• Location: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • Duration: 80 minutes (approx.)
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Delve into Edinburgh’s ghoulish side with an 80 minute early evening walking tour of the city’s eeriest sites!  As you venture down the historic  Royal Mile you will hear tales of torture, witchcraft, plague and mayhem from your local ghoslty guide – Mr Alexander Clapperton (deceased) – a former Edinburgh cemetery director.  Learn about and meet infamous apparitions such as the Mad Monk of Cowgate, the witch Agnes Fynnie, and the wild and bloody Higlander Rhuari McLeod.  Prepare yourself for a night of good fun in the shadows!


  • 80 min light hearted evening walking tour of Edinburgh’s historic Old Town
  • Explore the Royal Mile with your guide, the long-dead Mr Alexander Clapperton
  • Shudder at lively encounters with the ghosts of Edinburgh’s past: a bad tempered witch, an energetic grave-digger and a wild Highlander as well as others!
  • Your tour includes a copy of 'The Witchery Tales', a best-selling book by Adam Lyal (deceased)

What You Can Expect

Ghost and Gore Walking Tour of Edinburgh


As the evening sun begins to set, your tour of Edinburgh’s spirited sites and horrific history begins.  Meet your guide – Edinburgh’s infamous (and dead!) 19th-century cemetery director, Mr Clapperton – on the Royal Mile and brace yourself for a fiendishly funny walk through the dimly-lit cobbled streets and courtyards of old town Edinburgh.  

As you admire the nocturnal nature of the capital city, listen to Mr Clapperton’s spooky tales of witchcraft, torture, plague and invasions. You will meet some colourful characters from the city’s past in the form of ‘jumper-ooters’ such as the Mad Monk of the Cowgate, a monk badly burned in a 17th century monastery fire, and Agnes Fynnie, a witch burned at the stake in 1641. You will also learn about invasions to Edinburgh coutsey of Rhuari McLeod, a wild and bloody Highlander, and Jimmy Tamson, a young man known for burying lots of dead bodies during the 17th-century Black Plague.

As well as meeting a lively array of ghoulish characters from Edinburgh’s past, you will once again witness public demonstrations of spine-tingling torture devices that ‘enjoyed’ centuries of common use.  A few ‘volunteers’ will be required!  By the end of this light-hearted 80 minutes, you’ll look at Edinburgh’s darker history in a very different way!

To remember your experience, you will take home a complementary copy of the fascinating ‘Witchery Tales’ book by Adam Lyal (deceased).

Please note: Due to a planned annual event in Edinburgh, the departure point is from a different location between July 30 – August 25, except Sundays. Further details will be provided on the voucher.

Customer Reviews

Kelley L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

A very fun experience with the guides. My daughter was thoroughly entertained. Great Job!

Clint A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

Guilds were amazing. Great stories about death and torture mixed with lots of humor. Would recommend this to anyone. My 14 year old said this was her favorite part of the trip and my wife was laughing throughout the tour. A guilds who were friendly and went the extra mile with everything they did.

Christopher R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2017

Great tour. Funny, informative and a great way to spend 90 minutes. We laughed the whole time. Andrew C was a great tour guide.

Martin H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2017

The host's are very informative and funny. Best tour I have been on in Edinburgh. And great cheap price.

Ishtar J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

This was my favourite tour whilst my partner and I were in Edinburgh for the week. I can't recommend this highly enough. Mr Clapperton applause and his assistant were right on the money with their character performances, fascinating history and many a joke that gave us a good laugh. They made simple courtyards, closes and buildings come alive with thier tales and theatricals. I am really very impressed and it set the bar very high for all the tours we went on around Edinburgh during our stay - none of which topped this one. Thank you ever so much for a truly enjoyable evening.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This Tour was amazing! The guide, Alexander Chapperton made so many people laugh ! It was filled with fun facts of Edinburgh and the demonstrations was really fun . Brilliant and highly recommended !

Jackie L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

It was great fun and suitable for children and adults AND teenagers!!

Kaitie E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

The tour was amazing!! Entertaining and educational! I loved 5he interaction. Very fun :)


5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Hilarious and informative. Very fun!

April H Ireland

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Seriously fun, interesting and fabulous. Definitely recommend it.

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