Aberdeen audio tour: Dark Aberdeen: Piracy, Slavery and Insurrection

Dark Aberdeen: Piracy, Slavery and Insurrection

Walking Tour

45 mins

About the Tour

Take a walk through the dark side of Aberdeen's history on this trip back through the centuries where we'll discover the murkier corners of Aberdeen's past. Starting at the old market centre of town, the Mercat Cross, we journey towards the harbour to find out about Aberdeen's maritime associations and how it was once the powerhouse port of Scotland. Learn about the city's connection with the oil industry, have a look at some of its oldest buildings and hear tales of slavery, piracy and the seedier characters of Aberdeen's colourful and often troublesome past. Hit the cobblestones with me and let's unearth some of the stories hidden in the granite city.

Tour Producer


Bryan Atchison

Our family is international. We have had a number of trips in various countries wondering what we were looking at. I'm informed that my knowledge about Scotland enriches our visitor's experience here. I'd like to share some of that knowledge with a wider audience to help others enjoy the culture and history of our fascinating country.

Major Landmarks

  • Aberdeen Maritime Museum

Directions to Starting Point

Starting at the Mercat Cross at the Eastern end of Union Street, a short walk from the Visit Scotland centre.

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Places to stop along the way

Aberdeen Maritime Museum, The Green, Provost Skene's House, The Prince of Wales pub

Best time of day

Best time of day is through the day when there is plenty of daylight.


The area is safe but always be street smart.


Great introduction to Aberdeen, together with the Union street tour by the same author they offer a perfect length. Could be cheaper. 4.99 seems like a fair price for both not just one.

Posted by Anonymous Explorer , 4 months ago

We are local Aberdonians and thought it would be fun to do a wee tour of the city. Great stories and a lovely tour around some of the nicest parts of the city!! 👌🏻

Posted by Adam , about 2 years ago

I was brought up in Aberdeen so I know the place a bit but this tour was very interesting. I certainly didn’t know about the white slave trade! I would recommend this inexpensive tour even to an Aberdonian!

Posted by Judith B , about 2 years ago

Hi there. I’m pleased you enjoyed the tour. Aberdeen is filled with these amazing stories. Thank you for your comments.

Posted by Bryan , about 2 years ago
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Dark Aberdeen: Piracy, Slavery and Insurrection