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  • Edinburgh: Harry Potter Magical Guided Walking Tour

    1. Edinburgh: Harry Potter Magical Guided Walking Tour

    Enjoy a Harry Potter themed walking tour across Edinburgh. See the city where JK Rowling found inspiration for Hogwarts, her famous characters, and discover the place where she wrote the books. Have your Harry Potter trivia tested with an audio-visual quiz, and earn points for your house. Find out which Hogwarts House you’re in, and whether you’re a pure blood, a muggle, or a squib. Visit the Grave of Tom Riddle in Greyfriars Kirkyard, and pass JK Rowling’s golden handprints outside City Chambers. See all this and more on a magical 2-hour guided tour. Best of all, choose from either a small-group or private guided experience.

    My daughters had a lovely time exploring Edinburgh city along with gaining knowledge about the Harry Potter tour . The guide Kieran was very interactive and made the trip worth looking forward to. Thank you.

  • Edinburgh: The Dark Side Walking Tour

    2. Edinburgh: The Dark Side Walking Tour

    Meet some of Edinburgh's most infamous characters on a fun ghost walk through the dark side of the city center. Learn more about Burke and Hare and hear tales of witch burning, grave robbing, body snatching and mysterious murders. Start 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 and 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.  

    Amazing, David (Australian David) was spectacular so thorough, really had the perfect personality for the job, so engaging and really drew the crowd in. Genuinely learnt so much in 2 hours it was incredible highly recommend this as an Edinburgh staple for any visit.

  • Edinburgh: Ghostly Underground Vaults Tour

    3. Edinburgh: Ghostly Underground Vaults Tour

    Follow your guide as you explore Edinburgh's ghostly past through the streets of the Old Town. This walking tour that leads you around town and down underground into the Edinburgh 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 on cobblestone streets. If you dare, step into the narrow alleyways, which are only a few feet wide. Next, 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...

    Enjoyed the experience, much to the credit of Margaret Ann. She was funny and informative, and made me jump out of my skin 2 or 3 times! however I personally felt I could have done without the ghostly aspects and just done a historic tour of the vaults instead.

  • Edinburgh Old Town and Underground Historical Tour

    4. Edinburgh Old Town and Underground Historical Tour

    The historical tour begins at the Old Police Box on Edinburgh's Royal Mile, where you will be met by a local historian and proceed straight into the Underground Vaults. Edinburgh's Underground is over 400 years old and is full of fascinating history, all of which the guide will share with you. After visiting the Underground Vaults, your guide will take you all around Edinburgh's Royal Mile and Old Town, visiting some hidden closes and other spots of historical significance. Delve into parts of Edinburgh that you did not know existed, mostly off the tourist trail.  Hear that the first skyscrapers in the world were built in Edinburgh, discover the identity of the local criminal who became the inspiration for Jekyll and Hyde, learn where the phrase "Black Market" came from, where Ebeneezer Scrooge is buried – yes, really – and how Edinburgh University worked closely with the serial killer...

    Alistair was an excellent guide, very knowledgeable about the city and its history. He made it all very accessible and interesting, with lots of humour. interacting with the people on the tour in a friendly manner.

  • Edinburgh: Harry Potter Walking Tour

    5. Edinburgh: Harry Potter Walking Tour

    Experience a little magic on a 2-hour walking tour of Edinburgh that is perfect for all fans of Harry Potter. Learn all the stories and secrets behind the best selling books by J.K. Rowling in the city where she wrote them. Visit the original sites that provided the inspiration for Hogwarts and the characters who dwelled within its magical walls. Stroll along the High Street to see where Diagon Alley came to life and where Lord Voldemort is buried. See the original Hogwarts School, and look at a virtual school assembly of its characters! Learn how Edinburgh’s own dark history of witches and wizards played a role in inspiring J.K. Rowling along the way. 

    A wonderful tour by the lovely (and very knowledgeable Jenn). I booked this tour as a surprise for my daughters 9th birthday and she absolutely loved it! Would recommend - 10 out of 10!

  • Edinburgh Private Tour: The Castle to the Arthur's Seat

    6. Edinburgh Private Tour: The Castle to the Arthur's Seat

    Book this tour and your hosts will contact you within 24 hours and ask you questions about your preferences and interests, so they can match you with the right profile and assign a like-minded local Edinburgher. He or she who will become your guide. You'll be paired with guides that are passionate about the place they call home and who choose to spend their free time sharing it with like-minded travelers matched to them. Keeping in mind your personal answers they will put together a bespoke itinerary, just for you. Please note that this will be outlined but flexible. They will arrange a meeting with your guide in the most convenient place for you. If during the tour you feel like changing direction, or your guide believes that you'd enjoy a sight or different experience, they will suggest and discuss with you changes to the itinerary. Enjoy discovering amazing spots in Edinburgh that ...

