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About this tour

Explore the haunted Blair Street Underground Vaults with access no other tour company can offer, then head to the Canongate graveyard, where the spirits of the dead await.

It might be something to do with the change in temperature. Or the perpetual darkness. Or the ever smaller rooms, stretching beyond the weak beam of a torch. Whatever the reason, there’s something unsettling about the Blair Street Underground Vaults – and your expert Mercat guide will reveal the troubling tales on this evening walking tour.

Cannibals. Body snatchers.
Deals with the Devil.
And that’s before we head underground.

Torture. Murder. Hangings. And that’s just what went on in the vaults.

A walk along dim streets to the Canongate graveyard will bring you to the resting place of the city’s most famous figures: Adam Smith, the father of economics; David Rizzio, the lover of Mary Queen of Scots; and James Douglas, 3rd Marquess of Queensberry – the infamous cannibal of the Canongate. 

Book this tour

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*Family ticket covers 2 adults and 2 children between 5 - 15 years

*Concession tickets apply to seniors and students, with valid ID.

Your Edinburgh tour at a glance

Book this tour if you'd like to...

  • Explore the Blair Street Underground Vaults and the Canongate graveyard
  • Hear of infamous murderers and cursed souls
  • Delve into the terror of Edinburgh’s past
  • Enjoy a personal tour in a small group

Time, length & age

April - October: 7.30pm & 8:30pm daily

November - March: 8:30pm daily

Duration: 1 hour 45 minutes

Children over five years of age are welcome – but you’ll need to judge if they’re up to it!

Meeting point and route

Start: Mercat Cross, High Street

Finish: Canongate Graveyard



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Trust Mercat to show you a side of Edinburgh others don’t see. We have 5 stars and a 91% rating from VisitScotland. We’re also one of the top 11 attractions in Scotland. Our Awards