Eerie Earth Radio Show, with guest Anna Bell from Auld Reekie Tours

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In this episode, host Kieran Begg guides us through the grim history of Edinburgh followed by an interview with Anna Bell, a guide with Auld Reekie Tours, who shares her experiences of the South Bridge Vaults. The show was presented and originally aired on

Edinburgh is an enchanting city with a curious and sometimes disturbing history. Every artefact, brick and cobble stone has a tale to tell, from the majestic and royal buildings of the often corrupt elite to the slums and miserable institutions of the most poverty-stricken, destitute and frequently criminally minded poor. In this broadcast the host of Eerie Earth radio Kieran Begg together with guest Anna Bell of Auld Reekie Tours will take you back in time through hundreds of years of sinister history.

Kieran shares a fascinating account of the filthy and harrowing living conditions of our ancestors along with the supernatural occurrences of this legendary capital. Divulging dark stories of the underground city, ghostly apparitions, pestilence and plagues. He paints a perfect Tales from the Crypt meets Dickensian picture of ye olde Edinburgh or as the locals aptly nick-named it “Auld Reekie”.

Anna then elaborates on and discusses one of Scotland’s most haunted places, the South Bridge Vaults. Dating from the 18th century and situated in the heart of Edinburgh’s old town, these subterranean vaults were once a hugely overcrowded vice and filth infested hovel. Playground of murderers, prostitutes and villainous vagrants and riddled with disease and violence, this place was so wretched that the magistrates evicted everyone and bricked up all the doorways. The vaults became forgotten about, undisturbed and frozen in time for more than a century.

Once rediscovered the vaults were the haunt of a contemporary witches coven, now abandoned following the death of the high priest, the coven still sits intact and set for ritual, preserved in the condition they lift it in. Auld Reekie Tours welcomes thousands of visitors every year, Anna shares her experiences as a guide in this quite literal underworld, where many of its former residents have never really left. With all the tragedy, misery and misfortune absorbed into the walls is any wonder this place is so paranormally active…

Re-opening, we are ready!

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Thank you for your patience! Auld Reekie is back from 4th September 2020!

To create a safe environment for everyone coming to our tours and visiting our vaults, we make temporally changes following the government’s guidelines:

  • Hand sanitiser are available in the office as well as the vaults
  • Physical distancing markings in the office and the vaults (1m zone)
  • Public Toilets are currently closed
  • Please book online to purchase tickets
  • Face coverings required at all times indoors
  • Face masks can be purchased at the office (£1 for one)
  • Regular sanitising of door knobs and handrails

Thank you for you cooperation! We apologise for any inconvenience.

We also limit our size group down to 16 to make you more comfortable and safe when you visit us.

Our day time tours run at 10:00, 12:00, 14:00 and 16:00. Night time tours run at 17:00, 18:00, 19:00, 20:00, 21:00 and 22:00.

To choose and book your tour, please go to to purchase tickets. Special offer £40 for 4 is available.

If you wish to book a private tour, please contact us by phone or email. Private tour rate is £100 for groups of a minimum of 2 people up to a maximum of 12 people.

Enjoy your tour!

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