Guided tour

Edinburgh: The Dark Side Walking Tour

Edinburgh: The Dark Side Walking Tour

From £15 per person

Uncover the darker side of Edinburgh on a walking tour of the historic city center, and feel the hair on the back of your neck stand on end as you discover gruesome graveyards and hear about the secrets that lie down the narrow alleyways.

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Duration 2 hours
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  • Learn more about the notorious Burke and Hare
  • Hear chilling tales of witch trials and burnings
  • Visit Canongate Kirkyard and the mausoleums
  • Discover the truth about the murder of Mary Queen of Scots’ lover
Full description
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.  
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  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You must fill out a travel information form

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Absolutely loved the tour. We had Australian David as our guide - he was great, very good at telling the story without being over the top. Having been on tours before this one was different, the stories told were interesting and many I hadn’t heard before. The stops on the tour were great. Would highly recommend especially if you like anything dark or creepy.

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6 September 2021

Brilliant tour. The guide, I want to say Eva but I'm rubbish with names (she is German), was fantastic. She told each story in an engaging way and was great with everyone in the group. It was an interesting walk through Edinburgh and nice to see places I might not have visited by myself. As well as getting to hear some of Edinburgh's dark history.

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17 August 2021

Really great start to our staycation! Got to see the bits of Edinburgh that we would never have found by ourselves and hear some great stories/histories which were delivered in a very humorous manner, by our very informative and lovely guide Jen. We are a family of four (kids aged 17 & 13 & would definitely recommend.

9 August 2021

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