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Edinburgh Ghost Tour – Old Town & Vaults

  • When does it run?
  • Start time
  • Duration
    2 hours
  • Tour of Old Town and Blair Street Vaults
  • Visit to Megget’s Cellar and Complimentary drink
  • Adult (16+)
  • Child (5-15)

Key Highlights

  • Discover Edinburgh’s eerie, bloody past in an entertaining way
  • Explore Edinburgh’s Old Town and the haunted Blair Street Underground Vaults
  • Complimentary refreshment in candle-lit Megget’s Cellar
  • Tour is lead by an expert guide


This tour will provide a memorable glimpse into the lives and deaths of Edinburgh’s 17th century ancestors, and the grisly entertainment forms they enjoyed. You will hear about the infamous Edinburgh mob, who liked nothing better than the entertainment of blood, guts and gore that was provided especially at the Mercat Cross, where numerous executions took place. Your tour guide will tell you all about the bloody punishments and the restless spirits that roam the city’s streets, while exploring the closes and wynds of Old Town. You will also visit the eerie, haunted Blair Street Underground Vaults.

After the walking tour you can relax with a complimentary drink and listen to further tales in an atmospheric candle-lit tavern.

Activity Schedule

  • When does it run?


  • Duration

    2 hours

  • Start time


  • Meeting Point

    Tour starts at Mercat Cross. (An octagonal monument on the Royal Mile, opposite City Chambers.)
    Please report at the meeting point 15 minutes before the start time. This is mandatory to allow time for pre-departure briefing.

  • Ending Point

    Tour ends at Megget's Cellar, Blair Street


  • You will meet your guide at Mercat Cross, an octagonal monument on the Royal Mile, opposite City Chambers. Your tour of the Old Town and Underground Vaults will last approximately 1 h 15 minutes, following 45 minutes at Meggat’s Cellar for drinks and further stories. Blair Street Underground Vaults: For decades the vaults were used to house taverns, cobblers and other tradesmen but when the businesses abandoned the space, the poorest citizens of Edinburgh populated the dark, damp spaces of the vaults. Crimes including robbery and murder soon plagued the vaults. The infamous serial killer duo Burke and Hare, who sold corpses to medical schools, are rumoured to have hunted for victims in the vaults and even stored some of the bodies there. Written translations available on request (Fr, Ger, It, Sp, Rus). Your tour ends in Meggat’s Cellar after you have enjoyed refreshments including wine, beer, water and orange juice.

Inclusions & Exclusions

  • Tour of Old Town and Blair Street Vaults
  • Visit to Megget’s Cellar and Complimentary drink
  • Meals

Please note

Please call the activity operator at least 24 hours prior to the start of the tour to reconfirm the departure details.

Additional info

The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination.They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have.

Customer Reviews

  • Fun night in Edinburgh
    John Klein, United States 10/02/2016
  • Wonderful tour
    Michael Johnston, Canada 08/04/2016
  • Wonderful tour. Loved the historical aspect.
    Katherine M. Bowley, United States 08/30/2015

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