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ABERDEEN


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ABERDEEN


Sure, we all know about the oil and the granite and the weather. But there is more to this city than that. There are stories that you will never have heard. Stories about death, pirates, war, wizards, infra-red telescopes and Lord Byron. And more death.

Those are the stories we want to share with you.

Welcome to Aberdeen.

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Types of Tours


Types of Tours


Aberdeen City Centre Free Walking Tour

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Great Scot: Free Walking Tour of Old Aberdeen

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Our city centre tour takes place every Saturday at 11am and every sunday at 12 noon till the end of may. From June it will run every Saturday at 11am. 

See the highlights of Aberdeen's city centre while learning about the city's history and colourful characters, from pirates to Lord Byron, in this one and a half hour walking tour.

The tour lasts an hour and a half and starts at the Mercat Cross in the Castlegate. Tours are funded entirely by voluntary donations.

 

Reserve your place now.

IN JUNE WE LAUNCH GREAT SCOT:  A FREE WALKING TOUR OF OLD ABERDEEN. IT WILL RUN EVERY SUNDAY AT 12 NOON. Check calendar below for dates.

A nooks and crannies tour of one of the most beautiful parts of Aberdeen. Come hear stories of some Aberdonians who have had an impact on our world of today - even if you have never heard of them.


The tour lasts an hour and a half and starts outside the Townhouse on the High Street in Old Aberdeen. Tours are funded entirely by donations.

Guarantee your place on the tour by reserving a space now.

With pride: free lgbt+ history tour of aberdeen runs on the 27th may at 2pm.

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To coincide with Grampian Pride, we are running a one-off tour delving into Aberdeen's LGBT+ history. In this tour we cover everything from Byron to Bessie Craigmyle, Boston marriages to the AIDs crisis. We will be exploring some of the most interesting LGBT+ people to come from Grampian, as well as investigating how Aberdeen fitted into the wider context of LGBT+ rights in Scotland and the UK.

Tour starts at the Mercat Cross, Castlegate. The tour is free. We will be taking donations for Grampian Pride.

Guarantee your place on the tour by reserving a space now.

Crime Pays Tour: Dark history in Aberdeen restarts in june

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As night falls, it is time to explore the darkest side of Aberdeen's history. From kidnapping and witchcraft to adultery and murder, we explore stories of crime and punishment from the last 500 years. 

Over an hour and 45 minutes, your costumed guide will bring to life tales from the most sordid chapter of Aberdeen's past. And, by the end, you will truly be able to say whether crime pays. 

Tickets cost £8. Not suitable for those under 15. 

ADVANCE BOOKING NECESSARY. BOOK YOUR PLACE HERE.

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Frequently Asked Questions


Frequently Asked Questions


Do I have to pay to go on the free tours?

No, you do not have to pay. However the guide will invite voluntary donations at the end of the tour. We leave it up to you to decide what the tour was worth.

Is there a lot of walking involved?

The route is a little over a mile which includes a couple of slightly steeper pavements and some steps. However, there are lots of stops and the guide will always go at the pace of the group and adapt to your ability.

Will the tour be cancelled if it is raining?

Short of Hurricane Bawbags, the show (or the tour) will go on.

Are the tours suitable for children?

There is nothing unsuitable for children on our free tours. However you know your child best and will know whether they are likely to be interested in an hour and a half history tour.

We do not advise that anyone under the age of 15 attends our Crime Pays Tour.

I can't make the times of your public tours. Do you offer private tours?

We are happy to arrange private tours and can adapt our regular tours to suit your needs and interests. Just fill out our enquiry form or drop us an email on scotfreetoursaberdeen@gmail.com to find out how we can make your 'Outlander'-themed hen party horror tour extravaganza happen.

I want to arrange a tour in a language other than English. Can you do that?

We are happy to work alongside interpreters for private tours. If you want an English to German interpreter we are able to arrange that. For other languages we can work alongside an interpreter you provide. If you have any questions about this, email us on scotfreetoursaberdeen@gmail.com

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Meeting Point


Meeting Point


 

 

All tours (apart from our Old Aberdeen and West End tour) start from the Mercat Cross in the Castlegate, near Castle Street, at the east end of Union Street

1 minute

From the Tourist Information Office

10 minutes 

From the train station and Union Square

 

Old Aberdeen Meeting Point

Outside the King's Museum on the High Street, AB24 3EN

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About Your Guide


About Your Guide


Lia Sanders

Company founder and guide

I have more than four years experience of guiding, starting off doing ghost tours for Mercat Tours in Edinburgh. Since then I have guided in castles and museums, talking about everything from 18th century sex clubs to presidential desks.

My guiding style is irreverent and I like to focus on the stories of individuals - preferably the funny, gruesome or unexpected bits.

By launching these tours I hope to share these sorts of stories with you. Tales that you may never have heard before, even if you have lived in Aberdeen your entire life.

The donations-based tour model has become popular across the world and I am delighted to be the one to bring it to Aberdeen.

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Other Tours


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