Edinburgh Mysteries, witchery and murders free tour

Duration: 1h and 45min
Quality Verified Registered on May 03, 2021

Do you want to do the best Tours in Scotland? Well this is your place. After several years working in the tourism sector for leading companies in different locations in the United Kingdom, I decided to embark on this adventure and create “We Are Scotland”, from where we carry out walking tours of Stirling, Edinburgh and Glasgow. This project is born from work, humility and experience in order to make people who visit Scotland feel part of its history and its legends, together with a team of experienced guides passionate about history who will make you want to return. to this wonderful country.

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  • Free booking and cancellation
    Free payment tour, no set price, booking and cancellation are free
  • Accepts electronic payment
    This tour allows payment by electronic means or credit card

Tour description

Learn about the alleys where the 17th century people lived in the city of Edinburgh, but especially how they died during the Black Death, and the doctors who tried to cure them with bird masks.

We tell you the mysteries of the South Bridge , where whiskey was illegally distilled, but above all corpses were hidden . We will talk about corpses, but about the black market of corpses from the 19th century and serial killers , William Burke and William Hare. We will visit Old Calton Cemetery and Canongate .

We will go up to Calton Hill , where I will tell you about something that I am passionate about: the burning of witches and warlocks , and we will see if any of those who do this tour would have ended up in those bonfires. In Calton Hill, in addition, we have the observatory, the Nelson monument and the national monument of Scotland , they are symbols of the city, but here they are called the shames of Edinburgh.

We will walk through a passage, Jacob's ladder, which was used as a secret passage during the black market for corpses.

All this mystery and mysticism that surrounds Edinburgh for decades attracts hundreds of tourists to the city wanting to know what happened in these centuries, are you going to miss it?

In this free tour we will visit:

  • South and North Bridge
  • Black market for corpses
  • Serial killer
  • David Allan's Tomb
  • Burke & Hare History
  • Calton hill
  • Burning of witches
  • Forms of torture
  • Black Death
  • Old Calton Cemetery
  • Canongate Cemetery
  • Catalepsy
  • Jacob's Stairs
  • End of the World Pub

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  • Meeting point:
    369 High St, Edinburgh EH1 1PW, UK
    369 High St, Edinburgh EH1 1PW, UK
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    We will be at 351 High Street (Royal Mile), opposite St. Giles’ Cathedral with BLACK UMBRELLA

How much does this tour cost?

Free tours do not have a set price, instead, each person gives the guru at the end of the tour the amount that he or she considers appropriate (these usually range from €10 to $50 depending on satisfaction with the tour).

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Evi 28 Mar 2022

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Travelled in couple - Mar 2022
we loved anGus, wonderful humor and creativity.
Salwa 27 Mar 2022

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Travelled in couple - Mar 2022
Charlotte was absolutely brilliant. She was knowledgeable, entertaining, expressive the hour and 45 minutes went by so fast and we laughed so hard. I highly recommend!
Aline 23 Mar 2022

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Travelled alone - Mar 2022
Interesting and different.
Albert 17 Mar 2022

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Travelled in couple - Mar 2022
Great tour, Eva's knowledge was great and she was enthusiastic and made the tour both interesting and fun !
Robin 13 Mar 2022

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Travelled in couple - Mar 2022
Great tour for getting to know old town and its history. Angus was very nice, fun, and knowledgeable. Definitely recommend this tour!
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Who is this tour for?

Non suitable for people with reduced mobility.
Accepts reservations up to 10 people.
Suitable for carrying pets.

What should you know?

Minimum of attendees
A minimum of 5 people is required for the tour.
Additional costs:
The tour does not require the payment of entrance fees or additional expenses.
Free cancellation
If you will not be able to attend the tour, please cancel your booking, otherwise the guide will be waiting for you.
Payment methods
Electronic or credit card payment is accepted.

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