Guided tour

Edinburgh Ghosts & Gore Walking Tour

4.9 / 5

54 reviews

Edinburgh Ghosts & Gore Walking Tour

From US$ 17.70 per person

See Edinburgh's darker side on this tour hosted by a deceased cemetery director! Mr. Clapperton will lead you through the courtyards and hidden corners of the old city, entertaining you with tales of witchcraft, punishments, executions and invasions.

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Duration 80 minutes
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Wheelchair accessible


  • Discover Edinburgh's ghostly side in the company of a deceased cemetery director!
  • Experience plenty of laughs and maybe a few frights
  • Enjoy a tour that's fun for the whole family
  • Receive a free copy of the best selling "Witchery Tales"
Full description
Your ghostly guide is the deceased Alexander Clapperton, who was an Edinburgh Cemetery Director during the 1840s. Mr Clapperton will take you on a light-hearted journey through Edinburgh's dark past, telling tales of tortures, plague, witchcraft and invasion as he leads you through the Old Town's atmospheric closes and courtyards. En route Mr. Clapperton will introduce some Edinburgh characters summoned from the mists of time - so be prepared for a few laughs and well as the odd fright! The tour price includes a copy of the bestselling 'Witchery Tales' book - essential bedtime reading and an ideal way to delve further into Edinburgh's darker history!
  • Qualified Ghostly Guide
  • Copy of the best-selling "Witchery Tales" book by Adam Lyal (deceased).
  • Hotel pickup and drop off
Covid-19 precautions
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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Meeting point

Tours depart from outside the front of 'The Witchery Restaurant,' located near Edinburgh Castle at 352 Castlehill (Royal Mile), EH1 2NF.

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Important information

Not allowed

  • Pets
  • Video recording
  • Unaccompanied minors

Know before you go

  • Guests should arrive 5 minutes before scheduled departure time
  • Please wear appropriate footwear (you will be walking on cobblestoned streets)
  • This tour will take place rain or shine.
  • From July 19, 2021, the number of people that can be booked in a single party has increased to 12.
Customer reviews

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4.9 /5

based on 54 reviews

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First off, you get a free book (well, included in the price... but its still more than others!) This tour has a good comedy value, tongue in cheek hearing stories of times gone by. There could be a bit more in depth gore and killings, but it's still interactive and value for money.

December 18, 2021

We weren’t sure what to expect, but after just half an hour with “Mr. Clapperton” and his assortment of helpers, we had learned about witches, murderers, hangings and all the dark sides of Edinburgh folk. All with a genuine jollity and humour. I would recommend this tour to anyone. Excellent!!

September 22, 2021

Fantastic value for money we thoroughly enjoyed it. I would say more gore than ghosts but loved hearing all the stories, the guide and his accomplice were brilliant I don't want to spoil it but a few jumps along the way. It was great hearing and seeing things that you wouldn't probably notice. I would say book it you will not be disappointed and you get a free book with more details and stories in it. Fantastic value for money.

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September 4, 2021

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