Ghost Tours in Scotland

Aberdeen

Witches, Child-snatching and Mary Queen of Scots: 500 years of Crime and Punishment (www.scotfreetours.com)

Location: Aberdeen, Scotland

Highlights: Scot Free Tours offers a dark history audio tour available on the audio walking tour app VoiceMap for a small fee. Explore Aberdeen’s haunted history at your own pace on this 3km app guided walk visiting locations such as:

  • Marischal College
  • Mercat Cross
  • Castlegate, Salvation Army Citadel
  • Kirk of St Nicholas

The website recommends checking the opening times of locations (such as the St Nicholas Graveyard, the Tolbooth Museum, the Maritime Museum.


Edinburgh

Auld Reekie Tours (www.auldreekietours.com)

Highlights: Operating since 1995, Auld Reekie Tours boasts a variety of ghost tours in their exclusively own eighteenth-century vaults. Tours offer include:

  • The Greyfriars Graveyard Tour
  • The Vaults Tour
  • Haunted Vaults Tour
  • The Terror Tour (including the medieval torture exhibition)
  • The Vaults & Graveyard Tour
  • Hidden Secrets of the Royal Mile Tour
  • Sinister Old Town Experience

You can also rent one of their vaults for overnight paranormal investigations and filming.


City of the Dead Tours (www.cityofthedeadtours.com)

Highlights: Written and researched by historical author J A Henderson, City of Dead Tours has access to two of the city’s most haunted locations: Damnation Alley in the Underground City and The Covenanters Prison. City of the Dead offers three tours of these locations including:

  • Underground City of the Dead
  • City of the Dead Haunted Graveyard Tour (includes the Black Mausoleum, home to the Mackenzie Poltergeist)
  • The Double Dead Tour (can’t choose a tour, do both!)

City of the Dead Tours warn that joining their tours is done at your own risk and that an encounter with one of their ghosts can cause ‘genuine physical and mental distress’.


Free Ghost Tour (www.freeghosttour.com)

Highlights: True to it’s name, the Free Ghost Tour requires nothing but a simple booking to join the nightly walking tour. Free Ghost Tour explores various aspects of the city’s dark past featuring:

  • Burke and Hare, The Westport Murderers
  • The most haunted graveyard in Scotland
  • The real Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde
  • Crime and Punishment
  • Witch trials and Witchcraft

School groups and private tours for large groups are also available.


Mercat Tours (www.mercattours.com)

Highlights: Mercat Tours offers a number of walking ghost tours featuring the Blair Street Underground Vaults, including:

  • Ghostly Underground
  • Doomed, Dead & Buried (Canongate Graveyard included)
  • Hidden & Haunted (Edinburgh’s Old Town included), 18+ only
  • Evening of Ghosts & Ghouls (includes a dram of Dewar’s Scotch Whisky in a candlelit cellar)
  • Gory Stories: The Kids’ Tour (family friendly ghost tour)

Mercat Tours also offer on request tours, corporate tours, and Halloween tours, and history tours (of the non-spooky variety!).


The Ghost Bus Tours Edinburgh (www.theghostbustours.com/edinburgh)

Highlights: The Ghost Bus Tour boasts it’s title of ‘the UK’s only comedy-hour theatre experience on wheels’. The bus tour features top creepy Edinburgh attractions including:

  • Edinburgh Castle
  • The New Town
  • Grassmarket
  • Greyfriar’s Kirk
  • The Old Town
  • Holyrood Palace
  • The Royal Mile

Interested in visiting other spooky locations in the UK? The Ghost Bus Tours also operated in York and London.


St Andrews

St Andrews Ghost Tours (www.standrewsghosttours.com)

Location: St Andrews, Scotland

Highlights: St Andrews, known as a haven for golf fanatics, is also a beautiful historical town with a haunting past. On their website, St Andrews Ghost Tours stresses “do not come on this tour if you think the paranormal is fiction” and that the tour is based on extensive research by author Richard Falconer. The tour features locations such as:

  • St Salvator’s College
  • Castlecliffe
  • Archbishop’s Palace
  • Haunted Tower
  • Cathedral Precincts
  • Queen Mary’s House
  • Medieval History Department
  • St May’s College

St Andrews Ghost Tours also offers additional walking tours for the less horror-inclined, including historic and golf tours.