Our most recommended things to do in Aberdeen

From Aberdeen: Balmoral Estate & Royal Deeside Tour

From Aberdeen: Balmoral Estate & Royal Deeside Tour

Balmoral Castle & Estate Balmoral is a treasured family home for the Royal family since 1850, when Queen Victoria and Prince Albert chose this beautiful region to create their great escape. A landscape with stunning views of the hills and mountains, fields of heather and the majestic river Dee that flows through it. The estate was the late Queen Elizabeth's private country retreat in Scotland and a beloved home. King Charles III has a great affection for the castle and grounds and often spends time walking through the estate. We highly recommend listening to the audio tour. The audio will share stories and guides you around the estate. (Pre-booked Balmoral entry tickets will receive the audio tour free!) The Ballroom is only room open to visitors within the Castle. The objects in the Ballroom are from within the Castle, and are all objects that belong to the Royal Family. Note: ***Balmoral Castle & Estate usually closes on the 11th of August 2024. This tour stop will be changed to the National Trust for Scotland's- Crathes Castle thereafter. Village of Ballater The Victorian village of Ballater sits in the heart of Royal Deeside, at the eastern gateway to the Cairngorms National Park, making it one of Scotland’s most scenic visitor spots. A stroll around the village reveals an interesting range of specialty shops and good selection of restaurants and cafes to enjoy some of the local food & drink. Be sure to visit the beautiful Victorian Railway Station and the tourist information centre which has more information about the village. Cambus O’May Suspension Bridge The Cambus O' May suspension bridge spans the river Dee and is a legacy from the estate of Alexander Gordon. Built in 1905, the footbridge is 50 m long and carries visitors to the other side. Footpaths from the bridge lead to Torphantrick wood and the Muir of Dinnet nature reserve, popular spots for visitors who enjoy woodland walks and wild swimming in the river. Tomnavarie Stone Circle Tomnaverie is a recumbent stone circle, a kind of monument found only in north-eastern Scotland. The stone circle surrounds a burial cairn dating to about 4,500 years ago. Relatively little is known about why we have these structures, there are several theories which you’ll discover on your visit. The Queen’s View Just outside the village of Tarland is the Queen's View. 'The Queens View' gained its name from Queen Victoria who fell in love with the view of the lower valley of the Howe of Cromar which includes a view of the peak of Lochnagar.

From Aberdeen: Dunnottar Castle and Royal Deeside Day Trip

From Aberdeen: Dunnottar Castle and Royal Deeside Day Trip

Set off from Aberdeen to one of Scotland’s archetypal structures, Dunnottar Castle. Gaze at this stunning fortress, perched on a cliff by the sea. It’s seen more battles than you’ve had cups of tea and is an essential Scottish destination. Continue to the Falls of Feugh and marvel at these mesmerizing cascades. Keep an eye out for salmon jumping up the river. It’s now time for lunch in Braemar. Discover this lovely little village in the Cairngorms National Park with royal connections and plenty of local delicacies to try.  After a tasty lunch, head to the Muir of Dinnet Nature Reserve and go for a refreshing stroll. Keep your eyes peeled for otters, birds, and adders on this quintessential woodland walk. Leave the Cairngorms National Park and arrive in Aberdeen in the early evening.

Loch Ness and the Highlands 1-Day Tour from Aberdeen

Loch Ness and the Highlands 1-Day Tour from Aberdeen

After leaving Aberdeen, our first stop is in the village of Aberlour in the heart of Speyside. Surrounded by forests and hills you might catch the seductive smell of whisky or shortbread on the breeze, depending which way the wind blows. You continue through the heart of Speyside and arrive at Loch Ness for al boat trip*. Onboard the ship, you travel over the widest and deepest part of the loch and get a fine view of Urquhart Castle. 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. You then continue 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. You have a comfort break within the gorgeous Cairngorms National Park before you reach Aberdeen in the evening. This route may be reversed on some occasions. *The Loch Ness boat cruise is weather dependent and may be cancelled without notice. ** Jacobite Cruise on Loch Ness included in the tour price

