Not scared of unexplained bumps in the night? How about things that go bump in the day?
Test your mettle with today’s Big Deal on a choice of four spine-tingling tours from Edinburgh’s Auld Reekie Tours.
Formed in 1995, Auld Reekie Tours have been scaring the living daylights out of visitors to the capital for more than two decades.
The spooks and spirits which the tours disturb have been around much longer. The tours take place in a network of haunted vaults which date back to the 1700s.
The scene of much paranormal activity, they have featured on shows such as Most Haunted Live, Scariest Places on Earth and Most Haunted.
Guests have frequently reported that their torches and cameras have failed; some have experienced cold spots and others have even fled the vaults terrified.
The vouchers are valid until the 28th of October 2016 (6th-31st August is excluded). Each voucher is for one person and all the tours depart from outside the Tron Kirk on the High Street.
Choose from the following:
The Underground Tour – Scotland ’s Most Haunted Underground Experience
Visit the infamous vaults hidden under the South Bridge in Edinburgh’s Old Town. Hear tales of how the poor and unfortunate lived in these former slums. Explore the dimly lit vaults, once the haunt of criminals, body snatchers and witches alike!
Each vault has stories of crime, disease and death and your guide will enlighten you with all the gory details. You will see a genuine witchcraft temple, recently used by the Source Coven of the Blue Dragon. As you will enter their former temple, you will learn why it was no longer safe for them to practise their craft in that vault.
Ghost and Torture Tour – A Dark Unnerving Experience Above and Below Ground
Accompanied by a costumed guide, you will journey into Edinburgh’s grisly past and, as you walk through the old wynds and closes, you will hear tales of the unsavoury characters who once stalked the old town. What happened during the Burning Times? Where are the victims of the great plague buried? They are closer than you think.
This evening tour includes entry to both the underground network of vaults and Auld Reekie’s museum of torture, complete with instruments from German castles dating back to the late 1500’s and early 1600’s.
Haunted Vaults & Graveyard Tour – Moonlit Gravestones and Haunted Vaults
Your night time tour will take you to Greyfriars Graveyard, home of the famous Greyfriars Bobby, and then on to the infamous and haunted Niddry Street underground vaults.
Probably the scariest place in the world, it has been home to the destitute, prostitutes, criminals, witches and a hellfire club. Please wear stout footwear. This tour is not suitable for under sixteens or those of a nervous disposition. You have been warned!
The Terror Tour – The Ultimate Terrifying Experience
This is strictly an adults only, late night tour. On a short journey through the Old Town’s cobbled streets, you will hear about the infamous characters that once roamed these areas and left behind a legacy of notoriety.
Before entering the network of haunted underground vaults, guests will visit the Torture Exhibition to see the instruments from the Burning Times. Then it is time to enter the vaults; home to a recently used Wiccan Temple; a cursed stone circled vault (as featured on Most Haunted Live) and the legendary Haunted Vault.
Will the poltergeist attack? You have been warned. This tour is for over 18s only.
The Auld Reekie Tours get great reviews on TripAdvisor:
‘Enchanting. A must see if you are in Edinburgh. The guide is very good, keeps the excitement going till the last minute. A forgotten part of history told by the experts.’
‘Cool tour. Lots of interesting stuff told in a very cool way – Molly was a great guide. The vaults are pretty creepy! Definitely recommended.’
‘Great way to spend an evening. We completed the 10pm Terror Tour. Very interesting and informative and the underground vaults are definitely eerie. My partner insists she saw the spirit of Mr Boots. While I never saw anything, I definitely felt that the tour guests were not the only ones in the vaults. Would definitely recommend.’
This Big Deal is a great way to see a part of Edinburgh that most people don’t. As informative as they are entertaining, this is a quirky way to experience forgotten parts of the city.
And maybe you will come away with memories which you will never forget.