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Our most recommended Edinburgh Walking Tours

  • Edinburgh: Underground Vaults Tour

    1. Edinburgh: Underground Vaults Tour

    This vaults tour takes you beneath the streets of Edinburgh's Old Town into a dimly lit space that many considered to be haunted. Your 1-hour tour visits the vaults of the South Bridge that date back to the 1700s.

    These are the same vaults mentioned on Most Haunted Live as one of the scariest places on earth. Learn how the vaults have been used over the years, and the living conditions endured by the poor and homeless residents who frequented them.

    The darker side of Edinburgh's history will unfold as you wander through the candle-lit underground area. From your costumed guide, you'll hear about the Burke and Hare murders and the persecution of witches.

    Discover the characters who stalked the streets of Edinburgh, and the paranormal stories associated with the vaults. The Haunted Vaults tour option will cover more paranormal and ghost stori...

    Really good guide, unfortunately cannot remember his name but I think a career in stand up beckons!

  • Edinburgh: Haunted Underground Vaults and Graveyard Tour

    2. Edinburgh: Haunted Underground Vaults and Graveyard Tour

    Spook yourself on a guided tour of the most haunted sites in Edinburgh and visit the graveyard of Greyfriars Kirkyard to learn the legend of Greyfriars Bobby. Look at the Gothic mausoleums and learn about notable burials as you explore the grim history of the cemetery. Continue to the nearby Edinburgh Vaults, located in the arches of South Bridge. Hear about regular paranormal occurrences and how some of the characters from history have never really left. Discover the former home of the destitute, witches and a hellfire club, and hear how the haunted vault is now possessed by something truly evil.

    Great tour, lots of information and humour and fairly enjoyed. Also a few spooks along the way. Fascinating city with a fascinating history

  • Edinburgh: Late Night Underground Vaults Terror Tour

    3. Edinburgh: Late Night Underground Vaults Terror Tour

    Join this 75-minute tour of Edinburgh for the city’s darkest and most frightening experience as you hear ghost stories of the city told above and below the ground of the Royal Mile. After walking through the famous wynds and closes of the Royal Mile, learning about the horrific living conditions and listening to stories of murderers who roamed the streets, you will be taken to the haunted underground vaults. Torture exhibits await for those with a strong enough stomach to learn how these devices were used in times gone by. Go to the home of “The Watcher” ghost, see the infamous stone circle vault, and discover why you should never step inside!

    Darren the tour guide is the best guide I have ever come across anywhere in the world! The knowledge he has and the way he presents the tour is amazing!

  • Edinburgh: Harry Potter Magical Guided Walking Tour

    4. Edinburgh: Harry Potter Magical Guided Walking Tour

    Enjoy a Harry Potter themed walking tour across Edinburgh. See the city where JK Rowling found inspiration for Hogwarts, her famous characters, and discover the place where she wrote the books. Have your Harry Potter trivia tested with an audio-visual quiz, and earn points for your house. Find out which Hogwarts House you’re in, and whether you’re a pure blood, a muggle, or a squib. Visit the Grave of Tom Riddle in Greyfriars Kirkyard, and pass JK Rowling’s golden handprints outside City Chambers. See all this and more on a magical 2-hour guided tour. Best of all, choose from either a small-group or private guided experience.

    My daughters had a lovely time exploring Edinburgh city along with gaining knowledge about the Harry Potter tour . The guide Kieran was very interactive and made the trip worth looking forward to. Thank you.

  • Edinburgh: Silent Disco Adventure Tour

    5. Edinburgh: Silent Disco Adventure Tour

    Join your silent disco team as they take you on a journey of song and dance through the famous streets of Edinburgh. This musically instructed adventure aims to have your funky moves on display and your pop star voices serenading the people of the capital. Your hi-tech headsets will fill your body with beats, playing theme songs and your favorite hits from across the decades. As your inhibitions evaporate and laughter takes over, you will be part of the best all-dance, all-singing walking tour in town. Ganging up with your super-stylish leader at the starting point, you’ll groove down the historic streets, passing famous landmarks, performers and the public (who will be looking on in awe and jealousy). Your moves are awesome, you just don’t know it yet!

    Lots of fun, but perhaps need to have a drink before hand as it could be daunting if your sober walking around Edinburgh dancing. Great experience. Could be a little more interactive with guides but really enjoyed what they did do to get you going!

  • Edinburgh: The Dark Side Walking Tour

    6. Edinburgh: The Dark Side Walking Tour

    Meet some of Edinburgh's most infamous characters on a fun ghost walk through the dark side of the city center. Learn more about Burke and Hare and hear tales of witch burning, grave robbing, body snatching and mysterious murders. Start on the Royal Mile, where plundered tombs, funeral pyres and mass graves from thousands of years ago are concealed. Get goosebumps as the past is brought to life by your guide and venture to gruesome burial sites such as the Canongate Kirkyard. Prepare to be spooked by spine-chilling tales of real-life cannibals and vampires as the true history of Edinburgh is recreated before your eyes.  

