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Edinburgh Darkside Walking Tour: Mysteries, Murder and Legends provided by SANDEMANs NEW Europe - Edinburgh

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Edinburgh Darkside Walking Tour: Mysteries, Murder and Legends

Edinburgh Darkside Walking Tour: Mysteries, Murder and Legends
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Tour snapshot
Explore Edinburgh at its most atmospheric on a night tour 
Duration:
2h
Taking Covid-19 safety measures
Group size:
20
Near public transportation
Ticket type:
Mobile
Free cancellation
About
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.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 2h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
German, English, Spanish
Highlights
  • Delve into the dark history of Scotland's capital 
  • See Edinburgh landmarks illuminated by night
  • Visit the Old Calton Burial Ground or Canongate Kirkyard cemetery
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.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 2h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
German, English, Spanish
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Highlights
  • Delve into the dark history of Scotland's capital 
  • See Edinburgh landmarks illuminated by night
  • Visit the Old Calton Burial Ground or Canongate Kirkyard cemetery
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
Inclusions
  • Professional guide
Exclusions
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Duration
2h
Departure details
  • 130 High St, Edinburgh EH1 1QS, UK The tours starts at 130 High Street (The Royal Mile), on the corner with Stevenlaw's Close. Look for the guide with the SANDEMANs red name badge.
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • 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
  • 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 20 travelers
Inclusions
  • Professional guide
Exclusions
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Departure details
  • 130 High St, Edinburgh EH1 1QS, UK The tours starts at 130 High Street (The Royal Mile), on the corner with Stevenlaw's Close. Look for the guide with the SANDEMANs red name badge.
Duration
2h
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • 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
  • 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 20 travelers
Travel safe during COVID-19
Last updated: Jul 15, 2020
A note from Edinburgh Darkside Walking Tour: Mysteries, Murder and Legends
- Breaks will be shortended - Guests are encouraged to bring own masks - Guests will be required to provide personal details (name, phone) - Smaller groups to ensure appropriate social distance - Tour group picture will no longer be taken
What you can expect during your visit
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
What you can expect during your visit
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    130 High St
    130 High St, Edinburgh EH1 1QS, UK
    The tours starts at 130 High Street (The Royal Mile), on the corner with Stevenlaw's Close. Look for the guide with the SANDEMANs red name badge.
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  • 1
    Royal Mile
    Stop: 10 minutes
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  • 2
    North Bridge
    Stop: 30 minutes
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  • 3
    Calton Hill
    Stop: 30 minutes
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  • 4
    Old Calton Burial Ground
    Stop: 30 minutes
    See details
  • 5
    Canongate Kirk
    Stop: 30 minutes
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    Pass by
    Edinburgh Old Town
  • You'll return to the starting point
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Leanne F
Sheffield, UK69 contributions
We have only been on one other night-time walk so far, in London, so I was looking forward to this one. And it didn’t disappoint! Our tour guide, Fiona, was very engaging and enthusiastic. You could tell how much she loved to talk about the city and she was welcoming to all visitors. She was very informative and drew people in with her enthusiasm. We took a couple of walks through spooky graveyards and heard stories of witches, hangings and body snatchers. It also offers some beautiful views of Edinburgh, particularly at night time. We finished early as everyone arrived on time but I was sad for it to end, it was so interesting. Would highly recommend to anyone who wants to know the dark history of Edinburgh. I would recommend taking an umbrella or waterproof coat and sensible walking shoes for the event as Edinburgh has many cobbles and unpredictable weather!
Written October 31, 2021
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Charan
West Bromwich, UK20 contributions
We decided to do this tour on our first day of arriving in the city as a sort of fun introduction to Edinburgh and it's 'dark' side. We had lots of fun, exploring the city on foot whilst listening to Angus' masterful storytelling of its weird and whacky history which included tales of grave robbing, body snatching, serial killers and witch burning! My favourite part was probably when we visited David Hume's tomb at The Old Calton Burial Ground, so I'd highly recommend this tour for history buffs. Angus was super funny throughout the whole tour, and put us all at ease which is what made it the best walking tour I've ever been on. Thanks Angus!
Written August 2, 2022
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Joshua B
1 contribution
Couples
Really good tour!
Our guide ( Australian Dave) was very friendly and really knew his stuff.
Made the tour very entertaining and showed us places that we otherwise wouldn't have seen.
Answered any questions we had and gave everyone time to take photos etc
Would definitely recommend to anyone wanting to learn a bit of history on the darker side of Edinburgh while seeing some amazing views of the city.
Written April 22, 2022
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Keriss E
1 contribution
Couples
Angus our tour guide was funny, engaging and informative throughout the whole experience. Everyone on the tour was laughing and interested from families, to couple to groups of friends. Angus also took extra time to give us tips and recommendations for around the city, would really recommend
Written November 9, 2021
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Travel_BugReading_UK
Reading, UK145 contributions
Chose this trip because it offered more time for the money than other 'novelty' type walks. Best decision! Angus was just the person for the job: funny, a great storyteller and keen to know a little about his 'guests' so that he could avoid offending anyone with his witty, spontaneous humour [Angus explained that he is also a stand-up comedian]. He need not have worried. His delivery was fluent, knowledgeable and, at times, quite hilarious.
There was a lot to learn and the walk made us realise just how little we know about our cultural history [poets, philosophers] and just how informative a trip to a churchyard can be!
Plenty of opportunities to stop and rest and/or take photos. My only criticism would be that some of these groups are far too large to comfortably hear the commentary consistently, which is a real shame since the walk is packed with really insightful and informative material.
Would definitely do this again - but only if guaranteed either a smaller group size or an audio device.
Written September 2, 2021
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Destination651085
Decatur, IL2 contributions
Really a wonderful tour that goes through a lot of places that we would not have otherwise seen. Adam was an outstanding guide, who kept us interested in some of the darker history of the area. He truly deserves 5 stars for such a great tour, even during periods of fairly heavy rainfall
Written July 25, 2022
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Noelle0512
Dublin, Ireland57 contributions
Eva was the perfect tour guide - everything you could want. She was funny, friendly & informative.
She has a great way with people and told the stories in a way that reached everyone on the tour - young and old.
Tour took us to places we had not already seen and gave us even more reasons to come back. There was no particular highlight as it was all great.
We left with a new list of things we wanted to see and do so will defiantly have to come back to Edinburgh soon!

