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Journey through Edinburgh’s grisliest tales with a 2-hour haunted walking tour. Experience the ghastly histories of monsters, madness and murder that cast a dark shadow on the capital city. Discover the stories and sites of witch trials, pagan rituals and executions, and hear about local monsters that live in urban myth. Then visit the chilling Old Calton Burial Ground or Canongate Kirkyard cemetery to learn about body-snatching and some of the infamous interred.


  • 2-hour walking tour of Edinburgh’s murky past and present, led by a knowledgeable guide
  • Explore the eerie, cobblestone streets of Edinburgh’s Old Town
  • Climb Calton Hill, the site of witch trials and pagan rituals, and take in panoramic views of the city
  • Visit Old Calton Burial Ground or Canongate Kirkyard cemetery and learn about body-snatching, vampires and more
  • Discover the capital’s gruesome past through the guide’s gripping commentary

What You Can Expect

Edinburgh Darkside Haunted Walking Tour: Mysteries, Murder and Legends

Edinburgh is the city with the highest level of paranormal activity in the whole of Europe

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)!

Customer Reviews

Miguel P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Very entertaining walk with a super enthousiast guide. Well done, Sarah!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Sarah did a great job of enlightening and entertaining us as she took us on a journey back in time as we walked around the city learning of its storied and haunted past. I would recommend this tour to all.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Well done, very funny and engaging tour guide. Would recommend. Wonderful way to see some sights you wouldn and #39;t see on your own and the and #34;dark history and #34; was well presented.

Nathalie C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Very entertaining! Our guide, Greg gave it a very lively and funny touch. I recommend as he brought us in some places we would most possibly not visit otherwise.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Very nice walking tour good for the money wish we paid.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This is a great walking tour!!! Our guide Sabella was awesome!! She was so animated and knew tons of Edinburgh facts.
It took us to parts of the city that we would have never gone to on our own... So glad we did it!

Ben D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

We participated in a tour led by Greg. I certainly hope he is a professional actor because he certainly has the chops for it. The tour was highly informative, lively, and entertaining. I cannot recommend this tour and this tour guide more highly!

Danielle T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Greg our tour guide was SPECTACULAR!!!!!!

Sandy d

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Our tour guide Greg was excellent...with his storytelling, we felt like we were back in time. It was a fun way to see the sites, learn the history and be entertained...highly recommend the tour!

April H Ireland

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Fascinating and interesting, a fabulous tour.

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