I am a huge fan of pretty much anything spooky or occult even though I am pretty much the jumpiest person you’ll ever meet, something which amuses my boyfriend to no end.
Going on a ghost tour has been on my Edinburgh bucket list since my first trip a few year’s back and finally this May bank holiday I managed to tick it off my list. Mercat Tours were the company we went with and not only do they run a variety of night time ghost tours of differing lengths they also run daytime tours so regardless of your interests there’s something for everyone.
We did the Doomed Dead and Buried tour which was 1 hr 45 minutes in total which took in the Blair Street Underground Vaults, Canongate Graveyard and plenty of gruesome tales from the Edinburgh past. The haunted underground vaults an only be accessed through Mercat tours which makes them really unique and something to not be missed.
We started our tour at 8.30 pm right on the high street so it was easy to find and there were guides around most of the evening with so many tours starting at different times which was nice as were about 15 minutes early but there was still someone there to greet us. Once our group had all arrived we were introduced to our guide for the evening and taken on a journey through some of Edinburgh’s street where we were told of tales of witches, being buried alive, tortures and so much more. Everything was so engaging and despite being a reasonably large group it didn’t feel overcrowded.
We then made our way down to the vaults where the air instantly got colder and I had to stop myself from jumping around every corner, thankfully this only happened once or twice. In darkness below ground you rely on the candle light from your guide and a few placed around the vaults so it definitely had a spooky feeling. I can totally see how and why some people feel supernatural things down in the vaults as there’s a different feeling down there, but regards of whether you believe in ghosts or not the stories were interesting and engaging.
After returning to the street level we made our way down to Canongate Graveyard which houses the graves of a number of famous figures like Adam Smith the father of economics and we were told the stories of body snatchers and death.
The 1 hour 45 minutes disappeared in a flash and before we knew it we were making our way back to the tram stop to head back to our hotel. Unlike other ghost tours I’ve been on which have seemed more novelty or fictional this had a real history edge to it and was thoroughly engaging because of it.
Have you ever been on a ghost tour?