Halloween tour sees '˜witch burning' return to Edinburgh
FOR THE first time in over 300 years a witch has been tried and burned in Scotland - all in the name of a new Halloween tour at The Real Mary King's Close.
This week, guests at the five star visitor attraction were thrilled to witness the execution of Euphamie MacCulzean, a 16th century Edinburgh woman who was accused of witchcraft and burned at the stake.
The trial marks the launch of Condemned, which is running this October at The Real Mary King’s Close. The tour offers a unique insight into Edinburgh’s fascinating history with the occult, telling the stories of its infamous accomplices and most ardent opponents.
A late night tour experience, Condemned will take visitors on a journey through Scottish history, back to a time when Mary King’s Close was open to the skies. Fear and superstition lurked around every corner, and witch trials were a regular occurrence.
Make your way into the 18th century and see how the Enlightenment introduced new ways of thinking, changing perceptions and bringing relief to those who would have once have hidden behind closed doors. With witchcraft being explored more and more in popular culture such as Outlander, the folk behind the Condemned tour couldn’t have timed it better.
Tour creator Keith Baxter said: “Condemned offers a different insight into the history of Mary King’s Close, exploring Edinburgh’s historic fear of the unknown; where it originated and how it came to be a part of everyday life. With this tour we wanted to dispel the myths and tell the real history of the occult in Scotland, it proved so popular in 2016 that we just had to bring it back to The Real Mary King’s Close, bigger and better.”
Condemned will run Friday 13th October, Saturday 14th October, Thursday 19th October, Friday 20th October, Saturday 21st October at 22.15pm and is priced at £16.95 per person.
Advance booking is recommended as spaces are limited. Tickets can be booked online at www.realmarykingsclose.com, by phone on 0131 225 0672 and in person at The Real Mary King’s Close.