Edinburgh Ghost Walk

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  • Duration

    - 2 hours (approx)
  • Edinburgh

  • Capacity

    - 40
  • Dress

    - It's a walking tour, so wear comfortable shoes and clothing.
  • Departs

    Saturdays @ 6pm - At the entrance to Edinburgh Castle
  • Meeting Location

    Edinburgh Castle Castlehill Edinburgh EH1 2NG
  • Final Destination



Edinburgh Ghost Walk

In traditional belief and fiction, a ghost is the soul or spirit of a deceased person or animal that can appear, in visible form or other manifestation, to the living. Descriptions of the apparition of ghosts vary widely from an invisible presence to translucent or barely visible wispy shapes, to realistic, life-like visions.

The belief in manifestations of the spirits of the dead is widespread, dating back to animism or ancestor worship in pre-literate cultures. Certain religious practices—funeral rites, exorcisms, and some practices of spiritualism and ritual magic—are specifically designed to appease the spirits of the dead. Ghosts are generally described as solitary essences that haunt particular locations, objects, or people they were associated with in life, though stories of the phantom armies, ghost trains, phantom ships, and even ghost animals have also been recounted.

Edinburgh Ghost Walk Itinerary

  • Edinburgh Castle Hear the tales of the ghoulish ghosts haunting the castle to this very day
  • Makars' Court Here haunts the ghost of Deacon Brodie, the real Dr. Jeckyll and Mr. Hyde!
  • Haunted Alleys Shocking tales of the macabre, not to be missed!
  • Mary King's Close Stories of spectres and nameless terrors will send chills up your spine
  • Bell's Wynd Murdered by her jealous husband, her spectre is a regular sighting
  • The Scotsman The phantom printer of the Scotsman's news building
  • Graveyard Keep your cool if you can, this graveyard is just spooky
  • Haunted Pub Try and calm your nerves with a drink in a haunted pub!
  • There are many more ghouls and ghost stories in store on this spine chilling tour!


Customer Reviews

Loved it! Review by Natalie
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Purchased a voucher deal for the tour so got a great discount. I'm a bit of a coward so I was nervous that the tour was one of the panto style ones set up to scare you. I was pleasantly surprised to find that it focuses more on the historic side of things. Our guide Stephanie was great fun and managed really well in keep everyones spirits (no pun intended) up for the duration of the tour despite sub zero temperatures. It was a small group that starts at Edinburgh castle and goes around the Royal Mile area. The spookiest part was definitely the stories in the kirkyard as it was really dark and properly eerie. I've spent a lot of time in Edinburgh so loved hearing these stories about places I've been in loads before! Loved the tour and would happily do it again (but maybe in the summer..) (Posted on 1/31/2016)
Creepy reminders Review by Sally B
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Very good for bringing our cruel past to life, so easy to imagine the horrors of the past. Would love to do some more. Guide very authenticly dressed (Posted on 10/6/2015)
Creepy or spooky? Review by TheScotsman61
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Well its all a bit of harmless fun isn't it? You get a history lesson of the creepier side of Edinburgh, with well presented actors taking on the parts of several unsavoury characters. Just go and have fun, then enjoy a drink in a local bar afterwards (Posted on 10/6/2015)
Brilliant ghost Walk Review by Scarlet H
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Good night out!! Cora was my tour guide a couple of weeks ago! It was dull of stories and she was well informed. I thank her for a wonderful tour! (Posted on 10/6/2015)
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“ghost tour of edinburgh” Review by corleylc (a TripAdvisor Member)
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We had our walk with Julia in the rain and cold of Edinburgh, we had a fab time even though there was only four of us and we had to wait the tour was interesting, and much more than I expected Julia was well informed and entertaining and also gve me and my friend great tips on where to eat after and the fab jazz bar

From TripAdvisor (Posted on 5/1/2014)
“Edinburgh Ghost Tour” Review by YorkshireBoy13 (a TripAdvisor Member)
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Recently attended the Edinburgh Ghost Tour, which although can seem more like a history lesson, was truly interesting. I had a great time and the tour guide Blair was very well informed and very friendly. Maybe consider changing the name as its not very ghostly and I get the feeling most people turn up expecting to be scared.

Visited March 2014

From TripAsdvisor (Posted on 5/1/2014)
Edinburgh ghost tour Review by Ben
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Our tour was taken by Julia, she was absolutely fantastic, I would highly recommend this tour! Definite value for money :) (Posted on 3/14/2014)
“Edinburgh Ghost Tour” Review by Blair H (a TripAdvisor Member)
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Me and my partner booked this through groupon as a nice treat for their birthday. We weren't disappointed. Our tour guide Blair, was so friendly and extremely knowledgable, even when asked unrelated questions about the city. The stories were fab, and you get to see plenty of Edinburghs sights! Favourite bit was the graveyard, which was especially spooky in the dark.

