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About this tour

A chilling way to explore Edinburgh after dark – and underground. Strictly adult-only, this tour is a short, sharp shock – your unsettling introduction to our capital’s unsavoury past.

 These tales are not fit for the glare of daylight – or for telling to those under 18. Join us, and your guide will share true stories of sinister misdeeds and terrible consequences, starting above ground around the wynds and closes of the Old Town.

You'll hear of bloody plots that led to treason and torture – as well as secret lives that led to horrific deaths and tormented souls.

To delve deeper, go underground

Is it my imagination, or did it just get a little colder?

There’s definitely an unsettling feel to our Blair Street Underground Vaults – your expert Mercat guide will reveal troubled tales as you continue this terrifying walking tour. Expect true stories of murder and hangings – all of which took place right here in the vaults.

Pick out evidence of life in the distant past – and perhaps more – lurking just beyond the faint beam of your guide’s torch.

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Your Edinburgh tour at a glance

Book this tour if you'd like to...

  • Uncover the sinister side of Edinburgh’s Old Town
  • Go deep underground at the Blair Street Underground Vaults
  • Enjoy a personal tour in a small group
  • Learn about murderers, prostitutes and torturers
  • Leave enough time to continue your evening in Edinburgh

Time, length & age

Monday to Sunday: 9pm and 9.30pm, 

1 hour

Sorry – over 18s only on this tour.

These are dark, underground tours; don’t drink any alcohol before your arrive.

Meeting point and route

Start: Mercat Cross, High Street

Finish: Blair Street Underground Vaults, Blair Street, off Hunter's Square

award award

Trust Mercat to show you a side of Edinburgh others don’t see. We have 5 stars and a 91% rating from VisitScotland. We’re also one of the top 11 attractions in Scotland. Our Awards