• Free Walking Tour
    Sep 27th, 2010 by gurustu

    Every day, 3 times a day, at 11am, 1pm and 3pm you can join a walking tour which costs absolutely nothing, except maybe a tip for the guide. The tours are run by Sandemans Tours, who are Europe’s leading walking tour company.

    The walking tour takes about 3 hours, and you will see all of the main sights of the Old Town of Edinburgh.

    • Edinburgh Castle
    • St Giles’ Cathedral
    • The Royal Mile
    • Old & New Towns
    • Mercat Cross
    • Greyfriars Kirkyard (cemetery) and Greyfriars Bobby
    • Scott Monument
    • Princes Street Gardens
    • Grassmarket
    • Site of Witch Burnings
    • The original ‘Hogwarts’
    • William Wallace and the Stone of Destiny
    • National Museum
    • Edinburgh University
    • Covenanters’ Prison
    • Martyrs’ Memorial
    • The Mound
    • Tron Kirk
    • Burke and Hare, bodysnatchers
    • The real Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde
    • The Scottish Enlightenment

    …and more!

    The tours are on everyday at 11 am, 1 pm and 3pm and start from the front of the Starbucks Café by the Tron Kirk on the High Street(Royal Mile). The tour ends in Princes Street Gardens, which is only minutes walk back home to the hostel.

    The tours run in all weather and rain gear is available at the beginning of the tour.
    No reservations are necessary. Just show up. Ask at reception for directions to the start point.

    The tours are free, and there is no pressure, but it is always nice to give the guide a tip, as that is their only source of income, and their tours are so good, they seem to be able to get enough tips to survive.

    Auld Reekie Tours
    Feb 9th, 2010 by stuwad

    City Of The Dead Tour
    Feb 9th, 2010 by stuwad

    City Of The Dead Tour

    Not just a tour. A PHENOMENON.

    The Graveyard tour combines the weirdest history with the wildest stories and wickedest humour around. This tour even has a unique gift shop – located in a graveyard funeral parlour!

    Best of all, City of the Dead has access to the Covenanters Prison and the Black Mausoleum – lair of the world famous Mackenzie Poltergeist .

    An encounter with the poltergeist is the highlight of the tour, with hundreds of people claiming to have been attacked by the enitity. The MacKenzie Poltergeist is now regarded as the best documented supernatural case of all time and the tour has become equally famous – the subject of a book as well as scores of television documentaries, newspaper articles and websites.

    A careful blend of fascinating history and distinctive humour, culminating in a genuinely terrifying experience has made the Graveyard Tour a phenomenon rather than a tour. Read the story of the MacKenzie Poltergeist in the acclaimed book The Ghost That Haunted Itself by Jan Andrew Henderson.

    Nightly from the large tour sign outside St Giles’ Cathedral on Edinburgh’s Royal Mile.

    8.30pm, 10.00pm (Easter-Halloween)

    8.30pm (Halloween-Easter)

    £9.50 (£7.50 Students)
    1 hour 15 mins approx

    No unaccompanied children.
    Limited numbers apply.
    Please wear sensible footgear.

    WARNING: The Mackenzie Poltergeist can cause genuine physical and mental distress. You join the tour at your own risk.

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    All guests must be over 18 years of age.
    We will not let anybody under 18 enter the building.

    All guests are required to provide government issued photographic identification to check in. Check-in will not be allowed without it.
    Caledonian Backpackers Hostel Edinburgh :: Phone +44-131-226-2272
    3 Queensferry St, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom, EH2 4PA