Visited January 2014

From TripAdvisor (Posted on 3/4/2014)
Fab birthday surprise... Review by sharon dunn
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My husband, daughter Melody and i had a fab night last night on this tour. Sppoky, numerous, educational and brilliant. Thank you.x (Posted on 3/1/2014)
Brilliant Review by Lee
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The stories on this tour were brilliant you don't just learn some spooky stories but you get to hear a little bit about the history of Edinburghs old town which is spooky enough without the ghost walk! The tour guide Blair was brilliant and knowledgeable even when asked unrelated questions about the city which was handy and his story telling was great he kept me thoroughly interested throughout! My only comment would be the peak of the tour is when we go to the graveyard but after that it kind of stagnated would be great to have a few more thrills! (Posted on 2/26/2014)
Edinburgh Ghost Walk Review by Eleanor
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This tour was most disappointing. It is not what is described in itinery. The tour quides were both foreign and very difficult to understand as they spoke very quietly and it was obvious that they had learned parrot fashion from a history book. I did complain to them at the time. I had purchased this tour as a gift for a friend and felt cheated and annoyed at poor quality. Tour is also said to last for 2.5hrs it was over in 1hr 45mins. I would not recommend this tour to anyone. (Posted on 11/17/2013)
Mis-sold tour Review by Disappointed Tourboy
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The tour was poorly hosted by the tour guides who had limited knowledge of the area and mis-pronounced a lot of the Scottish words. Aside from this, the tour claims that you "explore" Mary Kings Close and in actual fact you don't get to explore anywhere as part of this tour - rather you stand outside and hear a poor account of the history of each place. I would not recommend. (Posted on 11/17/2013)
Awful and that's being polite!!! Review by Jess Fitzgerald
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More reminiscent of a school history trip rather then a ghost walk, except at least on school trip your might actually go into the locations mentioned on the itinerary rather then stand rather bored outside of them listening to a dry dull patter about historical facts which might be interesting if it wasn't told to you in a drone monotone manner as unfortunately your host is also bored to death of this awful tour as you are. The most disgusting part is you pay £20 per person for this pleasure!!!!! A testament to how awful it is is the fact we couldn't even stay until the end to ask for our money back as we literally couldn't stand it any more!!!! Very angry!
(Posted on 11/2/2013)
Not what I thought! Review by Fiona
When I saw an ad about this it said it was close to a 'Most Haunted' experience.. But it couldn't have been further.. It was pretty much a history tour of random places in the city! Although the guides were lovely, they didn't really tell us many ghost stories or talk about sighings, instead it was more talks of the people who used to live around the areas and how the city used to look.

Wasn't too impressed and I'm glad I had a Wowcher! Would have been really disappointed if I had paid full price! (Posted on 10/19/2013)
Not what I thought! Review by Fiona
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When I saw an ad about this it said it was close to a 'Most Haunted' experience.. But it couldn't have been further.. It was pretty much a history tour of random places in the city! Although the guides were lovely, they didn't really tell us many ghost stories or talk about sighings, instead it was more talks of the people who used to live around the areas and how the city used to look.

Wasn't too impressed and I'm glad I had a Wowcher! Would have been really disappointed if I had paid full price! (Posted on 10/19/2013)
Spooky and interesting Review by Sarah
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I went on the 6pm tour last night. I thoroughly enjoyed it but I like the idea of ghosts. The two guides were well informed and told the tour lots of interesting information about ghosts and the history of Edinburgh. You walk from the castle right down the royal mile and therefore need to be able to walk a reasonable way up and down steps and uneven cobbles. However its a great way to see the old town as well as hear lots of interesting things. There was a stop off at Greyfriars church and graveyard. It was dark by then, rainy and misty. The atmosphere was perfect for the stories about the ghosts standing in the gloom surrounded by graves. I would say if you fancy a ghost tour and haven't seen much of Edinburgh then go along. The tour guides didn't over act or 'perform' and I liked that. I can go to the pantomime at Christmas for that stuff. i wanted to listen and learn and feel a bit spooky and they ticked every box. Thank you ladies. (Posted on 10/18/2013)
cannot get booked online using wowcher codes Review by susan lockhart
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i have tried for 3 days to get booked up for this using online as they cannot do this over the phone but all codes are invalid. apparently it was to be up and running the first day but it is still not fixed as yet! frustrating as i can only go this weekend coming! c help!!! (Posted on 10/14/2013)
“Something different to do with your afternoon” Review by Claire I ( a TripAdvisor Member)
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Yesterday me and my friend did the chocolate tour of Edinburgh which was taken by Jenny. It was a great way to spend our afternoon and we had a brilliant time. We visited 7 different little shops around Edinburgh and Jenny gave us a little bit of history about the different places which was very interesting and then we got to sample some of the chocolates on offer. Jenny our tour guide was lovely, she was upbeat and knowledgable about the places we went to.
I would def recommend this tour, as I said it was something a little bit different to do with my Saturday afternoon and I got to try some chocolate flavours that I wouldn't have normally tried.

Visited August 2013

From TripAdvisor (Posted on 10/6/2013)

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Edinburgh landmarks and attractions

  • Edinburgh Castle
  • Makars' Court
  • Mary King's Close
  • Bell's Wynd
  • Royal Mile