Aberdeen audio tour: Witches, Kidnapping and Mary Queen of Scots: 500 Years of Crime and Punishment

Witches, Kidnapping and Mary Queen of Scots: 500 Years of Crime and Punishment

Walking Tour

45 mins

About the Tour

From bodysnatching and beheadings to witchcraft and whippings, we share real life stories of crime and punishment from the last 500 years.

Along the way you’ll see major Aberdeen landmarks, from Marischal College to the Mercat Cross, and learn how they were witness to some of the most shocking moments in the city’s past. In this audio guide we’ll bring to life tales from the darkest chapters in Aberdeen’s history, shedding a light on the baffling and often unjust laws of the last five centuries – and revealing that past is not as far away as we think.

Tour Producer


Scot Free Tours

Scot Free Tours was started in 2016 by born and bred Aberdonian Lia Sanders. Since then we have expanded across the North-east of Scotland and have started making audio tours. The idea is to give you the freedom to explore at a time that suits you - while still getting our 'take' on a place, with all the funny, gruesome or unexpected details that involves.

We'd love to hear what you think of the tour so get in touch via Facebook or our website.

Major Landmarks

  • Castlegate Mercat Cross

  • Salvation Army Citadel Aberdeen

  • Marischal College

  • Kirk of St Nicholas

Directions to Starting Point

Start outside the Tolbooth Museum on Union Street. It is 8 minutes' walk from Union Square, which is next to both the bus and train stations.

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Places to stop along the way

Attractions: The Tolbooth Museum, Maritime Museum

Food and drink: There are plenty of eateries along Correction Wynd and The Green (which you reach at around the ¾ mark). I would particularly recommend Café 52 and their fried parsnip chips.

Best time of day

The tour is best started before 4pm so that St Nicholas Graveyard is still open when you get to it. If you want to visit the Tolbooth Museum at the start of the tour, it shuts at 5pm Monday to Saturday and at 3pm on Sundays. The Maritime Museum, which you can visit near the end of the tour, has the same opening hours.


Every effort has been made to make sure that this tour is as safe as possible. Aberdeen is regularly ranked as one of the safest cities in Scotland and the UK. Having said that, be careful with your valuables and if you feel uncomfortable in a situation, get out. Please also use all designated crossing points and take every care while crossing the road or walking on uneven surfaces.


Really impressed by how easy it is to follow the directions. Great narration and good easy walk through the city. Really enjoyed and definitely recommend if you’re not sure how to see Aberdeen.

Posted by Anonymous Explorer , 15 days ago

Difficulty following the directions to follow the route at times

Posted by Anonymous Explorer , 4 months ago

Absolutely amazing. Speechless

Posted by Anonymous Explorer , 11 months ago
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Witches, Kidnapping and Mary Queen of Scots: 500 Years of Crime and Punishment