Ghost Tours

Ghostly Edinburgh (Private)

About this tour

Edinburgh ghost tour

 

Your private group will meet us at the Mercat Cross; once a dark and gruesome site where the local townspeople would congregate to enjoy the morbid entertainment of torture and untimely ends.

This sets the tone for your Ghostly Edinburgh private tour, as we take you on a journey through the city’s gloomy, grisly and sometimes mysterious past.

Stand in the very spot where so many ill-fated souls met their end with a noose around their necks, only to have their torment follow them into the afterlife.

Imagine the crowd of cheering locals watching excitedly as the rope is slipped and tightened around the neck. The spine-chilling creak of a lever, the menacing ‘whoosh’ of the trapdoor giving way, the rope snapping taut and swinging like a pendulum, with a limp and lifeless body hanging from the end of it…

Hear the stories of Edinburgh’s crooked characters and sorrowful spirits, and experience the settings they took place in.

From harsh sentences to spine-chilling murders, you be the judge of whether the punishments fit the crimes, as we take you down some of Edinburgh’s most historical wynds and closes.

These dark and narrow corners of Old Town were the setting of executions-turned-riots, horrifying apparitions and ghastly tales.

Your own dedicated Mercat storyteller will shock and astound your group, ignite your imagination and transport you into the past, as you walk along the same cobbled steps of villains, victims and unsuspecting innocents from a brutal era of Edinburgh that has long been put to rest… although the same cannot be said for the restless souls that remain!

In Summary

  • Immerse yourself in Edinburgh’s dark, gloomy and often mysterious past

  • Explore Old Town’s shadowy closes and notorious wynds, while learning of the horror and bloodshed that once took place in them

  • Enjoy an exclusive ghost tour consisting of an expert Mercat storyteller and your private group

  • Refer to our COVID-19 measures for peace of mind that we will ensure a safe tour for you and your group

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COVID-19; For now, guidelines mean we won't be leading tours into the Underground Vaults...yet!  

If you'd like more information please call 0131 225 5445 or email info@mercattours.com.

Duration

  • 1 hours 15 minutes

Tour location

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

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In Summary

  • Immerse yourself in Edinburgh’s dark, gloomy and often mysterious past

  • Explore Old Town’s shadowy closes and notorious wynds, while learning of the horror and bloodshed that once took place in them

  • Enjoy an exclusive ghost tour consisting of an expert Mercat storyteller and your private group

  • Refer to our COVID-19 measures for peace of mind that we will ensure a safe tour for you and your group

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