The Hangman’s Haunts

Edinburgh’s gallows had no shortage of candidates – and visitors will meet some of them on this Halloween tour of Edinburgh with Mercat Tours!

The Hangman’s Haunts

About The Hangman’s Haunts

Murderers. Witches. Vagabonds. Edinburgh’s gallows had no shortage of candidates – and visitors will meet some of them on this Halloween tour of Edinburgh.

Meet an expert guide at the Mercat Cross – they’ll be in the full costume of Edinburgh’s most ghoulish figures from times past. Visitors will stand in the exact spot of the former gallows and learn of the many people who met their fate with a rope around their neck.

Visitors will feel the anticipation, excitement and horror of the gallows crowd. The guide will bring the stories to life – from death-cheating Deacon Brodie to Maggie Dickson, who sprang back to life. Then visitors will tread the stones once worn smooth by the body wagon as the tour heads for the Canongate kirkyard. There, visitors will listen for the soft tread of spirits, watching for graves freshly vacated by their restless inhabitants.

• Delve into the gore of Edinburgh’s worst punishments
• Explore the Canongate graveyard on Halloween
• Hear of crime, punishment and bloody history of the Old Town

While we take every opportunity to ensure the details for The Hangman’s Haunts are accurate, we always advise that you contact the event organiser before setting out for the event to avoid disapointment. All information (whether in text or photographs) is given in good faith but should not be relied upon as being a statement of representation or fact.

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