We are immensely proud of the Dumfries Ghost Walk and aim to make it a spellbindingly memorable experience for all our valued guests. Revealing Dumfries’ hidden history and hauntings is a great pleasure; watching expressions, reactions, looks of surprise, empathy, horror… Since the tour’s first outing in October 2010, we’ve actively encouraged participants to express their views and tell us what it means to them. Everyone’s experience is unique but there are common themes; many are surprised at the level of historical research involved, some delight in discovering murky closes they never knew existed, others marvel at how we manage to remember our spiels! One theme which jumps out is that the tour excites; bringing learning to life through stimulating subject matter. The ghost walk is emotionally charged – laced with laughter and tears – an impassioned reawakening of Dumfries’ long dramatic past!
“A scarily entertaining insight into Dumfries’ dark past and it’s spooky secrets!” Rod Edgar, Dumfries Courier
“Feel like I was transported back to darkest Dumfries!” Julie Hutchinson, Graphic Designer
“We found the Ghost Walk on Friday night most entertaining and the facts passed on to us by all of your team were quite fascinating. The recall and presentation of these facts, dates and the humour added to these quite horrific events really made the evening enjoyable” Jackie de Ternant
“Factual, informative and entertaining – the perfect way to educate our pupils about their local history and the art of storytelling. Thanks!” Bryony Ladd, Dumfries High School
“Your outfits were amazing!” Macy, Primary School Pupil, Dumfries
“Intriguing, informative, great fun and very good value for money. Highly recommended!” Helen Cronie, Dumfries & Galloway College
“The group really enjoyed the walk and I would like to pass on their appreciation of your most enjoyable production. It was of a very high standard, up there with anything you might see in the city.” Liz Morrison, Ruthwell and Clarencefield Social Group
“A deliciously dark walk through Dumfries’ grisly past”, Vicky Murray, Broadcast Journalist, West Sound FM
“I thought I”d just get in touch to let you know how much I enjoyed the Halloween Ghost Walk around Dumfries last night. Your group”s obvious enthusiasm for the subject matter and the flair for story telling made for a fantastic insight into the town.” Cameron Phillips, Writer
“‘I think taking us to the places, where the stories happened, made it really exciting and fascinating.’ – Shanley, Primary School Pupil, Dumfries
“It is great to see a new product such as the Dumfries Ghost Walk being delivered in the town, which is in much need of both local and tourism development. Thank you to organisers who have worked so hard to research, learn and present the most unique and genuinely interesting material on characters who once lived in historic Dumfries and I wish them all the best for the future.” Sharon Makepeace, Visit Scotland
“I enjoyed the talk at the Midsteeple, about life in Dumfries hundreds of years ago. It helped set the scene”. Matthew, Primary School Pupil, Dumfries
“What a great way to learn and discover new things about the history of Dumfries which was presented expertly by our guides who were both knowledgeable and entertaining.” Angela McIntyre, Swan Hotel
“Educational, Exciting, Entertaining and Eerie, a really fantastic way for everyone of all ages to find out the darker history of the streets of Dumfries. Once you have been on this walk, the town will never feel quite the same again, plus you will be telling everyone you walk around the street afterwards the stories and facts you have learned from the fantastic Mostly Ghostly team! Robin Baird, founder of DGWGO
“The presentations were so informative. I learnt so much about Dumfries I had never known before and about the diverse history of the place. It was easy to tell that everyone had put a lot of work into making the evening enjoyable and creating the right atmosphere so we all felt part of the Mostly Ghostly team” Stewart Penman
These are just some of the many comments we’ve received and will be adding more in future. We hope some of our enthusiasm for Dumfries, it’s ghastly past and ghostly inhabitants rubs off on you and that above all, you feel welcome. We thank all those who have supported our venture in rain, shine, sub-zero temperatures, howling wind and balmy summer breezes. We appreciate your comments, questions, interactions, the fact many of you stay behind and chat afterwards, even on the coldest of nights. We love to hear what your favourite stories are and why, your ideas and constructive feedback, personal anecdotes of Dumfries (some of which have ended up on the tour!) and on those unpredictable and exciting occasions, your tour-based haunting happenings! And for those yet to discover the dark side of Dumfries, we look forward to sharing it with you!
Dumfries Ghost Walk runs every Wednesday in July and August with tours scheduled throughout the year. You can also make a private booking. For all tour info, please contact us through our website or by phoning 07791 047835 or 07912 145865. You can also follow us on Twitter.
Photo courtesy of Allan Devlin at South West Images Scotland