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Three To See 2011: Walking tours

By | Published on Thursday 28 July 2011

City Of The Dead

ThreeWeeks Co-Editor Caro Moses recommends three 2011 shows that will get you walking.

Auld Reekie Tours: Ghost and Torture Tour
I know you’re all out there, people with an unnatural interest in torture and ghosts. Well, here is an event to cater to your sick and warped needs. Auld Reekie have lots of experience in spooking the life out of people, and this particular event is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the programme of tours they have put together for the Fringe this year. Other highlights include the Historical Underground Tour and a Children’s Scary Haunted Underground Experience.  
Meet at The Tron Kirk, 5 – 27 Aug, hourly from 6.00pm – 9.00pm, £9.50 (£8.50), fpp180. Tickets from edfringe.com.

City Of The Dead (pictured)
A ThreeWeeks reviewer once called Black Hart Entertainment’s ‘City Of The Dead’ walking tour “a Fringe institution”, and they were not wrong about that. It’s been going for years now, and has frightened myriad terrified Fringe-goers. It’s a scary, historical treat for anyone into ghouls, grimness and creepiness. Best avoided if you have a sensitive disposition or a fear of poltergeists and graveyards, however.
Large Black Sign Outside St Giles Cathedral, 1 Aug – 4 Sep, times vary, £9.50 (£7.50), fpp81. Tickets from edfringe.com.

Hidden Gardens Of The Royal Mile
After all that gore, why not try something nice, and gentle, and relaxing, like this? As the title might suggest, it’s a tour of gardens in Edinburgh’s picturesque Old Town, with historical facts and stories to entertain. It’s not a taxing walk (one easy going mile, or so they tell me) so this could go down well if you’re a little hungover. Or when your granny comes to visit. Or even if those two occurrences collide.
Outside John Knox House, 5 – 29 Aug, 10.30am (12.10pm), £8.00, fpp184. Tickets from edfringe.com.