Ghosts and Gore tour of Edinburgh
Walking tours

Ghosts and Gore tour of Edinburgh

Language: English
Availability: Daily
Mobile voucher accepted
Duration: up to 1 hour 20 minutes
Do this because
  • Discover Edinburgh's restless spirits in the Old Town
  • Be captivated by the tales of the city's dark past
  • Explore Royal Mile's closes and courtyards with your guide
What to expect

In the summer months, the spirits of Edinburgh become more restless than ever. Some of the Old Town’s ghostly denizens are even known to venture out during the hours of daylight or twilight (they don’t want to get too tanned). The closes and courtyards of the Royal Mile are home to an eclectic collection of departed souls.

Your ghostly guide is Alexander Clapperton (deceased), who was an Edinburgh Cemetery Director during the 1840s. Mr Clapperton will take you on a light-hearted journey through Edinburgh's dark past, telling tales of tortures, plague, witchcraft and invasion as he leads you through the Old Town's atmospheric closes and courtyards. En route, there will be a demonstration of several authentic torture devices whilst "jumper-ooters" provide guaranteed ghastly appearances in the form of terrifying witches, fearsome highlanders and screaming mad monks to name but a few!

With your tour, you'll also receive a copy of the bestselling 'Witchery Tales' book which is essential bedtime reading and an ideal way to delve further into Edinburgh's darker history.

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What's included
  • Guided tour
  • Copy of the 'Witchery Tales' book
Reduced price
  • Children (5-15 years old): Reduced
Meeting point:

Meeting point: Please meet your guide in front of The Witchery Restaurant near Edinburgh Castle. (352 Castlehill, Edinburgh EH1 2NF, United Kingdom)

What to remember
  • Please confirm your booking at least 24 hours before the scheduled start date
  • This walking tour takes place in the cobbled streets of Edinburgh in all seasons. In the interests of safety, please dress appropriately and wear sensible shoes. You come on this tour at your own risk and it is not for the faint hearted
  • Admission may be refused to guests who are drunk or intoxicated, verbally or physically abusive to tour staff or other guests, under 16 years of age and unaccompanied by an adult or persistently disruptive
  • The guide may eject any guest who breaches these conditions while the tour is in progress. No refunds will be given
  • You can visit The Cadies and Witchery Tours Wee Shop (84 West Bow, Victoria Street, EH1 2HH) for some more information on the tour or to pick up some gothic goodies
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  • This tour runs daily from April to August
  • It departs at 7.00pm
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The Cadies & Witchery Tours
Booking fee
Good news! No extra fees are applied to this booking.
Cancellation policy
Receive a 100 % refund if you cancel up to 7 days before the activity begins.

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