Guided tour

Edinburgh: The Dark Side Walking Tour

Guided tour

Edinburgh: The Dark Side Walking Tour

From US$ 24.41 per person

Uncover the darker side of Edinburgh on a walking tour of the historic city center, and feel the hair on the back of your neck stand on end as you discover gruesome graveyards and hear about the secrets that lie down the narrow alleyways.

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Duration 2 hours
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Live tour guide
German, English


  • Learn more about the notorious Burke and Hare
  • Hear chilling tales of witch trials and burnings
  • Visit Canongate Kirkyard and the mausoleums
  • Discover the truth about the murder of Mary Queen of Scots’ lover
Full description

Meet some of Edinburgh's most infamous characters on a guided, ghost-themed walking tour through the dark side of the city center. Learn about figures like Burke and Hare. Hear tales of witch burning, grave robbing, body snatching, and mysterious murders. Be greeted by your local guide on the Royal Mile, where plundered tombs, funeral pyres, and mass graves from thousands of years ago are concealed. Get goosebumps as the past is brought to life by your guide.

Venture to gruesome burial sites such as the Canongate Kirkyard. Prepare to be spooked by spine-chilling tales of real-life cannibals and vampires as the true history of Edinburgh is recreated before your eyes. End your tour at the Whitefoord House mansion.  

  • Guide
  • Walking tour
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users

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based on 758 reviews

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It was good. Our teenage kids loved it. The guide was funny and knowledgeable. He kept their attention well. Parts were quite dark but that’s not a bad thing. Just needed the phone torch to light the way. Some stories we’d heard before and others were new. Would definitely do it again and would recommend it.

November 8, 2022

Ross Leslie was an excellent host with a dark and intimate knowledge of his city. He punctuated his tellings with humorous points, but also left us on creepy story hooks that kept us enthralled. It was honestly a shame when it ended, but was the highlight of our trip to Scotland.

October 14, 2022

Australian David our guide was awesome, and looked rather fetching in his above the knee kilt. He was knowledgeable, engaging and fun and I learnt a lot about Edinburgh’s vast gothic and dark history. All I would say is be prepared, the walk is not for the faint hearted, quite a few hills and even more steps, but well worth the post aches and pains!

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June 15, 2022

Product ID: 136052