Mercat tour

Raising the Dead

In Summary

  • Spend Halloween in the Blair Street Underground Vaults and the Canongate graveyard
  • Hear of infamous murderers and cursed souls
  • Delve into the terror of Edinburgh’s past
  • Enjoy a personal tour in a small group
  • Check our COVID-19 measures - we'll ensure you will be safe, and feel safe on tour

About this tour

Discover the Blair Street Underground Vaults at Halloween, with access no other company can offer. Then tread carefully to the Canongate graveyard, among the restless spirits of the dead.

The feeble candlelight is little comfort against the gloom of Halloween in the Blair Street Underground Vaults. Experience Edinburgh’s most haunted site at the most haunted time of year: you may see a figure in the shadows, feel a chill breath on the back of the neck, a thin draught in a deserted passage. And all the while, your expert Mercat Storyteller, in full Halloween costume, will spin wild and haunting tales of Edinburgh’s past – all of them true.

Cannibals. Murderers. Body snatchers.

Emerging from the vaults, you’ll pace the dark streets to the Canongate graveyard. Buried there, somewhere among the city’s most famous residents, is James Douglas, 3rd Marquess of Queensbury – the dreaded cannibal of Canongate. Watch out for the unexpected, for nothing truly rests at this fitful time of year.  

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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Dates & times

Friday 29th, Saturday 30th & Sunday 31st October.
Departs 7.30pm


These are dark, underground tours; please don’t drink alcohol beforehand. 


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.


  • 1 hours 45 minutes

Tour location

  • Start point: Mercat Cross, High Street
  • End point: Canongate Graveyard

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Raising the Dead

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