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Collaborating with local experienced paranormal investigators and mediums to bring you a new ghost hunt! No actors, no drama, this is the real thing where we invite a select few to join us on a paranormal investigation of Torry's historic sites.  

This is suitable for adults only, no-one under 18 can be admitted. We will start at Old Torry Community Centre for a fortifying hot drink and split the group into two sections, one with Sheila, and one with our resident local historian and company director, Dr Fiona-Jane Brown. Participants are asked to wrap up warmly and have sensible footwear. 

MEET: Old Torry Community Centre, 2 Abbey Place, Torry AB11 9QH (MAP)
START: 8pm
END: Approx 11pm
TICKETS: £25 click HERE to book online or book in person at the Visit Scotland hub on Shiprow


Meet Winnie the Witch for an afternoon of spooky wee stories suitable for youngsters, and a chance to make a ghostly mobile!  This free event is being hosted by the Cult of Coffee for Hidden Aberdeen Tours.  Feel free to drop in with your youngsters while you sample some of the cafe's fine pieces!  Suitable for ages 5 and up.  Come in costume!  Dunbar the Rabbit will be on hand to help Winnie tell her tales. 

Venue: The Cult of Coffee, 28 Esslemont Avenue, Aberdeen, AB25 1SN (MAP)
Stories from 2pm till 5pm
FREE EVENT - no need to book, just drop in!


Join Hidden Aberdeen's director, Dr Fiona-Jane Brown for an evening of seasonal spooky stories! With ghost stories from city and shire including the Wizard Laird of Skene, Robbie Haa, Margaret Hamilton's Deal with the Devil and the Green Lady of Fyvie, you are sure to shiver with excitement! Set in our favourite cafe, The Cult of Coffee, run by local couple Paul and Louise Robertson, the event will be in two sections with a short interval. The cafe provides a large variety of coffee roasts, teas and cakes, including vegan-friendly indulgences.

No dogs (even though the cafe is dog-friendly, we can't admit them for this event).

Venue: The Cult of Coffee, 28 Esslemont Avenue, Aberdeen, AB25 1SN (MAP)
Doors open: 6.45pm

Event start: 7pm
Duration: approx 2hrs
All Tickets £10 - click HERE to book online or purchase in person at Visit Scotland's information hub in Shiprow/Union St.


As yet, all we can reveal about our Halloween special are the dates! There will be TWO TOURS each night (total of 4) with limited numbers, so ensure you are ready when the tickets go on sale in October!  Save the dates! Torry's about to get extra-terrifying! 

 New dates will be added very soon!

Please note, if dates are not shown it means there are no tours planned yet for those dates or they are free for private bookings.  


Research Projects

IMG chpudzRecently, our director, Dr Fiona-Jane Brown had been commissioned to research Rubislaw Den House for its owners, Opitimus Ltd.

This lead to many fascinating discoveries including that the original Georgian mansion was most likely built by William Dauney, master mason, and maternal uncle of Aberdeen's most famous architect, Archibald Simpson.  William built it for his own brother, Alexander, who was Under-Sheriff of Abereenshire and a local advocate. 

The current house, designed for granite merchant, William Keith, was home to Alexander Anderson, Provost of Aberdeen, but best known for being the founder of CALA (City of Aberdeen Land Association) now CALA Homes.  Anderson shaped most of Victorian Rubislaw and Torry due to his shrewd development of those areas.   Rubislaw Den House was also the last residence of Lady AberLady Aberdeen and familydeen before her death.  She spent her last years writing her memoirs; renaming the property Gordon House, which it remained thereafter as a university hostel, then returned to its original name when it was converted to a nursing home.

Dr Brown hopes that other organisations in significant listed buildings will come forward and invest in similiar research.  Any such enquiries should be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  


Bacha Logo Facebook AvatarHidden Aberdeen's sister organisation, BACHA (Bon Accord Civic Heritage Association) was recently awarded funding for historical drama workshops in Torry's two primary schools and Lochside Academy. 

Dr Brown, who is also the founder of BACHA, will be leading these workshops with our own acting team, the Taezali Players.  Children will see the following stories performed - "The Wallace Relic" (a tale based on the legend that William Wallace's arm was buried in St Fittick's), "The Ritual of Unspoken Water" (also based on a story in T. W. Oglivie's Book of St Fittick concerning the Corbie Well which once stood at the foot of Mansfield Road) and "The Wreck of the Oscar".  Small groups will then work with the actors to create their own responses to the stories in drama / spoken word which will be filmed once complete.  Dr Brown is delighted to finally take local stories to schools after many years of planning.

