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Not for the faint of heart, this 1-hour haunted walking tour of Edinburgh’s Old Town reveals some of the Scottish capital’s most spine-tingling spots. Alongside your guide, visit a torture museum that speaks of Edinburgh’s gruesome past and have the chance to enter a haunted stone circle used for witchcraft rituals. Then, descend to the subterranean South Bridge vaults and, in atmospheric candle light, learn Edinburgh’s underground community in a small group limited to 15.
Your haunted Edinburgh tour begins at 175 High Street, outside of the Auld Reekier tour sign. At 7pm, 9pm, or 11pm, you’ll greet your guide and begin by strolling down Edinburgh’s Royal Mile. Your guide transports you back to 18th-century Edinburgh, where disease and torture were rife and a surplus of people overcrowded the streets.
Head to a torture exhibition to discover the gruesome techniques used to punish criminals in the 1700s, and feel your excitement heighten as your guide describes the South Bridge vaults, built beneath 19 stone arches and abandoned forever.
After visiting a temple used for witchcraft and daring to step inside a ring of haunted stones, you’ll descend to the South bridge vaults, where Edinburgh’s destitute and homeless sought refuge in the 18th century. Listen to stories of disease, infestation, and death as you navigate the tunnels by candlelight.
Following an hour of exploration, your tour concludes on Royal Mile.