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COVID-19 Information

Good To Go emblemOn Monday 14th September, the Scottish Government introduced a new gathering limit of six people from two households either indoors or outdoors.  As this new ruling applies to our walking tours this means that no single booking can be taken for more than 6 people (max of 2 households). Children under 12 from within the two households will not be counted in the new limit of six people.

We will continue to offer a public outdoor walking tour at 7:00pm on Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays, with a limited headcount to permit physical distancing.

Our wee shop remains open Tuesday-Sunday, 12noon - 6pm, with appropriate physical distancing and sanitary safeguards in place.

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

These measures remain compatible with the additional local restrictions announced by the Scottish Government on 7th October, and tours will proceed as planned.

Adam Lyal's Witchery Tales


Adam Lyal is fast becoming one of Edinburgh's most famous characters. No mean feat considering he was executed for highway robbery in the city's Grassmarket on the 27th March, 1811.

His book was published 177 years after his demise and is based on his well-known nightly old town 'Witchery' walking tours.

Inside you will find many authentic stories from Edinburgh's long and gory past. There are dark accounts of violence and crime, vivid descriptions of hangings and executions, the trial of the infamous body-snatchers Burke & Hare, information on plagues and disasters, and haunting tales of witchcraft and the supernatural.

As on his tour, Mr Lyal uses these stories to bring some of the character and atmosphere of the old town back to life. Visitors and locals alike are sure to enjoy the dark and wild side of Edinburgh's history in Adam Lyal's Witchery Tales.