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FREE TOUR: Bonfires of Modernity: Demonologists, Witches and Wizards of Edinburgh

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During the 16th and 17th centuries, Europe was plunged into persecution, hysteria, and superstition. Thousands of women were designated witches for transgressing the system they inhabited and executed under the charge of witchcraft. Many had knowledge of medicine, were skilled politicians, or knew how to manage their finances. Scotland was no exception, and on this tour, we will tell you how the process had an impact in Edinburgh, learning about the origins of the Witch Hunt; the North Berwick trials that inspired Shakespeare to write Macbeth; King James, and his studies on demonology; about some witches who brought characters from the Outlander series to life and much more.

We will go through alleys of the Royal Mile, also Calton Hill to learn about the symbolism of the bonfires and the role of the Presbyterian John Knox. At the same time, we will learn about some occultists and finish in the vicinity of the castle to learn about the end of a historical process that claimed thousands of innocent lives.

IMPORTANT - Bring comfortable shoes to climb Calton Hill.

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2 hs.



Walking Level:

Meeting point: Holyrood Palace

Hours:  Wednesday to Sundays 6:00 p.m.

Price: Free

What are we going to visit?

Royal Mile

Bakehouse Close

Calton Hill

Edinburgh Castle (exteriors)

St. Giles Cathedral (exteriors)

Toolboth Tavern

. . .  and much more

  • What is a Free Tour?
    A Free Tour is an entertaining way to learn about the history and culture of a city. It is managed by professional guides who will take you through the most critical places in tours of approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes for free. At the end of the ride, the guides will accept tips or donations based on their performance on each ride.
  • Should I tip my guide?
    If the tour has been to your liking, you can tip your guide if you wish. Each professional works exhaustively to provide the best quality service.
  • Where do the tours end?
    All of our Dublin walking tours end in the city center. If you have any doubts, your guide will help you at the end of each journey.
  • What happens if it rains at the time of the tour?
    All our tours count even if it rains, so we recommend you bring an umbrella or raincoat. If the weather turns dangerous, we will email you in advance to let you know whether or not the tour will take place.
  • Do you have wheelchair accessibility?
    Yes, Dublin is a relatively accessible city for wheelchair users.
  • Do you accept large groups on the Free Tour?
    No. If you have a group of more than eight people, you must contact us to book a private tour. We will adapt the trek to the number of people and specific interests there.
  • Are children accepted on the tours?
    Children are welcome on our tours; however, due to the content of the Night Tour, we only recommend children over 16 years of age.
  • Is transportation included in the tours?
    Most tours are in the city center, so no transportation is needed.
  • What happens if I pay for a tour and can't attend?
    In that case, we will need you to notify us five days before issuing the refund.
  • Can I modify a reservation?
    We are a small company, and the livelihood of our guides depends on each tour. We can only modify a reservation if you notify us five days in advance. You can also transfer your ticket to another person who wishes to attend in your place.
  • Should I book a tour in advance?
    You must book your tour in advance online.

A very interesting and engaging tour. I am now better informed about witches, their history and persecution, the history of Edinburgh and Scotland. All sprinkled with humour. Try it just to learn something different 


Qualicum Beach

Thank you! Best tour I have taken in Edinburgh ❤️



I highly recommend the witchy tour of Edinburgh! I found it very interesting, packed with stories and facts, all tied to different buildings and places around the city. Our guide, Nathan, was very knowledgeable and funny. I feel like I learnt a lot in a very short amount of time. Would be a shame to pass it up!


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