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From Aberdeen: Balmoral Castle and Royal Deeside Tour

From Aberdeen: Balmoral Castle and Royal Deeside Tour

From US$ 74.29 per person

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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Limited to 8 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. 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
  • Entrance to Balmoral Estate (£15 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.
Customer reviews

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4.9 /5

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Jacqueline is an excellent guide, and very personable, she took a lot of time and trouble explaining the history of the area and pointing out places of interest such as a circle of stones. She went out of her way to take me to Krathie Kirk and show me some really pretty villages. I thoroughly enjoyed the tour and recommend this company Grampian Escapes and Tours.

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July 15, 2021

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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