Tours and Tickets

Edinburgh Darkside Walking Tour: Mysteries, Murder and Legends provided by SANDEMANs NEW Europe - Edinburgh

Reserve Now & Pay Later

Edinburgh Darkside Walking Tour: Mysteries, Murder and Legends

Save
Share
COVID-19 update: See the added health and safety measures this experience is taking.Read more
Select Date and Travellers
From
RM 79.06
Date
2 adults
Options
Select tour language
Reserve Now & Pay Later
Low Price Guarantee
Travel safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during this experience
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to travellers and staff
Updated 15/07/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
A note from Edinburgh Darkside Walking Tour: Mysteries, Murder and Legends
- Breaks will be shortended - Guests are encouraged to bring own masks - Guests will be required to provide personal details (name, phone) - Smaller groups to ensure appropriate social distance - Tour group picture will no longer be taken
Read more
Updated 15/07/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Overview
The atmospheric city of Edinburgh is best explored by night, when tales of mystery and murder are at their most frightening. Discover the dark side of Scotland's capital on a historical walking tour that covers Edinburgh’s morbid past. Wind your way through the cobbled streets of Calton Hill, North Bridge, and Canongate cemetery, all of which are inaccessible by coach bus or car, and listen to stories that focus on torture, treason, and death.
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    Frankie & Benny's
    130 High St, Edinburgh EH1 1QS, UK
    Your 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.
    See address & details
  • 1
    Royal Mile
    Stop: 10 minutes
    See details
  • 2
    North Bridge
    Stop: 30 minutes
    See details
  • 3
    Calton Hill
    Stop: 30 minutes
    See details
  • 4
    Old Calton Burial Ground
    Stop: 30 minutes
    See details
  • 5
    Canongate Kirk
    Stop: 30 minutes
    See details
    Pass by
    Edinburgh Old Town
  • You'll end at
    Frankie & Benny's
    130 High St, Edinburgh EH1 1QS, UK
    Your 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.
    See address & details
+
Highlights
  • 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.
Show More
Important Information
Departure Point
Frankie & Benny's, 130 High St, Edinburgh EH1 1QS, UK
Duration
2h
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
Inclusions
  • Professional guide
Exclusions
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Show More
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 travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travellers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
1,624Review
54Q&A
Traveller rating
  • 1,282
  • 108
  • 19
  • 17
  • 20
Traveller type
Time of year
Language
More
Popular mentions
Tobie Woodhead wrote a review Nov 2020
Millom, United Kingdom1 contribution1 helpful vote
Brilliant tour with plenty of giggles and very interesting gruesome facts along the way. Australian David was brilliant to talk to as well as explain.
Read more
1 Helpful vote
Helpful
Share
Julie C wrote a review Nov 2020
Manchester, United Kingdom46 contributions40 helpful votes
We visited over the October half term with my 13 year old son, who loves anything spooky and gruesome! The tour was great really interesting history, entertaining and great historical sites. Our tour guide was Jen who was great. Don’t hesitate to book you will not be
Read more
2 Helpful votes
Helpful
Share
Jake R wrote a review Nov 2020
2 contributions
Very interesting and definitely worth the money with all the stories on the tour. Our guide Jen made it especially fun since she was energetic and enthusiastic about showing us the dark side of Edinburgh. I'd definitely recommend if you're looking for a relaxing activity.
Read more
Date of experience: November 2020
Helpful
Share
Candice W wrote a review Nov 2020
7 contributions
+3
David was an awesome and enthusiastic storyteller! Really interesting and insightful, absolutely loved it. Highly recommend.
Read more
Date of experience: November 2020
Helpful
Share
Tim H wrote a review Nov 2020
Reykjavik, Iceland15 contributions31 helpful votes
Thank you Jule for a fun tour on a full moon halloween around Edinburgh. Informative, well paced and a great night out and about in the windy full moon of Halloween.
Read more
Date of experience: October 2020
2 Helpful votes
Helpful
Share
About the operator

Don’t take it from us – here’s what people have to say about this operator.

By: SANDEMANs NEW Europe - Edinburgh
Manit S
Manit S
00
No show tour guide
Nobody showed up. Tried calling and texting tour guide but no response. Was told to meet and jerrys but that shop d
paulajS3400LW
paulajS3400LW
00
The best experience for Harry Potter fans
It was an incredible experience and our tour guide, Australian Guy, couldn’t have been better. It is something you
Tina K
Tina K
00
Jen is awesome
We did the walking tour of the old town with Jen who is amazing. She is witty and knowledgeable and we really enjoy
stevoyeahh
stevoyeahh
00
Excellent tour with Jen
Excellent tour with Jen. I went on the free walking tour (with donation of course). She’s a very knowledgable and e
jonvitalija
jonvitalija
00
Every Edinburgh visitor should do it
Took my boys to a tour as a surprise and it was worth it. The guide kept the group engaged. He answered all their q
940yasminv
940yasminv
00
Unforgettable
It was great! Raj is a very attencious and fun tourist guide. Loved the experience, I've enjoyed and learned a lot.
Steviefull
Steviefull
00
Sandemans Free Tour of Edinburgh
When visiting a new city I always try and take a tour, just because its so easy to miss so many things and miss out
JackReese2
JackReese2
00
The tour that didn't happen
I booked in advance and arrived at the requested 15' before the tour started. I was told that the group was for 5 p
julipicone
julipicone
00
Excellent Spanish free tour!
The tour was really cool. The guide “Carlos Paz” was really funny and made us learn a lot and laugh. We made the fr
mickcD4484TD
mickcD4484TD
00
Great few hours in Edinburgh
The tour was both very interesting & extremely good value for money. The guide “Jule” was brilliant & obviously a g
Hinckleygirls
Hinckleygirls
00
Harry potter walking tour in Edinburgh a truely magical and entertaining tour
Jenny our guide knew all the Harry Potter facts, the greyfriars graveyard was fascinating. A great walking tour wit
Agáta L
Agáta L
00
Fantastic walk!
Really great walk with lovely Jenn. She was absolutely fantastic and funny. We also learned a lot about the city an
amrithayre92
amrithayre92
00
Fantastic Experience!!!
Me and my husband had a fantastic time with Australian David on our Harry Potter tour!! He had so many funny anecd
Karl1907
Karl1907
00
Magical and Enchanting
Me and my girlfriend had an enchanting and thoroughly enjoyable walk with Angus yesterday. Was great to hear about
l3111
l3111
00
Sandemans quality again!!!
We've used sandemans tours all around Europe and they employ only the best and most knowledgeable staff. Jane was n
Key Details
  • Duration: 2h
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
  • Instant Confirmation
  • Languages Offered: English, German, Spanish
Why Book on Tripadvisor?
  • Reserve Now & Pay Later
  • Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
  • Low Price Guarantee
  • No Booking Fees
  • Secure Payments
  • 24/7 SupportCall:+60 392125427

Ghost & Vampire Tours

The World Famous Underground Ghost Tour
from MYR 79.69*
Popular: Booked by 6,067 travellers!
Ghost Bus Tour of Edinburgh
from MYR 112.43*
Popular: Booked by 1,518 travellers!
Edinburgh Darkside Walking Tour: Mysteries, Murder and Legends
from MYR 79.06*
Popular: Booked by 8,676 travellers!
Ghostly Underground Vaults Tour in Edinburgh
from MYR 98.48*
Popular: Booked by 1,410 travellers!
Frequently Asked Questions about Edinburgh Darkside Walking Tour: Mysteries, Murder and Legends