Mercat Tours specialize in Gothic walks around the Old Town - let your imagination run wild as you explore the historical ... More
Mercat Tours specialize in Gothic walks around the Old Town - let your imagination run wild as you explore the historical underground city and medieval winds. Tour guides are university-trained historians with a flair for dramatic presentation, and you should be prepared for the unexpected. Tours include the highly spooky Hidden Underground Vaults, Royal Mile Walk and Ghosts & Ghouls. All tours start from the Mercat Cross on the Royal Mile next to St Giles Cathedral . Call for details and times, as these can vary.
Mercat Tours are rich in knowledge, enthusiasm and skilled presentation. You want gore ? they've got blood aplenty. You want fact ? They effortlessly reel off dates and details and they know how to deliver the goods with style and dash. This is bravura tour guiding by experts at the top of their game. Mercat are the best and you simply can't go wrong.
My son and I are hooked on "all things haunted," so the Vaults were a must--we even passed on the Military Tattoo to go!
Our guide was knowledgeable and friendly. We were in the Vaults only about 15 seconds when I saw a shadow move at the top of an arched doorway; it looked almost like a hand with a mitten on it. It couldn't have been our group's shadows because those were low on the walls. I got the chills! Then, in a narrow corridor, we heard 2 or 3 clomping footsteps, and there was no one there! A couple minutes later, we heard them again. And then again! We took a lot of pictures, and in 1, you can see 2 tiny spots that look like glowing eyes, and in another, the stones in the ground look like a skull and leg bone! We were spooked! And yes, we want to go back!
This tour was a complete waste of �9!!!! I was really looking forward to the tour as I was not able to go the first time we were in Edinburgh, and decided to take my whole family thinking it would be good fun and give them a bit of a fright!
I felt really bad after the tour as I feel like I wasted their money. My dad came out saying he couldn't belive he spent money on it!
It was just not scary! The vaults are nothing like you expect, no funny sounds or shadows. Nothing ever really happend down there like you expect, like murders or mass sacrafice, just a few people who ran there buisiness from down there until it flooded. Now tell me what is so scary about that!!
You are better off going to Mary King's Cross
I'm 36, a teacher, skeptic, level-headed, but I would not go down into the Vaults one night. The moment the guide, I and two friends walked in, the temperature dropped suddenly, and I felt the hairs at the back of my neck prickle. Then we heard a thump/scrape -- where there was solid concrete above. The guide had to go in and blow out the candles, so she commandeered my friend (tall, male, burly Scot) and they both heard a thump/scrape above in thick concrete... the place where the Vaults used to be but where the highway/bridge is now.
Walk the tour for yourself. I'd never have believed "it could happen to me" but it did... I know what I heard, even though it was impossible physically for anything to thump/scrape through solid concrete. The cold and the bad vibe were real enough to me too although I remain skeptical.
Ironically I went in another time to the Vaults and felt nothing -- no temperature drop, no malign presence, no threat at all. Sometimes they are active and sometimes not. You never know -- til you are in the Vaults!
What better thing to do on a cold and foggy January night in Scotland? Our guide was knowledgeable and enthusiastic, making the goulish past of Edinburgh's underground come alive with his tales. Finishing off the evening in a pub was the perfect end to our tour. Everyone should expereince this side of Scotland!
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