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Edinburgh Darkside Walking Tour: Mysteries, Murder and Legends

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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.
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
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
Duration
2h
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
Inclusions
  • Professional guide
Exclusions
  • 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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We did this tour. The weather was awful. Edgar was a great guide, in spite of all the great humour he got some interesting facts across as well.
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My partner wasn't keen on this tour when I told him I had booked it but we had a great time. Edgar is brilliant and so so interesting. We would definitely do this tour again. We learnt so much about Edinburgh and Scottish history and had a giggle along the way.
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Well done- Jules was funny , pleasant and had great facial expressions with each story!!! We walked around many different areas in Edinburgh.
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This was a great tour, but what made it spectacular was our tour guide Edgar. He's a fabulous story teller. Very interactive, great stories, and wonderful humor. If you take the Darkside Tour take it with Edgar!
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Good night, Yesterday we made two tour with your company: one of them with Miguel and one more with Pascual. First one was free tour option, and it was amazing. Miguel’s work is so interesting, he tried to make all people feel comfortable, he used adapted speech and all show
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Response from SNE_Violeta, Guest Relations Manager at Edinburgh Darkside Walking Tour: Mysteries, Murder and Legends
Responded 2 days ago
Hi mdlmm88, Thank you for sharing your experience with us and for joining the tour in Edinburgh. We love to hear back from engaged travellers such as yourself, as your feedback helps us to continue making improvements and ensure that tours and experiences promoted by SANDEMANs NEW Europe meet the high standards that travellers expect of us. We are sorry to hear that your expectations were not met on this occasion. Whilst the tour’s route and content are listed on our website, the independent guides we work with may alter the tour in order to suit their own style and each group’s dynamic. We feel this adds a personal touch that makes tours promoted by SANDEMANs fresh and unforgettable, but it may also mean that the tour’s stories and sites are not in line with every guests’ preferences which, unfortunately, can be a difficult situation to avoid. While on the whole, the vast majority of guests are extremely satisfied, we do state on our promotional material that all the tours do differentiate from one another due to the individual nature of the guides we work with. Thank you once again for taking the time to share your thoughts with us. We hope this experience will not prevent you from joining us again in the future. All the best, The SANDEMANs Team
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