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Edinburgh Darkside Walking Tour: Mysteries, Murder and Legends
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Edinburgh Darkside Walking Tour: Mysteries, Murder and Legends

By SANDEMANs NEW Europe - Edinburgh
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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.
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Ages 0-99, max of 20 per group
Duration: 2h
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Highlights
  • Explore Edinburgh at its most atmospheric on a night tour 
  • Delve into the dark history of Scotland's capital 
  • See Edinburgh landmarks illuminated by night
  • Visit the Old Calton Burial Ground or Canongate Kirkyard cemetery

  • Professional guide
What's not included
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

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.

Departure details
  • 130 High St, Edinburgh EH1 1QS, UK The tours starts at 130 High Street (The Royal Mile), on the corner with Stevenlaw's Close. Look for the guide with the SANDEMANs red name badge.
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point

  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 6785EDGHOST

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • The independent guides who employ us to market their tours have your best interests in mind; while the tour usually includes the sites & stories mentioned and lasts about 2 hours, your tour may vary depending on what your guide thinks is best for your group
  • We unfortunately do not advise guests in wheelchairs to join the Dark Side Tour, due to the narrow stairways and steep hills. We apologize for any inconvenience or disappointment caused.
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travellers

  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

A note from Edinburgh Darkside Walking Tour: Mysteries, Murder and Legends
  • - Breaks will be shortended - Guests are encouraged to bring own masks - Guests will be required to provide personal details (name, phone) - Smaller groups to ensure appropriate social distance - Tour group picture will no longer be taken
What you can expect during your visit
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

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Which company provides Edinburgh Darkside Walking Tour: Mysteries, Murder and Legends?
Edinburgh Darkside Walking Tour: Mysteries, Murder and Legends is hosted by SANDEMANs NEW Europe - Edinburgh. Read reviews, discover additonal experiences or contact SANDEMANs NEW Europe - Edinburgh on Tripadvisor. Discover and book Edinburgh Darkside Walking Tour: Mysteries, Murder and Legends on Tripadvisor

If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 6785EDGHOST

Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    130 High St
    130 High St, Edinburgh EH1 1QS, UK
    The tours starts at 130 High Street (The Royal Mile), on the corner with Stevenlaw's Close. Look for the guide with the SANDEMANs red name badge.
    See address & details
  • 1
    Royal Mile
    Stop: 10 minutes
    See details
  • 2
    North Bridge
    Stop: 30 minutes
    See details
  • 3
    Calton Hill
    Stop: 30 minutes
    See details
  • 4
    Old Calton Burial Ground
    Stop: 30 minutes
    See details
  • 5
    Canongate Kirk
    Stop: 30 minutes
    See details
    Pass by
    Edinburgh Old Town
  • You'll return to the starting point
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About the operator

