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“Daytime Ghostly Underground Tour [mercat tours]”
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Mercat Tours
Ranked #53 of 232 Tours in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 'History is a damn good story, what it needs is a damn good telling!' We're a family business and simply love sharing Edinburgh's stories. We're the original, largest, and first 5 star walking tour company in Scotland giving guaranteed quality. With a warm welcome and our award-winning storytelling and tour routes, we'll help you explore and discover Edinburgh. Our expert guides offer a unique, memorable glimpse of our remarkable history. With guaranteed daily departures, year round we offer exclusive access to Blair Street Underground Vaults, Edinburgh Castle, Palace of Holyroodhouse & National Museum of Scotland. Our tours begin at 10am and finish at 10pm, so we're sure we'll find something for you!
Reviewed April 19, 2012

Took this tour with Australian friends. Jared, the tour guide was excellent, articulate and informative. However, i think the tour loses out somewhat during the day as it is hard to recreate a spooky atmosphere in daylight. The tour took you to underground vaults, each of which had their own story/ghost. Our tour unfortunately started with 12 people, several of whom had English as their 2nd language and who persisted in chattering away to each other or speaking on their mobile phone and the group had somehow expanded to about 18 as we appeared to collect the extended families of the chatter merchants as the tour progressed. The tour guide did ask everyone to hold up their tickets on entering the vaults but at least 6 people "forgot" to produce their tickets. Tour costs £9 p.p. I would suggest an evening tour [ minus chatterboxes] would be better appreciated.

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MercatToursLtd, Manager at Mercat Tours, responded to this reviewResponded May 1, 2012

Thanks for getting in touch and reviewing your tour with us.

I'm afraid, as much as we may wish we could, we can't discriminate against chatterboxes on our tours! Our guides always try to appeal to customer's better nature and control any disruption, which I'm glad you felt Jared did. Our daytime ghost tour was developed particularly for family audiences - you are obviously brave enough to prefer an evening tour in the dark! Perhaps our late night Hidden and Haunted tour, our adult-only ghost tour, would be best for you if you visit us again. And please remember to keep your ticket to receive your returner's discount when you do.

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Reviewed April 18, 2012

The trouble with ghost tours is that they must either be very scarey or funny with a cynical slant. This tour was okay and a fun way to spend an evening and there was much Edinburgh Horrible History stories but wasn't that scarey or funny (intentionally or otherwise). Older children who enjoy Horrible History would not have been frightened by this tour and may find it quite entertaining.
The visit to the vaults was, in particular, interesting but it could have been better. For example there was one 'haunted' vault that was supposed to be much colder that the other vaults. It wasn't colder but it was much damper and the atmosphere was cold and chilly. When walking into it from the dryer vaults, the air change from cold dry to cold humid did have the effect of suddenly feeling cold and damp against the skin - it could have felt like ghostly fingers reaching out and touching to any of that frame of mind. I didn't say anything at the time and no one else said anything but they may not have noticed. However, if we had all been set up to sort of what to expect before entering the vault, I am sure more would have had the same experience. (Note: I checked the vault wall and it was soaking wet as I expected - if the walls had been bone dry like the other vaults I would have been out of there sooo fast!!)

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Reviewed April 17, 2012

I went on the underground haunted vaults tour. Kimberly, the tour guide, was a lot of fun. She read the people in the group and gave each person as little or as much attention as they wanted, ensuring an enjoyable experience. The tour provided spooky tales of the underground spliced with a bit of tongue-in-cheek humor. This tour is a good time to spend about 1 hr 15min.

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Reviewed April 17, 2012

We went on the Ghosts and Ghouls tour with Black Agness who was very informative and funny despite the bad weather and heckling crowds in the background,all in all very good tour and thoroughly recommend it .This is a must do visit when you in Edinbrough full of gory tales and stories....

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MercatToursLtd, Manager at Mercat Tours, responded to this reviewResponded May 1, 2012

Many thanks for your great review - we'll pass your 'pat-on-the-back' onto Black Agnes!

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Reviewed April 16, 2012

Linda was an excellent guide. We were on the 3pm Ghost Tour and glad that it was dry as there was a fair amount of hanging around outside in the early stages. The stories could have been quicker and more packed in but tricky when a wide age range to cater for. The underground vault is well worth seeing and leave your serious side behind in order to enjoy the folklore and tales from years gone by.

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MercatToursLtd, Manager at Mercat Tours, responded to this reviewResponded May 1, 2012

Many thanks for taking time to review your tour - we're delighted you enjoyed it! Though we are slightly confused that you were 'vaulting' underground...!

We hope to see you again soon.

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