From Aberdeen: Coastal Villages of Aberdeenshire Tour

From Aberdeen: Coastal Villages of Aberdeenshire Tour

We will wander through the beautiful fishing villages and discover their maritime past and present. From working harbours to abandoned castles and tall cliffs, this tour will immerse you in the heritage of the northeast and its connection to the sea. Gardenstown & Crovie The first part of our journey, we drive through the Aberdeenshire countryside, to the villages of Gardenstown and Crovie. From the lovely harbour and beach, you can look out over the Moray Firth and perhaps catch a glimpse of the dolphins in the bay. On the quayside, you can see men preparing their lobster pots, as well as the Salmon House which contains the Heritage Centre. We encourage you to walk along the coastal path which take you to Crovie, dating from the 18th century. Crovie is the smallest and most remote of Buchan cliff-foot fishing villages, it comprises a single row of houses, most gable-end to the sea. Pennan The people of Pennan were dependent on the sea and most families had small boats. With a pebble stone beach and smart houses with colourful windows, there is a charm and peacefulness in the village that tempts you to linger and listen to the waves. Pennan became famous in the 1980s for being one of the main locations for the film Local Hero. Film enthusiasts have come from all over the world to make a phone call in the red telephone box which featured in the film. Fraserburgh The town name means, 'burgh of Fraser', after the Fraser Family who bought the lands of Philorth and built the family castle at Kinnaird Head. Fraserburgh is an active harbour town, and you have time to walk around the headland to see the lighthouse and foghorn while making your way past the busy harbour. Bullers of Buchan The name Bullers of Buchan refers both to a collapsed sea cave and the little hamlet nestled beside. The collapsed sea cave and the cliffs surrounding the Bullers provide nesting sites in spring for colonies of seabirds, including kittiwakes, puffins, along with herring gulls and great black-backed gulls. Cruden Bay & New Slains An iconic feature at Cruden Bay is New Slains Castle, perched on the edge of the cliffs. We will walk from the village, along the path visitors to the castle would have taken for centuries. The castle is a blend of several different architectural styles and periods. The castle fell in in ruin in the late 19th century, stripped of all contents and abandoned in the 1920s. Alternatively, you can take a more leisurely walk along the stunning beach. Cruden Bay beach is a vast expanse of soft, pale coloured sand. Why not try dipping your toes in the North Sea and feel the waves washing over your feet. Collieston Collieston provides the first safe harbour in over fifteen miles of beaches and dunes stretching north from Aberdeen. The numerous sea caves and small coves with shingle beaches provided ideal terrain for smugglers. Learn about notorious smuggler Phillip Kennedy and his exploits while trying to outrun the exciseman.

Aberdeen: Daily City Centre Walking Tour (2pm)

Aberdeen: Daily City Centre Walking Tour (2pm)

Discover Aberdeen through a local's eyes, discovering local history and culture on this 1.5 hour walking tour with your guide every day at 2pm. Discover Aberdeen's rich history from being a small fishing settlement to the centre of oil for Europe. Make your way through some of the oldest streets, explore tunnels and retrace the steps of some of Aberdeen's most important figures in our (sometimes very dark) history. You'll also discover the amazing street art that has overtaken Aberdeen and has become a huge part of the culture. From unassuming corners to major buildings, there’s art around every turn and your guide knows just where to find the best of the best. Key sights: Marischal College St Nicholas' Kirk Netherkirkgate Tunnels and Witch Trials Shiprow Union St Amazing Aberdeen Street Art And other hidden gems!

From Edinburgh: Glamis and Dunnottar Castles Tour in Spanish

From Edinburgh: Glamis and Dunnottar Castles Tour in Spanish

The tour will depart at 08:00 and return to Edinburgh at approximately 18:15. Leave Edinburgh at 08:00 and your first stop will be in North Queensferry, where you will be able to contemplate the famous bridge over the Forth River. Then arrive at Glamis Castle, where King Duncan was murdered by Macbeth. As you watch its amazing outline of towers and pinnacles, you will listen to its ghost and mysterious legends and stories. Continue to Stonehaven, where you will have time for lunch (not included) and enjoy the landscape offered by the county of Aberdeen, with its farming fields on one side and the coastal route on the other. Afterwards, you will arrive at Dunnottar Castle. It was a key place in the dark years of the Independence wars in the 14th century. Robert Bruce conquered it and it has been an inspiration for painters, writers and film directors, because of its dramatic position on the cliffs of the Scottish coast. Your last stop will be in Dundee, from where you will catch a glimpse of the RRS Discovery, the wooden three-masted ship that carried Captain Scott on his first, successful journey to the Antarctic. Before heading back to Edinburgh, at 18:15, pass through the Silicon Glen, the Scottish Silicon Valley, where the high tech companies are mingled with the barely fields and the lakes, in a region that is of vital importance for the economy of the country.

