Edinburgh Dark Tales

Tour Number

Activity Level



Youth and Family, Religious Heritage, Museums / Culture, City


Kid Friendly: Yes.

Friendly: No.

Maximum travelers: 5



English (fluent), French (conversational), Italian (fluent)

A walking tour of the dark history of the city

Edinburgh has a unique history, darker and more unexpected than you might imagine. Its tales come from a past of wars, outbreaks of terrible illness and disease, corruption, tortures and persecutions. Times of witch hunting, pagan rituals and public executions, when the city was known as "Auld Reekie" and its streets were full of dangers.

Join me in this 3 hour daytime walking tour, suitable for adults and children.
Some stories may not be suitable for really young children, but they can participate in the tours at the parents' discretion.


We will start the tour in front of St Giles Cathedral, on the Royal Mile. We will learn about the stories behind the Heart of Midlothian, the "Mercat Cross" and some buried closes with their legends. We will visit some alleys and hear about how difficult was to live in Edinburgh in the Middle-ages. We will then go down and visit two cemeteries and hear about "Resurrectionists" and murderers. We will end the tour around one of the best panoramic points of the city, Calton Hill hearing about witch trials and tortures.

Meeting Location + Tour Duration

Meeting location: In front of St. Giles Cathedral (High Street, Royal Mile) or hotel lobby (if close to the city centre)

End location: Around the Palace of Holyrood or anywhere convenient to the customers.

Duration: 3 hours

The duration can vary according to the time of the year and the customers' needs.


Walking tour

What’s Included

Other: My services as a private tour guide and storyteller

Estimated Local Cash Needed

15 UK Pound Sterling - Snacks, drinks and personal purchases

What’s Extra

Other: Food and drinks
Personal purchases
Entrance fee to any attraction (if applicable)

Private tour guide Sarah

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