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Our listing with VISIT ABERDEENSHIRE is now live.  Our friends at this local tourism promotion agency have been snowed under with updates to their business pages, so if you've recently visited it and found obsolete information, it's now been fixed! Click HERE to view and let us know if you spot any errors in future! 


Current Projects

As well as tours and storytelling sessions, Hidden Aberdeen is also works with various local businesses, charities and third sector organisations:


Our Publications

Dr Fiona-Jane Brown, director of Hidden Aberdeen Tours has published three books on local history in the city and shire.  

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Publishers, Black & White of Edinburgh have finally been able to bring back this very popular original local history book which was inspired by the walking tours and Dr Fiona-Jane Brown's blog which was hosted by STV Aberdeen way back in 2012! Due back in bookshops by mid-June 2017!

Aberdeen is rich in history, much of it hidden. Now, in Hidden Aberdeen, Dr Fiona-Jane Brown explores the city through new eyes, revealing new stories from the past and bringing the modern city to life. There's the last resting place of Robert Hitchens, who was at the wheel of the Titanic when it struck an iceberg; Royal connections including the Old Pretender, James Francis Edward Stuart's visit to local ship owner, Skipper Scott, when he discovered from his commander, the Earl of Mar, that all was not well with the Jacobite Army; the brutal murder of a monk by so-called reformers and the strange nineteenth-century animal cruelty case against the city's Jewish community. There's also the city's intriguing connection with Millwall FC and the place where medieval criminals were hanged. This fascinating book will open your eyes to the hidden, the forgotten and the abandoned which lie under your feet as you walk round the city today.

Hidden Aberdeen: History on your Doorstep and Under Your Feet is the first local history publication from Dr Fiona-Jane Brown, founder of Hidden Aberdeen Tours.

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Hidden Aberdeenshire the Coast

Following on from the bestselling Hidden Aberdeen, Fiona-Jane Brown now presents a brand new volume, Hidden Aberdeenshire: The Coast, exploring the rich history and the most fascinating, quirky stories from the windswept lands beside the North Sea.

There's the story of James Keith, brother of the 10th Earl or Marischal, whose statue stands in Peterhead - but few know why; Captain Gray's House, where Sir Arthur Conan Doyle took up a post as ship's surgeon on a whaler owned by one of the most successful whaling captains of the nineteenth century; the tale of the Frasers, the family who lost their castle and generations later reclaimed it; the mystery of the university that never was; plus many more.

Hidden Aberdeenshire: The Coast is a fascinating and entertaining collection of forgotten history and anecdotes from Scotland's North-East, pieced together by historian Dr Fiona-Jane Brown.

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Hidden Aberdeenshire the Land

Following on from Hidden Aberdeenshire: The Coast, this new volume moves inland to tell the stories of the countryside, from the fertile farmland of Buchan to the high peaks of the Cairngorm Mountains.

Visit Macbeth's reputed grave at Lumphanan, where he was supposedly buried by his supporters after being killed by Malcolm Canmore, later Malcolm III of Scotland; meet the Maiden Stone's forgotten companion, the larger-than-life Persephone sculpture, near the foot of Bennachie and learn the significance of the Kintore Arms Public House to a terrible murder back in 1863.

Come and visit the two most fascinating burials in Braemar cemetery, of poor crofter, Peter Grant who fought at Culloden and outlived Bonnie Prince Charlie, and the Black Colonel, John Farquharson of lnverey, who made his "bed" in the rocks above his castle, but did not lie peaceful in his grave after death.

Learn about Trooper Smart of Kintore who died in South Africa as a result of a lion attack; the hidden stone circle discovered in Methlick Wood by a local dowser and Wormy Hillock, an early site of Pagan worship near Rhynie.

Join historian and guide Dr Fiona-Jane Brown for these and many more quirky, forgotten and hidden tales, this time from Aberdeenshire's landward districts.

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Hidden Aberdeen Tours (founded 2011) is wholly owned by Dr Fiona-Jane Brown as a sole-trading operation which occasionally works with contractors.

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