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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

You travel straight from Aberdeen to one of Scotland’s archetypal structures, Dunnottar Castle. It’s a 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 mesmerising; 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. You 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.

From Aberdeen: Aberdeenshire Guided Day Trip & Castle Visit

2. From Aberdeen: Aberdeenshire Guided Day Trip & Castle Visit

Falls of Feugh Where the tributary joins the river Dee, the waters rush over a jumble of boulders and rock steps to form an attractive set of cascading rapids with an old stone road bridge over the top. These are the Falls of Feugh, and while not particularly high, they’re a popular beauty spot. The falls have a reputation for being an ideal spot to watch salmon running upstream. Cairn O’Mount Cairn o' Mount is the name of a prehistoric round cairn in Aberdeenshire. The scenic and winding road takes us through National Forestry Woodlands to heath land and heather covered hillsides. The route passes along Clachnaben and its granite Tor, to the top of the hill we you are treated to spectacular views over the Aberdeenshire countryside. We like to call it our highlands in miniature as it offers similar landscapes and views only on a smaller scale. Fettercairn Distillery Sir Alexander Ramsay, the founder of the distillery, was one of the Scottish landowners who campaigned to license Scotch Whisky distillation and in 1824, he was one of the first to apply for a license. Fettercairn lies in the heart of rich farming land and is in a beautiful rural setting which has always attracted visitors. This distillery has a unique still shape, which creates their iconic character, and it works closely with local barley producers and using their own spring water. This visit will include a tour of the distillery as well as a tasting of two of their whiskies in their visitor centre. Stonehaven Stonehaven was originally a fishing village south of Aberdeen but has evolved into a Victorian resort town in the 1800s. You will be taken on a short, guided walking tour of the harbour area and old town before having free time to explore the village and enjoy a delicious lunch. Be sure to walk along the boardwalk and Stonehaven beach and admire the sculptures created by artisan Jim Malcolm, who for years, was dubbed the Stonehaven Banksy for the maritime themed structures he created anonymously. Dunnottar Castle Easily one of Aberdeenshire's most iconic castles, Dunnottar is an impressive site. For over 1000 years Dunnottar Castle played a crucial role in Scottish history. The Castle played host to several of the nation's historical figures including William Wallace and Mary Queen of Scots and for its role in saving the Honours of Scotland from Oliver Cromwell's army. The castle ruins are extensive with many rooms and buildings to explore. Most of what you see are buildings dating from the 16th & 17th century, but earlier structures can be found. Imagine what life would have been like as you walk through the settlement, part military barracks and part stately home for the Earls of Marischal. There are a lot of steps/stairs up to the castle, so this is not suitable for people who have mobility issues. There are some wonderful photo opportunities along the coastal path and a great walk over to the war memorial on Black Hill above Stonehaven.

Aberdeenshire: Balmoral Cairns Walking Tour

3. Aberdeenshire: Balmoral Cairns Walking Tour

Admire the beautiful scenery of the Balmoral Estate and discover the cairns, a collection of historical monuments erected by the royal family to commemorate significant events. You'll be able to see 8 of the 13 cairns as you take a walking tour of the estate. Along the way, listen to commentary from your guide who will point out the historical features of the cairns and tell you about their connection to the royals, who have enjoyed and influenced this beautiful estate. After the guided tour, take the opportunity to visit the castle's ballroom, cafe, and shop. Continue to explore the grounds at your leisure or take a self-guided audio tour.

Aberdeenshire Private Half Day Castle & Historic Areas To

4. Aberdeenshire Private Half Day Castle & Historic Areas To

This is a private tour for your group only. Scotland has many treasures to explore and a lot of them are in Aberdeenshire. We will take you on a tour to areas that are as stunning as they are interesting and you will learn about the attractions and their history and have a great day out. You can also choose your own itinerary. Our example itinerary includes - Old Aberdeen - A step back in time to see amazing ancient buildings including St Machars Cathedral and Kings College. - Dunnottar Castle- One of the worlds most iconic castles impregnably built on a sheer headland. - Drum Castle - A stunning 13th Century Castle dating back to Robert The Bruce. - Crathes Castle - A 16th Century masterpiece on Royal Deeside. Most castles are free to visit, but charge for interior tours. Attractions are subject to seasonal opening times and please contact us for details. Itinerary may be altered your hotel location.

