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About this tour

This World Whisky Day, journey through shadowy closes and wynds, and deep into the Blair Street Underground Vaults – then retire to Megget’s cellar for a candlelit single malt whisky tasting from four whisky producing regions. 

Treason. Torture. Tormented souls. Explore the darker side of Edinburgh’s Old Town on this whisky tasting and tour. You’ll go far beyond the history you might find in books and on bus tours. Your cloaked guide will lead you through the perpetual gloom of the Old Town’s closes and wynds, spinning true tales of gruesome crimes and cruel punishments – and of the ghosts that still cling to these ancient walls.

Dark streets, deep vaults, and a candlelit whisky tasting

Then we’ll head into the depths of the Blair Street Underground Vaults. Built in the 18th century and rediscovered in the 1980s, the vaults are Edinburgh’s most famous haunted site. Watch for the change in temperature, the damp air, and an uneasy chill.  

The tour finishes with a whisky tasting in our candlelit Megget’s Cellar. There’s no better way to warm the spirits after this chilling tour. You’ll taste four Scottish whiskies, under the guidance of our whisky specialist – in a kilt, of course. Our expert will cover everything you need to know about the water of life; from how whisky is made to the effects that different elements such as water, barley, peat and the cask have on the production process. Nose and taste your way through four regions, with single malts from Speyside, Highland, Islay and Lowland distilleries. Just consider this your first step to becoming a whisky connoisseur!

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Your Edinburgh tour at a glance

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

-Discover our sinister and unsavoury, past exploring the shadowy closes of the Old Town
-Experience the famous haunted Blair Street Underground Vaults of Edinburgh by candle-light
-Relish fine malt whiskies and learn how your dram was created
-Learn more about Scotland's finest 'water of life'

Time, length & age

Saturday 20 May 4pm

2 hours

Meeting point and route

Start: Mercat Cross, High Street

Finish: Megget's Cellar, 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