Guided tour

Edinburgh Ghosts & Gore Walking Tour

Edinburgh Ghosts & Gore Walking Tour

From US$ 16.12 per person

See Edinburgh's darker side with Alexander Clapperton, leading you through the courtyards and closes of the old town. 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

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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. From August 1, 2022, to August 27, 2022 (except Sundays, August 7, 14, and 21), all tours will depart from the supplier's shop at 84 West Bow (Victoria Street), EH1 2HH. This is due to the annual Military Tattoo event and dress rehearsals taking place on Castlehill. On Sundays, August 7, 14, and 21, tours will depart from the usual meeting point outside The Witchery Restaurant on Castlehill.

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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.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 95 reviews

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Don’t overthink... Just do it! My husband and I had a great time in the company of “Mr. Clapperton” (deceased) and the many incredible (and funny) ghost appearances along the way. It is a tour of Edinburgh’s dark past, however, telling in such a light and funny way that it’ll be the perfect compliment for your trip. Even with kids.

December 29, 2022

I've been on a few ghost walks an I have to say that this was the funniest one I've been on yet. Loads of gruesome history stories and a few jump scares. We also received a free book at the start of the walk. very good priced also, especially for how good it was

February 24, 2022

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

Product ID: 20540