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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.

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, 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.

From Aberdeen: Loch Ness, Inverness and the Highlands Tour

3. 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. For lunch, a visit to Inverness, the Gateway to the Highlands, and enjoy some free time to explore. Wander through the city, peruse the shops and the best-used book store, and stroll along the river taking in the views of Inverness Castle. Next, on to Loch Ness where you have a photo opportunity of the Loch and have time to dip a toe in the water. On the journey back to Aberdeen, a stop at Carrbridge the location of the packhorse bridge, one of Scotland's oldest bridges. Travel along the Snow Roads Route through the East Cairngorms and stop at some of the viewpoints along the way.

From Aberdeen: Castles, Whisky and Food Tasting Tour

4. 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.

Aberdeen: City Street Art Guided Walking Tour

5. 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.

From Aberdeen: North East of Scotland Coastal Tour

6. 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.

Speyside Whisky Trail 1-Day Tour from Aberdeen

7. 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.

Aberdeen: Walking City and Food Tour

8. 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

9. 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

Scottish Highlands 4-Day Castle Tour From Edinburgh

10. 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 outstanding, world-renowned June Borders, and admire beautiful vistas of the castle through the fusion of colourful flowers. Return back to Aberdeen for the night. Day 3: Heads further north and start the day with a visit to Fyvie Castle dating back to the 13th century and holding a fine collection of arms and armour as well as 17th century tapestries. Continue on and travel through beautiful scenery towards Nairn, and enjoy a lunch at nearby Brodie Castle. Explore this imposing castle’s unusual plasterwork and art collection. In the afternoon, take The Clan Stone Walkway which was designed to commemorate the Scottish Clans and their clansmen who fought at the battle of Culloden. After the visit, continue to Forres for your overnight stay. Day 4: Travel south through some of the most stunning scenery Scotland has to offer to Dalwhinnie Distillery and taste the ‘Water of Life’. After a lunch stop in Pitlochry,  head to Loch Leven. Next, you head south to Blair Castle. Here, you can learn about Mary Queen of Scots, discover a ballroom adorned with 175 antlers, and roam the 9-acre Georgian garden at your own leisure before you return back over the Firth of Forth to Edinburgh.

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What people are saying about Aberdeen

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4.7 / 5

based on 10 reviews

The driver cum guide was very professional and polite, providing information and history of the places we went. The group consisted 15 tourists, a reasonable size for mobility. The whole trip was well coordinated and arrived back at Aberdeen as stipulated in the trip details. Thanks Douglas !

I had an amazing experience on this tour! Our guide Doug was so friendly and knowledgeable about the destinations, I can't believe I was able to get out so much out of a 1-day tour! Definitely recommend.

Amazing tour, great guide, breathtaking scenery, so many cool facts about Scotland and the area! 10/10 would recommend

Really nice and quite informative trip! On time departure, skilled and informed tour driver! Worth it!

Very interesting tour, visiting historical sites and receiving lots of historical context.