Edinburgh Ghost Walk

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  • Duration

    - 2 hours (approx)
  • Edinburgh

  • Capacity

    - 40
  • Dress

    - It's a walking tour, so wear comfortable shoes and clothing.
  • Departs

    Saturdays @ 6pm - At the entrance to Edinburgh Castle
  • Meeting Location

    Edinburgh Castle Castlehill Edinburgh EH1 2NG
  • Final Destination



Edinburgh Ghost Walk

In traditional belief and fiction, a ghost is the soul or spirit of a deceased person or animal that can appear, in visible form or other manifestation, to the living. Descriptions of the apparition of ghosts vary widely from an invisible presence to translucent or barely visible wispy shapes, to realistic, life-like visions.

The belief in manifestations of the spirits of the dead is widespread, dating back to animism or ancestor worship in pre-literate cultures. Certain religious practices—funeral rites, exorcisms, and some practices of spiritualism and ritual magic—are specifically designed to appease the spirits of the dead. Ghosts are generally described as solitary essences that haunt particular locations, objects, or people they were associated with in life, though stories of the phantom armies, ghost trains, phantom ships, and even ghost animals have also been recounted.

Edinburgh Ghost Walk Itinerary

  • Edinburgh Castle Hear the tales of the ghoulish ghosts haunting the castle to this very day
  • Makars' Court Here haunts the ghost of Deacon Brodie, the real Dr. Jeckyll and Mr. Hyde!
  • Haunted Alleys Shocking tales of the macabre, not to be missed!
  • Mary King's Close Stories of spectres and nameless terrors will send chills up your spine
  • Bell's Wynd Murdered by her jealous husband, her spectre is a regular sighting
  • The Scotsman The phantom printer of the Scotsman's news building
  • Graveyard Keep your cool if you can, this graveyard is just spooky
  • Haunted Pub Try and calm your nerves with a drink in a haunted pub!
  • There are many more ghouls and ghost stories in store on this spine chilling tour!

Edinburgh landmarks and attractions

  • Edinburgh Castle
  • Makars' Court
  • Mary King's Close
  • Bell's Wynd
  • Royal Mile

Customer Reviews


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Loved it!
By Natalie on January 31, 2016
Purchased a voucher deal for the tour so got a great discount. I'm a bit of a coward so I was nervous that the tour was one of the panto style ones set up to scare you. I was pleasantly surprised to find that it focuses more on the historic side of things. Our guide Stephanie was great fun and managed really well in keep everyones spirits (no pun intended) up for the duration of the tour despite sub zero temperatures. It was a small group that starts at Edinburgh castle and goes around the Royal Mile area. The spookiest part was definitely the stories in the kirkyard as it was really dark and properly eerie. I've spent a lot of time in Edinburgh so loved hearing these stories about places I've been in loads before! Loved the tour and would happily do it again (but maybe in the summer..)
By Lee on February 26, 2014
The stories on this tour were brilliant you don't just learn some spooky stories but you get to hear a little bit about the history of Edinburghs old town which is spooky enough without the ghost walk! The tour guide Blair was brilliant and knowledgeable even when asked unrelated questions about the city which was handy and his story telling was great he kept me thoroughly interested throughout! My only comment would be the peak of the tour is when we go to the graveyard but after that it kind of stagnated would be great to have a few more thrills!
“Edinburgh Ghost Tour”
By Blair H (a TripAdvisor Member) on March 4, 2014
Me and my partner booked this through groupon as a nice treat for their birthday. We weren't disappointed. Our tour guide Blair, was so friendly and extremely knowledgable, even when asked unrelated questions about the city. The stories were fab, and you get to see plenty of Edinburghs sights! Favourite bit was the graveyard, which was especially spooky in the dark.

Visited January 2014

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“Edinburgh Ghost Tour”
By YorkshireBoy13 (a TripAdvisor Member) on May 1, 2014
Recently attended the Edinburgh Ghost Tour, which although can seem more like a history lesson, was truly interesting. I had a great time and the tour guide Blair was very well informed and very friendly. Maybe consider changing the name as its not very ghostly and I get the feeling most people turn up expecting to be scared.

Visited March 2014

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“ghost tour of edinburgh”
By corleylc (a TripAdvisor Member) on May 1, 2014
We had our walk with Julia in the rain and cold of Edinburgh, we had a fab time even though there was only four of us and we had to wait the tour was interesting, and much more than I expected Julia was well informed and entertaining and also gve me and my friend great tips on where to eat after and the fab jazz bar

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