Free walks and trails in Aberdeen

We have produced a series of free trail guides to help you explore the beautiful and historic city of Aberdeen. Follow the maps to discover historical and natural gems around the city and you can also cycle on many of the trails. 

You can read more about each trail and download the maps below.


Best of Aberdeen trail

Follow this trail to explore highlights, secrets, and hidden gems of the city.

The 12 Days of Christmas Trail

Twelve sculptures will be placed across the city centre with a new interactive surprise – can you solve all the Christmas challenges to earn your Christmas reward? Find out more at Christmas Challenge QR Sculpture Trail | Aberdeen City Council and download the trail map.




Union Terrace Gardens

Find out the highlights and secrets in this fairly compact trail around the beautiful Union Terrace Gardens in the heart of the city centre.

Duthie Park trail

Duthie Park is one of the jewels in the crown of the city with popular year-round attractions for people of all ages - discover its features and history.

Hazlehead Park trail

Hazlehead Park is one of the oldest and most historical properties in Aberdeen as it was originally part of the Freedom Lands which were gifted to the city by King Robert the Bruce. It became a country estate before being bought back by the city as a public park, and now has many attractions.

Seaton Park trail

This popular park nestles between Old Aberdeen and the River Don and is a mixture of formal gardens, play areas (including an old railway engine), and wildlife. 



Cinemas Old and New

This city centre trail features cinemas past and present, plus a few surprises.

Aberdeen History trail

Follow this trail to discover the city through its historical times.

Aberdeen Jacobite trail

Aberdeen played a part in the history of the Jacobites in Scotland, before and after the Battle of Culloden.

Bloody Aberdeen trail

Discover the darker history of the city in the Bloody Aberdeen trail.

Aberdeen coastal trail

Follow this trail to explore Aberdeen's enduring relationship with the sea. Includes more than 20 new entries and highlighting Cove Bay 

People and places trail

Explore the plaques put up to commemorate the people and places which have shaped the city.

Sculpture and curios trail

Aberdeen has a diverse range of public sculptures, from traditional to contemporary.

Boundary stones trail

Aberdeen's historic boundary is marked by a series of stones and you can still follow their path.

Aberdeen granite trail

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

The Scottish Samurai trail

Discover the story of Thomas Blake Glover, who was instrumental in setting up the Mitsubishi company in Japan and was known as the Scottish Samurai.

Maritime heritage trail

This trail around the harbour area explore Aberdeen's maritime connections and history, from fishing to oil & gas.




Aberdeen The Green trail

Follow this trail to explore the heritage of The Green area in the city centre, filled with history.

Bridge of Don trail

This community started as a small settlement at what was once the River Don’s sole fixed crossing point, became country estates, and is now the city's largest suburb. There are plenty of artefacts and buildings around showing the history of this area.

Donside Heritage trail

Follow this trail to explore the nature and history of the lower don.

Rosemount Local Area trail

Follow this trail to explore Aberdeen's Rosemount.

Old Aberdeen trail

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

Woodside Trails 

Historic areas which in 1891 joined Old and New Aberdeen to form today's city 

Lower Deeside Trail 

Follow the old roads, railway and river through the villages of Aberdeen's Royal Deeside 

Aberdeen Denburn Trail 

Explore the course of the small stream that shaped a city 

Torry Trail 

Find out about the history and varied landscape of this historic part of Aberdeen



Hill walks

Brimmond hill

Leisurely hillwalking within the city boundaries

Kingswells and the Four Hills 

Leisurely hillwalking within the city boundaries 

Kincorth and Tullos Hills 

Leisurely hillwalking within the city boundaries 

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