The Edinburgh Ghost Bus Tour - 1 day tour
Edinburgh Ghost 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 75-minute theatrical tour to learn about grave-robbers, ghosts and witches. Get a different perspective on some of Edinburgh’s most famous sites and discover their connections to infamous murders and all manner of spooky goings-on.
Price range: £17 - £18
Travel by double-deck bus - get the best views of haunted Edinburgh aboard a traditional Routemaster bus
Live(ish) guide - their entertaining commentary will make you just die of laughter!
Greyfriar’s Cemetery - see the very haunted graveyard!
Grassmarket - hear tales of the many public executions that took place here
Burke and Hare - discover the story of these infamous murderers
Holyrood Palace - learn of the deadly 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 infamous murderers, 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, from the protection of your ghost tour bus, hear tales of ancient Greyfriars Kirkyard, home to Edinburgh's most notorious poltergeist - is there really safety in numbers? Only time will tell!
Our tour bus 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 outside the Heritage of Scotland shop at 459 - 461 Lawnmarket, Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH1 2NT|
At what time does the tour depart?
|The bus departs from outside the Heritage of Scotland shop on the Royal Mile at 7.30pm. Please arrive AT LEAST 15 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 5 years+ only, as younger travellers may find some of the details in our stories of Edinburgh’s history disturbing.|
Is the Ghost Bus Tour wheelchair accessible?
|We are sorry but due to the design of the classic Routemater bus, unfortunately it has not been possible to make the entrance wheelchair accessible or to provide sufficient storage space for wheelchairs on-board (even when folded).|
How long does the tour last?
|The tour lasts approximately 1 hour and fifteen minutes.|
- Transportation by traditional Routemaster double deck bus
- Live commentary in English
- Services of an experienced driver and guide
- Service charges and taxes
- Admission charges
- Meals, snacks or items of a personal nature
- Gratuity to your driver/guide
From Outside Heritage of Scotland
459 - 461 Lawnmarket, Royal Mile
Edinburgh EH1 2NT
Check-in: 19:15 hrs
Tour Departs: 19:30 hrs
Tour Returns: 20:45 hrs
Concession discounts apply to children aged 5 to 15 years inclusive.
We’re really sorry but children aged under 5 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.