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Edinburgh: Ghostly Underground Vaults Tour

1. Edinburgh: Ghostly Underground Vaults Tour

Explore Edinburgh's ghostly past on a guided tour through the streets of the Old Town and its underground vaults. Listen as your cloaked guide tells you tales of the city's dark and grim past as you are led along the Royal Mile. If you dare, step into the narrow alleyways, which are only a few feet wide. Make your way to the South Bridge, and head underneath, where Edinburgh's Vaults are located. Once storage areas for businesses and shops in the area, the vaults were taken over in the late 1700s and turned into living spaces. Eventually, the area became home to slums and the city's red-light district. As you walk through these now-vacant rooms, you will hear tales of the deplorable living conditions, as well as of the crime that once raged through the vaults. When you emerge from the underground, consider yourself lucky that it isn't in the dead of night.

Edinburgh: History of Whisky with Tasting and Storytelling

2. Edinburgh: History of Whisky with Tasting and Storytelling

Enjoy an evening of whisky appreciation on a whisky-tasting experience on Edinburgh's famous Royal Mile. Taste four single malt scotch whiskies and enjoy storytelling from your guide. Meet your guide on the iconic Royal Mile for a short walk to one of the supplier's outstanding whisky venues. Over the next two hours, drink 4 outstanding single malt scotch whiskies taken from the 4 major whisky-producing regions of Scotland. Taste whiskies which range from the relatively delicate and subtle flavors of the Lowlands to the bold and robust tastes of Islay. You will also be given tasting cards giving notes on each of the whiskies that you sample. During the tour, experience some traditional storytelling and explore the significance of whisky to the Scottish identity. The entire upper floor of the venue is reserved, so there is plenty of space and privacy to conduct the story-orientated evening.

Edinburgh: Pub Crawl 7 Bars with 6 Free Shots

3. Edinburgh: Pub Crawl 7 Bars with 6 Free Shots

Discover the best of Edinburgh's night life with this pub crawl to 7 excellent venues in the old town. Avoid the hassle of trying to find the best places by letting your party guide show you around. Take a walk on the wild side with 6 free shots that are specifically selected for you. Wander through various back streets to find the best kept secrets. Party hard with a party professional without worrying about paying a cover charge.

Edinburgh: 5-Hour Pub Crawl with Free Shots & Discounts

4. Edinburgh: 5-Hour Pub Crawl with Free Shots & Discounts

Enjoy the bar scene in Edinburgh with like-minded travelers. Embark away from the tourist trail and uncover the local’s bars, clubs, and live music venues in Edinburgh.Get into the club with VIP entry, and take advantage of this tour’s drink discounts and skip-the-line admissions. Get into the groove of the night with 6 shots supplied by the tour. Meet great people, enjoy music, and create good memories experiencing Edinburgh’s nightlife at it’s best with this tour.

Edinburgh: Late Night Guided Ghost Tour & Underground Visit

5. Edinburgh: Late Night Guided Ghost Tour & Underground Visit

Dare to join one of Edinburgh’s most infamous characters as you explore the city’s haunted past. Begin your tour with a walk through the dark and mystifying Old Town. Listen to stories about Edinburgh’s troubled and tormented past, walking some of the most haunted streets as you go. Then, descend into the Underground closes and chambers hidden beneath the streets and bridges of Edinburgh. See bridge arches from the 1700s, walls and doorways from former houses, and the modern pavement (with people walking above you) through a skylight. Finally, follow your guide out of the Underground and head back to the starting point to end your terrifying tour. 

Edinburgh: Late Night Haunted Underground Vaults Tour

6. Edinburgh: Late Night Haunted Underground Vaults Tour

This 60-minute adults-only tour is a chilling way to explore Edinburgh after dark. Head underground for an unsettling introduction to the city’s unpleasant past. These tales are not fit for the glare of daylight or for telling to those under 18. Your guide will share true stories of sinister misdeeds and terrible consequences, starting aboveground around the wynds and closes of the Old Town. You'll hear of bloody plots that led to treason and torture, and secret lives that led to horrific deaths and tormented souls. To delve deeper, head to the Blair Street underground vaults, where there’s definitely an unsettling feeling. Your expert Mercat guide will tell you troubled tales as you continue this terrifying walking tour. Expect true stories of murder and hangings, all of which took place in these very vaults. There’s evidence of life in the distant past, lurking just beyond the faint beam of your guide’s flashlight.

