Scotland is famously dull and overcast. Scottish cities are also famously gray and dark. Put the two together, and winter can be very gloomy in Scotland indeed. Arguably it creates a charm of its own in the winter months and can be a great way to experience Christmas - the gloom of the season, daylight hours, and architecture all come together for an excellent experience.
The gloom can make Scotland a great place to enjoy Halloween. The capital of Scotland is Edinburgh, and it is full of tunnels, foreboding castles, and a long and fraught history that gives it a unique Halloween atmosphere. Scotland is full of attractions to visit - a short drive out of Edinburgh is the impressive Sterling Castle presiding over the River Forth. It is one of the largest and most important castles in Scotland.
Spirits Of Halloween Edinburgh Tour
Mercat Tours offers a number of Halloween and ghost tours in the Scottish capital. Their Spirits of Halloween Tour takes a peak at the chilling ghostly past of the city. On tour, visitors will explore the Blair Street Underground Vaults (they have extra surprises for Halloween), enjoy a sampling of single malt whisky in a candlelit cellar, and hear many spooky stories.
Get ready for some spine-tingling fun as the group explores the dull medieval streets and haunted vaults of Edinburgh.
Halloween is a time when the veil between this world and the next is lifted, and the spirits of the dead rise. The Old Town of Edinburgh has to be one of the best places to experience the festive season.
- Includes: Complimentary Drink (Typically Whiskey)
- Duration: 2 Hours
- Cost: £27.00 ($31)
The guide is a storyteller in a Halloween costume that leads the group through Edinburgh's medieval streets and through its gristly past full of blood, guts, and gore.
Edinburgh Ghostly Underground Tours
Edinburgh is a medieval city with haunted tunnels and vaults. Mercat Tours offers tours that explore these underground haunts that few ever get to see. The tour explores the Blair Street Underground Vaults and delves right into the haunted tales of Edinburgh's past. Mercat Tours has exclusive access to the Blair Street Underground Vaults.
The tour is light-hearted and fun and is held during daylight hours. The history of the vaults is terrifying, and the experience is amplified with manufactured frights and make-believe. The guide is a skilled storyteller who brings the chilling history of the murders and more that transpired in the vaults to life.
On the surface, explore the dreary streets of Edinburgh's Old Town, untouched by daylight as the long nights of the Scottish winter approach. The streets are strangely and eerily quiet - their damp walls carry only the faintest echos of the crowds on Edinburgh's Royal Mile.
- Step Count: 900
- Duration: 1 Hour 15 Minutes
- Cost: £21.00 ($24)
Learn about the medieval goings-on in the city filled with murder, body snatchers, hangings, and worse. Scotland has a long and troubled history, and that history is written into the fabric of the medieval city today.
Edinburgh's Raising The Dead Halloween Tour
No haunted tour of Edinburgh is complete without visiting the Blair Street Underground Vaults, but the Raising the Dead tour also explores the Canongate graveyard. This tour covers darker content than the other tours and so is for adults only.
Tour dives deep into the terror of the city's past with stories of cursed souls and infamous murderers.
During the tour, visitors will see the Blair Street Underground Vaults, the Old Town, and the atmospheric Canongate graveyard.
The Canongate graveyard is the finale of the tour and makes for a hair-raising experience to wrap up the tour. Stand in the dark among the city's foreboding tombs and restless spirits.
- Step Count: 900
- Duration: 1 Hour 45 Minutes
- Date: October
Guests are asked to come on the tour sober as the tour involves navigating dark underground passageways.
While in Edinburgh, be sure to take the time to explore the rest of Scotland. Whiskey tasting on the Isle of Skye is a must, as is exploring the stunning Highlands of Scotland. In the far north of the country, Scotland also has plenty of ancient neolithic ruins to explore.