Witches Old Town Tour & Underground Vault

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1hr 10min

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Family Friendly, First Timers, Night Hawks

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Discover the wicked history of Scotland as you explore Edinburgh’s Old Town, from the streets above to its underground vaults. Join your bewitching guide on this spellbinding walking tour!

Step into Scotland’s rich and mysterious past on this captivating walking tour through Edinburgh’s Old Town. Led by an engaging character guide, this experience blends history and storytelling for an unforgettable adventure.

Uncover the stories of Scotland’s real-life witches, exploring their lives and the accusations they faced. This tour pays respectful homage to those wrongly accused of witchcraft, shedding light on the great injustices they suffered. You may even learn some facts about much-loved characters from Outlander and Harry Potter!

Adding to the intrigue, the final 15 minutes of the tour will involve an exclusive visit to “The Lost Close” — this recently discovered underground site has been cloaked in mystery since the Great Fire of 1824. The ancient vault, where you will enjoy the remaining tales of the tour, dates back to 1742, offering a window into the past, and providing a fitting end to an immersive exploration of history and enchantment.

Don’t miss The Edinburgh Witches and Underground Vaults – Old Town Walking Tour, an opportunity to delve into the city’s fascinating past, honour those who suffered, and embrace the magic of discovery.


This is a storytelling walking tour delivered by an entertaining character guide. Your witch guide will captivate you with this engaging often enlightening and ultimately uplifting experience. 

PLEASE NOTE: This tour is not suitable for people with mobility impairments due to the nature of the streets and cobbles in Edinburgh. Please contact us directly to arrange a private tour so that we might adapt the tour for your needs.


  • Be captivated by storytelling delivered by an authentic character guide
  • Explore the dimly lit streets and spooky wynds of Edinburgh’s Old Town
  • Feel your spine shiver as you hear the fascinating history of Scottish witches
  • Descend beneath the streets and enter the underground vault at The Lost Close
  • Immerse yourself in the spooky and the strange on a witchcraft-themed tour


  • Professional character guide

  • Visit the Underground Vault at The Lost Close


  • Not suitable for people with mobility impairment

Meeting Point

Created with Sketch. Outside Caffe Nero, 1 Parliament Square, Edinburgh EH1 1RF, UK


Will the tour be cancelled in bad weather?
No...the tour will run whatever the great Scottish weather throws at us. So please come prepared.
Is the tour accessible?
The streets of Edinburgh's old town are uneven and cobbled in parts. There may be steps involved so this should be taken into account. It can also be slippy when wet. Please take care.
Do people jump out to scare us?
No, this is a historic story telling tour.
How long is the tour?
Approximately 1hr 15mins
Is photography permitted on the tour?
Yes, please feel free to snap away... post your photos on social media and tag us for reposts and follows. Instagram, Twitter & Facebook: @WitchesTour
Where does the tour start?
Outside Cafe Nero
1 Parliament Square
192 High Street (Royal Mile)


Based on 16 reviews
Very Good



10/10 recommend to our fellow witches and wizards

Our tour guide named Ashlyn was an excellent story teller. She showed us wells walls and graves and provided us with a story. My personal favorite was the mcGonnagall grave. She also used fun little nicknames like dancing dragons and slimy salamanders.Would definitely recommend !!


This tour Was amazing. Terry or amethyst Was an amazing guide and storyteller. Definately a must if your into the history of witchcraft




Would highly recommend this tour to anyone interested in the history of Edinburgh old town and witchcraft! ‘Nix’ was a brilliant tour guide very friendly, and her character was consistent throughout. You even get a witch hat and badge to keep as a momento!



Amazing, highly recommend

Visiting Edinburgh with a friend and thought this tour would give us some structure on the first day of our trip. Our tour guide, whose witch name was “Nicks”, was friendly, knowledgable and very enthusiastic and willing to answer any questions we had about Edinburgh/history of witches. Would highly recommend for anyone interested in history or wanting information about Edinburgh in general.



Would wholeheartedly recommend it...

Had a really wonderful time on tour today with my partner! Was actually having a bit of a panic attack before the tour (being in a new city, had a couple of stressful days, etc.) We booked this tour to have a bit of structure for our trip and the tour guide (Blair Witch was her "witch name" but I think she said her name is "Annie") was very knowledgeable and friendly. Went to a lot of very cool places and learned some great facts along the way. Would wholeheartedly recommend it - turned the entire day around for me.
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The tour deserves more than the 5 stars that I'm allotted. The entertainment value is far and beyond what I expected and Annie's effort to keep everyone engaged was fantastic. I'm left wanting to know more and more about a new side of the city I've never know before. Shuffle on and book this tour!

Dan and kara


Dan the danger witch of lions

This is a must!! A nice walk around some of the amazing buildings and points of interest, some are easy to miss without this tour. Highly recommend 5* not enough Love from us in london

Warren Edge



A fabulous experience. We learned so much about Edinburgh's real social history. Our guide was both enthusiastic and engaging in her storytelling and - even though we were the only two people on the tour - keen to make sure we had a great experience. We would thoroughly recommend it to anyone looking to do something fun and enlightening at the same time.

Warren Edge



Would highly recommend this tour to anyone looking for a different and thoroughly fun and interesting way to learn some of Edinburgh's real, social history. We were the only people on the tour but that did not diminish the passion, warmth and enthusiasm with which our guide "Nix" told her tales. Nor the genuine friendliness with which she looked after us. A brilliant experience "witch" we will remember :-) I hope it gets the bigger crowds it deserves


Great tour, we really enjoyed it! The tour guide really communicated her enthusiasm to us and made it both fun and informative. Would recommend!



Spellbinding Historical & Fun Fact Tour of Edinburgh

Magically entertaining and historically educational walking tour with fun and interesting facts about witches in Scotland and Edinburgh through the ages! Loved it and would highly recommend for something a bit different to do for a evening. Our Guide was enchanting, enthusiastic and welcoming. The walk itself was not too arduous and the time flew by as we were kept engaged throughout.



Amazing!Brilliant and fantastic tour and history

I happened to run into them 15mins before the tour and it was an amazing experience.I enjoyed the tour and the guide was excellent.She made it really exciting, fun and Interesting.I Love her witchy costume and her passion and knowledge of Edinburg history.She gave us all a witch hat to keep.Thankyou and I will definitely recommend and do again when I’m down in Edinburg.Xx




Stunning experience about Edinburgh history and folklore I walked inside a dark graveyards and around misty lanes Very enjoyed


My friend and I went on this tour and it was so much fun! The tour guide was so great and easy to hear, which for me is always an issue. It was easy to find the location for the meet-up and staying with the walking tour was easy. Edinburgh is very hilly but the tour was designed so that we pretty much only went down. It poured rain on us the entire time but we still laughed, walked, and learned along the way. I highly recommend! Super great for kiddos and families as well as couples. It was fun to be a witch for a day.
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Had a great time and learned something new

Best thing was our tour guide, who managed to keep us enthralled and enchanted despite the soggiest weather even Edinburgh has ever seen. Although I'm from here and knew some stories, I still discovered something new and I think anyone visiting would absolutely love it. You really get a sense of Edinburgh's scary (child friendly), bizarre and unique necromantic history and storytelling.



Amazing tour and amazing tour guide.

Amazing tour and amazing tour guide. Lots of history facts too. Loved every step. Would do it again in a witches heart beat... would reccomend to any one and everyone.
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