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Edinburgh Darkside Walking Tour: Mysteries, Murder and Legends

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See Edinburgh’s shady side. The gruesome and the glorious. The ghostly and the ghastly. This 2-hour tour is a wickedly entertaining walk on the wild and dark side of the Scottish capital. Explore the spots where murders, monsters and mayhem have become things of legend, and visit Old Calton Burial Ground or Canongate Kirkyard, two of Edinburgh’s most chilling cemeteries. Throughout the tour, hear real-life tales of witches, body-snatchers, vampires, cannibals and more from your entertaining guide.
  • 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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Departure Point
Frankie & Benny's, 130 High St, Edinburgh EH1 1QS, UK
Departure Time
6:30 PM
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • Professional guide
  • 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
  • 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
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We did this tour a year ago and came back with people who hadn’t done it so decided to do it again. It was just as good as we remembered it to be. Our guide this time was Kaly who was brilliant, insightful and made...More

Thank lucyrhay
Reviewed yesterday

The Darkside tour with Edgar was great! He is very knowledgeable and super funny. He made sure everyone was having a good time while giving us a lot of information. I would definitely recommend this tour. Especially with Edgar!

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank Holly M
Reviewed 3 days ago

We had done many of the Sandemans both free and paid walking tours in many countries and this tour again did not dissapoint. We have done the free Edinburgh walking tour previously and was excited to walk the dark side and fill in the gaps...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank 266annettep
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Me and my friend were in Edinburgh for a few days on a mini holiday and decided to go on one of the various walking tours around the city, this one being the tour of the dark side. Having been familiar with Sandemans previously (I...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Ben N
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Eva! That guide! Fun and fluent, witty and helpful. Why can't all guides be like her. She made me want to continue a 2 hour tour for 2 more. The walk is not heavy, the stories are interesting. I feel Eva genuinely loves her job...More

Thank Janne I
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28 August 2019|
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Response from Neilsusan1972 | Reviewed this property |
Hi I booked online from get your guide and nearly all tours meet outside frankie and bennys on the Royal Mile try and get one with the underground vaults in description.
Emma G
21 August 2019|
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Response from Andrew C | Reviewed this property |
No, no one jumps out at you!! Unless there is a drunk in a bush who falls out of it!!
Scott H
19 August 2019|
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