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  • Dunnottar Castle and Royal Deeside 1-Day Tour from Aberdeen

    1. Dunnottar Castle and Royal Deeside 1-Day Tour from Aberdeen

    Travel in style in a Mercedes luxury 16-seat mini-coach from Aberdeen to one of Scotland’s archetypal structures, Dunnottar Castle. Witness the stunning fortress set on a cliff by the sea. It’s seen more battles than you’ve had cups of tea and is an essential Scottish destination. Your next stop is the Falls of Feugh. These cascading falls are mesmerizing; and if you’re lucky, you may even spot a salmon jumping up the river. It’s now time for lunch in Braemar, a lovely little village in the Cairngorms National Park with royal connections and plenty of local delicacies to try. After your delicious lunch, you'll then head to the Muir of Dinnet Nature Reserve and get the opportunity to go for a stroll. Keep your eyes peeled for otters, birds, and adders on this quintessential woodland walk. You leave the Cairngorms National Park and arrive in Aberdeen in the early evening.

    The tour guide was very friendly and know a lot about the area. Would highly recommend this tour

  • Loch Ness and the Highlands 1-Day Tour from Aberdeen

    2. Loch Ness and the Highlands 1-Day Tour from Aberdeen

    Your tour departs Aberdeen and heads straight for the ‘Whisky Capital of the World’, Dufftown. Unfortunately it's too early in the morning to taste the whisky at the Glenfiddich Distillery, but you have time to take a photo of the iconic site and grab a coffee. Venture through the heart of Speyside and arrive at Loch Ness for an optional boat trip which is bookable via your guide on the day of the trip. Onboard the ship, you travel over the widest and deepest part of the loch and get a fine view of Urquhart Castle. Upon your return back on dry land, it’s time to travel deep into the past at Clava Cairns. This spot is situated in a gorgeous green grove and boasts well-preserved ancient burial tombs. They even say this spot was the inspiration for Outlander’s Craigh na Dun. Follow this up with a trip to Culloden Battlefield, the location of the final Jacobite Rising. It’s an eerie, flat,...

    A lot of driving looking at monotonous landscape for hours. Do not seat at the back of the bus, the B roads are bumpy. Make sure you book your lunch before the Loch Ness cruise. I have chosen the tour without whiskey component, we were still taken to a whiskey store.

  • From Aberdeen: North East of Scotland Coastal Tour

    3. From Aberdeen: North East of Scotland Coastal Tour

    Explore the northeastern coast of Scotland on a day trip from Aberdeen. Travel through Aberdeenshire countryside towards the historic town of Banff, known for its silver work and beautiful architecture. Stop to explore Duff House and learn about the building’s turbulent history. Visit the exhibition of the Scottish National Gallery on the top floor of the house. Afterwards, enjoy a delicious lunch of freshly-prepared local food at Duff House Café. The tour will continue along the coastal route, visiting the charming village of Pennan that hugs the rugged cliffs. Wander through this pretty village, before continuing to your next stop in Fraserburgh. Here you’ll visit the Museum of Scottish Lighthouses, to admire its unique collection of lighthouse memorabilia, lenses, and technology. Enjoy a guided tour of Kinnaird Lighthouse that takes you into the light itself. Walk outside and take ...

    Duff House is a grand stately home full of wonderful paintings and ornate ceilings. Really impressive. Afterwards we went to Pennan, a little community of whitewashed houses with gigantic cliffs rising behind them. Then on to Fraserburgh to a nearby lighthouse and I spent 45 minutes looking round the excellent lighthouse museum. As on the previous trip to Balmoral, Braemar and the Cairngorms, the tour guide Jacqueline was most attentive and informative, enriching my knowledge of the area.

  • From Aberdeen: Loch Ness, Inverness and the Highlands Tour

    4. From Aberdeen: Loch Ness, Inverness and the Highlands Tour

    Make an early start in Aberdeen and head north to just outside Inverness for your first stop at Cawdor Castle. Dating from the late 14th century, the castle was built as a private fortress by the Thanes of Cawdor and consists of an ancient medieval tower around the legendary holly tree. Visit the extraordinary castle itself and explore the three gardens. Next, make a quick outside stop at the site of the last major battle on British soil, Culloden Moor, the resting place of 1,500 Jacobite and 50 government soldiers who fought and died here in 1746. Time for lunch on the shores of Loch Ness at the Dores Inn. On a cold day, relax by the cozy log fire and savor lunch from a varied menu of home-cooked food. On a nice day, eat out on the sun terrace or enjoy a drink or two from the ‘The OutDores Inn’ bar soaking up the rays in the large beer garden. After lunch, head to Inverness, the Gate...

