Heritage Trails


Explore the beautiful and historic city of Aberdeen with our self-guided trails.

Heritage trail leaflets have been developed in Aberdeen for a number of years now and cover a wide range of places, themes and ideas of interest to tourists and locals alike. Each trail contains a suggested walking route (or routes in some cases) for you to enjoy.

Use the maps to discover historical and natural gems around the city. You can also cycle many of the routes.


Aberdeen Granite
Follow this trail to find out more about the heritage of the Granite City.

Battle of Harlaw
Explore the  power struggle between Donald, Lord of the Isles and the Earl of Mar of the Stewart family. The resulting 1411 battle was claimed by both sides as a victory.

Boundary Stones
Follow this trail to explore Aberdeen's historic boundary, which is marked by a series of stones.


Bridge of Don
A guide to trails around North Aberdeen, including Scotstown Moor and Donmouth Local Nature Reserves.

Hazlehead and Countesswells
Explore paths through Aberdeen's historic park and woodlands and the natural beauty on our doorstep.

Heritage Tree
Discover the 'green monuments' that adorn our urban landscape.


Hill Walks
Download the maps below to explore walking routes on Aberdeen's hills.



Aberdeen played an important part in the rebellions of 1715 and 1745. Discover city locations associated with the Jacobites who helped define a sense of 'Scottishness'.

Maritime Heritage
Follow this trail around the harbour area to explore Aberdeen's maritime connections.

Old Aberdeen
Follow this trail to explore the hidden gems of historic old Aberdeen.

People and Places
Follow this trail to explore a series of plaques put up to commemorate the people and places that have shaped the city.

Sculpture and Curios
Follow this trail to explore Aberdeen's diverse range of sculptures, from traditional to contemporary.

The Green
Discover one of the oldest and most intriguing quarters of Aberdeen.

Thomas Blake Glover
Discover the story of the 'Scottish Samurai', Glover's links with Japan and some of the places associated with him.

Torry Churches
A guide to 11 present and past Christian places of worship. 

Torry Coastal
A guide to Torry's associations with the sea and Aberdeen's experiences during the Second World War.

Torry Industrial and Maritime
From fishing to granite works, iron foundries, timber yards and services for the oil industry, discover Torry's industries.

Torry Urban
An introduction to the busy community of Torry, amalgamated into Aberdeen  in 1891, but still retainining an independent feel.


Tullos Hill
Explore the natural history and archaelogy of the lowest coastal fringe of the Grampian mountains.