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COVID-19 Information

We are pleased to announce the first steps towards resuming our operations following the easing of lockdown.  These measures have been decided based on Scottish Government regulations and guidance and consultation with VisitScotland.

From Wednesday 15th July 2020 our wee shop will be reopening Wednesday-Sunday, 12noon - 6pm, with appropriate physical distancing and sanitary safeguards in place.

From 1st August we will be offering a public outdoor walking tour at 7:00pm on Thursdays, Saturdays & Sundays, with a limited headcount to permit physical distancing.

See the relevant sections on our homepage, and our Tour Booking page, for full details.

Tour Prices

  • Adult£10.00
  • Child£7.50

Price includes a free copy of our book Adam Lyal's Witchery Tales.

Our Tours

The Murder & Mystery Tour

Our original Edinburgh ghost tour. Join reformed highway-robber Adam Lyal (deceased) for a brisk stravaig up and down the dark corners of the Old Town and its grisly history.

  • Available: Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays from 19 September 2020.
  • Start time: 7pm.
  • Duration: 75 minutes approx.
  • Best choice for: A faster-paced and spookier experience, with our most excitable ghosts.

The Ghosts & Gore Tour

For the lighter, Summer evenings we introduce a slightly gentler stroll through the Old Town, with guide Alexander Clapperton (deceased) joined by a number of quirky local phantoms who'll tell you hair-raising tales of plague, punishment and persecution.

  • Available: Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays from 1 August - 17 September 2020.
  • Start time: 7pm.
  • Duration: 80 minutes approx.
  • Best choice for: A shorter walk but longer stories, getting into extra depth, and the ghosts playing a bigger role in the performance.

Note that we tell quite a few of the same stories on both tours, so we don't recommend taking both (unless you're a super-fan!).

COVID-19 Information

We are giving our ghosts a little more time to remain in hibernation while we first reopen the shop, to gauge the level of demand for their ghastly attentions.

Our current plan is to offer one public tour per evening on Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays, from 1st August.

In order to maintain appropriate physical distancing as our tours thread through the Old Town's closes, these tours will initially be limited to a maximum capacity of 15 persons.

If you are looking for something bespoke or outwith this schedule, please do contact us or phone 0131 225 6745 (Wednesday-Sunday) and we will see if something special can be arranged.

Where to meet your tour

USUALLY: The Witchery restaurant

Our tours usually meet outside The Witchery By The Castle restaurant at 352 Castlehill (the top of The Royal Mile).

SOMETIMES: The Cadies & Witchery Tours shop

Sometimes we're unable to meet outside The Witchery due to the Edinburgh Military Tattoo (Monday-Saturday for about 3 weeks in August) or concerts held on the Castlehill in June/July. On these evenings, tours will meet at our wee shop at 84 West Bow (Victoria Street). It's just a couple of minutes' walk from The Witchery.

Please check your booking confirmation for the correct location for your tour. if in doubt, contact us.

How to get here (and back)

Both meeting-points are within easy walking-distance of numerous public transport options. If coming by train, Waverley station is 10-15 minutes' walk away. A similar distance away is Princes Street, with buses to all parts of the city, and trams to the West End and airport.

If coming by car, please note that on-street parking is limited in the Old Town, and in addition there may be parking restrictions or even road closures in some streets during the Edinburgh Festival and at various other times. There is an NCP car park on Castle Terrace, about 10 minutes' walk from both meeting-points.

Further information

You can join our ghosts any night of the year (except 24-26 December). Just select the number of adults and children in your party, and the date you wish to join us. Choose a tour from the list that appears below, enter your on-the-day contact number, and click "Book Now" to be taken straight to the checkout.

Please note: All bookings are reviewed by a human before being confirmed. Once this is done (please be patient if we're asleep!), we will email you with a ticket number, which is your proof of purchase on the night, and full instructions on how to join your tour.

If you have a Tesco Clubcard voucher code, you can redeem it on the next page of the booking process.

To book through any other discount scheme or promotion we may be involved in, please contact us directly to arrange your booking, mentioning the name of the promotion and the date and time you would like to attend.

Got a question? You may find it's been answered on our Frequently Asked Questions page.