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From Aberdeen: Aberdeenshire Guided Day Trip & Castle Visit

1. 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.

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Alex was an absolutely wonderful tour guide and a delight to get to know. I wound up being the only person attending the trip that day and had the VIP treatment. Alex is very knowledgeable about all the sites we visited and was able to answer all my impromptu questions along the way. You have the option to walk around inside the castle(which was spectacular, and your crazy not too). Do bring a warm jacket and hat as it was cold and windy, my scarf was a lifesaver. The whisky distillery is one of a kind in terms of sustainability and production. This was actually my first time ever being at a distillery and Fettercairn staff were knowledgeable and adapted easily to my beginner status. The drive is easy and full of sites to see along the way. You are in great hands with Alex and will have a great time. If you book this tour based on my review (which you should,it was great) tell Alex Tierra says hello!

Alex gave us a wonderful day. The destinations were appealing and the journey very comfortable. We were provided with all the necessary information and are completely satisfied. The local food and drinks rounded off the ride well. We can only recommend the tour. Thanks Alex!

Alex Duncan was the consumate tour guide. He was knowledgeable, organized, and added some nice touches such as samples of Scottish foods and beverages. Highly recommend his service.

Our guide was amazing! She took extra care to take us to great places, and to make us feel special and valued! Highly recommend!

Great trip! Loved our guide, he was very knowledgeable and extremely helpful.