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Edinburgh: Dark Secrets of the Old Town Ghost Walking Tour

Edinburgh: Dark Secrets of the Old Town Ghost Walking Tour

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Explore Edinburgh's dark past as you visit Canongate Kirkyard, learn about the Black Death, and visit the sites of 19th-century serial killers on this chilling guided walking tour.

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  • Stroll down winding alleyways in the center of Edinburgh
  • Learn about Burke and Hare, known as the Westport Murderers
  • Discover the witch and warlock trials that took place in Scotland
  • Visit Scotland's most haunted graveyard, Old Calton Cemetery
  • Hear stories, myths and funny anecdotes from your local guide
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Discover Scotland’s mythical sites and Scottish faeries as you walk around the city of Edinburgh. Pass by graveyards, aged houses, and the sites where witches and warlocks were burnt on this sinister yet insightful walking tour.

Learn about the black market for corpses in the 19th century and the serial killers William Burke and William Hare. Hear how they sold corpses for dissection at anatomy lectures. Visit the Old Calton Cemetery and Canongate Kirkyard. Enjoy pleasant views across Edinburgh whilst your guide talks about a particularly dark chapter in the city’s history, the burning of witches and warlocks. Be astounded by the number of people burned for witchcraft and what spells and beliefs caused this.

Unearth the past as your guide explains about the doctors who cured those with the Black Death, bubonic plague pandemic in the 1300s. Walk past houses where people lived in the 17th-century and explore the mystery and mysticism that surrounds Edinburgh.

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    Meeting point

    Meet in front of the entrance to Advocates Close, 361 High Street, (opposite St. Giles’ Cathedral). Look for the black umbrella with the tour provider's yellow logo.

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    4.9 /5

    based on 15 reviews

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    we had a very charismatic and entertaining guide called Angus (apparently he's the best one or so we've heard [from him]) and it is true! we had a blast and found out many interesting historic facts about Edinburgh's cemetaries, Parliament and witchy era. Even though it was raining cats and dogs we barely noticed it in the warm and lighthearted atmosphere of their walking group. (PS ask him about his Irn Bru Tattoo ;) )

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    April 6, 2022

    June 1, 2022

    A very informative and fun tour. Angus told us (with a lot of charm) bloody and scary strories. And we made a little detour to see some plaves where they filmed outlander.

    May 29, 2022

    Product ID: 413318