From Aberdeen: North East Coastal Trail Small-Group Tour

From Aberdeen: North East Coastal Trail Small-Group Tour

Leave Aberdeen and head for Spey Bay. Here, you have time to learn about the area and try to spot dolphins. Next, visit Bow Fiddle Rock. Its unusual shape, battered by waves, offers an epic photo and an awesome experience. Taste the Cullen Skink soup in its hometown of Cullen. But don’t spend all your time savoring the flavor, as there are nice little strolls to take around the village. Travel the short distance to Portsoy. This archetypal Scottish seaside town boasts the oldest harbor on the Moray coast and shops selling unique jewelry made from Portsoy Marble. From Portsoy, you journey to Fraserburgh, a small town awash with nautical history and serene coastal views. After a stop for refreshments, head to Bullers of Buchan. Here you can try to count how many species of seabirds you can spot or simply admire the magnificent marine scenery of caves and cliffs. Stop at Slains Castle. This grand coastal castle had its roof removed to avoid taxes. Here you have time to take a photo and learn how the octagonal room inspired Bram Stoker's Dracula. In the early evening, you arrive back in Aberdeen. This route may be reversed on some occasions.

From Aberdeen: Castles, Whisky and Food Tasting Tour

From Aberdeen: Castles, Whisky and Food Tasting Tour

Visit Aberdeen, known as "The Silver City by the Golden Sands". Enjoy a tour of Glen Garioch Distillery with a whiskey tasting, discover Aberdeen's ancient history on a visit to the East Aquhorthies Stone Circle, make a stop at Castle Fraser, and enjoy a sampling of local food. Visit the Glen Garioch Distillery for a taste of Scotland's whisky. Enjoy the option to participate in a guided tour to learn more about creating a perfect single malt whisky. Take part in a guided tasting of Highland whisky at the end of your tour. Next up, learn about Scotland's ancient history. Visit one of Aberdeen's largest stone circles at East Aquhorthies Stone Circle, a recumbent stone circle – a type of circle only found in north-east Scotland. Finally, explore Castle Fraser, one of the many charming castles that dots the area. Discover the walled garden, wind your way down spiral staircases, and explore the rooms of the Fraser family who inhabited the castle for hundreds of years.

UK/Europe: 5G eSim Mobile Data Plan

UK/Europe: 5G eSim Mobile Data Plan

Make your trip to UK hassle-free with your convenient eSIM. Stay connected on your travels with high-speed coverage in UK and another 43 European regions (full list below). Purchase and install your eSIM anytime and anywhere, and choose from a variety of data packages, validity options, and coverage in additional countries. Simply scan the eSIM QR code to access all your essential apps on your trip. Avoid the trouble of managing multiple SIMs with this zero-waste solution. Get one eSIM per device and top up by simply buying and activating additional eSIM plans as you go. Once activated, your coverage will begin according to your selected duration. Most devices released after 2019 are compatible with eSIM (e.g. iPhone XR, XS of models beyond, Google Pixel 4, and beyond). If you are unsure, please check the compatibility guideline photos to confirm eligibility. Network coverage: Albania, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece (including Cyclades), Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy (including Vatican, San Marino, Sardinia), Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal (including Azores and Madeira), Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain (including Canary Islands and Balearic Islands), Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, and Uzbekistan.

Aberdeen: Gin Distillery Discovery Tour with Welcome Drink

Aberdeen: Gin Distillery Discovery Tour with Welcome Drink

Join us on a Discovery Tour of Aberdeen's Distillery. Upon arrival you will be offered a double Gin & Tonic with alternative mixers available upon request. The tour is led by the Head Distiller who will take you on a journey back in time to uncover Aberdeen’s lost distilling heritage, guided exploration the distillery including the restricted production area, take part in a Q&A session and even find out how you can make your own gin - either at the distillery or at home. With over 100 botanicals to choose from to make your own gin - you'll learn about the various gin botanicals and how they can be used craft a tasty gin. Finally, enjoy an introduction to the range of locally distilled Aberdeen Gins, including samples from the range of both London Dry and Fruit gins. The event concludes with an opportunity to browse the range of true Aberdeen Gins at the distillery shop - featuring a range of different bottle sizes and tasting boxes. The Discovery Tour also includes a goodie bag and a 50ml miniature to take home.

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(223 reviews)

Excellent tour to get away from the city and enjoy the countryside along with Balmoral Castle. Jamie told so many interesting stories, it was truly informative. I was very lucky with weather and I enjoyed every second of it. I’ve made so many beautiful photos that I’m sure I’ll be going back to these memories all the time I recommend this tour!

Allan and Dan were fabulous hosts! We learned so much! Had so much fun. Loved tasting all the different gins. It was my birthday and one I will remember forever. Would definitely recommend this tour to everyone!

It was a very nice day out in Aberdeenshire. We did all the itinerary and we were lucky with sunny weather. The guide was very professional. Highly recommended!

It was a fantastic tour. Driver (unfortunately I can't remember his name) was great. Very involved with his passengers. A great man

Alex, our tour guide was very knowledgeable and hospitable. He did a great job telling stories and explaining sites