Guided tour

Edinburgh: Underground Vaults Evening Ghost Tour with Whisky

Activity provider: Mercat Tours
Guided tour

Edinburgh: Underground Vaults Evening Ghost Tour with Whisky

Activity provider: Mercat Tours
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From US$ 30.57 per person

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Discover the dark history of old Edinburgh on a guided city walking tour. Follow your cloaked guide into the city’s underground vaults and share haunted tales over a drink in a candle-lit cellar.

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Duration 2 hours
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  • Enjoy an entertaining look at Edinburgh’s ghoulish past
  • Hear dramatic stories about the city’s gruesome history
  • Descend into the famous, haunted Blair Street Underground Vaults
  • Enjoy a small group tour with a live, Award-winning, English-speaking guide
  • Use devices provided for a more immersive storytelling experience
Full description

Journey into Edinburgh’s ghostly past and uncover the secrets behind each turn on a guided walking tour. Descend into the underground vaults and finish your tour with a drink in an atmospheric candle-lit cellar. Hear the troubling tales of Edinburgh's past from your guide, from the bloody crimes to the unsettled spirits that roam the city. Visit the shadowy corners of old Edinburgh that many say are haunted. Descend into the famously haunted Blair Street underground vaults where the ghosts of Edinburgh's past still cling to this day. Learn about the dark history of the vaults before finishing your tour with a drink and some storytelling in an atmospheric, candle-lit cellar.

  • A complimentary local drink (whisky, beer, or soft drink)
  • Entry to the Blair Street Underground Vaults
  • Guide
  • TourTalk devices and headphones
    Not suitable for
    • Children under 5 years
    • People with mobility impairments
    • Wheelchair users

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    Meeting point

    Start your tour at the Mercat Cross, an octagonal stone monument on the Royal Mile, opposite the City Chambers. You can find it using postcode EH1 1RF.

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    Important information

    What to bring

    • Comfortable shoes
    • Weather-appropriate clothing

    Not allowed

    • Pets (assistance dogs allowed)

    Know before you go

    • 50% discount until February 18 as part of VisitScotland Days Out scheme
    • For health and safety reasons, this tour is unable to allow children under 5 years of age on any underground tours
    • Your choices of drink are whisky, a glass of lager, or soft drink
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4.6 /5

    based on 1916 reviews

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    I enjoyed it, but some people I came with thought the two hour run time was a little drawn out and it could be shortened. The whiskey at the end was a nice touch, and the underground area is cool (wish we could traverse more and learn a bit more historical background vs just ghost tales).

    March 25, 2023

    Absolutely fabulous guide who absorbed us in thrilling history of living in the harshest of times. Walking the same ground of many poor soul down in the Vaults and catching spirits energy on my phone camera. Weird but thrilling. Loved the tavern and whisky time in which more grizzly tales were told.

    March 25, 2023

    We had a great time learning about the gruesome history that took place near Edinburgh castle. So much to learn and if you like those type of stories and dark atmosphere, this is the place to go to. The underground vaults gave a chilling vibe which added to the experience, and the whiskey at the end was delicious. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes as you will stand a lot and walk a bit!

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    March 25, 2023

    Product ID: 14537