by Red Mezz
Inverness, Scotland, United Kingdom
November 21, 2005
As any new visitor to Edinburgh will soon discover, there are a variety of so-called 'ghost tours' to be had on the Royal Mile. It's something you have probably heard about from someone who's been--or that you saw in a brochure for the city, and as I've been on three very separate tours in the past few years, I thought I should review the various ones.
It's very difficult to tell them apart simply by reading the signs, as all of them claim to be scary and haunting.
Of the three I have gone on, none of them were bad. If you go into them in the right spirit of things, they are very entertaining... and incredibly informative in the history you might not otherwise hear of the city.
This tour specifically was one I really enjoyed. It was, actually, the first. It begins at the top of the Royal Mile at about sunset with a tour guide that is dressed for the occasion in top hat and cape. There are two 'Witchery Tours' and I took the Ghost and Gore Tour. The tour guide was amusing and did a very good job of leading the tour--kept it light as well as going into some fantastical facts about specific places around old town that he takes you to.
All in all, it's a very enjoyable walk, though I must warn you that this one does include a few of the 'jump out and scare you' tactics...though for the most part, they were mildly done and were in keeping with the mood of the tour (coming from someone who hates that sort of thing...)
None of the three tours I took was 'scary', even the one claiming to be one of the scariest tours in Scotland. But they are suitably spooky, and as I said, very interesting. And though they do cost some money, you don't feel as if it were wasted. It's particularly fun for a group of people.
This tour lasted about 1 1/2 hours and starts at 7 and 7:30pm in the summer months.
The price was £7.50 for adults and £5 for children.
This is a tour that should be booked in advance, particularly if going with a group. (Some tickets can be bought right at the time of the tour.)
It's nice to get a look at the darker side of this city--and this is a very good way to do it. (Pop into the Jekyll and Hyde pub on Hanover Street afterwards for a pint to finish off the evening in style!)
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