This 1 hour 45 minute Ghost Tour experience in Edinburgh explores the haunted Blair Street Underground Vaults, and includes access no other tour company can offer, before heading to the Canongate graveyard, where the spirits of the dead await.
It might be something to do with the change in temperature, the perpetual darkness and the ever smaller rooms, stretching beyond the weak beam of a torch! Whatever the reason, Blair Street Underground Vaults will unsettle you!
Cannibals, Body snatchers, Deals with the Devil... And that’s before you head underground.
Torture, Murder, Hangings and that’s before you get to the vaults.
Your tour will take you along dim streets to the Canongate graveyard and bring you to the resting place of the city’s most famous figures: Adam Smith, the father of economics; David Rizzio, confidant of Mary Queen of Scots; and James Douglas, 3rd Marquess of Queensberry – the infamous cannibal of the Canongate.
On this ghost tour you’ll enjoy plenty of tales of dastardly deeds and ghostly sightings in the atmospheric locations.
Tour lasts 1 hour 45 minutes
Explore the Blair Street Underground Vaults and the Canongate graveyard
Hear of infamous murderers and cursed souls
Delve into the terror of the city’s gruesome past
Enjoy an Edinburgh ghost tour in a small group
The Edinburgh outlander experience, traces the real events that inspired Diana Gabaldon’s acclaimed novels, this walking tour captures the spirit of the Jacobite rebellion in Edinburgh 1745. The Jacobite rising has reached the city gates and Bonnie Prince Charlie is met by the cheering crowd.
Amid the chaos, you find Claire and Jamie, their characters entwined in a story that spans centuries. Expert storytellers Mercat was founded by a history teacher, but you can forget the classroom. At the centre of everything we do is the art of a good story well told. History is a damn good story. What it needs is a damn good telling.
Mercat choose their guides for their enthusiasm and skill – and they do not read from a script. Each guide brings their own energy to the story, whether they’re telling you about Adam Smith, the father of economics – or the city’s rioters, rebels, torturers and murderers.
The stories are all true – and you won’t find any artificial ‘jump scares’ or tricks on our tours. With Mercat, they'll take you deeper into the past than a bus tour or guidebook ever could. In the hands of their guides, they bring the city’s stories alive in rich, engaging detail. Whether you choose one of their history or ghost tours, you’ll see a side to Scotland’s capital that most visitors miss.
Small Groups Mercat limit the group sizes to an absolute maximum 30 people – so you can always hear the guide, and you’re always involved. It’s one of the reasons their guide’s get such consistently good feedback – and why they’ve won so many awards.
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It’s fair to say Mercat tours know their stuff. Located right at the centre of the Old Town’s restaurants, shops, hotels and bars – Mercat tour is the perfect way to explore another side of the city.
Daily Tours Mercat run tours every day, in all weathers and have guaranteed departures. When you book onto a Mercat tour, you’re going on a Mercat tour. No last minute cancellations. No minimum quotas.
Children’s tickets are not available for this tour
Tickets are limited. Book in advance to guarantee your place
LGE voucher must be presented upon check-in and will be exchanged for your tour tickets. Failure to produce your LGE voucher may result in non-admission
Any persons suspected to be under the influence of alcohol or illegal substances will be refused participation
The meeting point for this tour is the Mercat Cross on The Royal Mile, EH1 1RF.
Please arrive here 15 minutes before the start of your tour and check-in