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Ghost and Gore Walking Tour of Edinburgh

  • 80 min light hearted evening walking tour of Edinburgh’s historic Old Town
  • Explore the Royal Mile with your guide, the long-dead Mr Alexander Clapperton
  • Shudder at lively encounters with the ghosts of Edinburgh’s past: a bad tempered witch, an energetic grave-digger and a wild Highlander as well as others!
Ghost and Gore Walking Tour of Edinburgh
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Ghost and Gore Walking Tour of Edinburgh
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Delve into Edinburgh’s ghoulish side with an 80 minute early evening walking tour of the city’s eeriest sites!  As you venture down the historic  Royal Mile you will hear tales of torture, witchcraft, plague and mayhem from your local ghoslty guide – Mr Alexander Clapperton (deceased) – a former Edinburgh cemetery director.  Learn about and meet infamous apparitions such as the Mad Monk of Cowgate, the witch Agnes Fynnie, and the wild and bloody Higlander Rhuari McLeod.  Prepare yourself for a night of good fun in the shadows!
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.
Reviews (79)
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Reviewed 13 August 2018 via mobile
Great fun, Light hearted ghost tour

We really enjoyed the tour, it was very informative but it was also very funny. Not really very scary but it was the early tour, and there were several young children on the tour, plus it was summer time so not dark either. I believe...More

1  Thank jonbish
Reviewed 19 July 2018 via mobile
Informative and hilarious

Read other reviews and the tour was exactly as expected. The ‘two’ guides were hilarious as they delivered historically accurate information about Edinburgh. Plus the walk introduced us to some interesting closes. My teenage daughter and I laughed out loud!

4  Thank BackPacker748880
Reviewed 14 July 2018
Loved it!

Mr. Clapperton and his sidekick were wonderful. We brought our 10 month old son along and he did just fine with the scares and seemed entertained with our group's clapping and "awww"s and "ooh"s. It was nice to hear about the history of Edinburgh through...More

Date of experience: July 2018
3  Thank th0mp919
Reviewed 22 June 2018
Ghostly goings on

Really funny and a few scares along the way. Mr Clapperton was an excellent host and we met lots of characters as we walked around. I would definitely recommend this tour if you like fun along with history

Date of experience: June 2018
1  Thank Suesreviews1234
Reviewed 21 June 2018
Fun Tour

The tour with Mr. Clapperton (deceased) was entertaining and informative. Having been to Edinburgh before, I still found it enjoyable and for my family it was a great introduction to the city, all while getting a bit of it's more gruesome history. It's not a...More

Date of experience: June 2018
1  Thank Erik C
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