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Edinburgh Darkside Walking Tour: Mysteries, Murder and Legends

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See Edinburgh’s shady side. The gruesome and the glorious. The ghostly and the ghastly. This 2-hour tour is a wickedly entertaining walk on the wild and dark side of the Scottish capital. Explore the spots where murders, monsters and mayhem have become things of legend, and visit Old Calton Burial Ground or Canongate Kirkyard, two of Edinburgh’s most chilling cemeteries. Throughout the tour, hear real-life tales of witches, body-snatchers, vampires, cannibals and more from your entertaining guide.
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Frankie & Benny's
130 High St, Edinburgh EH1 1QS, UKYour Edinburgh Dark Side Tour starts in front of Frankie & Benny's on 130 High Street by Tron Kirk. Please look for our staff with red jackets and red umbrellas branded with SANDEMANs logos.
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    Royal Mile
    Stop: 10 minutes -
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  • 2
    North Bridge
    Stop: 30 minutes -
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  • 3
    Calton Hill
    Stop: 30 minutes -
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  • 4
    Old Calton Burial Ground
    Stop: 30 minutes -
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  • 5
    Canongate Kirk
    Stop: 30 minutes -
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    Pass by Edinburgh Old Town
You'll return to the starting point
  • Explore Edinburgh at its most atmospheric on a night tour 
  • Delve into the dark history of Scotland's capital 
  • See Edinburgh landmarks illuminated by night
  • Visit the Old Calton Burial Ground or Canongate Kirkyard cemetery
What to Expect
Your evening tour begins at a designated meeting point in Edinburgh Old Town. Greet your guide and receive an introduction to the city’s dark history. Wind your way down the cobbled streets surrounding Calton Hill and North Bridge, beneath which lies the Blair Street Vaults. Discover tales of torture and treason interspersed with stories of pagan festivals and dramatic historical events. Get acquainted with the deceased residents of Canongate cemetery, and discover the truth behind the gruesome exploits of Burke and Hare, the notorious Edinburgh grave robbers. Your tour concludes on the Royal Mile.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Frankie & Benny's, 130 High St, Edinburgh EH1 1QS, UK
Departure Time
6:30 PM
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • Professional guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Children up to 13 years old are welcome to join this tour for free. We reserve the right to ask for a valid ID for children joining our tours. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
  • The independent guides who employ us to market their tours have your best interests in mind; while the tour usually includes the sites & stories mentioned and lasts about 2 hours, your tour may vary depending on what your guide thinks is best for your group
  • We unfortunately do not advise guests in wheelchairs to join the Dark Side Tour, due to the narrow stairways and steep hills. We apologize for any inconvenience or disappointment caused.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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What an amazing tour!. Even with the bad weather conditions. Edgar is an incredible story teller. His passion and knowledge made the 2 hours short. Well worth the visit.
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What a guy. We went on this tour and obviously it was freezing cold but that's soon forgotten thanks to Dave, he was hilarious, had us all laughing constantly, so enthusiastic and energetic, and so knowledgeable. Learnt so much about what used to happen in Edinburgh.. Excellent
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The tour of Edinburgh was a real unique experience with Melanie B. She was with her way of presenting things, like "taking back to life" each caracter of the stories of the tour. Also, the presentation/information of the tour was very good structured and well documented. So
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We had a lot of fun with our guide Dave who was really knowledgeable and friendly. We learnt a lot and had fun at the same time :)
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Excellent tour. Saw some parts of Edinburgh we wouldn't normally see and learned some tales in dramatic style. Recommended.
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  • Duration: 2h
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  • Languages Offered: English, German, Spanish
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