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Mercat Tours

Edinburgh, United Kingdom
About Mercat Tours
We're Good to Go! 'History is a damn good story, what it needs is a damn good telling!' We're a family business and simply love sharing Edinburgh's stories. We're the original, largest, and first 5 star walking tour company in Scotland giving guaranteed quality. With guaranteed daily departures, year round we offer exclusive access to Blair Street Underground Vaults, Edinburgh Castle, Palace of Holyroodhouse & National Museum of Scotland. Our tours begin at 10am and finish at 10pm, so we're sure we'll find something for you!
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Tours and Tickets by Mercat Tours

Small Group Edinburgh Underground Vaults Historical Walk with Private Option

No visit to Edinburgh is complete without descending to the South Bridge Vaults, home to more than 300 years of history. Escape the city’s icy winds on a historical walking tour of Edinburgh Old Town, both above and below ground. Explore excavated tunnels only accessible with a guide, and listen to commentary that brings the former residences to life. Choose between two different departure times, and upgrade to include a special souvenir.
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1 hour 15 minutes
from US$25.61

Small Group Ghost Tour incl. Underground Vaults & free drink in Megget's Cellar

Fans of the paranormal will be thrilled by this evening ghost tour of Edinburgh, one of the UK’s most haunted cities. Your storyteller-guide transports you into a murky past replete with witchcraft, torture, and murder. Venture into the eerie Blair Street Underground Vaults, enjoy a whisky in creepy Megget’s Cellar, and learn the city’s dark history from an expert.
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2 hours
from US$30.12

Small Group Edinburgh Night Walking incl. Underground Vaults with Private Option

Edinburgh’s dark and mysterious Old Town is best explored at night, when the cloak of darkness adds a chilling atmosphere. Discover the sinister side of Scotland's capital on this ghost tour, designed for travelers interested in the paranormal. Listen to immersive tales of treason and torture from your guide, and embark on a candlelit tour of the 18th-century Blair Street vaults, usually inaccessible to the general public.
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1 hour
from US$25.61

Small Group Royal Mile Walking Tour with Optional Entry to Edinburgh Castle

There’s no better way to orient yourself in Edinburgh than on a historical walking tour—especially one that includes skip-the-line entry to Edinburgh Castle. Get acquainted with the city’s fascinating history on a walking tour of the UNESCO-listed Old Town, whose cobbled streets and narrow alleys lend themselves well to wandering. Then, save hours of waiting with a skip-the-line ticket to Edinburgh Castle (if option selected). Ideal for first-time visitors, this guided tour provides a great introduction to top Edinburgh attractions.
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2 hours 15 minutes
from US$27.10
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SpammyJ wrote a review Today
2 contributions1 helpful vote
Very interesting and informative - can’t believe the vaults were discovered by accident so recently- and Steph was great 👍
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Mary M wrote a review Today
Glasgow, United Kingdom2 contributions
Our host/leader Fred was great. So theatrical and knowledgeable about Edinburgh's history. Very interesting at parts but far too long being stuck down in the vaults with no interaction - just listening to her for over 40 minutes. There needed to be more to the tour. Maybe some audio to make her stories come to life, maybe a change in host to shake it up a bit or perhaps more of a walk about the city. I felt it was quite flat and boring in parts as it was so dark and stuffy in the vaults. Also I had concerns about us being in such a confined space for that long without moving about - covid still a big concern in our life. The lack of ventilation was a worry with so little movement for 40 minutes.
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Date of experience: October 2021
noddy123 wrote a review Yesterday
Inverness, United Kingdom7 contributions12 helpful votes
Below average experience when in Edinburgh. Our host Fred was excellent but she had to try to make the most boring experience fun and exciting and she did her best. If in Edinburgh avoid this complete waste of money. Frederique you are far too good for this. A ghost tour is not being shown around 5 rooms under an office with low lighting. A shambles of a tour.
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Tom E wrote a review 15 Oct
2 contributions
My partner booked this as a surprise for our trip to Edinburgh… not usually my thing, but wasn’t it excellent! Our guide was called Naomi. She was super great. Very engaging and very knowledgeable. I actually really loved the tour. A great way to spend the evening… Go at night!!
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Date of experience: October 2021
Stephanie M wrote a review 15 Oct
1 contribution
The vaults themselves were very impressive. I have been there before and decided to take my niece. The tour guide we had was good at the story telling but played down the ghost stories saying there was not much evidence focusing more on the history of Edinburgh and with the tour being called ghostly underground was quite disappointing. She only mentioned 2 ghosts and we spend most of the tour on the streets of Edinburgh than we did in the vaults themselves. She took us to 2 rooms and when she heard a second group entering we swiftly left the vaults. It felt very rushed inside the vaults. The highlight was when I took pictures and did catch a light anomaly in the right hand corner of the photos.
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Date of experience: October 2021