Aberdeen audio tour: Explore Union Street

About the Tour

Take a walk down the acclaimed "Finest Street in the Empire". This walk along Aberdeen's Union street is filled with historical, architectural and local knowledge gems hitting the highlights from over 200 years of history. Aberdeen has long been known as the Granite City. On this walk, we'll discover how and why this city has been literally shaped by its relationship to granite. We'll take in some of the finest examples of granite architecture and local tales while we 'walk the Mat'.

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

  • Marischal College

  • Aberdeen Music Hall

Directions to Starting Point

Far West end of Union Street at the junction of Holburn street. There is an imposing red granite church across the road.

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Places to stop along the way

There are a number of coffee shops and restaurants along the route. The Museums include: Marischal and Toolbooth. Nearby: Aberdeen Art Gallery and Aberdeen Maritime Museum.

Best time of day

Any time of day is suitable although avoiding rush hours at the beginning and end of the day may be more leisurely. If you end your journey at sunset you will get a nice view of Union street from the Mercat Cross. On a full moon you may hear the hooves of the unicorn at Mercat Cross too !


Union Street is a safe street, so no special precautions are required.


Enjoyed following the tour, really interesting and informative.

Posted by Anonymous Explorer , over 2 years ago

Thanks for taking the time to make this informative guide to the city. Glad it's not all about the shopping! Now know a few places I'd like to go back to later :)

Posted by Anonymous Explorer , about 3 years ago
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