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Loch Ness and the Highlands 1-Day Tour from Aberdeen

1. 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.

Dunnottar Castle and Royal Deeside 1-Day Tour from Aberdeen

2. 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.

From Aberdeen: Castles, Whisky and Food Tasting Tour

3. 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.

From Aberdeen: Loch Ness, Inverness and the Highlands Tour

4. 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: Balmoral Castle and Royal Deeside Tour

5. From Aberdeen: Balmoral Castle and Royal Deeside Tour

Explore Royal Deeside, home to Balmoral Castle and Estate, on a full-day tour from Aberdeen. With scenic drives and plenty of time to experience the Scottish Highlands, this day trip is perfect for those who love the great outdoors. First you’ll visit Balmoral, the Queen’s private country retreat in Scotland. Listen to stories from people who visited and worked at Balmoral, as you explore the estate with an audio guide. Continue to the pretty village of Braemar. Stop to enjoy Highland hospitality at the stunning Fife Arms, before strolling through the village streets. You have the option to visit the Duke of Rothsay Highland Games Museum, see a train station that never saw a train, or discover Crathes Church. Alternatively, pop just outside the village to see the beautiful hills up close. The choice is yours. On the return journey to Aberdeen, stop at the stunning Queen’s View where you can see 12 different hills and peaks.

Scottish Highlands 4-Day Castle Tour From Edinburgh

6. 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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Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 8 reviews

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.

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

Everything went well. The history of Scotland was walked through very well. I recommend this trip for anyone and everyone.

The tour guide Neil was fantastic. Good detailed tour with rest stops as well. Would highly recommend

Really enjoyed the whole day, our guide Alice has so much history knowledge. Definitely worth doing.