  • Speyside Whisky Trail 1-Day Tour from Aberdeen

    5. Speyside Whisky Trail 1-Day Tour from Aberdeen

    Leaving Aberdeen in the morning you’ll arrive first in Royal Deeside, one of the favored holiday locations of the British royal family. At the Cambus O’May forest, walk in the woods and reenergize in the pristine environment that makes this area such a draw for visitors. Invigorated by the walk, head deeper into the national park as you travel past Cockbridge and Tomintoul. This legendary stretch of road regularly sees the first of the snowy winter weather and crosses the mountain pass known locally as the Lecht. You’ll have plenty of time for photo opportunities on this unforgettable route. Then, delve into the home of whisky in the Speyside region. Stop at the Speyside Cooperage where you’ll get to know the history of Scotland’s oak casks. Next, head to one of the Speyside towns for lunch before visiting Strathisla Distillery, an iconic distillery with a pagoda-shaped roof that is th...

    Excellent excursion. Neil was great. Showed up in authentic quilt, very nice touch. Very approachable, very knowledgeable. Even added a secret stop with was above and beyond just because a member of the group asked a question.

  • From Aberdeen: Castles, Whisky and Food Tasting Tour

    6. From Aberdeen: Castles, Whisky and Food Tasting Tour

    Get a taste both for Scottish history and local produce on this full-day tour from Aberdeen. Visit a whisky distillery and 2 very special castles, Castle Fraser and Tolquhon Castle. Savor samples of local food and drink during the tour. After gathering at the meeting point, make your way to Glen Garioch Distillery in Oldmeldrum. Glen Garioch is the most easterly distillery in Scotland and has been making whisky since 1797 in what is affectionately known as a Highland-Speyside. Discover the history of whisky and how it is made on the Founders Tour around the distillery, and relish a tasting of their Founder's Reserve. Next, head to Castle Fraser, part of the National Trust for Scotland. Castle Fraser —not related to that famous Outlander, Jamie Fraser — is one of the few castles to have been managed by a Lady Laird and has an impressive avenue of trees and a landscaped garden. From Cas...

  • From Aberdeen: Balmoral Castle and Royal Deeside Tour

    7. From Aberdeen: Balmoral Castle and Royal Deeside Tour

    Explore Royal Deeside, home to Balmoral Castle and Estate, on a full-day tour from Aberdeen. With scenic drives and plenty of time to experience the Scottish Highlands, this day trip is perfect for those who love the great outdoors. First you’ll visit Balmoral, the Queen’s private country retreat in Scotland. Listen to stories from people who visited and worked at Balmoral, as you explore the estate with an audio guide. Continue to the pretty village of Braemar. Stop to enjoy Highland hospitality at the stunning Fife Arms, before strolling through the village streets. You have the option to visit the Duke of Rothsay Highland Games Museum, see a train station that never saw a train, or discover Crathes Church. Alternatively, pop just outside the village to see the beautiful hills up close. The choice is yours. On the return journey to Aberdeen, stop at the stunning Queen’s View where y...

    It turns out to be a private tour as I was the only customer on this guaranteed departure. Jacqueline is very knowledgeable and flexible with time as I am the only customer. The excellent weather also made the trip very enjoyable.

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based on 20 reviews

Duff House is a grand stately home full of wonderful paintings and ornate ceilings. Really impressive. Afterwards we went to Pennan, a little community of whitewashed houses with gigantic cliffs rising behind them. Then on to Fraserburgh to a nearby lighthouse and I spent 45 minutes looking round the excellent lighthouse museum. As on the previous trip to Balmoral, Braemar and the Cairngorms, the tour guide Jacqueline was most attentive and informative, enriching my knowledge of the area.

Jacqueline is an excellent guide, and very personable, she took a lot of time and trouble explaining the history of the area and pointing out places of interest such as a circle of stones. She went out of her way to take me to Krathie Kirk and show me some really pretty villages. I thoroughly enjoyed the tour and recommend this company Grampian Escapes and Tours.

It turns out to be a private tour as I was the only customer on this guaranteed departure. Jacqueline is very knowledgeable and flexible with time as I am the only customer. The excellent weather also made the trip very enjoyable.

The tour guide was very friendly and know a lot about the area. Would highly recommend this tour

Great trip with profesional company and tour guide