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Small-Group Sinister Old Town Walking Tour of Edinburgh

Auld Reekie Tours Ltd

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Discover the sinister side of Edinburgh’s Old Town, from villains to aristocracy and slums, prisons and execution sites to the time encrusted architecture of the high and mighty. Our costumed guide will regale you with tales of Edinburgh’s chequered past. Travel in the footstep of our capitals most wretched characters who roamed these very streets, learn of the abominations they committed or received and the legacy they left. Hear the deprived antics of our ancestors at the Grassmarket, truly a place of grime and punishment, before we embark on the most macabre of destinations, Greyfrairs Graveyard. We’ll resurrect the dark deeds of this ancient cemeteries expired inhabitants. Blood curdling haunted, you might just encounter the infamous MacKenzie Poltergeist. Surviving that, we’ll unveil the sobering sinister secrets of the not always so majestic Royal Mile.

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Stop At: 21 Grassmarket Old Town, Edinburgh EH1 2HS Scotland

Hear the history of Edinburgh's Grassmarket, a historic market place, with the earliest recorded mention being from 1363. It was also a traditional place of public executions.

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Greyfriars Kirkyard, Candlemaker Row, Edinburgh EH1 2QQ Scotland

Hear the history of this famous graveyard and some of it's most notorious inhabitants.

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH1 2PB Scotland

See and hear the history of the Majestic Royal Mile, with iconic buildings such as St Giles Cathedral, The City Chambers, and The Tron Kirk to name a few.

Duration: 20 minutes

Pass By: Gladstone's Land, 477B Lawnmarket Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH1 2NT Scotland

See the outside of this surviving 17th Century High tenement house standing at 6 storeys tall.

Stop At: Heart of Midlothian, 197 High Street, Edinburgh EH1 1PW Scotland

See the mosaic of the Heart of Midlothian that marks the site of the Old Tolbooth and hear of its significance and the local tradition associated with it.

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: St Giles' Cathedral, High Street Historic Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH1 1RE Scotland

The guide will stop outside St Giles' Cathedral and tell you some of the history of this 14th Century Kirk.

Duration: 5 minutes

Pass By: Edinburgh City Chambers, 45-329 High Street, Edinburgh EH1 1PN Scotland

See the meeting place of the Edinburgh City Council. Originally built as the Royal exchange and designed by the Scottish architect, John Adams.

Stop At: Mercat Cross, Parliament Square, Edinburgh Scotland

The tour will end at the Mercat Cross.

Duration: 5 minutes

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 32 travelers
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
  • Professional Guide

  • Gratuities
  • Entry/Admission - St Giles' Cathedral

1 hour 30 minutes

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