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Edinburgh Darkside Walking Tour: Mysteries, Murder and Legends provided by SANDEMANs NEW Europe - Edinburgh

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Edinburgh Darkside Walking Tour: Mysteries, Murder and Legends

Edinburgh Darkside Walking Tour: Mysteries, Murder and Legends
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The atmospheric city of Edinburgh is best explored by night, when tales of mystery and murder are at their most frightening. Discover the dark side of Scotland's capital on a historical walking tour that covers Edinburgh’s morbid past. Wind your way through the cobbled streets of Calton Hill, North Bridge, and Canongate cemetery, all of which are inaccessible by coach bus or car, and listen to stories that focus on torture, treason, and death.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 2h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
German, English, Spanish
Highlights
  • Explore Edinburgh at its most atmospheric on a night tour 
  • Delve into the dark history of Scotland's capital 
  • See Edinburgh landmarks illuminated by night
  • Visit the Old Calton Burial Ground or Canongate Kirkyard cemetery
What to expect
  • Your evening tour begins at a designated meeting point in Edinburgh Old Town. Greet your guide and receive an introduction to the city’s dark history. Wind your way down the cobbled streets surrounding Calton Hill and North Bridge, beneath which lies the Blair Street Vaults. Discover tales of torture and treason interspersed with stories of pagan festivals and dramatic historical events. Get acquainted with the deceased residents of Canongate cemetery, and discover the truth behind the gruesome exploits of Burke and Hare, the notorious Edinburgh grave robbers. Your tour concludes on the Royal Mile.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 2h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
German, English, Spanish
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Highlights
  • Explore Edinburgh at its most atmospheric on a night tour 
  • Delve into the dark history of Scotland's capital 
  • See Edinburgh landmarks illuminated by night
  • Visit the Old Calton Burial Ground or Canongate Kirkyard cemetery
What to expect
  • Your evening tour begins at a designated meeting point in Edinburgh Old Town. Greet your guide and receive an introduction to the city’s dark history. Wind your way down the cobbled streets surrounding Calton Hill and North Bridge, beneath which lies the Blair Street Vaults. Discover tales of torture and treason interspersed with stories of pagan festivals and dramatic historical events. Get acquainted with the deceased residents of Canongate cemetery, and discover the truth behind the gruesome exploits of Burke and Hare, the notorious Edinburgh grave robbers. Your tour concludes on the Royal Mile.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 6785EDGHOST
Call +44 12 2492 8241
Important information
Inclusions
  • Professional guide
Exclusions
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Duration
2h
Departure details
  • 130 High St, Edinburgh EH1 1QS, UK The tours starts at 130 High Street (The Royal Mile), on the corner with Stevenlaw's Close. Look for the Red Umbrellas!
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Children up to 13 years old are welcome to join this tour for free. We reserve the right to ask for a valid ID for children joining our tours. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
  • The independent guides who employ us to market their tours have your best interests in mind; while the tour usually includes the sites & stories mentioned and lasts about 2 hours, your tour may vary depending on what your guide thinks is best for your group
  • We unfortunately do not advise guests in wheelchairs to join the Dark Side Tour, due to the narrow stairways and steep hills. We apologize for any inconvenience or disappointment caused.
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travellers
Inclusions
  • Professional guide
Exclusions
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Departure details
  • 130 High St, Edinburgh EH1 1QS, UK The tours starts at 130 High Street (The Royal Mile), on the corner with Stevenlaw's Close. Look for the Red Umbrellas!
Duration
2h
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Children up to 13 years old are welcome to join this tour for free. We reserve the right to ask for a valid ID for children joining our tours. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
  • The independent guides who employ us to market their tours have your best interests in mind; while the tour usually includes the sites & stories mentioned and lasts about 2 hours, your tour may vary depending on what your guide thinks is best for your group
  • We unfortunately do not advise guests in wheelchairs to join the Dark Side Tour, due to the narrow stairways and steep hills. We apologize for any inconvenience or disappointment caused.
