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Spooky indeed - complete with a spanish translator
Auld Reekie Terror Tour (Edinburgh)
Member Name: Ally1602
Auld Reekie Terror Tour (Edinburgh)
Advantages: Great tour guide, spooky place, lots of great stories
Disadvantages: Masses of people on the tour drained atmosphere
So yes, Edinburgh probably is one of the scariest cities with all its crazy history, narrow creepy streets and of course the underground vaults.
On the May bank holiday a group consisting of me and 5 of my closest girlfriends went to Edinburgh to experience the terror tour. We were excited about it all day long and at around 10:30am we met our guide along with a group of about 35 - 40 other people.
The guide was dressed suitably in olde style clothing with a huge fake gash down her neck and started by telling us a little bit about what the tour would consist of. Then she took as a short walk to where we would pay, this would probably have been fine if it was a small group of people but the fact there was around 40 possibly more, it took a long long time for us all to get our tickets and our hands stamped as the ticket booth was in a very small room, one person was serving and as everyone decided to just pile in with no orderly queue even if you got in getting out was the problem. Tickets cost £10, £9 for students.
So then the tour began we walked in the streets for a while hearing ghost stories, funny stories, and a bit about the gruesome history of Edinburgh - mostly to do with the killing of those who were accused of being witches.
Next we went towards the underground vaults, firstly before we entered we went to the torture room which was full of real torture equipment. This room would probably have been quite interesting but as it was probably just a little bit bigger than where we got the tickets me and the girls could not see anything, and as there was someone translating everything the guide said into Spanish standing beside us it was extremely difficult to even here the descriptions of the equipment or what it was used for -and yes many of you may be thinking why not just move? To where. To where in a room full of people. This was slightly disappointing. Never mind, onto the vaults.
The vaults consisted of narrow halls to begin with, then you entered the vaults which had a very eerie feel to them but again the sheer volume of people took some of the spookyness away. They are supposedly one of the most active areas for phenomenal activity but the group of 40+ people most likely scared the ghosts away. Plenty of stories in the vaults all suitably spooky, not going to go into detail about them it is better just to go and hear them yourself. The vaults were not the nicest area to walk through, some areas with very narrow steps, walls were wet and there was a feeling that not very nice things happened there.
After the tour we got drinks vouchers and got a free drink in a pub which is attached to the vaults - the most haunted pub in Scotland. Possibly the dingiest place I have ever been to and the free drink turned into a vodka mix - not my drink of choice. But still a drink to get over our very "scary" experience - the worst vodka ever, in fact I don't even think there was any vodka in it!
I think I would give this tour another go; the tour guide was fantastic; the vaults were scary and the tour of some of the spooky streets in the city was good along with the ghost stories; and the free drink at the end was a nice gesture. The biggest downer was the fact that there were just far too many people there and I think it would be worth a try again without the masses of people.
Summary: Worth a try, would probably be excellent without loads of people!
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