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.


Types of Tours

Types of Tours


Human Museum: Free Tour of the West End 

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Aberdeen City Centre Free Walking Tour

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Great Scot: Free Walking Tour of Old Aberdeen

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Our West End tour takes place every Friday at 11am.

Truth is stranger than fiction on this tour! You'll find out about some of the city's most interesting citizens while exploring the stately West End of Aberdeen.

Tours last two hours and covers 3 miles in total, including some steeper elevation. The tour starts at Queen's Cross, on the same side of the road as Queen's Cross Church. 

Our city centre tour runs every Thursday at 2pm, Friday at 2pm and Saturday at 11am and 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. Please note - the 11am Saturday lasts an hour and a half. The 2pm tour on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays lasts 2 and a half hours.




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 Human Museum, City Centre and Great Scot tours are all 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 till the end of september


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. 



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.

Our West End Tour on Fridays is just under 3 miles and involves some steeper inclines. It is not recommended for those with mobility difficulties.

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


Meeting Points

Meeting Points


City centre and crime pays meeting point (Saturday Tours)

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

1 minute

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


west end meeting point (Friday Tours)

At Queen's Cross, the junction between Albyn Place and Carden Place, AB10 1YN


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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