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Edinburgh Darkside Walking Tour: Mysteries, Murder and Legends
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Edinburgh Darkside Walking Tour: Mysteries, Murder and Legends

By SANDEMANs NEW Europe - Edinburgh
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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.
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Duration: 2h
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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

  • Professional guide
What's not included
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

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.

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 guide with the SANDEMANs red name badge.
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point

  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 6785EDGHOST

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Most travellers can participate
  • 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.
  • 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

  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

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  • 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 guide with the SANDEMANs red name badge.
    See address & details
  • 1
    Royal Mile
    Stop: 10 minutes
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  • 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
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    Pass by
    Edinburgh Old Town
  • You'll return to the starting point
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  • steffleupagus
    steffleupagus
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    MUST DO
    Sarah is an incredible guide who's excellent at storytelling! AND a talented singer! Loved listening to all her stories about Edinburgh and could've listened to her all day. Definitely a must do in Edinburgh!!
  • V842TYmaryb
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    Best Tour - Brian Pendreigh was Brilliant
    Brilliant. Best tour I have been on - and I have been on a lot - this tour was a real stand out from the many tours available. Brian, a native of Edinburgh, not only knows his stuff he brought to life the whole experience with fantastic, unexpected details and stories. Bags of fun and personality. I could not recommend Brian's tour enough. You won't be disappointed.
  • O4618QFelisel
    O4618QFelisel
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    Wonderful Tour
    Our tour guide Alasdair was very knowledgeable of the castle and its history. He made the tour very enjoyable and we highly recommend going on it.
  • 184rupertw
    184rupertw
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    Great walking tour
    We always love a Sandeman tour to get us settled into a new city - they are informative and entertaining, giving historical contexts and insights, and great local recommendations. Sarah's tour of Edinburgh was no different. We saw many key sites in the Old Town - with lots of facts and interesting stories. We were also given various recommendations for eating and drinking which we subsequently took up and enjoyed. The tour isn't singularly focused on, for example, Harry Potter, or gruesome history, but a good balance of all things Edinburgh. At the end, we really appreciated the fact that Sarah took card payment. Many thanks for a great tour.
  • catherinemM2077ND
    catherinemM2077ND
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    Fascinating and fun!
    We had a fantastic Royal Mile tour with Brian. As someone from Edinburgh, who has lived and worked there most of his life, he was clearly drawing on a real depth and breadth of knowledge. He was able to pitch things at just the right level and pace for us, tell some great stories, weave in some personal anecdotes and make us laugh! It was fascinating to see and hear things we'd have otherwise missed. The tour with Brian was a real highlight of our stay in Edinburgh - would highly recommend!!
  • Paige B
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    Ins and outs of Edinburgh castle
    You can tour the castle on your own but if you really want to learn about the history that goes along with it I would highly recommend this tour. Alasdair our guide had incredible knowledge of the castle and city’s history. He was also able to give great local recommendations for everyone’s interest!
  • Voyage42002191701
    Voyage42002191701
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    Fantastic tour
    Alasdair was a fantastic tour guide, really informative with a pinch of good old Scottish humour. Made time to speak to everyone in the group and got everyone involved.
  • KatherineMM88
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    The perfect tour experience in the heart of Edinburgh!
    This tour and our tour guide were amazing! My parents and I lucked out with an unexpected private tour experience with Alasdair on what was a beautiful sunny day at Edinburgh castle. We walked along the Royal Mile, where Alasdair shared interesting information about the landmarks we passed by. At the castle, we learned so much history which made us appreciate walking on the grounds so much more. Alasdair was extremely friendly and knowledgeable -- we couldn't have had a better guide! I highly recommend this tour to anyone wanting to skip-the-line to access the castle and deepen their knowledge of the area's history. THANK YOU!
  • O6735BKcherylh
    O6735BKcherylh
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    Great info!!
    Alasdair was perfect for this tour as he was from Edinburgh!! Couldn't have been happier with this tour...thank you Alasdair!!
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    A must do in Edinburgh
    Melanie Boyd was our guide. Fun, thoughtful and informative. Her stories were humorous She gave her time to any of the group that wanted to chat.
  • 120marniew
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    Fantastic
    Alisdair was a fantastic host!! Can’t say enough good things about him he was extremely entertaining and certainly knew his history… wouldn’t hesitate to recommend! Just one comment regarding hook up you should mention a bar or store where meet up is … extremely difficult to find 130 High St.
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    Edinburgh Castle tour
    The tour was wonderful. Very interesting and comical. The history of Edinburgh castle was unfolded in an inert resting narration and conveying it with present incidences in and around castle. Worth a try !
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    Cameron was brilliant
    I love a free walking tour because I know the guide will put their best foot forward which is exactly what Cameron did. He had an infectious enthusiasm for Edinburgh. He told great stories and projected well and consistently made sure everyone could hear despite being surrounded by lots of other tours. Definitely would recommend this.
  • thomasrN3289QK
    thomasrN3289QK
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    Great Experience Highly recommend!
    Our guide was from Edinburgh and was very knowledgeable about the area and subject matter. Very engaging and personable. Just the right amount of time for this experience. Great photos!
  • 721wgc
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    Excellent Tour
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Leanne F
Sheffield, UK71 contributions
We have only been on one other night-time walk so far, in London, so I was looking forward to this one. And it didn’t disappoint! Our tour guide, Fiona, was very engaging and enthusiastic. You could tell how much she loved to talk about the city and she was welcoming to all visitors. She was very informative and drew people in with her enthusiasm. We took a couple of walks through spooky graveyards and heard stories of witches, hangings and body snatchers. It also offers some beautiful views of Edinburgh, particularly at night time. We finished early as everyone arrived on time but I was sad for it to end, it was so interesting. Would highly recommend to anyone who wants to know the dark history of Edinburgh. I would recommend taking an umbrella or waterproof coat and sensible walking shoes for the event as Edinburgh has many cobbles and unpredictable weather!
Written 31 October 2021
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Troco
County Dublin, Ireland20 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
We've done the tour with our guide Edgar! Except for the cold 😅 the tour has been amazing. Edgar was very funny and competent and had his way to entertain the crowd with unpolitically correct jokes about different nationalities (jokes related to the stories he was telling us). I've to say i was surprised of his way to involve everyone (approx 20 people) which I don't think it's easy to do. Lovely tour, very educational, it's nice history and stories with a bit of irony. Italy (as he has been calling me for the whole tour😂) highly recommends this tour!
Written 22 January 2020
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Abdi
7 contributions
Feb 2020
...is a way of describing our tour guide (Greg), that came to mind as we wandered some of the darker and more mysterious parts of Edinburgh on a cold and windy night. Greg kept us going with his engaging and quick-witted presentation style, on a night when the wind cut to the bone and the threat of rain was ever present. But hey, what do you expect in February in Edinburgh?

