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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 
  • Receive personalized attention in a small group limited to 10 people
Edinburgh Darkside Walking Tour: Mysteries, Murder and Legends
From US$ 16.56
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Tour departing at 6:30pm with an English speaking guide
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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.

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Reviewed 3 days ago
Angus is awesome

I did this tour last night. Even though it was a very chilly night, Angus' humour was enough to keep us all warm. A good tour for someone interested in history but if you are looking for ghosts, try another tour.

Thank Bridget P
Reviewed 1 week ago
Fantastic tours with Ryan & Alistair

We did both the free tour and the Darkside tour with Ryan and the Castle tour with Alistair. They were both fantastic guides. We’ve done over 10 walking tours with Sandemans and these two guides were at the very top. Both funny and knowledgeable, they...More

1  Thank dnjlh
Reviewed 1 week ago
Great way to learn about Edinburgh!

Our guide Greg was informative, funny, enthusiastic and obviously loves history. A great way to end the day. See if you can get lucky and have Greg as your guide. So much history and lore that you wont remember 75% of it!

Thank Gustoguy
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Fantastic fairies, creepy criminals and bloody stories

Our tour guide, Sarah, was absolutely brilliant. You could tell she has a passion for story telling and she filled the entire walk with wit, charm and wise cracks. The walk dipped and dodged from grim urban legends to dark folklore and mythology. I recommend...More

2  Thank RollerBrit
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Phenomenal !!!

On the 23/8/2018 we were in Edinburgh and knowing that these were done Tours Agnès reserved a place for us Our guide was Miss Mary, with a lot of professionalism that was introduced to us in the history of the city and, laughing and smiling,...More

Thank Juan m
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21 August 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...
5 August 2018|
Response from Carly H | Reviewed this property |
No not that I’m aware of but they’re talking about obviously murders and some grisly things so I’d put the judgement down to parental common sense as to whether it would be suitable for their child - some kids would love it... More
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