    Amazing, David (Australian David) was spectacular so thorough, really had the perfect personality for the job, so engaging and really drew the crowd in. Genuinely learnt so much in 2 hours it was incredible highly recommend this as an Edinburgh staple for any visit.

  • The Scotch Whisky Experience: Guided Tour and Whisky Tasting

    7. The Scotch Whisky Experience: Guided Tour and Whisky Tasting

    This guided whisky tour tells the story of Scotland’s most famous product. A highlight of these tours is the Diageo Claive Vidiz Scotch Whisky Collection, which is the world’s largest collection of Scotch whisky, encompassing almost 3,500 individual bottles. This tour starts with the Whisky barrel car ride, which takes guests through the production and maturation process of Scotch whisky. This is followed by a sensory journey of Scotland including an introduction to Scotch whisky aromas. Next, enjoy a tutored appreciation of Scotch whisky along with a viewing of the world’s largest collection of Scotch Whisky (guests under 18 years of age will be given Irn Bru, a Scottish soft drink). The gift of a crystal tasting glass is included with this tour. If you select the gold tour option, after enjoying a full guided tour, you'll compare and contrast 4 regional single malts whilst relaxing ...

    An amazing learning and tasting experience. Highly recommend upgrading to the gold to experience all the regions of Whisky production.

  • Edinburgh: Ghostly Underground Vaults Tour

    8. Edinburgh: Ghostly Underground Vaults Tour

    Follow your guide as you explore Edinburgh's ghostly past through the streets of the Old Town. This walking tour that leads you around town and down underground into the Edinburgh Vaults. Listen as your cloaked guide tells you tales of the city's dark and grim past as you are led along the Royal Mile on cobblestone streets. If you dare, step into the narrow alleyways, which are only a few feet wide. Next, make your way to the South Bridge, and head underneath, where Edinburgh's Vaults are located. Once storage areas for businesses and shops in the area, the vaults were taken over in the late 1700s and turned into living spaces. Eventually the area became home to slums and the city's red-light district. As you walk through these now-vacant rooms, you will hear tales of the deplorable living conditions, as well as of the crime that once raged through the vaults. When you emerge from the...

    Enjoyed the experience, much to the credit of Margaret Ann. She was funny and informative, and made me jump out of my skin 2 or 3 times! however I personally felt I could have done without the ghostly aspects and just done a historic tour of the vaults instead.

  • Edinburgh: History of Whisky with Tasting and Storytelling

    9. Edinburgh: History of Whisky with Tasting and Storytelling

    This tour meets on the iconic Royal Mile and you'll have a short walk to one of the supplier's outstanding whisky venues Over the next two hours, drink 4 outstanding single malt scotch whiskys taken from the 4 major whisky producing regions of Scotland. These whiskys will range from the relatively delicate and subtle flavors of the Lowlands to the bold and robust tastes from Islay. You will also be given tasting cards giving notes on each of the whiskys that you sample. During the tour, experience some traditional storytelling and explore the significance of whisky to the Scottish identity. The entire upper floor of the venue reserved, so there is plenty of space and privacy to conduct the story orientated evening.

    Amazing stories from an local expert in Scotland stories: Ben! Whisky was delicious and fine. Highly recommended

  • Edinburgh: Old Town History and Tales Walking Tour

    10. Edinburgh: Old Town History and Tales Walking Tour

    You will meet your guide on Edinburgh's iconic and historic Royal Mile, by the Statue of Adam Smith (one of Scotland's greatest thinkers). From there, your tour will be lead through the gorgeous winding streets that comprise Edinburgh's "Old Town". Covering everything from history to religion and folklore, this walking tour is an original tour of Edinburgh’s medieval Old Town. Your talented and entertaining guide will walk you through the streets and alleys of "Auld Reekie", while enthralling you with with its history, folklore, and tales! You will learn about the secrets Edinburgh is hiding and experience the incredible stories it has to tell, as your guide leads you through the city's long history. Topics included in the tour include Edinburgh's Mercat Cross, St. Giles Cathedral, the Scottish Enlightenment, Greyfriars Bobby, the Grassmarket, Harry Potter's inspirations, and many more...

    Excellent tour. Luca, our guide , was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic. I learnt a lot in the 2 hours.

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What people are saying about Edinburgh

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 10,104 reviews

We were lucky enough to have Tuesday as our Gide to the fascinating tour of the vaults. She was very good indeed. Very informative and knowledgeable about the area and history but also brought a good dose of humour to our tour. Could not recommend highly enough.

Did the Silent Disco Adventure in Edinburgh this weekend...and had the best fun ever! Just laughed all the way through...guides were fab and the music just right...will be booking up to attend on my next city break...thank you so much!!

Very interesting look at some Edinburgh history that isn’t the norm. It scratches the surface of Edinburgh’s brutal past. Well worth it for a bit of something different

Tour was excellent, Darren was a great tour guide, was very knowledgeable and informative whilst making the experience fun, would recommend. 5 Star.

Excellent guides. Really put an effort into making it a great experience