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Edinburgh Ghost Tour – Tour for Adults

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Activity Schedule

  • When does it run?


  • Duration

    1 hour

  • Start time


  • Meeting Point

    Tour starts at Mercat Cross, Royal Mile, EH1 1RF. Look for the 8-sided monument with white Unicorn on top just after Cafe Nero. 

    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 Hunter Square

Key Highlights

  • Discover Edinburgh’s sinister and unsavory past on this late-night ghost tour
  • Walk down the Royal Mile and visit the famous Blair Street Underground Vaults by candle-light
  • Visit sites of documented hauntings, ghosts and spirits
  • Hear fascinating stories of crimes, hangings and mysterious legends from your expert guide


On this late-night tour of Edinburgh you will discover the city at its most chilling! Discover the sinister side of the city as you embark on a journey through its subterranean chambers marred by dark times and macabre happenings! Take a tour of the infamous Blair Street Vaults and learn more about its dark history from your guide. Go on an Edinburgh tour that promises a unique experience. Your guide will reveal to you the darkest, most unsettling tales of bloody plots, treason and torture, guaranteed to give you jitters!


You will meet your guide at Mercat Cross, an octagonal monument on the Royal Mile, opposite City Chambers at the scheduled time.

On this tour you will discover:

Blair Street Underground Vaults by candle light: Let not the hustle and bustle of Edinburgh’s famous Royal Mile fool you. Underneath the lively city, lies a concealed realm of hidden vaults and secret passageways, once the dark underworld of the city.

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.

You will be touring the Blair Street Vaults, built under the 19 stone arches of the South Bridge constructed in the late 18th century where you can explore the subterranean chambers with your guide and hear bone-chilling stories.

The tour ends in the vault’s interpretation room.


  • Tour of Edinburgh Vaults by candle light
  • English guide


  • Meals

Please note

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

Unfortunately, guests below the age of 18 years will have to sit this one out.

TourTalk: Devices will be used on our tours to allow personal distancing and ensure that the guide is still heard clearly whilst wearing PPE. Visitors are advised to bring their own headphones where possible (standard 3.5mm jack). Headphones will be provided for those who need them.

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

  • Tressa Ross
    Interesting and a little humorous.

    The tour I thought what have been a bit more extensive than it was. Not much ground was covered. Basically tour is of a small area of the underground street. It was still fun...

    United States 01/06/2017
  • Sergey Yakushin
    Very intersting and entertaining


    Ireland 07/18/2016
  • Lynn Tome
    Tour Guide Hannah was amazing!

    Tour Guide made it very entertaining. Would recommend this Tour to others....

    Canada 01/10/2016

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