Edinburgh Mysteries, Witchery and Murders Walking Tour - Scotland City Tours
Edinburgh Ghost Walking Tour: Mysteries, Legends and Murders

Edinburgh Ghost Walking Tour: Mysteries, Legends and Murders

Bestseller tour in Edinburgh! you will discover the dark legends, the alleys where the seventeenth century people lived and died during the Black Plague. Available Every Day on the Royal Mile.

from £14 per person

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Tour Description .

Scotland is a country famous for its scenery, romantic notions and world class culture, but beneath the thistles, the cobbled streets and the kilts lie some of the darkest stories you will ever hear!

Edinburgh was the breeding ground for some of the most immoral acts the world has ever seen, and you are in luck, we have a team of professional tour guides eager to tell you all about it!

On the Edinburgh Mysteries, Witchery and Murders walking tour you will be introduced to Edinburgh’s gruesome past: tales of witches, murderers and graverobbers await you.

Join us in Edinburgh’s Old Town, where we will explore seventeenth-century alleyways and learn about how the Plague affected people living in this city. Travel back with us to a time when beaked doctors wandered Edinburgh’s dark alleyways and see for yourselves what it would have been like to live in plague-ridden 17th century Edinburgh.

When traveling through Edinburgh’s historic Old Town at night, it is not hard to picture its dark past. Hear tales of serial killers witch burnings, executions and torture.,

We will also take you to two old graveyards in Edinburgh, where you will hear of a different kind of plague: graverobbing. You would not have wanted to hang around these graveyard in late 18th century Edinburgh – often, the graverobbers were armed, as they could make good money selling corpses to the School of Anatomy.

We will also head across the North Bridge and into the New Town of Edinburgh, where we will show you amazing views across the Old Town and the Castle. Be prepared to be spooked when learning more about Scottish folklore and the Scottish fairies.

Edinburgh is said to be the most haunted city in Europe, but its real history is much darker than you would expect. This city’s past is full of dark tales and mysteries, and has attracted thousands of visitors over the years, so join us in exploring it further!

Adult(aged 16-64)
Concession & Student(aged 65+)
ChildUnder 14
Infant Under 5 (aged 0 -5)

Additional Details .

This is not some goofy ghost tour with a terrible actor lying in wait to give us a “fright”, this is real life, think of this like your favourite true crime podcast with a nice walk to break it up.

You will visit a graveyard or two, you will be freaked out, and you will look at Scotland’s capital in a whole other light!

Itinerary .

Each of our team has their own style and preferred stories but expect to hear on this tour about some of the darkest tales in Scottish history, including but not limited to:

  • The Black Death
  • Grave Robbing Gangs
  • Serial killers
  • Witch Hunts
  • Edinburgh’s Old and New Town
  • Burke and Hare
  • Torture and Executions
  • The Scottish Fairies
  • A Royal Murder
  • Riots
  • Cannibalism
  • Mysterious Discoveries
  • Real Life Vampires
  • Old Calton Hill Burial Ground
Approximate time

The approximate duration of the tour is:2h

Meeting Point .

351 High Street

Will meet at 351 High Street (Royal Mile), opposite St. Giles’ Cathedral with BLACK UMBRELLA

Would you prefer a Private Tour?

If you would like an experience tailored to you, we offer personalized packages with a variety of options. You can choose the duration of the tour, focus on specific aspects of the city’s history, and explore the locations that are of interest to you.

Private tour

From £14

What they think about this tour.

Manuel Garcia05 | 03 | 2023

Great tour, and really nice recommendations about local things

Connector6041247940126 | 02 | 2023

A super interesting tour with Raj, who was really knowledgeable and brought a funny side to the dark and creepy stories of Edinburgh.

fabiolavQ8107UB12 | 02 | 2023

Ever though we weren’t able to get both graveyards, the guide made it a super interesting and informative tour, a lot of stories and facts

Hannah12 | 02 | 2023

Sonia was a lovely tour guide! She told us many interesting things about Edinburgh's dark (so dark) history with much enthusiasm, would definitely recommend!! ^-^

정명훈10 | 02 | 2023

Sonia was a great introducer. even though I am not an English user, I could understand the story lines, which was really interesting. If you ask me if it was scary, I will say not that time, but after the tour, I felt some spooky mood from the story. so, It was helpful to vary my view for this city. Good!

sara van loon09 | 02 | 2023

It was a fun tour. thnx to Sonia.

AnnaStiady26 | 01 | 2023

Our tour leader is Raj, He mades the story of how scotland became part of british so interesting.I also enjoy his the scary telling story of how people being punished at old age, the hanging, witchecraft story and the story of the plagues. We just had a short stay in edinburgh, we are so happy to have this tour, many memorable stories to tell backhome. Raj is also so kind to give us information about interesting places to visit in our limited time.

blaithin sharkey26 | 01 | 2023

Thoroughly enjoyed the witch tour! Host Terry was fantastic and really made it fun

Glin8325 | 01 | 2023

Ghost Tour was fab and very much enjoyed! Would recommend. Loads of interesting history and stories told by our guide Tommy

linda_X385ZD24 | 01 | 2023

Tour guide was very nice he was funny gave us a couple of frights in graveyard the tour guide Tommy knew his stuff and we had fun

Keara DeKay24 | 01 | 2023

We loved the Dark Secrets of the Old Town walking tour with Sonia! Highly recommend, especially if you like spooky stories and a dark sense of humor!

Laura Nguyen20 | 01 | 2023

Had an awesome tour with our guide Sonya! We learnt a lot about Edinburgh’s dark history. Sonya is an amazing storyteller and brought a lot of fun to the tour with her dark sense of humour. Highly recommended!