Edinburgh Ghosts & Gore Walking Tour

4.9 / 5

37 reviews

Edinburgh Ghosts & Gore Walking Tour

From £10 per person

See Edinburgh's darker side on this tour hosted by a deceased cemetery director! Mr. Clapperton will lead you through the courtyards and hidden corners of the old city, entertaining you with tales of witchcraft, punishments, executions and invasions.

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Duration 80 minutes
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Wheelchair accessible


  • Discover Edinburgh's ghostly side in the company of a deceased cemetery director!
  • Experience plenty of laughs and maybe a few frights
  • Enjoy a tour that's fun for the whole family
  • Receive a free copy of the best selling "Witchery Tales"
Full description
Your ghostly guide is the deceased Alexander Clapperton, who was an Edinburgh Cemetery Director during the 1840s. Mr Clapperton will take you on a light-hearted journey through Edinburgh's dark past, telling tales of tortures, plague, witchcraft and invasion as he leads you through the Old Town's atmospheric closes and courtyards. En route Mr. Clapperton will introduce some Edinburgh characters summoned from the mists of time - so be prepared for a few laughs and well as the odd fright! The tour price includes a copy of the bestselling 'Witchery Tales' book - essential bedtime reading and an ideal way to delve further into Edinburgh's darker history!
  • Qualified Ghostly Guide
  • Copy of the best-selling "Witchery Tales" book by Adam Lyal (deceased).
  • Hotel pickup and drop off
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds

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    Meeting point

    Tours depart from outside the front of 'The Witchery Restaurant,' located near Edinburgh Castle at 352 Castlehill (Royal Mile), EH1 2NF.

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    Important information

    Not allowed

    • Pets
    • Video recording
    • Unaccompanied minors

    Know before you go

    • Guests should arrive 5 minutes before scheduled departure time
    • Please wear appropriate footwear (you will be walking on cobblestoned streets)
    • This tour will take place rain or shine.
    • From July 19, 2021, the number of people that can be booked in a single party has increased to 12.
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    4.9 /5

    based on 37 reviews

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    Great fun and lots of laughter

    Fantastic tour!! I wasn't really sure what to expect, but ended up enjoying it so much. Guys did an amazing job, they also had to improvise at some point due to an unplanned intrusion, and they had us all in stitches. I will be visiting Edinburgh again with my friend next year, and we will definitely go to do this tour. Very light-hearted and suitable for families as well.

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    28 July 2019

    Fun trip

    We were a party of 7 women joined by another 2 women. It was fun throughout! The “spirit guide”, Alexander Clapperton” did a great job and kept us informed and entertained. The various “characters” we met en route added to the atmosphere and fun. Would thoroughly recommend to anyone up for wee bit of a laugh!!

    19 April 2018


    The boys and I thoroughly enjoyed the Ghosts & Gore tour!! Informative, interesting, funny yet kid friendly and a free book about local history to boot!! Fantastic tour, fab value, great tour guides!!! Despite taking my boys to various activities whilst in Edinburgh. . . The tour was their favourite bit of our holiday!! I equally enjoyed the history, local facts and architecture!! Well done!!!

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    9 July 2017

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