Your ghostly adventure starts in the evening on Edinburgh’s Royal Mile in Old Town. Meet your local guide and steel yourself for a walk through the dark recesses of Edinburgh’s haunted history, hearing stories of murder, monsters, cannibals and other local oddities. Cross your fingers that you’ll encounter (or not encounter!) a spooky character at one of the venues to come.
You’ll first wind through shadowed alleys and cobbled streets to North Bridge and Calton Hill, where you’ll get panoramic views of the city and a dose of gruesome history. Explore the monuments perched high above the city and learn about the grisly witch trials that occurred here. Still a sacred area for many, Calton Hill continues to host pagan rituals like the Edinburgh Beltane Fire Festival.
Afterwards, continue to one of Edinburgh’s famous cemeteries. Stop at the 17th-century Canongate Kirkyard cemetery or Old Calton Burial Ground, where David Hume is buried. Hear about his fabled deal with the devil, as well as the history of Burke and Hare, body snatchers who made a killing (so to speak!) by selling corpses to medical science.
Between stops, hear other creepy stories of execution, murder, torture and hauntings. Your 2-hour tour returns to the Royal Mile at a local pub. Pop inside for a drink to help warm your chilled soul (own expense)!