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The Dark Side of Glasgow

Recently named ‘Europe’s murder capital’ and voted the ‘UK’s friendliest city’ in the same week, it’s fair to say Glasgow is a confusing city - which means you need a true Weegie to show you the ropes!

Lets share a dram and explore famous landmarks and gritty street art, while I tell you of Glasgow’s crime and macabre past! Its ties to the slave trade, its gangs, its godfathers, its ghosts, and its twisted serial killers!

This is not your average tour, full of dull architectural facts and dates. No! We are absolutely bursting with trademark dry Glaswegian humour and have all the feisty, entertaining tales the tourist industry likes to leave out! 'People Make Glasgow' and this is a tour dedicated to the people and their thrilling, hilarious, and sometimes terrifying adventures. Want to know about Bible John? The Human Crocodile? The Gorbals Vampire? Arthur Thompson and his kin? Look no further!

These are not the stories you will find in museums, they cannot be summed up in a book. We Glaswegians are known to spin a yarn and are the world’s greatest storytellers. I will add in my own anecdotes passed down from my family, including both the historical facts and the mythical imaginings clearly defined.

You will learn to admire our working-class charm. Our brutality, our humour and most of all our complexity. Edinburgh might be Scotland’s brain, but Glasgow is its heart!

From £25 per adult

Departure days

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

January — December

Contact details

The Dark Side Tours

270 Cumbernauld Road
Glasgow City
G31 2UL

Key facilities

  • Level Access
  • Pets Welcome

Tour information


  • Glasgow City Centre


½ Day


  • Walking


  • Bespoke
  • Medium Group (17-30)
  • Private
  • Small Group (1-16)


  • English


  • Ancestry
  • Art
  • City
  • Crime
  • Food and drink
  • Ghosts and Supernatural
  • History
  • Walking
  • Whisky

Tour prices

From £25 Per Adult

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The Dark Side Tours

Tour company information

The Dark Side Tours

The Dark Side Tours was founded 5 years ago by Rhona Mackay. Glasgow born and raised but an Edinburgh local for over 7 years. Whilst studying an honours degree in Acting and English Literature, she became obsessed with Scottish history (particularly the dark bits!) Working as a freelance actor, writer and teacher, Rhona employs her creative talents to ensure both the tour scripts and characters provide the best experience for those bewitched by the Dark Side of these great Scottish cities.

Opening times

Glasgow: 2-5pm weekdays/1-4pm weekends
Edinburgh: 8-10pm
Tours operate all seasons.

Private Tours are available for any date/time.

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