Considered to be one of the most haunted cities in the UK, the Scottish capital is an ideal destination for ghost-hunters, thrill-seekers and lovers of the macabre. With tales of torture, murder and disease woven throughout its dark history, ‘Auld Reekie’ has more than its fair share of grisly stories to tell.
Though Hallowe’en is the time when we traditionally celebrate all things supernatural, this city embraces its ‘spooky side’ by offering a wide range of haunted attractions throughout the entire year. So why not test your bravery, with our guide to Edinburgh’s most spine-chilling ghost tours!
Step on-board a classic 1960s Routemaster bus and embark on a 90 minute journey into the depths of Auld Reekie. Combining comedy and horror with a theatrical twist, the cleverly-named Ghost Bus Tour (get it?) will take you on a spooky adventure around some of the city’s most famous landmarks, while a creepy conductor humorously divulges the grisly details of Edinburgh’s dark and terrible past.
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Edinburgh’s original 5-star ghost tour, Mercat Tours has been in operation since 1985, offering a variety of tours to suit visitors of all ages. Not for the faint hearted, this award winning tour brings the past to life in a ghoulish manner through murky tales, ghostly apparitions and exclusive access to Blair Street’s underground vaults, where body-snatchers Burke and Hare are said to have stored their victims.
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The only tour company to have exclusive use of its own vaults, Auld Reekie Tours bring to life the hidden network of streets and cellars where Edinburgh’s poor and destitute once lived. Listen to the most blood-curdling stories as you explore the city’s historic criminal underworld, including a medieval torture museum, and finish off with a drink at one of Scotland’s most haunted pubs.
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Named one of Britain’s best ghost walks, the City of the Dead tour is without a doubt the most spine-chilling on our list, visiting the site of one of the most documented supernatural cases of all time – The Mackenzie Poltergeist. Many who have encountered this malevolent entity claim to find unexplained scratches, burns and bruises the following day. So as their website forewarns, join at your own risk!
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