Guided tour

Edinburgh: The Dark Side Walking Tour

Edinburgh: The Dark Side Walking Tour

From US$ 21.28 per person

Uncover the darker side of Edinburgh on a walking tour of the historic city center, and feel the hair on the back of your neck stand on end as you discover gruesome graveyards and hear about the secrets that lie down the narrow alleyways.

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Duration 2 hours
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Experience

Highlights
  • Learn more about the notorious Burke and Hare
  • Hear chilling tales of witch trials and burnings
  • Visit Canongate Kirkyard and the mausoleums
  • Discover the truth about the murder of Mary Queen of Scots’ lover
Full description
Meet some of Edinburgh's most infamous characters on a fun ghost walk through the dark side of the city center. Learn more about Burke and Hare and hear tales of witch burning, grave robbing, body snatching and mysterious murders. Start on the Royal Mile, where plundered tombs, funeral pyres and mass graves from thousands of years ago are concealed. Get goosebumps as the past is brought to life by your guide and venture to gruesome burial sites such as the Canongate Kirkyard. Prepare to be spooked by spine-chilling tales of real-life cannibals and vampires as the true history of Edinburgh is recreated before your eyes.  
Includes
  • Guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You must fill out a travel information form

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Overall rating

4.7 /5

based on 587 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.9/5
  • Value for money
    4.6/5
  • Service
    4.8/5
  • Organization
    4.7/5

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The tour was really fun and entertaining, and it was a great balance of history and humour. Our guide Angus was so friendly and enthusiastic. He remembered where everyone was from and made an effort to chat to us all between the stop off points. It was one of our favourite experiences from our trip!

November 20, 2021

An amazing walking tour through the streets are graveyards of Edinburgh. The city is so compact that you don't have to do loads of walking, before you know it you'll be at the next stop learning about all the dark tales. Some really good views and cut throughs without having to walk very far. Highly recommended. Our guide was excellent. Make sure you give a loud round of applause at the end.

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November 12, 2021

Angus was Fun and Informative. He kept it light even though it was The Dark Tour. Well worth every penny, we had a fabulous time and got to see a different side to Edinburgh. Would highly recommend, best 2 hours of our long weekend here in Bonny Scotland. We look forward to coming back soon.

October 24, 2021

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