter Public Walking Tour in French

The walking tour starts in front of the building where J.K. Rowling wrote the last words of the Harry Potter saga. The group will then explore the Old Town of Edinburgh, touching the writer's very own hand prints as you walk through the most thrilling parts of the book. You'll pass in front of a very famous café where the author was known to come to write before she became too famous. Following that, wander through the famous Victoria Street, which was so important for Harry Potter and his companions. The visit will end after exploring the most famous cemetery of Edinburgh, Greyfriars Kirkyard, which you will learn is strangely connected to Harry Potter's world.

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What people are saying about Edinburgh

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 303 reviews

A very informative and fun tour. Angus told us (with a lot of charm) bloody and scary strories. And we made a little detour to see some plaves where they filmed outlander.

The tour was amazing. We learned a lot but in a fun way. The tour guide has an amazing humor and it was an incredible way to learn about the history of edinburgh.

Amazing evening! Angus was very knowledgeable and ridiculously funny! A really lovely activity. Would definitely recommend :))

The guide is very friendly, you can learn many details about the history of places that would otherwise be unnoticed.

lovely welkom by Edgar and a walk with lyle. down the royal mile with sidesteps, story's and anecdotes.