Is there any better way of wishing someone a Merry Christmas than scaring the living daylights out of them?
If you are looking for an alternative gift, today’s Big Deal on a choice of guided walks from Edinburgh’s Auld Reekie Tours will make the hairs on the back of your neck prickle.
Formed in 1995, Auld Reekie Tours have been scaring 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.
Purchases are valid until the end of March 2019 – ideal for a winter trip to the capital. Each purchase is for one person, and departure points are confirmed when the booking is made.
Choose from the following:
The Vaults Tour
An in-depth tour of the vaults under the South Bridge in Edinburgh’s Old Town. This spine-tingling tour includes a haunted host of ghost stories that will make your hair stand on end.
It also features a grisly, guided exploration of the torture museum. Don’t blame us if you can’t sleep afterwards.
Available in two options for a 60 minute duration, option one is available daily at noon, 1.30pm, 3pm & 4.30pm.
Option two is available on Friday and Saturday at 7pm, 9pm and 11pm.
Ghost and Torture Tour
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 sixteenth and early seventeenth century.
This option is available nightly at 6pm, lasting 75 minutes.
The Terror Tour
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, available nightly at 10pm, lasting 75 minutes.
The Auld Reekie Tours get great reviews on TripAdvisor:
‘Spooky. This was a great ghost walk… the tour guide arrived dead on time! She was great fun and gave loads of information without boring us to death! It is the first ghost walk I have ever done and genuinely felt a bit spooked! Loved it, we only wish we had the time to do a couple of the others too.’
‘Brilliant guide. I have always done ghost tours in Edinburgh when I visit. I have never been with this company though, but I will be again! The guide was so funny and had a great knowledge. The vaults they take you in are so much bigger and better than the previous vaults I have visited. Also, myself and the guide both heard a few things which topped the night off!’
‘Excellent tour… had a great time… our tour guide Esther was fabulous. The tour was scary in parts, however Esther never failed to make us laugh along the way. Her knowledge and passion for the city shone throughout the tour. Will most definitely book again on our next visit. Thank you.’
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.
It could also make a perfect gift for the horror film fan in your life.
This offer would also be great for a fun date. What better excuse for holding hands than a scary tour of the haunted vaults?