Dear guests,

During the following weeks, our tours (except the Pub Crawl) will temporarily be starting a little further up the Royal Mile; right in front of the Frankie and Benny’s restaurant (130 High Street, Royal Mile - Edinburgh, EH1 1QS). Please keep an eye out for the guides with the red SANDEMANs’ umbrella.

Thank you for your understanding.
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Join our special Halloween-themed Dark Side Tour from the 27th until the 31st of October!

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6:30 PM and 6:30 PM
Stabucks, Tron Kirk
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The Dark Side Tour starts in front of Starbucks Coffee on High Street by Tron Kirk. Just look for the team in red SANDEMANs NEW Europe T-shirts!
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This 2-hour walking tour covers creepy tales and spooky sites, including*:

  • Burke and Hare - the West Port murderers
  • Witch Trials and the site of witch burnings 
  • Bodysnatchers and living burials 
  • Edinburgh’s cannibals and vampires 
  • The Murder of Mary Queen of Scots’ lover 
  • Canongate Kirkyard and mausoleums 
  • The best view of the Old Town 
  • Abraham Lincoln and the Lighthouse of Souls 
  • Carlton Cemetery
  • Arthur’s Seat and the mystery of the 17 doll coffins   
  • Folklore and faeries

...and much more!
   
* Tour route may change in the event of adverse weather conditions in order to provide the best possible guest experience.

 

**Join us this Halloween weekend from the 27th until the 31st of October as we present a special Halloween-themed version of our popular Dark Side tour. More info below!**

 

Things are simply not what they seem in this Jekyll and Hyde city, famous for witch burning, grave robbing, body snatching, and mysterious murders. Behind, beneath and beyond the Royal Mile lie plundered tombs, funeral pyres, and mass graves from thousands of years of history. Expose Edinburgh’s dark side and relive the most evil tales from its past. 
 
Feel the hair on the back of your neck stand on end as you explore gruesome graveyards and narrow alleyways hiding secrets from deep in Edinburgh’s dark history. Even the bravest soul will be shaken by these spine-chilling true stories of real-life cannibals and vampires.  
 
No fake stories, no men in wolf masks: Edinburgh’s true history is terrifying enough!

 

 

**HALLOWEEN SPECIAL FROM FRIDAY, 27 OCTOBER TO TUESDAY, 31 OCTOBER**

Edinburgh is often referred to as the most haunted city in Europe, and with Halloween finding its roots in Celtic culture, this is the most fitting place to spend the haunted holiday.

Learn about the creepier side of Edinburgh's history. From gruesome murders to witch burnings, body snatchers to infamous cannibals and vampires, you'll discover all kinds of shady characters originating from local Scottish folklore.

 

Highlights:

  • Samhain and the Celtic origin of Halloween
  • Burk and HarE - the West Port murderers
  • Witch trials and the site of witch burnings
  • Bodysnatchers and living burials
  • Edinburgh's cannibals and vampires
  • The murder of Mary Queen of Scots' lover
  • Canongate Kirkyard and mausoleums
  • Arthur's seat and the mystery of the 17 doll coffins
  • Scottish folklore and faeries
  • Ghosts of Edinburgh

...and much more!

 

Children (13 or under) accompanied by an adult can join the Dark Side Tour for free. 

Please note that this tour includes steep hills, darkened and narrow steps. Unfortunately, it is not recommended for pushchairs, wheelchairs or those less able to walk.

Participation in tours promoted by SANDEMANs NEW Europe is strictly on a voluntary basis. Neither SANDEMANs NEW Europe, nor the self-employed freelance guides who are the providers of the tours promoted by SANDEMANs NEW Europe, will be held responsible in any way for injuries to body or property incurred during tours. The tour guides reserve the right to deny participation in any tour, to any person, for any reason. Thank you for your understanding.

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