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Aberdeenshire: Balmoral Cairns Walking Tour

1. 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.

Edinburgh: 5-Day Outer Hebrides and Highlands Tour

2. Edinburgh: 5-Day Outer Hebrides and Highlands Tour

Day 1 Your tour will begin as you depart the cosmopolitan city of Edinburgh and travel into the Highlands. Your first stop of the day is in the village of Dunkeld. There you can stretch your legs and admire the cathedral’s unusual mixture of architectural styles, before you venture through the shadows of the great and gorgeous Grampian Mountains and stop for lunch in the charming town of Aviemore. After you’ve satisfied your taste buds, you drive out to Rogie Falls and take a short walk out to see this lovely sight. Next up is Corrieshalloch Gorge, a lesser-known Scottish sight, but it’s sure to be one that you’ll also love. Then you’re off to Ullapool for a short visit before you jump on the ferry to Stornoway, where you will be spending the night. Day 2 After breakfast, set off for the Butt of Lewis, the northernmost point of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides. Hold onto your hats as it's one of the windiest spots in the UK. Explore the island with your driver-guide, passing through traditional crofting towns and seaside ports. Beach enthusiasts will enjoy a walk at Port of Ness, while history lovers can visit Arnol Blackhouse* to experience traditional farming life. After lunch in Stornoway, explore the west side of Lewis to Uig Bay before returning to Stornoway for the night. Don't miss trying Scotland's delicious black pudding while in this port town. Day 3 On your third day, it will be time to enter the region of Harris. Harris boasts the highest mountains in the Outer Hebrides and is home to one of the most beautiful white-sandy beaches in Britain, Luskentyre. After a morning of exploring the breathtaking landscapes, enjoy lunch. Depending on the weather, a beach picnic might be on the agenda, so don't forget your sunglasses. Return to Stornoway in the late afternoon Day 4 First up today is a visit to the Calanais Stone Circle*, so prepare yourselves for the possibility of time travel. This prehistoric sight still mystifies archeologists today. Continue your exploration with Dun Carloway Broch – these unique ruins sit atop a mound of rock on the Isle of Lewis. Following lunch in Stornoway, you’ll jump back on the ferry to the mainland. We head straight for Inverness, our final overnight stop. Day 5 This morning, we leave Inverness, tracing Loch Ness's shores, cameras ready for a glimpse of Nessie. Then to Tomintoul, Highland's highest village, nestled in Cairngorm National Park, exemplifying planned village architecture. Continuing to Royal Deeside, following River Dee from mountains to Aberdeenshire coast. Relax over lunch in Braemar, Cairngorms National Park's heart, a remote village cherished by the British Royal Family. Surrounded by majestic mountains, peat-colored rivers, and dark forests, it's a Highland retreat. Heading south, we cross Scotland’s highest mountain pass, traversing Highland Perthshire before reaching Scone Palace, home to Scotland’s legendary Stone of Destiny. From here it’s a short journey back to Edinburgh.

Aberdeen&Shire Castle & Distillery Private Group 1 Day Tour

3. 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.

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My sister and I saw a lot of Scotland and got a wonderful impression of nature. Our guide Keith was a very safe driver at all times. Keith has a lot of knowledge about Scotland. With Scottish music during the breaks in the story, we were able to enjoy the wonderful landscape. Unfortunately our English isn't very good and we couldn't understand everything Keith said. For this reason, he spent more time with the English-speaking guests, with whom he had a lot of fun.

Good tour and guide. Individual wishes were taken into account and the guide knew a lot. The only disadvantage: you often only had a short time to see the sights. But that's just the way it is on tours like this. Accommodations were great.

Absolutely amazing trip! Our guide, Bruce, was a walking library of scottish culture and history. We were afraid that it would be too touristic, but we stood corrected.

Mark was wonderful--charming, knowledgable, funny, easygoing. Perhaps wish we would have spent a night on Harris, rather than 3 on Lewis in Stornoway.

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