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anastasiadX4927KE
anastasiadX4927KE
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Very interesting and fun tour
As a fan of Harry Potter, I enjoyed this tour a lot! Jen is an excellent guide, she told us so many interesting sto
K3701UPmeganh
K3701UPmeganh
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Amazing
Lovely and informative, lots of fun facts and a good mix of Harry Potter and Edinburgh history! Would definitely re
danrSuffolk
danrSuffolk
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Great tour with Australian David
We signed up for the Free Walking Tour, having been on free tours with Sandemans in Prague, Barcelona, Berlin, Lond
frankiek2023
frankiek2023
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Enticing!
The way Jen described the tales of Edinburgh was enthusiastic and fascinating! Thoroughly enjoyed it.
Z9365LYdaniels
Z9365LYdaniels
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Fantastic brilliant
This was a great experience.... I'm not a big potter fan and did it as my other half is a big pot head and loves it
marissa F
marissa F
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Great guide
Australian David was a very knowledgeable, enthusiastic, and friendly guide. The tour ran around an hour and hit th
eilidhs2023
eilidhs2023
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Great free walking tour- Sarah was a great guide!
We had such a great free walking tour. Free to book into then you tip the guide what you believe they are worth. Ou
StephanieM3970
StephanieM3970
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Highly recommend Kristal!!
Amazing adventure and great way to start our trip in Edinburgh. Kristal was super friendly and took the time to sho
MichaelF_Trailhead
MichaelF_Trailhead
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Great tour on a cold, wet December evening
Australian Dave was a great guide for the tour. A natural storyteller and kept the group engaged on a cold, damp D
V2102GRwillh
V2102GRwillh
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Great tour!
Informative, encapsulating and entertaining. Jen was a great tour guide. Highly recommend! I hope your mum sees thi
Viajarporelmundo99
Viajarporelmundo99
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Following the steps of J. K. Rowling!
I took part in the Harry Potter tour with Jen and it was super interesting! Don't expect movie locations during the
laviyac
laviyac
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Australian david gave a fantastic tour
Our tour with Australian David was fantastic, so lovely and chatty even on a cold rainy day, had so much knowledge
alejndroJavier
alejndroJavier
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Now I know the inspiration for harry potter
I visited all the Main inspiration points for the writing of Harry Potter. Eva took me through the closest posible
Guy M
Guy M
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Sandeman walking Tour of Edinburgh
Belle was our tourguide 👍 Although originally from Barcelona (unbelievable since she has no Spanish accent at all)
DeeKayokay
DeeKayokay
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Definitely worth it!
Great tour guide, great stories, the time flew by! Would highly recommend this tour if you’re up for good stories!
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Leanne F
Sheffield, UK69 contributions
We have only been on one other night-time walk so far, in London, so I was looking forward to this one. And it didn’t disappoint! Our tour guide, Fiona, was very engaging and enthusiastic. You could tell how much she loved to talk about the city and she was welcoming to all visitors. She was very informative and drew people in with her enthusiasm. We took a couple of walks through spooky graveyards and heard stories of witches, hangings and body snatchers. It also offers some beautiful views of Edinburgh, particularly at night time. We finished early as everyone arrived on time but I was sad for it to end, it was so interesting. Would highly recommend to anyone who wants to know the dark history of Edinburgh. I would recommend taking an umbrella or waterproof coat and sensible walking shoes for the event as Edinburgh has many cobbles and unpredictable weather!
Written 31 October 2021
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Charan
West Bromwich, UK20 contributions
Jul 2022
We decided to do this tour on our first day of arriving in the city as a sort of fun introduction to Edinburgh and it's 'dark' side. We had lots of fun, exploring the city on foot whilst listening to Angus' masterful storytelling of its weird and whacky history which included tales of grave robbing, body snatching, serial killers and witch burning! My favourite part was probably when we visited David Hume's tomb at The Old Calton Burial Ground, so I'd highly recommend this tour for history buffs. Angus was super funny throughout the whole tour, and put us all at ease which is what made it the best walking tour I've ever been on. Thanks Angus!
Written 2 August 2022
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Đặng Quỳnh Giang
1 contribution
Nov 2022
I went on the Edinburgh's Dark Side tour with Sarah as our guide and it was an amazing experience! Sarah was a great host and a truly talented story-teller. She brought so much enthusiasm to a cold, windy Edinburgh night and drew people in with her stories. I am also very into her side remarks and dry humors and some jokes that other people did not get (or they got but just didn't laugh out loud like I did). I am inspired by Sarah's storytelling (truly) and the tour was definitely worth the price.
We visited many locations that I would not have visited on my own/known about on my own (the Canongate and the cemetaries), and the locations on the tour are definitely best visited at night with someone who knows the city and have legends to tell you about.
The tour was very well designed, but the story telling brought this tour to life. Thanks Sarah!
Written 10 November 2022
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Joshua B
1 contribution
Apr 2022 • Couples
Really good tour!
Our guide ( Australian Dave) was very friendly and really knew his stuff.
Made the tour very entertaining and showed us places that we otherwise wouldn't have seen.
Answered any questions we had and gave everyone time to take photos etc
Would definitely recommend to anyone wanting to learn a bit of history on the darker side of Edinburgh while seeing some amazing views of the city.
Written 22 April 2022
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Keriss E
1 contribution
Nov 2021 • Couples
Angus our tour guide was funny, engaging and informative throughout the whole experience. Everyone on the tour was laughing and interested from families, to couple to groups of friends. Angus also took extra time to give us tips and recommendations for around the city, would really recommend
Written 9 November 2021
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Travel_BugReading_UK
Reading, UK145 contributions
Aug 2021
Chose this trip because it offered more time for the money than other 'novelty' type walks. Best decision! Angus was just the person for the job: funny, a great storyteller and keen to know a little about his 'guests' so that he could avoid offending anyone with his witty, spontaneous humour [Angus explained that he is also a stand-up comedian]. He need not have worried. His delivery was fluent, knowledgeable and, at times, quite hilarious.
There was a lot to learn and the walk made us realise just how little we know about our cultural history [poets, philosophers] and just how informative a trip to a churchyard can be!
Plenty of opportunities to stop and rest and/or take photos. My only criticism would be that some of these groups are far too large to comfortably hear the commentary consistently, which is a real shame since the walk is packed with really insightful and informative material.
Would definitely do this again - but only if guaranteed either a smaller group size or an audio device.
Written 2 September 2021
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Destination651085
Decatur, IL2 contributions
Really a wonderful tour that goes through a lot of places that we would not have otherwise seen. Adam was an outstanding guide, who kept us interested in some of the darker history of the area. He truly deserves 5 stars for such a great tour, even during periods of fairly heavy rainfall
Written 25 July 2022
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Noelle0512
Dublin, Ireland58 contributions
Apr 2022
Eva was the perfect tour guide - everything you could want. She was funny, friendly & informative.
She has a great way with people and told the stories in a way that reached everyone on the tour - young and old.
Tour took us to places we had not already seen and gave us even more reasons to come back. There was no particular highlight as it was all great.
We left with a new list of things we wanted to see and do so will defiantly have to come back to Edinburgh soon!

Only small criticism was the directions to the meeting place - we could not find no 130 High Street and we spent some time trying. Maybe update the directions to outside Treacle restaurant.
Written 19 April 2022
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Ella B
Toccoa, GA138 contributions
This was a wonderful tour thanks to Melanie! She was clear and loud enough to be heard but more than that she put on an award winning theatrical presentation worthy of an Oscar. She made what could have been mundane fun and entertaining and all based on truth. We knew going in that this tour was not the same as some of the other haunted tours. Sadly, going down in the vaults and other closed in places is not a good option for someone with claustrophobia so this was a welcome alternative. Thanks Melanie for a great evening!
Written 2 October 2022
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Jason M
5 contributions
Very interesting walking tour. Australian David was passionate about Scottish history and the stories he told. He articulated the gruesome and adult content excellently and made it suitable for a young audience - I did tour with 17 old daughter but it would also be fine for younger children.
Written 3 October 2022
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