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Loch Ness and the Highlands 1-Day Tour from Aberdeen

1. 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, tragic landscape that can put the history of Scotland into perspective. The interactive exhibition center here really brings it all to life. Have a comfort break within the gorgeous Cairngorms National Park before you reach Aberdeen 8:00 PM.

Dunnottar Castle and Royal Deeside 1-Day Tour from Aberdeen

2. 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.

From Aberdeen: Castles, Whisky and Food Tasting Tour

3. 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 a very special castle, Castle Fraser along with examples of the regional heritage. 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 Style. 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. Delve into the regional heritage with a mixture of attractions - this can be from one of the largest Stone circles in Aberdeen, dramatic ruins or stunning landscapes to beautiful gardens and picturesque villages. Sample and learn about the food and drink of the North East. Food samples and tastes will be offered throughout the day showcasing the wonderful produce available in the region whetting your appetite for more. The tour will then conclude at the original meeting point.

Speyside Whisky Trail 1-Day Tour from Aberdeen

4. 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 Cardhu distillery. This is the first distillery pioneered by a woman, Helen Cumming. Today, Cardhu is the most important whisky in Johnnie Walker Black Label. You leave Cardhu full of appreciation for whisky and arrive in Aberdeen in the early evening. It’s now up to you whether you continue the whisky tasting into the night.

From Aberdeen: North East of Scotland Coastal Tour

5. 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 in the 360-degree views of the town, harbor, and the North Sea.

Aberdeen: City Street Art Guided Walking Tour

6. Aberdeen: City Street Art Guided Walking Tour

Step into Aberdeen's vibrant street art scene on a guided walking tour. With your guide, hear the stories behind the murals as well as the messages and materials behind the work. See the most innovative work to be produced in Aberdeen's urban art scene, including the imposing Man & Dog mural or Jan Vormann's Lego Wall. Admire Alice Pasquini's Side Profile or the explosive colors of Bordalo's Unicorn. Gain an insight into the minds of the artists who are redesigning Aberdeen. With your guide, scout out artwork hidden throughout the city. With over 10 art pieces to visit, witness a different side of Aberdeen.

Aberdeen: Walking City and Food Tour

7. Aberdeen: Walking City and Food Tour

Take a guided walk through the city of Aberdeen to discover its history and food culture. Start your tour at the Maritime Museum and learn about the maritime history and how fishing contributed to the development of Aberdeen and the influences this had. Take in views over the Aberdeen Harbour, the fish district, and learn about some remnants of the late medieval parts of the city. The first tasting and course will be related to maritime influences. The Green was once the heart of working-class Aberdeen and where the weekly market used to be held. Today, there are several great food places including and occasional markets and festival. Hear of the brewsters who used to call the Green home. Belmont Street is the international quarter of the city and home to a fair number of pubs and eateries. Learn about the history of one of Aberdeen's oldest pubs. A second tasting with international flavor will be enjoyed here. Next, in front of Marischal College is the statue of Robert the Bruce holding a charter for the city of Aberdeen. At this stop, you'll learn more about how the city evolved and the coat of arms. A further tasting of locally made produce and a toast to the Scottish King in recognition of his status. Rounding the tour off is a tasting of locally produced beer, wine, or gin at one of the region's fine local pubs/producers in the city center.

Scotland: Northern Highlights Sightseeing Pass

8. Scotland: Northern Highlights Sightseeing Pass

Experience some of North East Scotland's top attractions and tours and get up to 50% off admission with the Northern Highlights Pass. With a 3 month pass enjoy discounts at over 25locations. Decide what you feel like doing on the day, from castles to museums and whisky to coastlines, and make the most of your savings. Here's where you can save: • Macduff Marine Aquarium - 20% off admission • Balmoral Castle and Estate - 10% off admission • Grampian Transport Museum - 50% off admission • Maryculter House - 30% off afternoon tea • Craggan Outdoors - 10% off activities • Bothies and Bannocks - 10% off food and drink tours • Kincardine Estate - 10% off fishing • Peterculter Golf Club - 25% off a round of golf • Peterhead Prison Museum - 10% off admission • Sixt Car Rental - 15% off car rental • Gordon Castle and Walled Garden - 10% off afternoon tea experience • House of Mulben - 15% off activities • Ride In Peace Adventures - 20% off bespoke RIPA Deeside MTB tours • Strathisla Distillery - 10% off tours • The Gordon Highlanders Museum -10% off admission • Dewar's Aberfeldy Distillery Tour - 10% off tour • Aberdeenshire Highland Cattle Ltd - 15% off admission • Still Tours Scotland - 10% off a selection of tours • Dewar’s Aberfeldy Distillery - 10% off admission • Blair Castle and Gardens - 15% off admission • More Moray Tours & Transport - 10% off bookings • Cullen Sea School - 10% off • Timberbush Tours - 15% off selection of tours • City of Aberdeen Distillery & Gin School - 10% off tours and Gin School • E Guide - 10% off mountain bike tours and bike hire • Ogilvy Spirits Distillery - 10% off tours • Toll House Spirits - 15% off Gin Experiences and Gin School

Aberdeen: Private Transfer to/from ABZ International Airport

9. Aberdeen: Private Transfer to/from ABZ International Airport

Enjoy a safe and reliable private airport transfer between Aberdeen International Airport (ABZ) and your accommodation in Aberdeen. Relax with a comfortable 1-way service directly to or from the airport. Be greeted by your driver who will be waiting for you at the arrivals hall with a sign displaying your name. Your driver will track your flight, so you won't have to worry in case of a flight delay. Save yourself having to carry heavy bags and navigating the public transportation system and take comfort knowing that all vehicles are regularly maintained to high-quality standards.

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Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 121 reviews

What a beautiful experience! First and foremost, our guide Alice was just wonderful. She is funny, kind and full of knowledge about the places she took us (very skullfully I must say, she is an excellent driver). We learned so much, from historical facts, local gossip, and personal tid bits. Same goes for nature, be it local wildlife or domesticated animals. Every place we visited, even when it seemed ordinary at the beginning, gained a personality with a rich historical background. Overall an amazing experience we will never forget!

We had a blast driving throug the highlands with Neil. The tour was amazing, we got to see amazing landscapes, castles, ruins, Cullodden battlefield, Loch Ness and the place that inspired the outlander series the Clava Cairns. Our guide Neil had alot of interesting facts and information about everything we saw along the tour. He told us about jacobites, battles, castles, whiskey and we also got to hear some scottish music. Thank you so much for the wonderful ride. -26 Y/o Norwegian and her father.

Was a great day tour, knowledgeable guide and stunning coastal scenery. Lighthouse tour at Fraserburgh was fun, and informative. Highly recommend this tour. Discovered new places to visit in the future.

Very good tour. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and told us many things about the history of Scotland.

Really enjoyed this trip. Our guide was friendly and informative. Managed to pack a lot into 1 day.