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Marischal College


Self-guided walks for the Curious...

Explore Aberdeen city centre with two self-guided heritage walks with a treasure hunt theme. Discover Aberdeen's "hidden treasures" whilst having a fun day out with family and friends!
Aberdeen, described by The Scotsman as one of the most architecturally distinctive cities in Europe, is a cosmopolitan and well-connected city. Sitting pretty between the Rivers Don and Dee, Aberdeen is famous for its imposing and majestic granite buildings, where towering ships dock right up against the city-centre streets. Add to this haunted houses, green open spaces, ancient churches and cathedrals, magnificent museums and glorious galleries, and you’ll arrive at the ingredients for a city you’ll just love to explore!


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Curious About... Aberdeen

  • An exploration of Aberdeen's city centre with two self-guided heritage walks with an optional treasure hunt. Completing the treasure hunt keeps everyone actively engaged, and urges you to look up, down and every which-way - so you won't miss out on any of the city's treasures.
    Explore, Discover, and Enjoy!
  • Most clues are chosen for their historical value, so you'll learn about the diverse culture, significant people and extraordinary events which have influenced Aberdeen in becoming what it is today.
  • This is an outdoor, unsupervised activity - so you can go at a pace which suits you, whilst keeping you healthy!
  • A Curious About walk is a fun and social activity for all the family and friends. Different people can take on different roles - follow the map, identify picture clues, read directions, etc - it's ideal for children from the age of 6, and if you can walk/wheelchair it, you're young enough!
  • The two walks have been designed so that the second one follows on from where the first one ends. Do both, or have a breather and do the second one another day! They both start and finish in the heart of the city - so buses, trains and car parks are easily available to get you there and back.

1.  Marischal College to The Kirk of St Nicholas Uniting - 1.5 miles / 2.4 kms
Starting outside Marischal College, one of the world’s largest and most splendid granite buildings, this walk winds its way past amazing architecture, a haunted museum, an episcopal cathedral, an ancient market cross, and a bustling harbour. Onward through the Merchant Quarter, past a marvellous maritime museum, round the vibrant Marischal Square before ending at the Kirk of St Nicholas Uniting, paradise in the centre of Aberdeen city.
1.5 hoursNot Suitable

2.  The Kirk of St Nicholas Uniting Circular - 1 mile / 1.6 kms
See more of mystical Aberdeen, from the Kirk of St Nicholas past the ancient College of Robert Gordon, down streets with quirky shops, and past the site of Carmelite Friars. Pass through a tunnel before opening out onto St Nicholas Square with its variety of shops. Finally, climb upwards to a fabulous roof garden, before finishing your journey back at the Kirk and its lovely, peaceful churchyard.
1 hourOK

Each booklet has a page dedicated to the history of the town or city and 2 pages summarising each walk with suggestions on what to visit along the way. Walk 1 has 21 clues & walk 2 has 14 - both with detailed directions to follow. There are interesting stories about important people, places & events along the way; detailed instructions on how to find a clue if you're stuck; and a comprehensive map with the routes marked on.
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You have 14 days to complete your download, and up to 3 attempts are permitted. If you buy the print-at-home version you will need to print it on normal A4 paper and the email you receive, with the download link, explains how best to fold the pages to make it into an A5 booklet. If you buy the download to mobile version you will need pdf reading software on your phone or tablet, eg using the Adobe Acrobat App (free).

Printed Copy
The booklet has a flexible cover, which has been professionally printed. The inside pages are printed to order, to ensure that they are as up-to-date as possible. We post booklets out 1st class Royal Mail, usually the same, or next working day. A small postage & packing charge is added.

"Excellent product by the way, really informative and ideal for orientation when visiting a place for the first time."

"I just wanted to tell you how much we enjoyed the walk around Aberdeen; we learnt a lot and saw things we would not otherwise have seen. Thank you."

Latest Revision : May 2023