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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.

  • Scottish Highlands 4-Day Castle Tour From Edinburgh

    4. Scottish Highlands 4-Day Castle Tour From Edinburgh

    Day 1: Depart from Edinburgh and travel north into the ancient Kingdom of Fife. Visit Falkland Palace, built in the 16th century and is set in the medieval village of Falkland. Continue to St Andrews and explore the cobbled lanes and ancient university buildings. Travel north towards Aberdeen and admire the House of Dun, a beautiful Georgian mansion located within a woodland estate. In the afternoon, visit Dunnottar castle - a ruined fortress on the top of the cliffs. Day 2: Spend the day in the Royal Deeside area, famous for its many castles. Visit Castle Fraser, one of the grandest of the Scottish baronial tower houses. Round off your visit with a walk through the beautiful 18th century walled garden. Later on, visit Banchory and look for salmon jumping at the Falls of Feugh. After lunch, explore the house and stunning gardens of Crathes Castle at your own pace. Wander through the out...

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

    5. 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

    6. 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

    7. 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...

  • Crathes Castle Entrance Ticket

    8. Crathes Castle Entrance Ticket

    Standing against a backdrop of rolling hills and set within its own glorious gardens, Crathes Castle is every inch the classic Scottish tower house — and a fantastic day out for all the family.  The Burnett family, who lived in the castle for over 350 years, had roots in the area dating back to 1323 when Robert the Bruce granted them nearby land. Alexander Burnett built the castle in the 16th century, constructing an intricate maze of turrets, towers, oak panels, and painted ceilings, many of which survive beautifully to this day. Once inside, find a labyrinth of cultural history, from family portraits to fine antique furniture. Take a stroll through the wonderful jungle of history that is the walled garden. In the garden's eight sections, discover every green delight imaginable, a sculpted topiary, soft herbaceous colors, and modern exotic blooms. Marvel at the massive yew hedges thou...

  • Aberdeen: Silent Disco Adventure Tour

    9. Aberdeen: Silent Disco Adventure Tour

    Join your silent disco team as they take you on a journey of song and dance through the famous streets of Aberdeen. Show off your funky dance moves and serenade the people of this Scottish city with your pop star voice on a musically instructed adventure. Experience a unique roaming riot of revelry around the mythical and historical streets of the city. Don your hi-tech headset and bust some swinging grooves whilst listening to some iconic tunes and hits from across the decades. As your inhibitions evaporate and laughter takes over, you will be part of the best all-dancing, all-singing walking tour in town. Ganging up with your super-stylish leader at the starting point, groove down the historic streets, passing famous landmarks, performers and the public (who will be looking on in awe and jealousy).

  • Aberdeen: Walking City and Food Tour

    10. Aberdeen: Walking City and Food Tour

    Take a guided 3-hour walk through the city of Aberdeen to discover its history and food culture. Start your tour at Marischal College, the second largest granite building in the world. Your guide will explain the city’s coat of arms and why the leopard is the animal of Aberdeen, as you taste a local delicacy.  Continue to one of the largest monuments in Aberdeen where you’ll make a toast William Wallace, the Scottish national hero. Visit the Kirk of Saint Nicholas walk down some of the oldest streets in town, and admire the range of urban art and murals in the city.  Wander down to the harbor to see the UK’s oldest company and the Maritime Museum, before finishing with a drink from one of the city’s craft brewers or distillers. Enjoy plenty of food samples along the way, so you won’t go hungry on this tour.

    I really enjoyed this evening tour. Jacqueline pointed out buildings dating to the 16th century which were tucked away down narrow side streets which I wouldn't normally have noticed. She also explained how the city was established and Union Street constructed in 1801. She also showed us interesting black and white aerial photos of the splendid Marischal College which showed a large quad of manicured lawns in the interior, not visible from the outside at ground level. Jacqueline took us to places for food tasting including delicious cullen skink and she also had prepared for us homemade oatcakes. Cocktails at a bar to finish. A great evening out, educational and also fun.

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Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 10 reviews

I really enjoyed this evening tour. Jacqueline pointed out buildings dating to the 16th century which were tucked away down narrow side streets which I wouldn't normally have noticed. She also explained how the city was established and Union Street constructed in 1801. She also showed us interesting black and white aerial photos of the splendid Marischal College which showed a large quad of manicured lawns in the interior, not visible from the outside at ground level. Jacqueline took us to places for food tasting including delicious cullen skink and she also had prepared for us homemade oatcakes. Cocktails at a bar to finish. A great evening out, educational and also fun.

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.

I did this trip alone and really enjoyed it. Beautiful views and nice guide Neil. Yes, I can recommend this tour to others.

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