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Our most recommended Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh Ghost & vampire tours

Edinburgh: Comedy Horror Ghost Bus Tour

1. Edinburgh: Comedy Horror Ghost Bus Tour

Enjoy a theatrical sightseeing tour of Edinburgh onboard the Ghost Bus, a beautifully refurbished vintage double-decker, painted in traditional midnight black. Learn about Edinburgh’s grave robbers, plague victims, and the ghosts that reside in the most haunted city in Europe. Explore the city's gruesome past, while admiring its most famous monuments, including Edinburgh Castle, Grassmarket, Greyfriar's Kirk, Holyrood Palace, and the Royal Mile. As you traverse the Old Town and New Town, visit the sites of murders, tortures, and executions. Hear about the infamous Burke and Hare, and the hundreds of women who were drowned or burned as witches. The bus, which belonged to the Necropolis Bus Company, boasts decorative features that include atmospheric lamps and window curtains. In 1967, the entire fleet was destroyed in a mysterious fire, and only one bus survived.

Edinburgh: Witches and History Old Town Walking Tour

2. Edinburgh: Witches and History Old Town Walking Tour

Uncover the magical history of Scotland as you explore the secrets of Edinburgh's Old Town with a costumed guide on this walking tour. Hear the secrets behind locations like Lady Stairs Close, Grassmarket, and Candle Maker Row. Find your witch-costumed guide easily and begin your walking tour. Hear historical tales that focus on witchcraft. Explore the Old Town and make your way to castle hill to admire the ancient Edinburgh castle. Walk down Lady Stairs Close to view the the Writers Museum which pays tribute to the authors Robert Burns, Walter Scott and Robert Louis. View the imposing Gothic architecture at St. Giles Cathedral. Stroll thorugh Parliament Square and past the colorful shops on Victoria Street. Tread lightly as you will walk on the grounds where mysterious and sometimes sinister events occurred like the Greyfriars Kirkyard graveyard. Go down Candle Maker Row and finish your tour in one of the oldest parts of the city, Grassmarket.

Edinburgh: Ghost and Dark Side of the City Walking Tour

3. Edinburgh: Ghost and Dark Side of the City Walking Tour

Explore Edinburgh's Royal Mile on a guided ghost walking tour. Hear fascinating folklore and legends, keep an eye out for ghosts, and see the imposing walls of Edinburgh Castle. Meet your guide on the Royal Mile and begin your ghostly adventure. Stroll along the famous Royal Mile through the heart of the Old City Center. As you walk, hear spooky stories of famous haunted sites. Listen as your guide regales you with creepy legends and myths about Edinburgh. Hear about the Westport murderers and historic punishment devices. As you walk, stop to admire the ancient Edinburgh Castle looming over the city.

Edinburgh: Scotland's Dark Secrets Walking Tour

4. 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.

Edinburgh: Ghost Hunt City Exploration Game

5. Edinburgh: Ghost Hunt City Exploration Game

Be led on an exciting self-guided tour around Edinburgh while playing a mobile-based quest with your friends and family. See many of Edinburgh’s most famous attractions and go on a journey through some of the city’s most haunted places. Download the app, go to the starting point, and begin the adventure. Follow clues and visit ghostly locations including Greyfriars Kirkyard, the site of the Nor’ Loch and West Bow, and sites where public executions were held. Unlock secrets about the places you visit as you solve puzzles and guess the answers. Learn about the Scottish Witch Hunts and the Burke and Hare murders and view the hall containing a book made of William Burke’s flesh. Use the clues to lead you from one site to another. Each clue provides you with exact directions so you won't need a map, GPS, or guide. Complete the tour in about 1.5 hours, however, there’s no time limit, allowing you to go at your own pace. Play as a group or split into smaller groups/teams and compete against the others. Each person can also play on their own, separate from the group, and meet the group at the end of the tour. Take part in a special Halloween event on October 30 featuring live actors. Wear your best costume to win a contest with prizes such as a $1000 GetYourGuide gift card, a (real) coffin, and much more.

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What people are saying about Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 341 reviews

Did this tour with my husband and 11 yr old son late December, 9pm, and we had a blast. Tommy Terror was our fantastic tour guide and it was thoroughly entertaining. Great memories were made and much laughter was had… highly recommend. We sat upstairs on the bus. Recommend getting there early to line up to pick your seat for this tour; thank you to Caitlin for boarding everyone and cheers to the bus driver

Terry (withname: Emerald) was a fantastic, witty and witchy guide. The weather was awful but easily forgotten by her energy and humour. 10 out of 10 can recommend for a funny, historical and magical tour. It was a bewitching and enchanting hour and a half with an enthusiastic guide.

Emerald (Terry) was a grand, white witch! Lots of fun and interesting facts about the history of Edinburgh in such a small space. Walking through the cemetery was definitely a highlight and unexpected task.

Emerald is an excellent witch who really embraced her role and gave an informed, animated tour.

Brilliant tour full of fun and frights well worth it