Ghost Tours

Ghostly Underground

About this tour

A daytime walking tour of Edinburgh’s most haunted vaults – and we’re the only people with access. This tour is perfect for a peek into the city’s ghostly past because things don’t only go bump in the night. 

The true history of the Blair Street Underground Vaults is terrifying enough – so abandon thoughts of manufactured frights and make-believe. The skill is in the storytelling: the vaults witnessed the deeds of mischief-makers and murderers, vagrants, and torturers. It’s one of Edinburgh’s most haunted sites, where restless spirits still tread.

Want to see Edinburgh’s haunted vaults? Explore them exclusively with Mercat Tours.

First, you’ll follow your cloaked Mercat guide through the shadowy closes of Edinburgh’s Old Town. These are dark streets untouched by daylight, filled with a strange silence, their damp walls carrying only the faintest echo of the crowds on the high street you’ve left behind.

With the scene set, you’ll descend into the depths of the city – and listen in horror to its dark and sinister side. Torture. Murder. Hangings. From body snatchers to the real-life Jekyll and Hyde, you’ll be gripped by the true tales that lie hidden beneath Edinburgh’s streets.

Watch out for a cold breath on the back of the neck, a whisper, a flicker – then silence. It’s all the more chilling for being absolutely real: there are no tricks or jump scares on our ghost tours.


"Our guide was knowledgeable and funny, and kept us all (pre-teens and adults) moving and engaged. Very interesting and fun" - MarinGirl94920, TripAdvisor

In Summary

  • Experience a ghost tour in the safety of the daylight hours
  • Get up close to Edinburgh’s haunted past
  • Explore the famous Blair Street Underground Vaults
  • Enjoy a personal ghost tour in a small group
  • Learn about torturers, murderers, and the real Jekyll and Hyde

Customer review

"Through the haunted vaults to the graveyard, the guide kept it interesting, and informative"

Yysguy, TripAdvisor

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Dates & times

Daily: 1pm, 3pm & 5pm

Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes

Children over 5 years of age are welcome – but you’ll need to judge if they’re up to it!

You do need to be over 5 years old to join our tours.


  • 1 hours 15 minutes

Tour location

  • Start point: Mercat Cross, High Street
  • End point: Discovery Room, Blair Street, off Hunter's Square

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Customer review

"Through the haunted vaults to the graveyard, the guide kept it interesting, and informative"

Yysguy, TripAdvisor
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