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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.

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.