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Ghost and Gore Walking Tour of Edinburgh

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    What to Expect
    As the evening sun begins to set, your tour of Edinburgh’s spirited sites and horrific history begins.  Meet your guide – Edinburgh’s infamous (and dead!) 19th-century cemetery director, Mr Clapperton – on the Royal Mile and brace yourself for a fiendishly funny walk through the dimly-lit cobbled streets and courtyards of old town Edinburgh.  

    As you admire the nocturnal nature of the capital city, listen to Mr Clapperton’s spooky tales of witchcraft, torture, plague and invasions. You will meet some colourful characters from the city’s past in the form of ‘jumper-ooters’ such as the Mad Monk of the Cowgate, a monk badly burned in a 17th century monastery fire, and Agnes Fynnie, a witch burned at the stake in 1641. You will also learn about invasions to Edinburgh coutsey of Rhuari McLeod, a wild and bloody Highlander, and Jimmy Tamson, a young man known for burying lots of dead bodies during the 17th-century Black Plague.

    As well as meeting a lively array of ghoulish characters from Edinburgh’s past, you will once again witness public demonstrations of spine-tingling torture devices that ‘enjoyed’ centuries of common use.  A few ‘volunteers’ will be required!  By the end of this light-hearted 80 minutes, you’ll look at Edinburgh’s darker history in a very different way!

    To remember your experience, you will take home a complementary copy of the fascinating ‘Witchery Tales’ book by Adam Lyal (deceased).

    Please note: Due to a planned annual event in Edinburgh, the departure point is from a different location between July 30 – August 25, except Sundays. Further details will be provided on the voucher.
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    Departure Point
    The Witchery by the Castle, 352 Castlehill, Edinburgh EH1 2NF, UK
    Departure Time
    7:00 PM
    1h 20m
    • The Witchery Tales Book, by Adam Lyal
    • Gratuities
    • Hotel pickup and drop off
    • Food and drink, unless specified
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    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    I went on this tour with my 20 high school students. They had a lot of fun. Some of them got scared (but in a good way). The tour was funny, interesting, not too long, and the right amount of "scary"! Highly recommended!
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    I was on both the "Ghosts and Gore" and "Murder and Mystery" tours on the same night with Alexr. Clapperton leading the tours with his great side kick (sorry forgot his name), it was a lot of fun and the stories (and jokes) added to the evening. They both were very enjoyable
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    We had a great time, learning about the history of the old town, its inhabitants and their ways. Not so much ghost stories, which in fact was for the better. The real stories are scary enough.
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    Toured as a last minute decision with a group of friends and we were so glad we did. The tour is great fun. The group was a good size and our tour guides made it most entertaining. Would definitely recommend this tour.
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    We were a small group entertained by a most charming man. The tour lasted around an hour and a half and we had an absolute blast. I loved the story telling by our host some great stories about Edinburgh in the past, the plague, witches punishment. Our host had a sidekick who
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