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Guide and Group in front of the Black Mausoleum

Greyfriars Graveyard, Edinburgh.

Sinister Old Town Experience

Encounter the dark recesses of Scotland’s capital on this guided walking tour. Edinburgh has survived vile monarchs, plagues, a great fire and desperate poverty, all these abominations have left their spine-tingling and awe-inspiring mark on the city

Discover the sinister side of Edinburgh’s Old Town on this 90 minute guided walking tour. From villains to aristocracy and slums, prisons and execution sites to the time encrusted architecture of the high and mighty.

Our costumed guide will regale you with tales of Edinburgh’s chequered past. Travel in the footstep of our capitals most wretched characters who roamed these very streets, learn of the abominations they committed or received and the legacy they left.

Hear the deprived antics of our ancestors at the Grassmarket, truly a place of grime and punishment, before we embark on the most macabre of destinations, Greyfrairs Graveyard. We’ll resurrect the dark deeds of this ancient cemeteries expired inhabitants. Blood curdlingly haunted, you might just encounter the infamous MacKenzie Poltergeist. Surviving that, we’ll unveil the sobering sinister secrets of the not always so majestic Royal Mile.

From £14 per adult

Departure days

  • Monday
  • Tuesday
  • Wednesday
  • Thursday
  • Friday
  • Saturday
  • Sunday

January — December

Contact details

Auld Reekie Tours

45 Niddry Street
City of Edinburgh
United Kingdom

Tour information


  • Edinburgh - City Centre




  • Walking


  • Small Group (1-16)


  • Chinese
  • English


  • City
  • Ghosts and Supernatural
  • History

Covid 19 Facilities

  • Advance booking essential
  • COVID-19 measures in place
  • COVID-19 refund and cancellation policy in place
  • COVID-19 risk assessment completed
  • COVID-19 staff training completed
  • Capacity limit
  • Online booking only
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands

Tour prices

From £14 Per Adult

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Prices are subject to change depending on season

Auld Reekie Tours

Tour company information

Auld Reekie Tours

Auld Reekie Tours was formed in 1995. Since then we have been offering a wide range of underground and graveyard tours to visitors from all over the world. We are the only tour company that owns its own vaults, having exclusive use of them. Apart from lighting, our vaults have remained mostly unchanged since they were built in the 1700s.

Opening times

Everyday 10:00 - 22:00

Please see website for current covid-19 opening hours

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