This 1 hour 15 minute Ghost Tour experience in Edinburgh is a daytime walking tour of Edinburgh’s most haunted vaults. This tour is perfect for a peek into the city’s ghostly past because things don’t only go bump in the night.
The true history of the Blair Street Underground Vaults is terrifying and the skill is in the storytelling: the vaults witnessed the deeds of mischief-makers and murderers, vagrants, and torturers. It’s one of Edinburgh’s most haunted sites, where restless spirits still tread.
First, you’ll follow your cloaked guide through the shadowy closes of Edinburgh’s Old Town. These are dark streets untouched by daylight, filled with a strange silence, their damp walls carrying only the faintest echo of the crowds on the high street you’ve left behind.
You will then descend into the depths of the city and listen in horror to its dark and sinister side. From body snatchers to real-life characters of the city, you’ll be gripped by the true tales that lie hidden beneath Edinburgh’s streets.
Watch out for a cold breath on the back of your neck, a whisper, a flicker, then silence. It’s all the more chilling for being absolutely real. There are no tricks or jump scares on this ghost tour!
Tour lasts 1 hour 15 minutes
Experience a ghost tour in the safety of the daylight hours
Exclusive access to Edinburgh's haunted vaults
Explore the shadowy closes of Edinburgh's Old Town
Explore the famous Blair Street Underground Vaults
Enjoy a personal 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 you will enjoy the art of a good story well told. History is a damn good story.
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 no more than 30 people, so that 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 tours are the perfect way to explore another side of the city.
Daily Tours Mercat run tours every day, in all weathers and have guaranteed departures. No last minute cancellations and No minimum quotas.
Excludes transport, food and drink
Tickets are limited. Book in advance to guarantee your place on your tour
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 with a member of our on-street Visitor Services Team.
Dates & times
Daily: 13:00, 15:00, 17:00 Tour location
Start point: Mercat Cross, High Street
End point: Discovery Room, Blair Street, off Hunter's Square