In the haunted capital of Scotland there’s several ghost-related tours. During this visit we checked out two of them. The Ghost Bus and City of the Dead tour. And we loved them both!

Edinburgh Ghost Bus Tours

Edinburgh Ghost Bus Tours

 

That’s cute! Look at the last three digits on the phone number.

Edinburgh Ghost Bus Tours

Edinburgh Ghost Bus Tours

 

The tour guide and the bus driver. The guide did a fantastic job to conduct the tour. His acting reminded me about Johnny Depp, so no wonder the guy loved it. The driver wasn’t bad, either. Fun!

Edinburgh Ghost Bus Tours

 

The St Cuthbert’s Cemetery and church, one of the haunted spots in Edinburgh that the bus stopped by. The place is said to be haunted by “a little girl” (a demon, in other words). We’ll explore this place further in our next visit (because yeah, we’ll definitely go back to the place!). The Ghost Bus Tour took drove by several places while the guide told us it’s stories (and added a bit of fun comedy along the ride, probably to ease the tension a bit). The bus had two floors (we were on the upper floor) so he would go up and down on each of them in order to put on a show to everyone (plus, you could see his face on a screen while he was talking).

A really enjoyable ride and highly recommended if you should ever visit Edinburgh and is into ghost stories and such.

Edinburgh Ghost Bus Tours

Edinburgh Ghost Bus Tours

 

The Vaults / The Caves (City of the Dead Tour)

The City of the Dead tour is the only one where you will get access to the famous Edinburgh Vaults (or, at least parts of it) and the Covenanter’s prison. The tour’s starting post was at Mercat Cross in Royal Mile. We attended with the latest one, 10 pm.

Edinburgh City of the Living Dead Tours

Edinburgh City of the Living Dead Tours

Edinburgh City of the Living Dead Tours

Edinburgh City of the Living Dead Tours

Edinburgh City of the Living Dead Tours

Edinburgh City of the Living Dead Tours

 

The alley where you find the entry to the vaults. Niddry Street South is about 150 metres from the Royal Mile. (These pictures were taken the day after.)

Edinburgh City of the Living Dead Tours

 

And yeah.. Sally was apperently here. What a funny coinsidence.

Edinburgh City of the Living Dead Tours

 

The last door to the right (or left in the picture). The entrance to the Niddry Street Vaults felt kind of surreal…you went through this backyard of a pub/club, and then you were suddenly at the entrance of a part of the Edinburgh Vaults. Weird.

While inside, the tour guide told us stories about the place, and explained the skeletons under the stairs which were placed there just for show (there was even a spider skeleton there, which of course makes no sense at all). Further inside the vaults the guide held a candle, and we would stand inside the complete darkness when he blew it out as this could “make the ghosts contact us”. Nothing happened, though.

The tour also took us to Greyfriars, and into the famous Covenanter’s prison. The guide did an excellent job on telling the background stories, and made a really great atmosphere. Highly recommended!

Edinburgh City of the Living Dead Tours

Edinburgh City of the Living Dead Tours

 

The narrow hallway that leads to the Vaults.

Edinburgh City of the Living Dead Tours

Edinburgh City of the Living Dead Tours

Edinburgh City of the Living Dead Tours

Edinburgh City of the Living Dead Tours

Edinburgh City of the Living Dead Tours

 

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To be continued…

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