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About this tour

Join a maximum of 19 other intrepid souls on our last tour of the night. Hear chilling tales of the Old Town’s closes and wynds – then get a rare chance to explore our Blair Street Underground Vaults on your own.

 Cloaked, and ready to chill your blood – your expert guide will start the tour with true stories of Edinburgh Old Town’s horrific past. You’ll quickly discover why we only allow over 18s on this tour: some of the history is truly blood-curdling.

Your guide is an expert storyteller, so don’t expect artificial ‘jump scares’ or manufactured frights. Everything you experience is absolutely real.

In the Old Town you'll hear of bloody plots that led to treason and torture – as well as secret lives that ended in horrific deaths.

Complete your descent into darkness at the Blair Street Underground Vaults

A sudden chill in the air. An inexplicable breeze. Or a distant sound that defies explanation.

If you don’t believe in ghosts before you step into the vaults, we suspect your mind may be changed by the time you leave. Every lingering shadow, figure or sound, is very real – this is a dark, unsettling end to your tour.

Finally, as you gather once more, your expert Mercat guide will share the final tales of the evening – including documented sightings of our most infamous ghosts. 

Book this tour

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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
  • Explore the Blair Street Underground Vaults on your own
  • Enjoy a personal tour in a small group
  • Learn about murderers, prostitutes and torturers

Time, length & age

April to October: 10pm, Monday to Sunday

November to March: 10pm, Friday and Saturday

1 hour 15 minutes

Sorry – over 18s only on this tour.

These are dark, underground tours; be careful how much alcohol you drink beforehand.



Meeting point and route

Start: Mercat Cross, High Street

Finish: Discovery Room, Blair Street, off Hunter's Square

Please note: If you book the tour for the dates listed below, your Meeting Point will be the Wellhead at John Knox House, EH1 1SR.

Thursday 30 March, Friday 31 March, Saturday 01 April, Sunday 02 April

Tuesday 04 April, Wednesday 05 April, Thursday 06 April

Friday 21 April

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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