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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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how the tours work


how the tours work


Our flagship history tour takes place every Saturday at 11am and every sunday at 12 noon till the end of DECemBER.

we are also running our tour on monday 1st of january at 12 noon. 

Learn about Aberdeen's history and colourful characters, from pirates to Lord Byron, in this one and a half hour walking tour.

It is funded entirely on voluntary donations. Your guide pays a set amount back to SFT per person in the group and keeps the rest of the donations.

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Frequently Asked Questions


Frequently Asked Questions


Do I have to pay to go on the tour?

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, let's put it that way. However you know your child best and will know whether they are likely to be interested in an hour and a half history 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 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

I love guts and gore. Do you do darker history tours?

For private bookings we can offer our Crime Pays tour which focuses on the darker side of Aberdeen's past, particularly crime and punishment in the last five hundred years. This can also be combined with our flagship tour to create a custom-made tour tailored especially to your interests.

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Meeting Point


Meeting Point


 

 

All tours 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

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About Your Guide


About Your Guide


Lia Sanders

Company founder and guide

I have more than three 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.

 

Guoda Klepsyte

Tour Guide

I love telling stories that people have not heard before. Before coming to Scotland, I sometimes made tours for my friends to learn about new places. I am not a local, but I am fascinated by Scotland’s culture and history. Ever since I arrived in Aberdeen, I thought of it as my home, so I am happy and proud to be able to show people the Granite City. 


My tour consists of some intriguing and sometimes even scandalous stories with a few ghosts thrown in for the fun of it. Through it I hope to teach people about the haunted and lesser known sides of Aberdeen.  

Other links


Other links


Stroll Through Time

Edinburgh Walking Tours