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Shadows of Old Town, Edinburgh

£ 15 per person


  • - City exploration game, solve clues together and unlock secret sights
  • - Top-rated pub/cafe/bar recommendations along the way
  • - Clues sent to your phones, with help available, the perfect difficulty for all
  • - Activity is a mix of; outdoor escape room, treasure/scavenger hunt, walking tour


A playful experience to discover the secrets of Edinburgh's Old Town, a mystery walk similar to an escape room but outdoors!

Your team will receive clues on their phones that, once deciphered, will guide them around a route that showcases it's secret sights and great pubs/bars/cafes. The routes are all walking distance and clues get you working together and interacting with the city surroundings to find the answers, no prior knowledge required.

With recommended refreshment stops at top-rated pubs/cafes/bars that you can choose to indulge and refresh along the way. There are four stops on this route, all optional;
- One third; No-frills cosy local pub emphasising cask beers and single malts, with pie snacks. Or French cafe with classic dishes, espresso & an array of artisanal desserts.
- Half way; Cosy pub, dating from 1690, with a low, wood-beamed ceiling and an all-day Scottish/European menu. Or cafe with house-made scones, organic tea & other local specialities served in quaint, historic quarters.
- Two thirds; Explore an interesting graveyard or take a break in the namesake pub, a historic local serving cask ales and pub fare. Cafes nearby.
- Finish location; Traditional pub, a spacious local serving up cask ales and an extensive menu featuring speciality burgers.

Monthly challenges are available for teams to submit pictures/videos of their experience to win cash prizes each month. Links sent in the welcome message and information available on our website.

Plan your day


There are no start time restrictions, start whenever!

2.5 - 3.5 hours across 4.0 km / 2.5 miles

Start Location

The Iron Duke, Princes St, Edinburgh

End Location

High St / St Mary's St.

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The Mad Hatters

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Our 3rd scavenger hunt and as previously, did not dissapoint. Interesting points of inter…

Trish & Steve

Loved it. Made a few mistakes but loved seeing g so much of the city.

Missy & Bentley

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Kelly and Nicky dream team

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The Two of us

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