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travellers
Travel safe during COVID-19
Last updated: 15 Jul 2020
A note from Edinburgh Darkside Walking Tour: Mysteries, Murder and Legends
- Breaks will be shortended - Guests are encouraged to bring own masks - Guests will be required to provide personal details (name, phone) - Smaller groups to ensure appropriate social distance - Tour group picture will no longer be taken
What you can expect during your visit
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
What you can expect during your visit
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    130 High St
    130 High St, Edinburgh EH1 1QS, UK
    The tours starts at 130 High Street (The Royal Mile), on the corner with Stevenlaw's Close. Look for the Red Umbrellas!
    See address & details
  • 1
    Royal Mile
    Stop: 10 minutes
    See details
  • 2
    North Bridge
    Stop: 30 minutes
    See details
  • 3
    Calton Hill
    Stop: 30 minutes
    See details
  • 4
    Old Calton Burial Ground
    Stop: 30 minutes
    See details
  • 5
    Canongate Kirk
    Stop: 30 minutes
    See details
    Pass by
    Edinburgh Old Town
  • You'll return to the starting point
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Roam16847475339
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Excellent tour!
Brilliant tour. We had an excellent time and the teenager loved it too. Fiona was super - hugely knowledgeable and engaging.
Written 19 October 2021
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Davide
Belfast, UK38 contributions
Great way to explore this city!
Fiona was a great tour guide.
Despite the rain she made the whole experience entertaining and fun.
The fog and the rain did the rest giving us the perfect atmosphere for a tour like this.
Written 18 October 2021
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Cheryl Dougal M
2 contributions
Fantastic and well enjoyed
Oct 2021 • Couples
Fiona our guide was fantastic, funny, informative and made the tour fun as well as interesting. Would highly recommend. It was great to visit and see some of the city and hear about their history previously unknown.
Written 18 October 2021
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Amarath303
London, UK5 contributions
Great tour with Urs!!!
Oct 2021 • Couples
Despite the pouring rain, we had a great time. The route of the tour was really interesting- we went to the places we wouldn't have discovered by our own. Besides our guide Urs was amazing- entertaining and knowledgeable at the same time! His friendly personality and passion for Edinburgh's dark history made the tour even better. Thank you Urs, we really enjoyed it!
Written 17 October 2021
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Justine
5 contributions
Great tour
Oct 2021 • Family
It was really interesting and my 12 year old daughter enjoyed it to. The dark stories were fascinating and gave a different twist to Edinburgh’s rich history. The tour guide was great. Pity it rained throughout but then it adds to the darkness!
Written 17 October 2021
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Pattni
London, UK25 contributions
Darkside walking tour . Mysteries , murder and legends.
Eva was an excellent Tour Guide,. She was very engaging. The scary stories were good to listen, she made my experience very enjoyable. Would definitely recommend this Tour, a lot of history behind this city
Written 17 October 2021
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Irina Stoian
1 contribution
Amazing tour guide Jen
Oct 2021 • Couples
Amazing tour, made awesome by Jen. Absolutely incredible tour guide. Knowledgeable and funny, energetic and so enthusiastic, even if it was pouring down with rain.
Would absolutely recommend. Interesting history facts and decent amount of walking around.
Written 16 October 2021
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Chris P
2 contributions
Recommended history tour
Jen was a fantastic tour guide. Despite heavy rain, her enthusiasm, humour and knowledge kept our spirits up. Great history tour with a bit of everything, found it really engaging from start to finish. Jen was also really conscientious which helped make the varied group comfortable.
Written 16 October 2021
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Φωτεινή Κ
1 contribution
Excellent tour
Oct 2021 • Friends
Amazing tour with Ava. The tour itself was super interesting and the guide had great energy. Highly recommended.
Written 16 October 2021
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Sarah B
1 contribution
Loved it!
Oct 2021 • Friends
Jen was a fantastic guide, really funny and held everyone’s attention well. Would definitely recommend.
Written 16 October 2021
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