Aberdeen&Shire Castle & Distillery Private Group 1 Day Tour

5. Aberdeen&Shire Castle & Distillery Private Group 1 Day Tour

This is a private tour for your group only. Aberdeenshire has many treasures to offer and we will take you on a private tour to areas that are stunning and interesting. A suggested itinerary depending on your hotel location and availability: -Old Aberdeen - Fascinating medieval history -Dunnottar Castle - one of the worlds most iconic -Crathes Castle - 16th century masterpiece with amazing gardens -Lunch at nice restaurant -Royal Lochnagar Distillery/Glen Garioch Distillery - Whisky Tasting tour (included in cost). We can also include Balmoral Castle instead of the Distillery. Please note Balmoral is usually open Apr-Aug but in 2024 it may extend these dates. Please contact us at time of booking with any requests or questions. Choose your own itinerary. Pick up/drop is included. Access to the castle interiors and Distillery Tasting Tours are subject to seasonal opening times. Most castles are free to see from the outside. Please contact us for details. You must be over 18 to taste the whisky during the Distillery Tour but younger people are welcome.

Scottish Highlands 4-Day Castle Tour From Edinburgh

6. Scottish Highlands 4-Day Castle Tour From Edinburgh

Day 1 Embark from Edinburgh, journey north, and cross Queensferry Crossing to the historic Kingdom of Fife. Explore Falkland Palace, once a royal hunting lodge, where Mary Queen of Scots played tennis on the world's oldest court. Wander the medieval village seen in Outlander. Head to St Andrews for lunch and discovery of its cobblestone streets and ancient university. In the afternoon, venture further north to Dunnottar Castle, a majestic cliff-top ruin featured on travel magazine covers. Capture breathtaking views and sharpen your photography skills. You spend your night in Aberdeen. Day 2 Explore Royal Deeside, renowned for its castles. Begin at Castle Fraser, a grand Scottish tower house. Enjoy a stroll in the 18th-century walled garden. Head to Ballater, a royal-associated village, for lunch. Afternoon at Crathes Castle, a fairytale-like fortress with a haunted history. Wander freely through the house and gardens. Marvel at the June Borders for stunning castle views. You return to Aberdeen for another overnight. Day 3 Venture north to Fyvie Castle, dating to the 13th century, housing a remarkable collection of arms, armor, and 17th-century tapestries. Travel through scenic landscapes to Elgin for lunch. Explore the intricately carved Pictish stone at ruined Elgin Cathedral. Afternoon visit to Culloden Battlefield, the poignant end of the Jacobite Rising. Walk the tragic landscape, honoring those who fell in the last battle on British soil. You continue to Nairn for your overnight stay. Day 4 Travel south through Scotland's breathtaking landscapes. Visit Cardhu, the pioneering distillery by Helen Cumming. Pass Kingussie for a quick stop at Ruthven Barracks. Explore Blair Castle, rich in history and adorned with a ballroom featuring 175 antlers. Wander the 9-acre Georgian garden and enjoy lunch. Journey through Perthshire's lush woodlands, pausing in picturesque towns. Return to Edinburgh over the Firth of Forth in the evening.

History and Nature: Full-Day Private Tour from Aberdeen

7. History and Nature: Full-Day Private Tour from Aberdeen

Embark on a captivating full-day private tour from Aberdeen that seamlessly blends history and natural beauty. The journey begins at the stunning Dunnottar Castle, perched on dramatic cliffs overlooking the North Sea. Continue to the picturesque town of Banchory, nestled along the River Dee, where you’ll have the opportunity to explore its charming streets and perhaps enjoy a riverside stroll. Lastly, immerse yourself in the tranquility of the Muir of Dinnet National Nature Reserve, a haven for wildlife and scenic landscapes, offering a perfect retreat for nature enthusiasts. Throughout the day, you’ll travel in comfort with included transportation and local tour guide, making this a seamless and memorable Scottish adventure.

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What people are saying about Banchory

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(68 reviews)

Fun trip, good guide. Learned a lot. Weather didn’t cooperate and we didn’t get to go inside Donnatar because of the wind, but it’s Scotland. Lunch stop was closer to 2, so if you’re a hangry type, maybe bring a snack. Glad I went and highly recommend for anyone looking for easy-going small group trip.

What a fantastic and beautiful day Trip! Huge Thank You to Jim, Our Guide! Beautiful spots that we got to See and Since it was a small group you really get to know the other people. 10/10 would reccommend!

I couldn’t asked for a more magical experience then visiting this stunning castle and as a lucky extra, we. Snow. I have used this company for a few tours and they are great. Small tours with great guides.

The guide was really good. I can’t think of anything that could have been changed to make it better.

Great tour! Malcom was a good tour guide. He was very accommodating.