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Mercat Tours

Open today: 10:00 - 22:00
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'History is a damn good story, what it needs is a damn good telling!' We're a family business and simply love sharing Edinburgh's stories. We're the original, largest, and first 5 star walking tour company in Scotland giving guaranteed quality. With...more
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Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
28 Blair Street, Edinburgh EH1 1QR, Scotland
Old Town
+44 131 225 5445
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 7 August 2005

Just returned from a months tour of Ireland and Scotland. While in Edinburgh we visited the Edinburgh Vaults and Mary Kings Close. Both were excellent in my opinion. I had seen both on Most Haunted here in Canada and when the opportunity arose to visit...More

31  Thank Sam_W_Canada
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 29 May 2005

I did the tour to the underground vaults underneath the south bridge here, and I found it a little embarassing. The emphasis is heavily on ghost stories and gruesome tales of executions and murder. I guess it sells- historic perspective and background facts probably don't....More

12  Thank Elwing
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We enjoyed a great tour recommended by our friends just over the road, the guide was extremely helpful and the kids had a great time! Hopefully when we come back we can enjoy another tour! Thank you so much

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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We did the Secrets tour - lots of great information and some that is off the beaten path, which was enjoyable. We had Vanessa and Linda as our guides. They were well informed and easy to understand. It was a very busy time on the...More

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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

On our recent trip to Edinburgh we made a last minute decision to embark on an evening of ghosts and ghouls tour to the vaults! We were not disappointed, we met the brilliant tour guide Edgar who was hilarious ... if a little creepy. We...More

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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This is the very best kind of tour;one that inspires you afterwards to pursue the stories further. Loved it.

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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

A great tour through Edinburgh Vaults - our guide Margaret-Ann was just lovely, very knowlegable. Even my 6 year old didn't lose interest the whole time. Tour takes about 1.5hours and is suitable for children as ling as they don't mind being in small dark...More

Thank Liene V
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Margaret Ann was our friendly guide and she was very good, with lots of interesting information and Margaret made it funny too. Edinburgh is such a beautiful place so rich in history. Enjoyed the walking tour.

Thank JessPtrip
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Great tour guide by Alum. Factual, friendly and entertaining tour. Would recommended. I swear I felt something in those vaults and I am a very skeptical person

Thank Z9774IXmiker
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

I live near Edinburgh and I am a native. I've been on a few of these vault tours but this is by far the best :) Allan our tour guide was absolutely ace, set the perfect atmosphere! Seriously recommend!

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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Went to the ghost tour of the vaults. Superb would highly recommend for anyone interested in the paranormal or history. The guide Edgar was very knowledgeable and keen to get people involved. Humerous and entertaining. Amazing guide. Brilliant.

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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Booked the tour last minute after driving from North Wales and was very well worth it :D HUGE credit to Jenny for making the tour interesting, memorable (made me jump numerous times 😂) and enjoyable! I'd recommend this tour as it was not only a...More

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Old Town
Few Edinburghers live in the Old Town, but its
labyrinth of dank alleys and steep streets suggests
this was not always the case. Today, it’s mostly
visitors, tartan-flavoured souvenir shops, and pipers
that you’ll find on its cobbled streets. This is the
place to get a feel for Auld Reekie (Old Smelly), as
the town was once nicknamed, and stroll the Royal
Mile, the thoroughfare that links the castle with the
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16 October 2018|
Response from MercatToursLtd | Property representative |
Hi Maimykins, our Hidden & Haunted ghost tour of Edinburgh focuses more on the city's dark past. It is about ghosts. Hope that helps you :)
Madge C
9 September 2018|
Response from MercatToursLtd | Property representative |
Hi Madge, We will need to talk to you offline to arrange a refund. You can contact us through the channels listed on our website (we can't paste contact details here as it's against TripAdvisor policies). All the best, Jean
31 May 2018|
Response from MercatToursLtd | Property representative |
Hi there, Thanks for getting in touch, we’d be delighted to welcome you on a Whisky Tour & Tasting experience. With 14 adults, we’d recommend a private experience which can be arranged to suit your itinerary time and day... More