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Gallows, Graveyards & Dark Secrets Walking Tour in Edinburgh

Become part of a gruesome journey from<br>gallows to graveyards

Become part of a gruesome journey from
gallows to graveyards

Edinburgh is a "Jekyll and Hyde" city renowned for its split personality. Its respectable mask conceals an intriguing, dangerous side and around every corner a dark secret awaits.

Traitors, thieves and murderers have come to a bloody end on the Royal Mile when their ghastly secrets were exposed. Who were they, what were their evil deeds and why do they still haunt the living?

On this tour, it is guaranteed that you will become part of a gruesome journey from Gallows to Graveyards.

Your costumed guide from Edinburgh's history will lead you from a scene of tortures and executions in centuries past to a graveyard with a chilling history, the final resting place of both famous...and infamous!

Join in on this journey and find out what dark secrets lie in store!


• Hear tales of the darker side of the city's past
• Find out who committed such a heinous crime it was punishable by drowning in a coffin
• Learn which Maiden's kiss could cause the death of over 150 unfortunate souls


Do you have to do a lot of walking on the tours?
No - the distances are not great. However it is recommended you wear sensible shoes because the ground can be uneven and occasionally steep.

Will the tour run even if it is wet?
Hail, rain, wind or snow: your guide will always be there to greet you. You guides are very skilled at finding shelter from the elements, but do dress for the cold (hat/gloves) especially in the evenings and in the winter months.

Will the guide be dressed up for the tour?
There is a strict dress code for all guides. The daytime guides wear smart, dark clothing: the evening guides wear distinctive cloaks.

Will I be scared?
Sorry: no guarantees! - what some people find terrifying doesn't scare others at all. What is guaranteed is that your guide will choose your tales, craft them into engaging and enthralling stories and use all of their skills as storytellers to bring a tingle to your neck.

Are the tours suitable for people with disabilities?
This tour may not be suitable for people with disabilities.

Short synapses of the tours for those with hearing difficulties will be provided (please specify at the time of booking if anyone in your tour group has any hearing difficulties). Guides have worked well alongside someone who signs for deaf customers.

The poorly sighted or blind would need to be accompanied during the tour. The skill of your guides as storytellers and the craft with which they use their voices to create atmosphere make for an enjoyable experience for those totally dependent on listening. Essential carers go free.

What do you mean by 'family' ticket?
A family ticket allows two adults with two children to go on a tour at a discount for one child. Adults and children do not have to be relatives.

Can children under 5 years come on a tour?
For health and safety reasons children under 5 years of age are unable to come on any tour.

Can children 5-15 years be booked onto a tour without an adult?
No - All children on tours must be accompanied by an adult.

Will people jump out on me during the tour?
Not in our planning! 'Jumper-ooters' are not a feature of the scheduled tours. Your guides are confident enough in the content of their ghost tours not to require such extras to provide a chill factor. Your guides are great believers in the power of the imagination.

We've been on tours where some customers have spoiled it for us with loud, disruptive and sometimes drunken behavior. What do you do about this?
Your guide reserves the right to refuse entry on any tour to disruptive customers. Even if the disruptive behavior only emerges once the tour has begun our guides are instructed to invite the person(s) to leave. Your guides priority is to ensure a quality, enjoyable experience for all.

Is photography permitted on tours?
Photography is permitted on all tours, but visitors are requested not to take photos while a guide is addressing the group as this can distract the guide and other visitors. In the vaults, photos are permitted to be taken as the guide leaves each area. However visitors are asked to use flash photography sparingly, as rapid multiple flashes can have adverse health implications for some people.

72 HOURS MINIMUM ADVANCE BOOKING REQUIRED. Tour does not include hotel pick-up; departure is from a convenient location in the center of Edinburgh's Old Town (specific details will be on E-Ticket). Rates are per person in US dollars. Child rate applies to ages 5-15. Children under the age of 5 are not permitted on this tour. Please reserve online or call us toll-free at 212-852-4822.


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