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Edinburgh Darkside Walking Tour: Mysteries, Murder and Legends

  • Explore Edinburgh at its most atmospheric on a night tour 
  • Delve into the dark history of Scotland's capital 
  • See Edinburgh landmarks illuminated by night
Edinburgh Darkside Walking Tour: Mysteries, Murder and Legends
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The atmospheric city of Edinburgh is best explored by night, when tales of mystery and murder are at their most frightening. Discover the dark side of Scotland's capital on a historical walking tour that covers Edinburgh’s morbid past. Wind your way through the cobbled streets of Calton Hill, North Bridge, and Canongate cemetery, all of which are inaccessible by coach bus or car, and listen to stories that focus on torture, treason, and death.
What to Expect

Your evening tour begins at a designated meeting point in Edinburgh Old Town. Greet your guide and receive an introduction to the city’s dark history.

Wind your way down the cobbled streets surrounding Calton Hill and North Bridge, beneath which lies the Blair Street Vaults. Discover tales of torture and treason interspersed with stories of pagan festivals and dramatic historical events.

Get acquainted with the deceased residents of Canongate cemetery, and discover the truth behind the gruesome exploits of Burke and Hare, the notorious Edinburgh grave robbers.

Your tour concludes on the Royal Mile.

Reviews (443)
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile
The best thing we did!

We absolutely loved the tour, Greg (I think that was his name ... tall, Scottish and ginger with an exceptional beard) was fantastic! So knowledgeable and very entertaining. Gave us a great insight to Edinburghs darker past, wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this tour.

Thank rhindle5990
Reviewed yesterday
Fun and informative evening visiting parts of Edinburgh which you probably would not see

This was a really fun event. Alistair, our guide, was informative and very entertaining. He kept the whole group entertained throughout the tour, which certainly took in areas of Edinburgh that we would not have seen. It wasn't too scary so suitable for families but...More

2  Thank Kirsty M
Reviewed 3 days ago
Nothing More Than A Walk in The Dark

Horrified at the size of group over 30 trying to follow Angus - this tour is really nothing more than a walk in the dark. It encompassed various hills and alot of steps uneven paths and a couple of cemeteries, with a few tales thown...More

Thank BusybeeSussex
Reviewed 4 days ago
im in love

gonna start by saying this tour was dope. Very interesting material! Wanted to be a little more scared, but the history was really nice and it was an awesome way to see the city! Do yourself a favor and book this tour. The real cherry...More

Thank Audrey M
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile
Top tour

I picked this tour for me and my mam while we were staying in Edinburgh for a few days and we thoroughly enjoyed it! Greg was our guide and he was great so funny he had us in stitches! The tour wasn’t as scary as...More

Thank 9lucy2
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Benjamin R
September 21, 2018|
Response from bokoltnow | Reviewed this property |
I think we took an afternoon tour. It meets at the corner of Starbucks. I think they have a website. It's worth it.
August 21, 2018|
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Response from María C | Reviewed this property |
It doesn't. I don't know if Sandeman's has a visit to the vaults to be honest...