Mercat was founded by a history teacher, but you can forget the classroom. At the centre of everything we do is the art of a good story well told.
History is a damn good story.
What it needs is a damn good telling.
We choose our guides for their enthusiasm and skill – and we never ask them to read from a script. Each one brings their own energy to the story, whether they’re telling you about Adam Smith, the father of economics – or the city’s rioters, rebels, torturers and murderers.
The stories are all true – and you won’t find any artificial ‘jump scares’ or tricks on our tours.
With Mercat, we’ll take you deeper into the past than a bus tour or guidebook ever could. In the hands of our guides, we bring the city’s stories alive in rich, engaging detail. And whether you choose one of our history or ghost tours, you’ll see a side to Scotland’s capital that most visitors miss.
The only Edinburgh tour with access to the Blair Street Underground Vaults
The Blair Street Underground Vaults were filled with rubble in the early 19th century, and only rediscovered in the 1980s. Since then, they’ve become known as Edinburgh’s most famous haunted site – strange underground caverns where terrible things once happened.
They are the deepest, oldest underground vaults in Edinburgh – and we’re the only tour company in the city that can take you down there
We limit our group sizes to an absolute maximum 30 people – so you can always hear the guide, and you’re always involved. It’s one of the reasons our guide’s get such consistently good feedback – and why we’ve won so many awards.
The first 5-star walking tour company. 91% on VisitScotland
Voted one of Scotland's top 11 attractions
It’s fair to say we know our stuff
We’re right at the centre of the Old Town’s restaurants, shops, hotels and bars – so a Mercat tour is the perfect way to explore another side of the city.
We run tours every day, in all weathers. And we have guaranteed departures. Let’s put it another way: when you book onto a Mercat tour, you’re going on a Mercat tour. No last-minute cancellations. No minimum quotas.
Discover the Royal Mile that others miss
Skip the line at Edinburgh Castle
Explore the Blair Street Underground Vaults.
Only with Mercat Tours
We’ve got a tour to suit everyone. From a quick self-guided 45-minute whip round the vaults, to a full two-hour evening of exceptional storytelling. Daytime or evening, weekday or weekend – we definitely have something for you.