Guided tour

Edinburgh: The Witches Tour

4.4 / 5

86 reviews

Activity provider: Thistle Knights Tours

Edinburgh: The Witches Tour

Activity provider: Thistle Knights Tours
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From US$ 6.03 per person

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Follow in the footsteps of some of Edinburgh's most famous witches and hear how witchcraft was used to win wars, help find a long lost husband and much more. Learn just how some rituals were performed including bloodletting and more.

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Duration 3.5 hours
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Live tour guide
Wheelchair accessible


  • See the National Museum of Scotland
  • Visit a witchcraft shop and get a rune stone reading
  • Enjoy a chakra reading and balance work
  • See real human remains once used for rituals
Full description
Learn all about the witches of Edinburgh on an immersive tour that explores how witchcraft was used in the city from 1590 until 1690. Follow your guide to some of Edinburgh's most mysterious sites and learn more about the city's most famous witches. Hear how and why they become witches and how they were treated by others. Journey through the supernatural and discover how they practiced their craft. Visit the site where most of them met their fate, see the city's oldest wicca shop and encounter some of the spooky wynds (alleys) off the Royal Mile.
  • Guide
  • Museum visit
  • Try your hand at Dowsing
  • Read the witches rune stones
  • Visit to a real witches shop, if open on the day
  • Fortune-telling reading
  • Chakra energy reading
  • Chakra massage

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Meeting point

The tour begins near zebra crossing at the National Museum of Scotland, Chambers St, Edinburgh EH1 1JF. Please note this is not the main door into the museum.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes

Not allowed

  • Pets
  • Smoking
  • Smoking indoors

Know before you go

  • The tour may go up onto the roof of the National Museum of Scotland, depending on the weather at the time of the tour
  • You will also have the chance to book a fortune-telling reading or Chakra energy reading at the end of the tour
  • You can also try 1 of the 3 Chakra massages available at the end of the tour; please see the guide on the day
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.4 /5

based on 86 reviews

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Frank the tour guide is a fountain of knowledge and was also willing to answer any personal questions I had about my own spiritual practices. I paid a fiver for this tour and it lasted two hours. I feel that was a bargain! And I am grateful for the help Frank gave me, too :) It has made a huge difference in my life. If you like the darker, more grim side of history... Give it a whirl!

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September 5, 2021

Amazing!!!! I loved all the knowledge of the guide tour, was very nice and funny, the information was great, very entertaining and it took me and my friends to amazing places that not even them being and living in Edinburgh knew about, 5 starts to this tour!!! you can also ask him many thinks about history, symbols, paganism, Wicca etc. AMAZING!

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August 1, 2020


The guide was fantastic and a real well of culture. The tour which should have lasted only 2 hours has turned into a tour of almost 4 hours where none of us has seen the passage of time so interesting. Thank you, we have learned a great deal about Scottish history, the history of religion and witchcraft. Really, we recommend with your eyes closed it was extraordinary and totally unexpected.

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September 24, 2019

Product ID: 97101