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In Summary

  • Stay above ground and follow the fate of villains and victims from Edinburgh’s dark past, who haunt the streets to this day
  • Tailored for guests with mobility and sensory needs
  • Delve into the gore of Old Town Edinburgh’s darkest deeds and crooked characters
  • Mercat exclusive audio devices - get immersed and lost in the stories...

About this tour

The gruesome stage

Few places have mixed horror and entertainment as effectively as the gallows, and our own Mercat Cross. On this daytime Edinburgh 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.

Our Edinburgh ghost walks allow you to 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…

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 your accommodation... 

Explore the difficult and grim lives of those living amongst the cobbled closes in 1800’s Edinburgh – those who met their untimely end and some who 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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  • Donate to help us reconnect vulnerable communities through storytelling - learn more about Our Stories, Your City.

  • Everyone has a warm welcome from us;
  • NEW FOR 2023; local Edinburgh residents eligible for concession rates (EH postcodes)
    1. Complimentary tickets are available for carers, to book call us on 0131 225 5445.
    2. Read how we include you here
    3. See our Euan's Guide Reviews.
  • Language: English. Learn more on our FAQs


  • 1 hours 15 minutes

Step Count

  • 900

Tour location

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

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