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Ghost and Gore Walking Tour of Edinburgh

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icon1 hour 20 minutes  (Approx.)
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Delve into Edinburgh’s ghoulish side with an 80 minute early evening walking tour of the city’s eeriest sites!  As you venture down the historic  Royal Mile you will hear tales of torture, witchcraft, plague and mayhem from your local ghoslty guide – Mr Alexander Clapperton (deceased) – a former Edinburgh cemetery director.  Learn about and meet infamous apparitions such as the Mad Monk of Cowgate, the witch Agnes Fynnie, and the wild and bloody Higlander Rhuari McLeod.  Prepare yourself for a night of good fun in the shadows!
  • 80 min light hearted evening walking tour of Edinburgh’s historic Old Town
  • Explore the Royal Mile with your guide, the long-dead Mr Alexander Clapperton
  • Shudder at lively encounters with the ghosts of Edinburgh’s past: a bad tempered witch, an energetic grave-digger and a wild Highlander as well as others!
  • Your tour includes a copy of 'The Witchery Tales', a best-selling book by Adam Lyal (deceased)
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The Witchery Tales Book, by Adam Lyal
Hotel pickup and drop off
Food and drink, unless specified

Departure Point

352 Castlehill, Edinburgh EH1 2NF, UK

Departure Time

7:00 PM

Return Details

Lawnmarket, Edinburgh EH1, UK
As the evening sun begins to set, your tour of Edinburgh’s spirited sites and horrific history begins.  Meet your guide – Edinburgh’s infamous (and dead!) 19th-century cemetery director, Mr Clapperton – on the Royal Mile and brace yourself for a fiendishly funny walk through the dimly-lit cobbled streets and courtyards of old town Edinburgh.  

As you admire the nocturnal nature of the capital city, listen to Mr Clapperton’s spooky tales of witchcraft, torture, plague and invasions. You will meet some colourful characters from the city’s past in the form of ‘jumper-ooters’ such as the Mad Monk of the Cowgate, a monk badly burned in a 17th century monastery fire, and Agnes Fynnie, a witch burned at the stake in 1641. You will also learn about invasions to Edinburgh coutsey of Rhuari McLeod, a wild and bloody Highlander, and Jimmy Tamson, a young man known for burying lots of dead bodies during the 17th-century Black Plague.

As well as meeting a lively array of ghoulish characters from Edinburgh’s past, you will once again witness public demonstrations of spine-tingling torture devices that ‘enjoyed’ centuries of common use.  A few ‘volunteers’ will be required!  By the end of this light-hearted 80 minutes, you’ll look at Edinburgh’s darker history in a very different way!

To remember your experience, you will take home a complementary copy of the fascinating ‘Witchery Tales’ book by Adam Lyal (deceased).
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Cadies & Witchery Tours
Number 84 West Bow, down near the bottom of the not-so-sunny side of picturesque Victoria Street in Edinburgh's Old Town, is an unassuming address amongst the majesty of this UNESCO World Heritage Site. In the shop today, you can find a cornucopia (we don't use the word lightly; we looked it up and everything) of ghoulish and fantastical stationery, drinkware, ornaments, soft furnishings, original artwork and art prints, greeting cards, chess sets, and unique oddities hard to even describe. In 2015 we also became (possibly) Scotland's smallest museum, when the shop became host to a calling-card case made from the skin of the notorious 19th-century "body-snatcher" (actually murderer), William Burke. We can't sell you that (mainly because even the experts on Antiques Roadshow couldn't give us a valuation of it) but we have produced a rather spiffing souvenir newspaper taken from our own vaults and covering Burke & Hare's trial in some detail.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Children must always be accompanied by at least one adult.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 25 travelers
  • OPERATED BY The Cadies & Witchery Tours

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What is the policy on sanitization during Ghost and Gore Walking Tour of Edinburgh?
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
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What is the social distancing policy during Ghost and Gore Walking Tour of Edinburgh?
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Ghost and Gore Walking Tour of Edinburgh?
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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What is the maximum group size during Ghost and Gore Walking Tour of Edinburgh?
This activity will have a maximum of 25 travelers.

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Brilliant tour!
, Oct 2020
This was a fantastic experience! Good, entertaining fun combined with fascinating history. The guide is excellent and we met some interesting characters along the way. On an atmospheric evening this was one of the highlights of our trip! Huge thanks to Alexander Clapperton and our great “jumper-ooter “
Funny, clever and amazing value
, Oct 2020
What a great tour. So funny, entertaining and polished. Proper family activity and engaging all the way with several surprise appearances along the way. Amazing value for money. Thank you... and keep it up!
A very fun experience with the guides...
Kelley L
, Aug 2017
A very fun experience with the guides. My daughter was thoroughly entertained. Great Job!
Guilds were amazing. Great stories...
Clint A
, Aug 2017
Guilds were amazing. Great stories about death and torture mixed with lots of humor. Would recommend this to anyone. My 14 year old said this was her favorite part of the trip and my wife was laughing throughout the tour. A guilds who were friendly and went the extra mile with everything they did.
Great tour. Funny, informative and a...
Christopher R
, Jul 2017
Great tour. Funny, informative and a great way to spend 90 minutes. We laughed the whole time. Andrew C was a great tour guide.
The host's are very informative and...
Martin H
, Jul 2017
The host's are very informative and funny. Best tour I have been on in Edinburgh. And great cheap price.
Fun tour with two funny characters...
, May 2017
Fun tour with two funny characters telling the history of Edinburgh gore.
this was rather funny..a man dressed...
monica w
, May 2017
this was rather funny..a man dressed as an undertaker walking us around Edinburgh and another guy that would come dressed up in various outfits thru the tour to tell different stories..pretty cool
Relaxed and creative tour. A dark...
Elizabeth R
, May 2017
Relaxed and creative tour. A dark history of Edinburgh delivered in a lighthearted manner with fun banter, role playing and improv. It was quite fun!
If there was an option to leave no...
, Oct 2016
If there was an option to leave no start that would have been more accurate. Not sure what to say really but this was the most awful tour I have ever done. There was no mention of any ghosts and it was a farce from start to finish. We only stayed out of politeness but this was a complete waste of time and money. It was a shame as the person doing the tour was okay but his goofy sidekick was ridiculous. If you were a 7 years old child you probably would have enjoyed it and thought it was funny.I am not sure how seeing 2 grown men pretend to cut off someone's arm has anything to do with ghosts. I don't think this should be advertised as a Ghost and Gore Walking Tour as it was neither and I feel very let down that I wasted money on this. My advice is do the free Edinburgh Ghost Walk or pay to go on a proper walk where they actually mention Ghosts.
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