MEDIEVAL & PREHISTORIC ORIGINS TOUR
Starting at Shiprow, once thought to be the city's oldest street when it was called "The Way of the Ash Tree" in 1212AD, learn of Provost Davidson, the only civic leader to die in battle, killed at Harlaw in 1411. From there skirt the remains of St Katherine's Hill, now the Adelphi through to the Green where the Trinitarian and Carmelite Friars had their monasteries.
See where the Bow Brig was situated, the earliest crossing of the Denburn now hidden under Denburn Road, and head for Windmill Brae, once the very border of the city, as was Union Terrace Gardens where we learn of the Denburn Valley and its origins.
Ending at Hill Street and Gilcomston, we delve deep into the city's prehistoric past when a great loch covered most of what is George Street, and finally in Hill Street, stand where our ancestors did 10,000 years ago when a hunter gatherer community established a seasonal camp above the Gilcomston Burn and the Loch of Aberdeen.
Starting point - Aberdeen Maritime Museum, Shiprow
End point - Hill Street, Rosemount
Approximate length: 2 hrs
Terrain mostly on pavements; stairs at Union Terrace Gardens, Trinity Centre; hills - Gilcomston Steps (downhill),Windmill Brae (downhill), Shiprow (gentle uphill)
N.B. not recommended for those with poor mobility, or for young children