    We wanted something different and Doug allowed us to have that. We saw some great sites, learnt a lot about the area and were able to do what we wanted to do. Doug was extremely accommodating, knowledgable and a joy to be with.

  • Edinburgh: Old Town Historical Walking Tour

    7. Edinburgh: Old Town Historical Walking Tour

    Hidden gems are waiting to be discovered. The best way to explore Edinburgh is to follow your feet. Where the buses can’t take you and the guide books don’t show you is where the city’s stories lie, in the closes, wynds, courtyards and homes of Old Edinburgh. You will visit the sites that are tucked away to see the secrets and hear the tales. Your guide will help you unlock Edinburgh's fascinating past, the culture, crime, politics and people of Scotland’s capital.

    Met by friendly staff. I loved the fact that the tour guide had headphones as we did so that we could hear what she was saying. A defo plus. The tour was of interest with additional information thrown in as well as being able to extend on info when asked further questions. I think my tour guide was Nicky!

  • From Edinburgh: Outlander, Palaces and Jacobites Tour

    8. From Edinburgh: Outlander, Palaces and Jacobites Tour

    Depart Edinburgh and journey northwest to Midhope Castle (April 1 to September 24), site of Lallybroch Castle in the time travel TV series "Outlander." Next, stop in the Royal Burgh of Linlithgow and enjoy a photo stop at Linlithgow Palace (Wentworth Prison in "Outlander"), originally a royal retreat between Edinburgh and Stirling Castle. Continue to the 14th-century country pile of Callandar House, where ties to Rome's northern frontier in Europe at the Antonine Wall have been traced. Following in the footsteps of Claire and Jamie, visit Falkland, Outlander's Inverness. Many of the streets here were used as filming locations in Outlander, including when Claire sees Jamie's ghost. Move on to the Royal Burgh of Culross to discover a tiny village nestled on the coast of Fife. Arguably the best example of a 17th-century Scottish village, the gardens at Culross were featured in "Outlander"...

    Unfortunately due to Covid some places were closed. The driver was very good and did his best to provide photo opportunities. He was very knowledgeable and has some interesting anecdotes.

  • Edinburgh: Late Night Haunted Underground Vaults Tour

    9. 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 fain...

    Tour was amazing! Our guide Scott was super talented and really added to the creepy atmosphere! My friends and I all had experiences down in the vaults and would definitely recommend this to anyone who asked!

  • Old Edinburgh's Gory Stories: Kids Underground Tour

    10. Old Edinburgh's Gory Stories: Kids Underground Tour

    Hear tales of stinking streets, terrible tortures and ghostly goings-on.  A daytime tour that will take you to some of the city’s most horrible haunts, including a visit to the famous Blair Street Underground Vaults. You’ll hear all about the creepy characters lurking in the past, and the hideous history of how people lived in 19th century Edinburgh. As you walk this city built on witch trials, body snatching and a gruesome past of torture, your expert guide will take you to the places where history lives. You will visit the winding closes of Edinburgh’s Old Town. Learn the meaning of "gardyloo" and hope you never hear it, grimace at the tales of Scottish witches and find out what treasure could be found buried in a 19th century graveyard (clue: it’s not gold and shiny). You’ll even hear what school children commonly packed in their school bags, other than their books. This was a time ...

    Naomi (or Rose which she joked about) was very knowledgable about the vaults and had the kids really interested in the story’s especially Jack the little boy and the cobbler. Well worth the money!! Sam, Izzy and Olly from Hull, England

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What people are saying about Edinburgh

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 1,350 reviews

Angus was Fun and Informative. He kept it light even though it was The Dark Tour. Well worth every penny, we had a fabulous time and got to see a different side to Edinburgh. Would highly recommend, best 2 hours of our long weekend here in Bonny Scotland. We look forward to coming back soon.

I really enjoyed this tour ! I loved all the interesting facts we were told about J.K Rowling and the Harry Potter series and how Edinburgh was a huge inspiration for so many parts of Harry Potter! Our tour guide Mason was excellent!

Monique was fantastic, so informative and made the quiz super fun, got to pick our houses and was super fun seeing people of all ages taking part.

Good Harry Potter history and facts about JK Rowling and the series. Friendly guide and nice 2 hour scenic walk.

Very enjoyable! Our tour guide Mason was brilliant