Edinburgh Old Town Murder Mystery Trail

Thursday Murder Pubs


Only one purchase required for a group of
up to 6 people


Hou’s it gaun?! Would you like to explore the spooky streets and wynds of Auld Reekie whilst solving a thrilling murder mystery?

Well, you’ve come to the right place, detective! Thursday Murder Pubs is an immersive treasure hunt with a whodunit twist. This self-guided city tour experience leads you on a hair-raising journey around Scotland’s capital. Along the way, you’ll discover breathtaking landmarks, solve escape room-like puzzles and find hidden clues to ultimately deduce whodunit. Plus, if you’re a fan of historical and spooky pubs, then you truly are spoilt for choice on this Edinburgh Murder Mystery Trail.

This trail makes a great day out for tourists and locals alike. Available for instant download. So, what are you waiting for?!

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About this awesome trail

With historical landmarks and spooky pubs to boot, this Edinburgh Murder Mystery Trail has the perfect route plotted out to ensure you see all the highlights in Edinburgh Old Town!

Thursday Murder Pubs – Edinburgh Murder Mystery Trail is a self-guided walking tour that navigates you past the best points (and pints!) of interest that Edinburgh Old Town has to offer, including:

  • Edinburgh Castle
  • St Giles’ Cathedral
  • Greyfriars Kirkyard
  • The Royal Mile
  • Grassmarket
  • Countless hidden gems through the city’s courtyards, wynds, and closes (narrow passageways)

The route for this Edinburgh treasure hunt is a little hilly, about 3km long, and will take approximately 3 hours to complete. There are plenty of refreshment stops and photo opportunities along the way! The immersive story and cryptic puzzles can make this trail feel more like an outdoor escape room at times.

Edinburgh Old Town trail statistics:

  • Start location: At the corner of Market St and Cockburn St, EH1 1BL (view on Google Maps)
  • End location: Outside the Tolbooth Tavern, 167 Canongate, EH8 8BN. A good spot for a celebratory refreshment!
  • Clue difficulty: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Distance: 3km
  • Terrain: Easy
  • Wheelchair/buggy accessible: No*

The case synopsis:

Five gruesome murders… Five different taverns… Five separate Thursdays. A sinister serial killer is on the loose, and the criminal mastermind (AKA Crimson Herring) is leaving a deliberate trail of taunting clues. But who is the real identity of this egotistical maniac? Never have your wits been so challenged as in this, your most bloodcurdling case yet. Can you deduce who the serial killer is before they strike again? Wait, what day is it!?

Trail overview:

  • A murder mystery themed self-guided walking tour around Edinburgh Old Town.
  • Discover historical landmarks and hidden gems as you follow the trail.
  • Solve clues to discover evidence, eliminate suspected characters and weapons, and ultimately deduce whodunit.
  • Instantly downloadable trail.
  • Print onto A4 paper. Alternatively, you can follow the trail using any smartphone or tablet device (see below).
  • Ideal for groups of 2-6 people. Only one purchase required per group, so makes for an affordable day out!
  • Self-guided tour – do whenever you like and at your own pace.
  • Whether a local or visiting somewhere new, our trails are the best way to explore and learn about your surroundings.
  • Solve correctly, and you'll receive a certificate and a voucher towards your next trail!
Discover landmarks
& hidden gems
Find clues &
solve puzzles
Deduce whodunit
to crack the case!
  • Discover landmarks & hidden gems
  • Find clues & solve puzzles
  • Deduce whodunit to crack the case!

How does it work?

Our trails are self-guided walking tours. This means you can conquer them at your own pace, taking as many detours and pit-stops as you desire. We’ve investigated all the highlights each location offers, which have been carefully crafted into each trail. There are plenty of must-see landmarks, selfie opportunities, and refreshment stops along each route. So, get ready to unlock a whole new world of adventure!

Simply download and print the trail onto A4 paper, and you’re ready to go. No access to a printer? No worries. Alternatively, you can follow the trail using any tablet or smartphone device. Just make sure to note down your answers as you go to complete the Cryptic Crossword or Wordsearch when back home with a warm cuppa. Learn more...

Who is the trail aimed at?

Killer Trails are challenging adventures full of riddles, cryptic puzzles and gripping stories for anyone who loves to explore, socialise and learn. Our creative team has devised compelling narratives for each trail that are full of pop culture parodies for the eagle-eyed detective. You’ll get a kick out of our trails if you enjoy escape rooms, puzzles, scavenger hunts, ghost and historical tours, murder mysteries and board games.

Our murder-mystery-style treasure hunts are a thrilling day out with family, friends, spouses, or colleagues. Great fun for adults and the whole family, you’ll be gutted you didn’t find out about us sooner. Purchasing and printing just one copy of a trail is all you need for a group of up to six people, which makes for an affordable day out!

If you're looking for a stag party or hen do treasure hunt, then our Murder Mystery Trails are great entertainment and an ideal ice-breaker. Everyone will get to know each other while solving clues and exploring the local area. Plus, there are plenty of decent pubs and refreshment stops en route! As our trails are self-guided, you can take as many pitstops and detours as you wish. For larger groups, please purchase an additional copy for every six people. For example, ten people require two purchases of a trail. Here are some tips for larger groups.

