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Itinerary

Your evening tour begins at a designated meeting point in Edinburgh Old Town. Greet your guide and receive an introduction to the city’s dark history.

Wind your way down the cobbled streets surrounding Calton Hill and North Bridge, beneath which lies the Blair Street Vaults. Discover tales of torture and treason interspersed with stories of pagan festivals and dramatic historical events.

Get acquainted with the deceased residents of Canongate cemetery, and discover the truth behind the gruesome exploits of Burke and Hare, the notorious Edinburgh grave robbers.

Your tour concludes on the Royal Mile.

Locations visited
Calton Hill
Canongate Kirk
New Carlton Burial Ground Watch Tower
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Overview
The atmospheric city of Edinburgh is best explored by night, when tales of mystery and murder are at their most frightening. Discover the dark side of Scotland's capital on a historical walking tour that covers Edinburgh’s morbid past. Wind your way through the cobbled streets of Calton Hill, North Bridge, and Canongate cemetery, all of which are inaccessible by coach bus or car, and listen to stories that focus on torture, treason, and death.
Highlights
  • Explore Edinburgh at its most atmospheric on a night tour 
  • Delve into the dark history of Scotland's capital 
  • Receive personalized attention in a small group limited to 10 people
  • See Edinburgh landmarks illuminated by night
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Reviewed 2 days ago
Amazing Way to End Our Trip

We had Greg as our guide and he was absolutely amazing. He was extremely informative, funny, and energetic(The Red Caps Story killed us). I cannot recommend him enough. My girlfriend and I were talking before the tour started about how there were still so many...More

Thank Kieran K
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile
A truly interesting tour!

We went on this tour with Lachlan as our guide. He was an amazing guide who battled through horrible weather of wind and rain. I would really recommend this tour and particularly Lachlan as he was so good at capturing your attention with the myths...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago
Angus is awesome

I did this tour last night. Even though it was a very chilly night, Angus' humour was enough to keep us all warm. A good tour for someone interested in history but if you are looking for ghosts, try another tour.

Thank Bridget P
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Fantastic tours with Ryan & Alistair

We did both the free tour and the Darkside tour with Ryan and the Castle tour with Alistair. They were both fantastic guides. We’ve done over 10 walking tours with Sandemans and these two guides were at the very top. Both funny and knowledgeable, they...More

1  Thank dnjlh
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Great way to learn about Edinburgh!

Our guide Greg was informative, funny, enthusiastic and obviously loves history. A great way to end the day. See if you can get lucky and have Greg as your guide. So much history and lore that you wont remember 75% of it!

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Benjamin R
22 September 2018|
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Response from bokoltnow | Reviewed this property |
I think we took an afternoon tour. It meets at the corner of Starbucks. I think they have a website. It's worth it.
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seeitandbelieveit
21 August 2018|
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Response from María C | Reviewed this property |
It doesn't. I don't know if Sandeman's has a visit to the vaults to be honest...
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