Day trip

From Aberdeen: Balmoral Castle and Royal Deeside Tour

Day trip

From Aberdeen: Balmoral Castle and Royal Deeside Tour

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Experience the beauty of Aberdeenshire with stunning countryside scenery, charming villages and castles. Explore our wonderful region and discover why the Royals have called this home for generations.

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Duration 7.5 hours
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Small group
Limited to 7 participants


  • Explore the grounds of Balmoral Castle and Estate
  • Enjoy the peace and the majestic hills of the Cairngorms National Park
  • See the mountain peaks of the Lochnagar from the Queen’s View
  • Delve into the heritage of the Aberdeenshire
  • Follow in the footsteps of generations of Royals who loved Aberdeenshire
Full description
Join our small group tour and experience the beauty of the royal deeside with it's connections to the monarchy and stunning scenery. The first stop on this tour will be at Balmoral where you will walk in the footsteps of generations of royals who have called this castle home. Balmoral castle* was the late Queen Elizabeth's private country retreat and a beloved home. King Charles, who has his own private home on the estate, has a great affection for the castle and grounds. When visiting we highly recommend the audio tour where you will hear stories from people who lived and worked at Balmoral as they guide you around the estate. *Balmoral Castle closes at the end of July 2023, this stop will change to Braemar Castle from the 1st of August. Scotland is iconic for its beautiful rugged mountains, hills of heather and cool clear rivers running through the countryside. On this short scenic drive we detour through the fringes of the highland moors and heath lands of the east Cairngorm national park. Ballater will be next on your tour and is is a picturesque Victorian village. This planned agricultural town dates back over two hundred years and is set around a central village green and the impressive Glenmuick Kirk which held its first service in 1800. A stroll around the town reveals an interesting range of many specialty shops and good selection of restaurants and cafes to enjoy some of the local food & drink. As we start to make our way back to Aberdeen we will visit the iconic Cambus O'May suspension bridge, a very popular outdoor destination for visitors walking in the area. A walk up to the Tomnaverie recumbent stone circle, is a breathtaking experience. A characteristic feature of this type of circle is a large stone on its side, flanked by two upright stones, usually on the south or south-west arc of the circle. The stone circle surrounds a burial cairn dating to about 4,500 years ago. Finally a visit the Queen's view just outside Tarland. The view gained its name from Queen Victoria who quickly fell in love with the view of the lower valley of the Dee which includes a view of the peak of Lochnagar. The view is particularly loved for its unspoiled beauty which has not changed greatly for hundreds of years making it even more remarkable, and a view which is iconic of Aberdeenshire.
  • Full-day tour
  • Transportation from Aberdeen
  • Audio guide at Balmoral
  • Balmoral Castle closes at the end of July 2023, this stop will change to Braemar Castle from the 1st of August 2023.
  • Entrance to Balmoral Estate (£16.50 per person)
  • Lunch

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Meeting point

Next to the William Wallace Statue in front of His Majesty's Theatre.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Rain gear

Know before you go

  • This tour operates outdoors in all weather conditions, so bring an umbrella or waterproof clothing.
  • There are some provisions for people with impaired mobility at Balmoral.
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The tour guide was personable and excellent in her telling us about the countryside history as well as info from a local point of view.

July 14, 2022

everything excellent except weather, Lady is nice , I'm a very very happy . Thank you very nice for that day. Balmoral Castle is stunning

June 29, 2022

We had a wonderful experience with Jacqueline! She was efficient, thoughtful, learned, friendly, spoke clearly and loud enough. Her photo is in my Scotland photo album for us to remember.

June 12, 2022

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