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The dark side of Edinburgh: crimes, haunting, Scottish legends


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To the Cemetery, 



A murder often starts with a whisper. A robbery with the brief glimpse of a dagger. A lie with two eyes meeting each other.

Edinburgh is a city filled to the brim with secrets. Embark on a chilling journey through the cobbled streets and ancient closes of Edinburgh's Old Town, where history and horror converge to reveal the city's most terrible mysteries.

Tour Highlights:

  1. Old Town's Royal Mile: Begin your exploration on the historic Royal Mile, the backbone of Edinburgh's Old Town. From a thief scamming his way into building the very safes he'll rob, to a prison where the head of a Marquis was left to rot above the entryway for 11 years, the old cobblestones are holding some spine-chilling history.

  2. Edinburgh Castle: A headless drummer, a body found hidden deep within its stone walls, escapes from its prison ending in tragedy... behind the facade of the house of kings and queens lays a much darker reality.

  3. Grassmarket: Nowadays, we know it for its pubs, but only 3 centuries ago, this market place welcomed Edinburgh's favorite show: criminals being hanged

  4. Greyfriars Kirkyard: Discover the dark history of grave robbers who prowled the ancient churchyards, seeking to profit from the dead. Delve into the infamous tale of Burke and Hare, the notorious duo who committed ghastly murders to supply fresh corpses for medical experiments. Uncover the chilling stories of unsolved crimes and the true terrifying creatures that lurked among the shadows—other human beings capable of unthinkable acts.

Inclusions :   

  • 2h Private Guided tour

  • Customization: Tailor the tour to your specific interests or include any particular requests by communicating with your guide in advance.

This tour runs everyday 10:00-18:00. Contact us at for tours starting  19:00, 20:00, 21:00 and 22:00.


  • 1 guest - £175 per person

  • 2 guests - £88 pp

  • 3 guests - £58 pp

  • 4 guests - £44 pp

  • 5 guests - £35 pp

  • 6 guests - £29 pp

  • 7+ guests - £25 pp


Dress code: 

Wear warm clothes and comfortable shoes. Cloaks, and kilts are of course welcome! 

Raincoats or umbrellas are recommended. 


What to bring with you? 

Bring your confirmation, in your phone or printed to be checked by the guide  


Departure Meeting point: 

249 High St, Edinburgh EH1 1JY - in front of the i-Centre (Edinburgh Tourist Office) close to the St Giles cathedral.     


Additional Info: 

Look-out for our guides, you can’t miss them, they will be wearing a green cape! 

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