About this activity

See Edinburgh’s darker side with Alexander Clapperton, leading you through the courtyards and closes of the old town. Entertaining you with tales of witchcraft, punishments, executions and invasions.

Full Description 

Your ghostly guide is the deceased Alexander Clapperton, who was an Edinburgh Cemetery Director during the 1840s.

Mr Clapperton will take you on a light-hearted journey through Edinburgh’s dark past, telling tales of tortures, plague, witchcraft and invasion as he leads you through the Old Town’s atmospheric closes and courtyards.

En route Mr. Clapperton will introduce some Edinburgh characters summoned from the mists of time – so be prepared for a few laughs and well as the odd fright!

The tour price includes a copy of the bestselling ‘Witchery Tales’ book – essential bedtime reading and an ideal way to delve further into Edinburgh’s darker history!

Cancel up to 24 hours in advance for a full refund

Duration 1.5 hours

Special health and safety measures are in place. Check your activity voucher once you book for full details.

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  • Discover Edinburgh’s ghostly side in the company of a deceased cemetery director!
  • Experience plenty of laughs and maybe a few frights
  • Enjoy a tour that’s fun for the whole family
  • Receive a free copy of the best selling “Witchery Tales”



  • Qualified Ghostly Guide
  • Copy of the best-selling “Witchery Tales” book by Adam Lyal (deceased).

Meeting Point


Tours depart from outside the front of ‘The Witchery Restaurant,’ located near Edinburgh Castle at 352 Castlehill (Royal Mile), EH1 2NF. ** Please note that from Monday 31st July 2023 to Saturday 26th August 2023 (except Sundays 6, 13, 20 August), all tours will depart from the supplier’s shop, located at 84 West Bow (Victoria Street), EH1 2HH. This is due to the annual Military Tattoo event and dress rehearsals taking place on Castlehill. Since this event will not be held on Sundays during this period, on those days, tours will depart from the usual meeting point – outside the front of ‘The Witchery Restaurant’ on Castlehill. Also on 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th July 2023 there are music concerts at Edinburgh Castle so the tours will depart from the supplier’s shop, located at 84 West Bow (Victoria Street), EH1 2HH.

Know Before you Go


  • Guests should arrive 5 minutes before scheduled departure time
  • Please wear appropriate footwear (you will be walking on cobblestoned streets)
  • This tour will take place rain or shine.

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April, 2024




August 26,2019

  • Tuesday
  • 9:00am - 10:00am
  • Lewis
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