In Summary

  • Uncover the most sinister side of Edinburgh’s Old Town
  • Go deep underground at the Blair Street Underground Vaults
  • This tour explores dark content for adults only, 18+
  • Mercat exclusive audio devices - get immersed and lost in the stories...


About this tour

18+ Edinburgh underground ghost tour

This is easily our goriest, most graphic and spine-chilling Edinburgh ghost tour, where we take you on a dark and eerie journey through Old Town’s sinister wynds and closes before descending into the haunted Blair Street Underground Vaults.

Hear of violent and scary tales that are not fit for the glare of daylight – or for telling to those under the age of 18. Perhaps what’s spookiest of all, is that these twisted tales of history at its worst are all true stories.

Your ghost tour begins above ground at the Mercat Cross, before making our way through the city’s narrow cobble-stone streets where murders, misdeeds and mischief took place. You’ll learn about bloody plots that led to treason and torture – as well as secret lives that led to horrific deaths and tormented souls.

Descend and discover...

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 Storyteller will reveal troubled tales as you continue this underground Edinburgh walking tour. Expect true stories of murder and hangings – all in the atmosphere of the vaults.

Pick out evidence of life in the distant past – and perhaps more – lurking just beyond the faint glow of your Storyteller’s candlelight.

Please Note: To give a fully immersive experience, we'll provide a personal audio device. Your Storyteller will use a headset with microphone to ensure you hear every word in the hush of Edinburgh's haunted Old Town. Please do bring your own headphones/earphones - it's a standard 3.5mm audio jack.

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"What an amazing addition to my trip to Edinburgh my Hidden and Haunted tour was!"

Christie, Google

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  • Small groups mean tickets are limited – we recommend booking in advance to guarantee your place and get the best price
  • Everyone has a warm welcome from us at the Mercat Cross.  Read more about how we look after you and what to expect on tour on our Accessibility page and Euan's Guide Review.
  • Check how we make sure you will be safe and feel safe on tour

Remember – over 18s only on this tour.

These are dark, late night tours; please don’t drink any alcohol before you arrive.


  • 1 hours

Step Count

  • 900

Tour location

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

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"What an amazing addition to my trip to Edinburgh my Hidden and Haunted tour was!"

Christie, Google

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