Take in the dark side of Dalkeith

Tour guide and historian Rae McGhee
Tour guide and historian Rae McGhee

Have you ever wanted to find out more about the dark and deadly deeds that have taken place in Dalkeith over the centuries?

Or maybe you are keen to learn more about witch burnings, hangings and grave robbing?

If so, a terrifying guided tour of the town, taking in the murky history of Midlothian’s ancient county town, is not to be missed.

Organised by Melville Housing Association as part of the project to renovate and restore the Dalkeith Corn Exchange, the tour takes place next Wednesday (May 27).

It will be led by local tour guide and historian Rae McGhee and Norman Brett, a member of Dalkeith History Society.

Your journey into the past will start at 7pm outside the historic Tollbooth, the old court house and jail. The walk, which will take about an hour, will then take in a number of historic buildings and places with their own tales to tell. It will finish in the ancient hostelry, the Harrow hotel, for more stories about the past.

“Dalkeith is an ancient town with an unique history,” said Melville Heritage Officer Rod Lugg. “And the restoration of the Corn Exchange is giving us an opportunity to share some of its fascinating tales with local people. Numbers on the tour are limited, so if you’re interested in coming along please let us know as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. One cautionary note though. If you are easily frightened, or if you have a sensitive disposition you may wish to bring a friend!”

To reserve your free place on the tour, contact either Rod Lugg (0131 654 4213, rlugg@melville.org.uk) or Fiona Maher (0131 654 4212, fmaher@melville.org.uk).