Plot a killer day out in Edinburgh

With stunningly preserved architecture, a breathtaking castle sitting upon a dormant volcano, and gruesome tales around every corner, it’s no wonder Edinburgh has become a world-famous travel destination.

The beautiful Princes Street Gardens divide the heart of the city into two halves, Old Town and New Town, each offering a different experience. New Town is bursting with a variety of independent shops, characterful pubs, art galleries, and flashy restaurants. The Georgian architecture, regal townhouses, and boutique businesses make it a delightful place for a stroll.

The most sought-after landmarks can be found in Edinburgh Old Town (where this Murder Mystery Trail is located), such as Edinburgh Castle and the Royal Mile. The Grassmarket is one of our favourite areas, and has been the site of murders, riots, and hundreds of public executions throughout its long history. Some of the capital’s oldest and most haunted pubs can be found here, including The White Hart Inn, The Beehive Inn, and The Last Drop to name a few, making it an ideal refreshment stop along our trail.

With so many historical landmarks in a concentrated area, you truly are spoilt on a wander through the city’s cobbled streets. If you’re searching for fun things to do in Edinburgh, then call off the search! This Murder Mystery themed treasure hunt captures the essence of the city, leaving you with a clear understanding of what the area has to offer, and a smile on your face. Of all the Edinburgh walking tours available, this imaginative self-guided walking tour should be top of your list. It’s a killer day out!

Inspect all of our murder mystery themed trails in Scotland.

*Route passes up and down steps. The route is all paved or solid. Some road crossing points may not have dropped kerbs. Some of the route has cobbled streets. Head to the Ediburgh.org accessibility page or Euan’s Guide for more local information.

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Don't just take our word for it...

Perfect activity for my group and me!”

This was the perfect activity for my group and me! One in the group had never been to London before, and the rest of us had been several times. But this trail certainly made sure that we all got to see something we’d never seen before! It was so much fun and the clues were a perfect mix of difficulty! I would highly recommend this activity to anyone interested in experiencing London in a different way.

A great way to explore!”

Such a great way to explore Oxford! The tour was so fun and engaging, which takes to you to lots of key Oxford landmarks! The format also means you can take breaks when you need and keeps it very relaxed! So you can tailor it to your group! Definitely recommend and will be doing another one again!

The clues are there!!!”

Fabulous concept! Great fun looking up and down, finding new things and trying to beat each other at solving the clues. Suitable for young and old. We loved it! Picked up the pen and clues off we went. Lots of stops on the way to discuss what next. Really enjoyed it and saw things we would not normally have seen.

Review of York's Murder Mystery Trail, by caro1NorfolkEngland via Tripadvisor

An absolute MUST if you like adventures!”

The most fun we’ve had in a while! Literally the best self-guided tour/activity that’s super exciting and engaging, while also being informative. Absolute bargain for the price and it’s excited us to complete all of the other Killer Trails!! It’s easy for all age groups to solve and you can take as long as you want to solve it – we definitely took our time, taking in all the beauty of our surroundings and looking at things we normally wouldn’t have looked at. Getting to the end of it and solving the murder was definitely a bonus and super satisfying and rewarding!

Review of York's Murder Mystery Trail, by Radoslava K via Tripadvisor

Affordable, fun, and something different”

The murder mystery trail was so fun and such a unique and engaging way to look at things you wouldn’t normally see, and learn things about York you might miss at other attractions. It’s affordable, fun, and something different. Easy to follow, simple instructions and the perfect level of clue difficulty for all!

Review of York's Murder Mystery Trail, by paranormalpagan via Tripadvisor

Fun times for all the family”

Friends and I completed this at the weekend. I’ve lived in Manchester for 8 years now and I still found new things. Great story, would say it’s a medium level in terms of how challenging it was. Highly recommended. Even better with adults having a couple of drinks at key locations.

the perfect birthday outing”

This turned out to be the perfect birthday outing for my husband during the lockdown restrictions. It was a really fun experience. And my husband wants to check out other trails in different cities soon. It was so cool finding clues while spotting things we had never noticed in the city. We stopped half way through to have lunch outdoor with food we took along as all restaurants are closed due to the lockdown. Thank you so much. This is a brilliant concept.

A great cheap day out”

I was in charge of planning a trip for my family, as a day out. They said to me that there were all money conscious and that I had to make it cheap. I stumbled across Killer Trails murder mystery and thought perfect! Around £13 in total for a mystery that all six of us could play, which worked out to be a few pound each between us! I printed the PDF file that was sent to me three times, and we split into three groups of two. This made us highly competitive and so much fun! We raved from start to finish to see who could complete it first, we were so competitive and the game was so good that every minute flew by, we were laughing and giggling bumping into each other, hiding our secrets and trying not to look obvious when we found something the entire way around! It was actually so much fun. I don’t usually write long reviews but I thought this company well deserved one. What a great, cheap day out for my entire family. And also if we wanted to stick together we could have, and taken it slow and enjoyed the walk. Either way would work. 10/10

Review of London's West End Murder Mystery Trail, by Inspiration776588 via Tripadvisor

A brilliant way to see the city”

We only had one day in Liverpool so this mystery trail was a great way to see all the highlights in just a few hours. Plus the trail was fun to complete along the way.

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