Anyway, the tour itself was informative and very entertaining, and took us to places in Edinburgh we would not have found on our own, and gave us insights into Scottish history and its influence on the wider world which were quite surprising; for example that a Scot was instrumental in founding the US navy. Who knew? Greg knew.

Along the way we heard tales of fairies, inter-dimensional creatures, grave robbing and body snatching (two different things); the unfinished national monument of Scotland, and an observatory built in the middle of a city.

All of these tales, and others, were told with gusto and not a little self-deprecation (on behalf of his nation) by our guide (or the various personalities that dwell within him).

We had a great time and would highly recommend this tour. But wrap up warm and don't mention Nicola Sturgeon...
Written 12 February 2020
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Gemma W
47 contributions
Jan 2020
Did this tour on a very cold, wet and windy evening. Despite that if you dress appropriately for the Scottish weather and have comfortable footwear it is very enjoyable. The guide was entertaining and informative, it's a great way to get a snapshot of some of Edinburgh's darker history and a whistle stop tour of some great parts of the city.
Written 17 January 2020
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DajLeb
London, UK5 contributions
Feb 2020 • Family
Edgar was wonderful. Needless to say, February in Edinburgh can be a wee bit nippy. But Edgar was full of entertaining tales, all told with witty panache and dramatic emphasis. He had us in the palm of his hand and we applauded with our mittened hands at the end. Thank you Edgar for bringing the dark stories so brilliantly to life!
Written 20 February 2020
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whyareyoumoaning
London, UK21 contributions
Wasnt really sure what to expect for the tour and as it was blowing a gale and freezing cold were thinking of swerving it but we are so glad we did not.
From start to finish our guide ‘Canadian Mel’ brought to life the dark history of Edinburgh and all of its secrets and tales. Her enthusiasm and storytelling ability had everyones attention throughout no mean feat especially when it was so cold, thoroughly recommend the tour and Mel she really made the evening.
Written 22 February 2020
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Travel_BugReading_UK
Reading, UK145 contributions
Aug 2021
Chose this trip because it offered more time for the money than other 'novelty' type walks. Best decision! Angus was just the person for the job: funny, a great storyteller and keen to know a little about his 'guests' so that he could avoid offending anyone with his witty, spontaneous humour [Angus explained that he is also a stand-up comedian]. He need not have worried. His delivery was fluent, knowledgeable and, at times, quite hilarious.
There was a lot to learn and the walk made us realise just how little we know about our cultural history [poets, philosophers] and just how informative a trip to a churchyard can be!
Plenty of opportunities to stop and rest and/or take photos. My only criticism would be that some of these groups are far too large to comfortably hear the commentary consistently, which is a real shame since the walk is packed with really insightful and informative material.
Would definitely do this again - but only if guaranteed either a smaller group size or an audio device.
Written 2 September 2021
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Felicity B
Dartmouth, UK173 contributions
So I arrived 15 mins early and waited patiently for 30 minutes ( 18:45) for the tour guide to turn up which they didnt. I tried calling the number on my ticket and it hung up twice. Another group also booked on the tour phoned a different number and got through to find out the tour company could not get hold of the tour guide and informed the other group to write a complaint.
There is a free tour at 19:00 why bother paying £12 for a tour which the tour guide doesnt turn up?
Written 5 August 2020
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Susan H
Tetbury, UK9 contributions
Aug 2020
What an informative, interesting, interactive tour. Our guide, Fiona, is passionate about the history of Edinburgh and that passion comes through in the tour.

This tour brought the whole city alive and gave us a view into the past that we would not have imagined, it brought all the stories alive.

I can absolutely recommend this tour, but can advise that good walking shoes and a rain jacket are needed.
Written 25 August 2020
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AMT N
London, UK153 contributions
Thanks Angus for a brilliant tour!

Walking around majestic Edinburgh at sunset, visiting old sites such as cemeteries full of famous people, amazing viewpoints of the city and streets where famous TV series were filmed (among many other things) was a great experience in itself.
Add to this Angus’ knowledge and humorous storytelling skills and you’ve got yourself a great evening out.

Get those tickets - you won’t regret it.
Written 1 October 2020
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