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Mercat Tours

#19 of 194 Tours in Edinburgh
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Address: 28 Blair Street, Edinburgh EH1 1QR, Scotland
Phone Number:
+44 131 225 5445
10:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 22:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

'History is a damn good story, what it needs is a damn good telling!'


'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 a warm welcome and our award-winning storytelling and tour routes, we'll help you explore and discover Edinburgh. Our expert guides offer a unique, memorable glimpse of our remarkable history.

We promise:

- Guaranteed departures, daily, year round

- The smallest group size in the city

- Exclusive access to Blair Street Underground Vaults

- 'Family business' customer care

Join us to visit:

- Exclusive Blair Street Underground Vaults

- Royal Mile, Edinburgh Castle, New Town, Palace of Holyroodhouse

- Tours daytime and evening

- Historical and ghostly

Please get in touch and we'll help you choose the right tour for you.

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Brilliant, and excellent guide Nora!

Do this tour!! Nora was brilliant. Thorough and excellent demeanour in story telling, and her ability to convey the story and draw you in. incredibly detailed in the information... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
Ossett, United Kingdom
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Ossett, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Do this tour!! Nora was brilliant. Thorough and excellent demeanour in story telling, and her ability to convey the story and draw you in. incredibly detailed in the information on the bridge, and all surrounding it. Cant recommend this enough!!

1 Thank jammydodger24
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This started at 7 and last till 9,so nice and dark. The guide was a lady called Linda and she was fantastic ,knew her stuff and really played the part. Cost £16 but you get a glass of whisky so all in all not the worst price. There's stories a plenty and the walking is not overly long -but it... More 

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Tour guide Linda was very enthusiastic and informative about Edinburgh's fascinating and hidden history. Provides a whole new perspective on 'what lies beneath'. Well worth it!

1 Thank Fionn S
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Good choices of walking history tours in the centre of Edinburgh including historic guide or ghostly guides to the cities vaults.

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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

When we visit Edinburgh we love doing the ghost tours which Mercat Tours. This time round we took out 11 year old daughter and did the tour that takes you into the vaults in the city. Scary and fabulous for her in equal measures. Our tour guide this time was Mark. He was funny and knowledgeable and entertaining in equal... More 

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Richland, Wa
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We did the Underground Edinburgh tour yesterday. It really is a fascinating story and the tour path is well set up. We learned a lot about life in Edinburgh 300 years ago, but the tour guides seemed to be a little too memorized and a little flat. It's probably an occupational hazard of giving the same tour many times. It... More 

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San Fulgencio, Spain
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

My husband and I did this tour yesterday afternoon. The guide Nora was very good and informative. She gave us a sense of what it would have been like to have worked or lived underground. We enjoyed the tour but I used the torch app that I have on my phone to shine on the ground as it's very uneven... More 

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Sunderland, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Been wanting to do one of these ghost walks for years now and finally had the chance few weeks ago. Cost £32 for 2 adults with promise of an evening of spooky tales and history around Edinburgh. Sadly was left disappointed as followed around a guide who clearly had drama school drop out issues using the same descriptive words for... More 

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Workington, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Booked this walking tour of The Secrets of The Royal Mile before our visit. It went ahead despite the weather, very windy, heavy rain and cold!! Martin our guide was very knowledgeable and kept everyones interest throughout the tour.

1 Thank Ruth J
Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

The 9pm Ghost Tour was fantastic! Our guide Linda was brilliant in telling the stories of the gruesome and spooky. The underground vaults definitely have a scary feeling to them. The tour was an hour which is the perfect amount of time. An organised and professionally run tour.

Thank Lisa_WLG

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