Edinburgh: The Dark Side Walking Tour

Edinburgh: The Dark Side Walking Tour

From $20.87 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
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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
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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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    •  Children aged 13 and under are welcome to join this tour for free, if accompanied by an adult
    •  Please note that the tour includes steep hills and dark and narrow steps. Unfortunately, it is not recommended for pushchairs, those in wheelchairs or with limited mobility
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    4.7 /5

    based on 488 reviews

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    The tour was great. We had a very nice time walking through Edinburgh streets and graveyards on a lovely sunny evening,finding out about its dark past. Australian David is a professional & knowledgable guide with a good sense of humour. We already shared some of the stories with family and friends. Highly recommended!

    May 31, 2021

    Loved this tour, Angus with a g was great, I felt like I was out with a friend at times, but yet he was professional and focused on giving us a brilliant time throughout. The Sorry telling was superb!. Really spooky and harrowing. If you love murderous stories In graveyards then Angus is your man and this tour us for you!. Can't wait to return next year. Angus is a credit to your company!.

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    November 2, 2020

    Our guide Sarah was very animated and enthusiastic which was great, and she had great local knowledge as well as a great way of keeping everyone engaged. It was a good length tour with good content, but it was more about the humourous side of folk stories, where we were hoping for a darker content. It was enjoyable non the less.

    September 22, 2020

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