The Pirate’s Riddle

An adventure to find Captain Kidd’s hidden treasure.

A mystery friend from the past has left you a letter. He claims to have found the long lost treasure of Scottish pirate William Kidd and is willing to share his findings with whoever solves his riddle. Could you and your team be the ones to solve it?

Gather your team and get to the shores of Calton Island. You will be given a treasure map and a pirate kit. Along with your team you will have to solve the Pirate’s Riddle to get access to the treasure chest and then find the key to open it. This game is full of puzzles, surprises and tidbits on pirate Kidd, his legacy and some of the prominent sea men connected to the area.

Game mechanics

You will be given a backpack with all you need inside. It takes place fully outdoors and you will only need your phone to check your answers or ask for help. 

This game is played in private groups so there will be a time gap between you and the next and previous groups. You must be on time. Great for friends, colleagues, families with older kids… and anyone in scavenger hunting!


Foot of the stairs to Calton Hill on Regent Road


4 out of 5 (challenging)


Calton Hill and beyond


2-3 hours approx

Number of Players

up to 7, best with 4-5

Total walking distance

2 miles 3.2 km (hills!)

With no doubt,
the best treasure hunt
in Edinburgh

Robert Louis Stevenson

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From 8-22 pounds per person depending on group size

August 2022
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It’s essential that at least one team member brings a charged phone with internet access. We prefer being in touch through whatsapp but we can send text messages if you have a UK number. The rest will be provided by us. We recommend bringing comfortable shoes and a snack.

It does finish very near where it starts. 

This game is on the challenging side. Parents know best but we generally think this is good for kids 12+ as long as they have adults in the team willing to help. That being said, every child is different and we have had the occasional 10 year old that has done really well.

The game master will be around or else will give you a drop off location nearby. By joining the game you are agreeing to take care of the kit and return it in the end.

If you feel like you might be late let us know immediately. It’s important to be on time and to be ready to start at the scheduled time. If you are late you may lose your booking.

The challenge is around three hours. To be a successful treasure hunter you must complete the challenge in less than 3 hours.. 

If you cancel up to 72h before, you will get a full refund. You can also reschedule for another day at no cost. If you cancel with less than 12h or if you arrive late, you will lose the booking. 

It can get cancelled in case of force majeure or extreme weather. It won’t be cancelled over rain. But it can get cancelled  if the weather is expected to be so bad that there’s a weather warning for Edinburgh on the BBC weather website. In this case you would receive a full refund.

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