Edinburgh: Underground Vaults Evening Ghost Tour with Whisky

7. Edinburgh: Underground Vaults Evening Ghost Tour with Whisky

Journey into Edinburgh’s ghostly past and uncover the secrets behind each turn on a guided walking tour. Descend into the underground vaults and finish your tour with a drink in an authentic tavern. Hear the troubling tales of Edinburgh's past from your guide, from the bloody crimes to the unsettled spirits that roam the city. Visit the shadowy corners of old Edinburgh that many say are haunted. Descend into the famously haunted Blair Street underground vaults where the ghosts of Edinburgh's past still cling to this day. Learn about the dark history of the vaults before finishing your tour with a drink and some storytelling at a local tavern.

Edinburgh: Dark History - Old Town & Canongate Walking Tour

8. Edinburgh: Dark History - Old Town & Canongate Walking Tour

Ah, Edinburgh! They don't call it "The Jekyll & Hyde City" for nothing. During the day, a respectable figure, with its astonishing architecture and wondrous history. But when the sun sets, it tells an entirely different story... Hear all about the darker history of Edinburgh: murderers, thieves, cannibals, hangings and decapitations, witches, the Plague and streams of human waste. Learn about the most notorious citizens of Edinburgh and how ghost stories are born. This is not a ghost tour: we don't need costumes or people jumping from behind the corners, Edinburgh's Dark History itself is enough to make your skin crawl. And oh, how we love to share it with our visitors...

Edinburgh: Scotland's Dark Secrets Walking Tour

9. Edinburgh: Scotland's Dark Secrets Walking Tour

Marvel at the mysteries lurking behind Edinburgh on a walking tour focusing on the city's darker side. Visit Edinburgh Castle, Grey Friars Kirkyard, and the Old Tollbooth Prison. Let your guide thrill you with macabre, twisted tales from days gone by. Learn about witches and ghosts from the city's past and find out which ones are still lurking around today. Soak up every creaky nook and cranny while you search for signs of ghosts and ghouls on this unforgettable walking tour of Edinburgh.

From Edinburgh: Alnwick Garden Magical Christmas Light Trail

10. From Edinburgh: Alnwick Garden Magical Christmas Light Trail

Treat yourself to something special this holiday season in the Edinburgh area. Head off from Edinburgh to discover the Alnwick Garden's Christmas Light Trail. Enjoy free time to explore the grounds and take photos, grab food and drinks, and walk around. After a short break in Berwick-Upon-Tweed, continue towards The Alnwick Garden, reaching it just in time for the sun to set and the light show to really begin. Your tickets for this are included in the price of the tour, meaning you won’t have to pay any extra admission fees. The Alnwick Garden really goes all out for the Light Trail, and what is normally filled with beautiful flowers during the year becomes a magical Christmas escape, full of lights and projections across every inch of the gardens. Ideal for a romantic hand-held stroll under the fairy lights, or a family outing before the big day arrives. There might even be some mistletoe somewhere in there if you are looking for a Christmas date idea. After about 2 hours of exploring the garden and enjoying the beautiful light trail, getting some selfies under all the lights, and grabbing some festive food and drink from the vendors available there, head back to Edinburgh. Following the same route back, see how many houses you can see with all their decorations out and lit up. After another short break in Berwick-Upon-Tweed, arrive back in Edinburgh in the evening, where you could even keep the festivities going.

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4.4 / 5

based on 3,499 reviews

Really brilliant! We initially chose this tour because it was 2 hrs, whereas most others are only 1 hr. So glad we did - Matt was funny and engaging, and the stories were fascinating. Learned about the revolting sewage system (or lack of.. ), the black death, body snatchers, serial killers, witch hunts, heists and more. Due to Queens funeral procession, a lot of streets were closed, but Eduardo was excellent at communicating beforehand and we would never had known it was a different route. Thanks to you both!

Best tour I went on during my trip to Scotland the story telling and the interaction from the guide was next level

The guide was really fun and gave attention to everyone. I recommend this tour :)

Great fun, amazing hosts! Best way to meet new people in a new city

It was a great tour and our tour guide was absolutely fantastic.