• Posted:Tuesday, December 22, 2009
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Edinburgh's Auld Reekie Tours could be fun

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Edinburgh's Auld Reekie Tours could be fun
Those of you who are staying in Edinburgh hostels right now, listen up! I've found a great activity for you to do, one that will take you a little off the weathered tourist track and into the weird and wonderful world that is the Scottish capital. Intrigued? I should dare say you are!

It's known as the Auld Reekie Tours (because this is the Victorian nickname for the Edinburgh itself, translating into either 'old smoky' or 'old smelly') and you'll get to see a bit of the old town, just below South Bridge.

Apparently, the excursions - which involve ghosts, legends, cannibals and witchcraft - are held in the underground vaults that were constructed in the 1700s, where you'll hear all about interesting Pagan rituals and visit the crypts of plague victims. Doesn't that sound fun?

And, even more excitingly, you'll be shown around the Torture Museum that will teach you all about the best ways for inflicting pain, as discovered during the 16th and 17th century, with instruments coming from Germany's Bamberg and Nurnberg castles.

What's more (as if that weren't enough!), there's also a poltergeist that has made its home in the vaults so don't forget to ask your guide about their own personal experiences with it.

I wouldn't be too afraid, however. You'll definitely be in safe hands as you wander about learning about the dark underbelly of what looks like such a charming city on the surface. The tours have been going strong since 1995, so everyone involved knows what they're doing. Thankfully.

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