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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, prison escapes, wizards, affairs, infra-red telescopes, gardeners 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


Friday and Saturdays

Aberdeen City Centre Free Walking Tour

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Sundays

Great Scot: Free Walking Tour of Old Aberdeen

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Our city centre tour runs every Friday and saturday at 2pm.

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 starts at the Mercat Cross in the Castlegate and lasts 2 and a half hours.

 

 

Our OLD ABERDEEN tour RUNs AT 12 NOON on the 4th, 11th & 25th of November.

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. 

Our City Centre and Great Scot tours are free. They are funded entirely through donations.

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

Crime Pays Tour: Dark history in Aberdeen extended Through October till Halloween

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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. Tour runs on Wednesday 31st of October at 7.15pm.

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?

Most of our tours are a little over a mile and include a couple of slightly steeper pavements. However, there are lots of stops and the guide will always go at the pace of the group and adapt to your ability. Please let the guide know if you have difficulties with steps, distances etc.

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 Points


Meeting Points


 

City centre and crime pays meeting point (Friday And Saturday Tours)

Start from the Mercat Cross in the Castlegate, near Castle Street, at the east end of Union Street, AB11 5BG.

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From the Tourist Information Office.

10 minutes 

From the train station and Union Square.

 

Old Aberdeen Meeting Point (Sunday tours)

Outside the King's Museum (Old Townhouse) 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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