Only small criticism was the directions to the meeting place - we could not find no 130 High Street and we spent some time trying. Maybe update the directions to outside Treacle restaurant.
Written April 19, 2022
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Anthony Burley
Liverpool, UK9 contributions
The tour was amazing. Especially for someone who’s visiting Edinburgh for the first time. Angus, our tour guide was superb. A perfect mixture between funny, friendly and super knowledgable.

We really enjoyed our time on the tour as a couple but would highly recommend this tour to families also as we saw first hand how well Angus engaged the kids also. As gruesome as some of the stories are Angus was able to get them across without any X-rated language in front of the children whilst also being hilarious and keeping the adults engaged.

Overall, we felt the tour was professional to the highest standard. It’s so tough to keep a big crowd engaged for two hours but Angus did it without seemingly trying.

We would highly recommend this tour.

Kind regards,
Ant and Jodie x
Written August 4, 2021
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Caitlin
London, UK33 contributions
Friends
We had the pleasure of Aussie David as our tour guide. We were two of a 27 member group so fairly busy but we were able to hear and feel part of the tour at all times. The tour wasn’t gruesome at all, was interesting and we got to see parts of Edinburgh that are most notable. David told us all at the end that he had to improvise due to a road closure so we actually did a very different route but you wouldn’t have known this at all.
Unlike other tours, you’re not expected to pay any additional money to the tour guide at the end which is good to know.
Written June 12, 2022
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Dejan
2 contributions
The tour was everything I was hoping for - interesting, informative and funny. Angus was a great guide who connected and chatted with every single person on the tour, tapping into their interests and providing additional info when asked. His stories were compelling with bizarre twists and turns. You can immediately see he is a great storyteller and that he can read the audience well. Nothing felt forced there - it was a great performance indeed. The tour probably gets even better later in the year, when the tour is actually done when it gets dark.
Written September 15, 2021
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Best tour
Melanie B is the best tour guide, funny, smart, full of stories!!! Excellent experience, highly recomended!
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Best Free Walking Tour ever
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Humor and storys
Great storys, with a lot of humor. Very nice tour. Interesting even for 9-year old. Highly recomended.
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Good fact filled tour
Very interesting and informative fact filled tour with an enthusiastic tour guide who was a pleasure to listen.
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5 Star Walking Tour!
We were spellbound for the entire duration of Sandeman's Free Walking Tour of Edinburgh with Jen! Her considerable
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Adam was awesome for the free walking tour!
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Very poor tour
Tour very poor left after about 30 mins into tour, guide difficult to hear very little information regarding Harry
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Aussie David is the best tour guide
My mother and I did the Edinburgh walking tour with Australian David. He was well informative and took us all aroun
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Interesting HP walk
Everything! Australian David was very informative and inclusive. We were with our two granddaughters, the eldest b
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Harry Potter Tour
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Friendly, informed
Mel was our tour guide and she was excellent. Lots of good info and great tales. The tour in scorching heat was wel
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Excellent
We did the free walking tour of Edinburgh with Jen earlier today and would highly recommend it to anyone wanting to
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Booking with Jen the next time I’m in Edinburgh
Jen was an amazing tour guide who kept us engaged and excited throughout the tour. She looked like she was the happ
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Quick and fun walking tour
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