1. United Kingdom
  2. Scotland
  3. Edinburgh
  4. Royal Mile

Edinburgh: The Dark Side Walking Tour

Product ID: 136052
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.
About this activity
Duration: 2 hours
Starting time 6:30 PM
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
English, Spanish, German
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

Select participants, date and language:



  • 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.

  • Guide
What’s Not Included
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

Meet in front of Frankie & Benny's, 130 High Street, Edinburgh EH1 1QS by Tron Kirk. Look for the guides with red t-shirts and red umbrellas with the local tour operator's logo.

Open in Google Maps ⟶
Important information
Know before you go
• 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
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 368 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.8 / 5
  • Organization
    4.7 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.6 / 5
  • Safety
    4.8 / 5
Sort by

Fantastic tour with so many fascinating insights into local history. Our guide Jen was animated and engaging with a great sense of humour and a brilliant grasp of storytelling, keeping us all gripped whilst sticking only to the facts (and throwing in a bit of old Scottish superstition of course). We covered lots of ground, visiting unique sights and soaking up the tales of the city which wouldn’t otherwise be apparent without pouring through the right history books. Jen does all the hard work for you (and she really knows her stuff)... so all you need to do is wrap up warm, strap on some comfy footwear and enjoy soaking up the dark side of Edinburgh!

Read more

February 27, 2020

A really enjoyable and informative evening. Our guide Eva was fabulous, made the whole tour very enthralling and entertaining. The stories were told really well and she brought her wonderful personality into them all. Can definitely recommend this tour, great value for money and I learnt a lot about Edinburgh I wouldn’t have known.

February 19, 2020

We were so impressed with Edgar's storytelling and charisma. He was absolutely amazing. And this city's history is just compelling and extraordinarily entertaining. We loved it through and through. We highly recommend Edgar, as he is so fun, so knowledgeable, so artistic and quite a charming presence. We all loved him.

January 30, 2020

Organized by

Sandemans New Europe - Britain

Product ID: 136052