Is this the best ghost tour in Edinburgh?
I spent 4 days in Edinburgh for my mum’s birthday treat. Visit Scotland gave me a media pass so we were lucky to get to try quite a few attractions and tours during our visit.
One of my favourite was the Evening of ghosts and ghouls by Mercat Tours. It was an Edinburgh Vaults tour and was quite spooky I would definitely recommend. Before this tour I didn’t even realise there were vaults under the city of Edinburgh never mind the ghosts that might be residing there. There are a number of ghost tours in Edinburgh but this was my favourite. It send chills down my spine and that’s what makes a good ghost story.
As usual I don’t want to give too much away about the tour so I don’t ruin it for people and really think you should go and try this one out for yourself. So here is a brief description of what we did on this Edinburgh underground ghost tour.
This spooky ghost tour is excellent value for money it was £16 for an adult. It is 3 times daily so you should definitely be able to get a place but recommend booking in advance as this is a ghost tour in Edinburgh you don’t really want to miss.
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We met at the Mercat Cross on the high street to begin the ghost tour, which was an easy starting point to find at 7pm. It was October so in the cold I was starting to regret booking this Edinburgh city tour when I could have been tucked up in my nice warm hotel but in the end it was well worth the cold.
Our guide also called Jenny (great name) was informative as we began our walking tour of the city and she started to explain some of the local ghost’s stories. I have been on a number of ghost tours in different cities and any place with as much history as Edinburgh is bound to have its fare share of ghostly visitors and Jenny was a great story teller.
After a brief walk around the city down some dark alleys and past some interesting buildings we went to the underground vaults which I believe used to be Edinburgh underground city.
There is so many interesting things to do in Edinburgh I need to go back to find out more about these vaults and the rest of the history of the city. I can not believe I reached the age of 36 before visiting Edinburgh, anyway back to this tour…..
When we entered the Blair Street underground vaults it already had a spooky feeling. I was getting scared especially when the candle lights got blown out and we were stood there in the pitch black. This is my only picture of inside the vaults as I was a bit too scared to take pictures in case I managed to capture something.
Below is a picture courtesy of Mercat Tours so you can see what the vaults looked like.
We explored the vaults as Jenny explained about recent sightings and some more stories to get us in the spooky mood. I kept a close hand on my mums arm as you really didn’t know if something else was going to brush past you, at least I hope I was holding onto my mum as it was pretty dark so it could have been anyone. There were a few children on the tour that were over 10 years of age and I think I was more scared than them. They seemed to have as much fun as the adults so it is a great thing to do with your kids in Edinburgh.
We finished off in the Meggets Cellar for a complimentary whiskey or Iron Bru. I had a glass of Iron Bru as I loved this soft drink when I was a kid and I am not a fan of whiskey although a little nip would have definitely warmed me up. We discussed our own past ghostly experiences. The cellar was cosy and a great way to finish off the evening.
Even though the tour was a total of 2 hours it didn’t involve too much walking so it was not a challenger to someone with mobility problems apart from one hill which we took slowly. There are however a few stairs to get into the underground vaults but it was all slowly paced so easy accessible for me with my limitations. You can read more in the Mercat Tour access statement for detailed information.
If you like the sound of this tour you can find more information on their website and they also have a selection of other great sounding tour. I will be trying these out if I get chance to visit Scotland again.
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Article originally posted in Dec 2016 and has been updated Nov 2017 with more details. I have updated this article as I wrote it when I was just starting blogging but now my writing skills are improving and I have added some extra information.