Ghost Tours

Ghostly Edinburgh

In Summary

  • Delve into the gore of Edinburgh’s darkest deeds and crooked characters
  • Explore the shadowy closes of the Old Town and reveal their hidden tales of crime, punishment and bloody history
  • Enjoy a personal ghost tour in a safe, small group
  • Tickets are limited. Book in advance for the best ticket price & to guarantee your place on your tour
  • Check our COVID-19 measures - to be safe, and feel safe on tour

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About this tour

Few places have mixed horror and entertainment as effectively as the gallows, and our own Mercat Cross. On this daytime ghost tour you’ll hear tales of those who met their end with a noose around their neck – and whose torment continued into the grave.

Stand in the spot where the gallows once stood, a stage in the midst of a baying crowd. Imagine the rope slipped over a bagged head, cinched tight. The air falls quiet. A lever creaks, the trapdoor clatters, the rope snaps taut, the body swings.

Follow the tales, from crooked characters to sorrowful spirits

This tour transports you to the gruesome spectacle of Edinburgh’s many punishments and deadly consequences. Hear of villains and victims from the city's past who haunt our dark streets; criminals, murderers and unsuspecting innocents. 

You’ll hear how the Edinburgh Mob took an execution into their own hands, the truth behind the ghastly apparition of Johnny One Arm and the reason you should be fearful if there is a certain number on the door of our accomodation... 

Your expert Mercat storyteller will fire your imagination, and you’ll follow the route the characters took from life amongst cobbled closes, to their untimely end and learn how some never met their eternal rest..

You’ll hear of those lying still in their graves and those less lucky - the unmarked patches of earth – places where murderous spirits used to lie, their restless souls set loose on the city.


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Dates & times

Daily: 13:00, 15:00 


Private group bookings

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Check our COVID-19 measures - to be safe, and feel safe on tour


  • 1 hours 15 minutes

Tour location

  • Start point: Mercat Cross, High Street
  • End point: Hunter Square

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Ghostly Edinburgh

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