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Gallowgate: Aberdeen’s Borderlands (The North)

July 31 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm BST

N.B. Turning this tour on its head! Meet outside MARISCHAL COLLEGE NOT NESCOL THIS TIME! Don’t get lost!

From its launch last year, the first in a series of four, covering “Aberdeen’s Borderlands”. The Gallowgate represented the way to the city’s Northern border, Mounthooly, as Aberdon was a separate burgh until 1891.

From its earliest origins as the first site of civic executions to the home of the city’s earliest thread mill, Porthill, the Gallowgate has changed rapidly through time. An industrial area from earliest medieval times with the home of the Tannery near Broadgate, and later Soapy Ogston’s; site of the Quakers’ burying ground, often dug up by an less than supportive council; the home of “Mar’s Castle”, a curious building latterly used for the medical students to hold their earliest meetings of the Medico-Chirurgical Society; and the site of the famous Middle School, the first to have a swimming pool in the city. Gallowgate hides many secrets, we will attempt to reveal some on this tour.

MEET: Outside Marischal College, Broad St
STARTS: 7.30pm
DURATION: approx 2hrs
TICKETS: book online or at Visit Scotland’s iCentre, Shiprow
END: Marischal Square

(Prices remain the same £10/ 8)


July 31
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Event Category:


Hidden Aberdeen Tours


Marischal College