Edinburgh's Hidden Gems: A 48 Hour Adventure – Mystery Guides
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Edinburgh's Hidden Gems: A 48 Hour Adventure

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Day 1


Start your Mystery Guides adventure

Your mystery begins…the Heart of Midlothian (opposite 377 High Street)


Clues 1 - 9: Walk the Witch's Way

In the first half of your adventure, you'll discover Greyfriar's Kirkyard, Grassmarket and wander Castle Hill. Many people walk to Edinburgh Castle without knowing this was the final route for those who were executed for different crimes but a lot due to the witch trials. Scotland's very own King James VI wrote a book titled Daemonologie (his understanding of witchcraft) and listed punishments for those caught practicing.


Take a Break!

Settle down for a drink in The Deacon Brodie - while you do, take a look at the sign where you will see two figures. These images tell the story of Deacon Brodie, a man who lived a colourful, double life…


Clues 10-16: The Spookiest City in the World?

In the second part of your adventure, you'll discover Hunters Square, St Giles Cathedral and Advocates Close. Not far from here, lurking beneath the surface, you'll find The Real Mary King’s Close, a maze of underground pathways full of characters waiting to share spooky secrets of the city’s alarming past (if you dare)...


4pm (approx.)

Finish your adventure

Your mystery ends…just off the High Street

Grab a bite to eat at the final location or explore one of Edinburgh's many restaurants. 

Edinburgh Castle and Skyline

Stay the Night

The glamorous and dramatic, Witchery Hotel sits at the foot of Castle Hill, with a name alluding to the hundreds of women (and men!) who were executed as part of the witch trials that took place nearby. It is believed that between 3000-4000 people were tortured or killed as part of Scotland's witch trials.


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Day 2

Magic in a Bottle!


After years being forced to hide mystical powers, you are now free to explore and discover witchcraft and wizardry. A visit to the Cauldron will leave you mesmerised by magic and delicious cocktails!


Humour and Horror…

Visit our friends, City of the Dead, to discover the horrifying and wicked tales of Edinburgh's ghoulish past. Their terrifying tours, allow you to come face to face with world famous poltergeists - naturally their experience comes with warnings so venture at your own risk…


(No under 12's, pregnant women, those with heart conditions or who are unable to walk far).