Edinburgh Haunted History Bus Tour
One day tour
Behind the respectable facade of Scotland’s Capital City lies a gruesome past which makes many consider Edinburgh to be the World’s most haunted city! If you’re brave enough join this one-hour tour to learn and, maybe, experience more!
Price range: £11 - £13
Travel by double-deck bus - get the best views of haunted Edinburgh
Live(ish) guide - their entertaining commentary will make you just die of laughter!
Greyfriar’s Cemetery - visit a very haunted graveyard!
Grassmarket - hear tales of the many public executions that took place here
Burke and Hare - discover the story of these infamous grave-robbers
Holyrood Palace - learn of the murderous events that took place within this magnificent Palace
Movie locations - Trainspotting, Burke and Hare and Deacon Brodie
Full Tour Itinerary
Welcome aboard Edinburgh’s scariest ghost tour. Tonight we’ll uncover Edinburgh’s darkest secrets as we get behind the respectable facade of Scotland’s Capital City to hear stories of murders, witchcraft and spooky goings-on!
During our entertaining tour we’ll hear the tale of Edinburgh Castle’s ghostly piper - if you listen carefully you might just catch the eerie wail of the bagpipes as he patrols the castle dungeons! Nestling at the bottom of Castle Rock we’ll find the ancient Grassmarket. This was the site of the public gallows where hundreds were dispatched in front of enthusiastic crowds of Edinburgh residents. We’ll discover the stories behind some of those who made the one-way journey to this dark and dismal place.
Learn the gruesome tale of the body snatchers, Burke and Hare, Edinburgh’s most ghoulish residents. They used to patrol the city’s graveyards snatching the bodies of the recently buried. When they couldn’t keep up with the demand for fresh corpses they decided to streamline their operation to murderous effect!
Later, if you are brave enough, step from the protection of your ghost tour bus to explore ancient Greyfriars Kirkyard, home to Edinburgh's most notorious poltergeist - is there really safety in numbers? Only time will tell!
Safely back on-board our tour bus we will continue our spell-binding journey along the ancient Royal Mile. Hear stories of Deacon Brodie, who was the real-life inspiration for Robert Louis Stevenson’s popular tale “Jekyll and Hyde” and the residents of Mary King’s Close who all perished during the plague of 1645. At foot of Edinburgh’s most historic street lies the Palace of Holyroodhouse, forever linked to the tragic story of Mary, Queen of Scots. Learn how she witnessed the brutal murder of her secretary, David Rizzio, here in 1556.
Frequently Asked Questions
Where is the tour departure point?
The tour departs from Waverley Bridge (Bus Stop ‘WY’ – Royal Mile side)
At what time does the tour depart?
The bus departs the Bus Stop ‘WY’ at Waverley Bridge at 7:00 pm and 8:30pm every night. Please arrive AT LEAST 10 minutes prior to departure in order that you can choose your seats, and the tour can depart on time as planned.
What is the minimum age for the tour?
This tour is recommend for those of 7 years+ only, as younger travellers may find some of the details in our stories of Edinburgh’s history disturbing.
Is the Haunted History bus wheelchair accessible?
Yes, the Haunted History Bus is wheelchair accessible. It has space for 1 wheelchair user per tour and we kindly ask that you contact us via email or telephone in advance of booking to confirm availability and your reservation.
How long does the tour last?
The tour lasts approximately 1 hour.
- Transportation by double deck bus
- Live commentary in English
- Services of an experienced driver/guide
- Service charges and taxes
- Admission charges
- Meals, snacks or items of a personal nature
- Gratuity to your driver/guide
From Bus Stop WA
Edinburgh EH1 1QB
Check-in: 18:45 hrs
Tour Departs: 19:00 hrs
Tour Returns: 20:00 hrs
Concession discounts apply to students and children aged 7 to 17 years inclusive.
We’re really sorry but children aged under 7 years cannot travel on this tour.
Photo-ID may be requested to confirm discount entitlement.
This is a panoramic tour and no admission fees are charged
Please see the FAQ section for more information on this tour.