In Summary

  • Explore the Blair Street Underground Vaults and the Canongate graveyard, on this in-depth adults-only Edinburgh ghost tour
  • Hear of infamous murderers and cursed souls, hard lives and tragic deaths
  • Experience terror of the city’s gruesome past, with a focus on horrific true tales from Edinburgh’s dark history
  • Mercat exclusive audio devices - be immersed and get lost in the stories...
  • Choosing Mercat is 'Good for you, Good for Edinburgh' - our team, community and planet

About this tour

Dark Edinburgh history and graveyard ghost tour

Explore the dim closes and wynds of Old Town Edinburgh after dark has descended on the city, and learn of the unsavoury characters who used to occupy these streets. Experience the eerie and frightening atmosphere of the haunted Blair Street Underground Vaults, which Mercat Tours has exclusive access to. From here, it’s on to the spooky 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 or flicker of candelight. Whatever the reason, there’s something unsettling about the Blair Street Underground Vaults – and your expert Mercat Tours Storyteller will reveal the troubling tales on this underground Edinburgh ghost tour.

Explore underground

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

A walk through shadowy closes to the Canongate graveyard will bring you to the resting place of Edinburgh’s most famous figures, many of whom met a tragic and gruesome end. Adam Smith, the father of economics; David Rizzio, confidant of Mary Queen of Scots; and James Douglas, 3rd Marquess of Queensberry – the infamous cannibal of the Canongate.

On this Edinburgh underground vaults and graveyard ghost tour, you’ll hear countless tales of dastardly deeds and ghostly sightings in the very places where they occurred.

Customer review

"We absolutely loved this tour! It’s a great way to see the city, get some history and have a few laughs and scares along the way!"

Rebekah, Facebook

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  • 1 hours 45 minutes

Tour location

  • Start point: Mercat Cross, High Street
  • End point: Canongate Graveyard

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Customer review

"We absolutely loved this tour! It’s a great way to see the city, get some history and have a few laughs and scares along the way!"

Rebekah, Facebook

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“From the very start, Tiqets has been a champion of sustainable tourism and it’s fantastic to award Mercat Tours with The Most Innovative Venue trophy. Their work on building a charitable Pay It Forward campaign that unlocks the city and stories of Edinburgh for its vulnerable community members, is exactly what we want to support.”

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