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The Dark Side of Aberdeen: A Self-guided Audio Walk


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Explore the murkier corners of Aberdeen at your own pace with this highly acclaimed self guided audio walking tour of Aberdeen.  Beginning from the Mercat Cross, you'll weave your way through hundreds of years of history while discovering the stories of piracy, slavery, and insurrection that the city hides in plain sight.  Hear about "Indian Pete" and his efforts to banish child slavery.  The tour is ready whenever you feel like taking a stroll. It plays audio automatically at exactly the right time and place using your smart phone's GPS and the VoiceMap mobile app, which also works offline. It does not need a network connection to work. If you've got an hour and want to see some of the grisly and gloomy corners that Aberdeen has to offer – this is the tour for you!  

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Stop At: Marischal College Broad Street, Aberdeen AB10 1YS Scotland

The tour takes you on a wandering walk beginning at the Mercat Cross, near the Tourist Office, and ending with a dramatic view of the city's crown jewel - Marischall College. Start the tour in the app, put your phone in your pocket, and let your guide direct you through the streets. The total walking distance is approximately 1.5km and takes about an hour without stopping, but you can pause anytime! Most people will opt to stop for a coffee or ice-cream snack or for photography opportunities along the way. The narration is crisply mastered by a professional audio engineering staff, and the tour creates an engaging experience that is suitable for all ages that can wear ear buds.

Key landmarks include:
• Mercat Cross (Market Cross)
• Aberdeen Harbour
• Aberdeen Maritime Museum and Provost Ross House
• Marischal Square and Marischal College
• Provost Skene's House

The exact route can be seen upon downloading or viewing the tour. Audio from the tour can also be previewed at this site.

Duration: 40 minutes

Pass By: Aberdeen Maritime Museum, 52-56 Shiprow Provost Ross House, Aberdeen AB11 5BY Scotland

The Aberdeen Maritime Museum charts the close relationship between Aberdeen, its harbour and the sea. Inside there are fascinating exhibits from the fishing, ship building and oil industries.

Pass By: Provost Ross House, Shiprow, Aberdeen Scotland

Provost Ross' House was built in 1593 and is the second oldest building in Aberdeen. Provost John Ross was the Mayor of Aberdeen from 1710 to 1712. Ross made his money as a ship owner. You can see the harbour from the windows of his house.

Pass By: The Green, Below Union Street, Aberdeen Scotland

The Green was once a flourishing market area and is still used as such on Fridays. It’s now surrounded by bars, restaurants and small businesses.

Pass By: Provost Skene's House, Provost Skene House 5 Guestrow, Aberdeen AB10 1AS Scotland

Sir George Skene was Provost of the city from 1676 for 9 years and is most notable for his old house. The rooms are furnished in the styles of the 17th, 18th and early 19th centuries. Inside there are collections of coins and local history.

Pass By: Marischal Square, Broad Street, Aberdeen AB10 1AB Scotland

Marischal Square is a £107 million pound development that blends the old with the new. It houses a hotel, shops and offices right in the heart of Aberdeen. You'll find the famous Mackie's ice cream parlour here.

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers
  • Lifetime access to 'Dark Aberdeen: Piracy, Slavery and Insurrection' tour
  • VoiceMap Application
  • Offline access to audio, maps, and geodata

  • Smartphone
  • Transportation
  • Food/drinks
  • Tickets or entrance fees to any museums or other attractions en route
  • Entry/Admission - Marischal College

Departure Point
Mercat Cross, Castle St, Aberdeen AB11 5HP, UK

Departure Time
Suppliers and travelers coordinate start times within the given time periods. 1/1/2021 - 7/11/2023
Monday - Sunday:12:00 AM - 11:59 PM

30 to 40 minutes

Return Details
Marischal Square, Upperkirkgate, Aberdeen AB10 1BA, UK

Voucher Info
You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

The tour identified in this promotion is made available through Viator. Groupon is not affiliated with or sponsored by the VoiceMap in connection with this deal. Please contact Groupon customer service for all inquiries related to this offer. Inquiries placed to Viator will be directed back to Groupon.

This offer is not eligible for promo codes.

Fine Print

14-day cancellation rights do not apply; no refunds or exchanges permitted. Voucher valid only for date and time listed; may not be exchanged or redeemed for other dates. Purchaser name and phone number must be provided at checkout; this information will be shared with Viator and the tour operator for purposes of order fulfillment. Groupon promo codes may not be used for this offer. Groupon voucher Terms of Sale do not apply. See the tour operator's terms and conditions for this offer here. Offer is not eligible for our promo codes or other discounts.