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Ghost and Gore Walking Tour of Edinburgh

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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1 hour 20 minutes (Approx.)
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Offered in: English

Overview

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)
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.

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A very fun experience with the guides...
Kelley L
, Aug 2017
A very fun experience with the guides. My daughter was thoroughly entertained. Great Job!
Guilds were amazing. Great stories...
Clint A
, Aug 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.
Great tour. Funny, informative and a...
Christopher R
, Jul 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.
The host's are very informative and...
Martin H
, Jul 2017
The host's are very informative and funny. Best tour I have been on in Edinburgh. And great cheap price.
Fun tour with two funny characters...
audjim
, May 2017
Fun tour with two funny characters telling the history of Edinburgh gore.
this was rather funny..a man dressed...
monica w
, May 2017
this was rather funny..a man dressed as an undertaker walking us around Edinburgh and another guy that would come dressed up in various outfits thru the tour to tell different stories..pretty cool
Relaxed and creative tour. A dark...
Elizabeth R
, May 2017
Relaxed and creative tour. A dark history of Edinburgh delivered in a lighthearted manner with fun banter, role playing and improv. It was quite fun!
If there was an option to leave no...
Michelle
, Oct 2016
If there was an option to leave no start that would have been more accurate. Not sure what to say really but this was the most awful tour I have ever done. There was no mention of any ghosts and it was a farce from start to finish. We only stayed out of politeness but this was a complete waste of time and money. It was a shame as the person doing the tour was okay but his goofy sidekick was ridiculous. If you were a 7 years old child you probably would have enjoyed it and thought it was funny.I am not sure how seeing 2 grown men pretend to cut off someone's arm has anything to do with ghosts. I don't think this should be advertised as a Ghost and Gore Walking Tour as it was neither and I feel very let down that I wasted money on this. My advice is do the free Edinburgh Ghost Walk or pay to go on a proper walk where they actually mention Ghosts.
This was my favourite tour whilst my...
Ishtar J
, Aug 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.
The office where we met for this...
Sylvia B
, Aug 2016
The office where we met for this tour was in an interesting part of Edinburgh. The two guides tried their best to entertain and were good, but I felt they could have known a few more stories abouyt the city, to keep us interested.

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