Welcome to Aberdeen


Known throughout Scotland as the granite city, much of the town was built using silvery-grey granite hewn from the now-abandoned Rubislaw Quarry, at one time the biggest artificial hole in the ground in Europe. On a sunny day the granite lends an attractive glitter to the city, but when low, grey rain clouds scud in off the North Sea it can be hard to tell where the buildings stop and the sky begins.

Royal Deeside is easily accessible to the west, Dunnottar Castle to the south, sandy beaches to the north and whisky country northwest.


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$78.45 Day Trips & Excursions

Full-Day Loch Ness Tour from Aberdeen

Traveling in a small group tour from Aberdeen, we travel North from Aberdeen city, following the main road A96. Hear about the areas history, and see the fine landscapes on route. Our tour starts from Aberdeen Visitor Information Centre.The first stop of the day is Johnstone’s Cashmere, Elgin. Following on, we travel to Loch Ness our main tour stop of the day. There is plenty of time for a tour of the Loch on a Jacobite boat cruise or a visit to Urquhart Castle with some Lunch. There is an entry fee required if you wish to see the Castle or go on the Loch Cruise.After lunch and visit of Loch Ness we travel via Inverness, past Culloden battlefield to the Clava cairns these are a type of Bronze Age circular chambered tomb cairns. Then we head back over the mountain roads to Aberdeen, Inverurie & Huntly Visitor Information Centre.Our Loch Ness Day tour takes around 11 hours in duration.

$65.38 Day Trips & Excursions

Full-Day Balmoral Castle Tour from Aberdeen

From Aberdeen we travel West following the River Dee. See and hear about this historic Glen and enjoy a visit to Balmoral Castle, Highland Holiday home of the Royal Family. Our tour starts from Aberdeen Visitor Information Centre. We travel through Aberdeen's West end seeing the grand granite houses then along the North Deeside Road. We cross over the river Dee to the Bridge of Feugh waterfall to see if we can catch a glimpse of the salmon jumping up the falls.We then continue travelling through Banchory, Aboyne.  Heading deeper up Deeside we do a photo Stop at Crathie Kirk. This Church has been used by the Royal family for worship since Queen Victoria and Prince Albert discovered and bought Balmoral Castle & Estate.  Our main visit of the day is Balmoral Castle(entry fee required). There is free time for a tour of Balmoral Castle Ballroom and grounds. This will also be our lunch stop. There is also an optional visit to Lochnagar Distillery(entry fee required), for a tour of the distillery and a “wee dram”(shot of Whisky) We then return to Aberdeen Visitor, Inverurie & Huntly Information Centre. Our Aberdeen Royal Deeside & Balmoral tour takes around 7.5 hrs.

$4.99 Tours & Sightseeing

The Dark Side of Aberdeen Self-guided Audio Tour by VoiceMap

The tour takes you on a wandering walk beginning at the Mercat Cross, near the Tourist Office, and ending with a dramatic view of the city's crown jewel - Marischall College.  Start the tour in the app, put your phone in your pocket, and let your guide direct you through the streets.  The total walking distance is approximately 1.5km and takes about an hour without stopping, but you can pause anytime!  Most people will opt to stop for a coffee or ice-cream snack or for photography opportunities along the way.  The narration is crisply mastered by a professional audio engineering staff, and the tour creates an engaging experience that is suitable for all ages that can wear ear buds. Key landmarks include:   Mercat Cross (Market Cross) Aberdeen Harbour Aberdeen Maritime Museum and Provost Ross House Marischal Square and Marischal College Provost Skene's House The exact route can be seen upon downloading the tour, or alternatively can be viewed at https://voicemap.me/tour/aberdeen/dark-aberdeen-piracy-slavery-and-insurrection.  Audio from the tour can also be previewed at this site.

$4.99 Tours & Sightseeing

Explore Union Street in Aberdeen a Self-guided Audio Tour by VoiceMap

The tour takes you on a wandering walk beginning at the Western End of Union Street and ending with a dramatic and fun-filled showcase of the city's crown jewel - Marischal college.  Once called "The Finest Street in the Empire", while walking Union Street you'll hear the cities most riveting stories and history.  Start the tour in the app, put your phone in your pocket, and let your guide direct you through the streets.  The total walking distance is approximately 2km and takes about an hour without stopping, but you can pause anytime!  Most people will opt to stop for a coffee, snack or for photography opportunities along the way.  The narration is crisply mastered by a professional audio engineering staff, and the tour creates an engaging experience that is suitable for all ages that can wear ear buds.  Key landmarks include:   Union Street  The Music Hall HIs Majesty's Theatre St. Nicholas Church Marischal CollegeTollbooth Museum The exact route can be seen upon downloading the tour, or alternatively can be viewed at https://voicemap.me/tour/aberdeen/explore-union-street .  Audio from the tour can also be previewed at this site.

$711.23 Transfers & Ground Transport

One Way Private Transfer From Aberdeen Dyce Airport to Edinburgh

Advise the tour operator beforehand of your estimated arrival time. Relax on your flight to Aberdeen in the knowledge that your private driver will be monitoring your flight in case of any delay, ready to meet you when you arrive.Simply clear yourself through customs at Aberdeen Dyce Airport and find your private driver holding a sign with your name on it. Please make sure your cell phone is turned on. Allow your driver to assist with your luggage, then relax and enjoy the view on the roughly 2.5-hour drive to Edinburgh. While driving you can enjoy the rural and urban areas around Edinburgh and might pass by the famed Holyrood Palace or Edinburgh Castle. The trip concludes with a convenient drop-off at your Edinburgh accommodations.To make sure that your transfer progresses smoothly, provide the operator with your flight number and the address of your destination in Edinburgh when you confirm the booking. As soon as you are booked, you will receive a transfer voucher to present to your private driver.

$599.48 Transfers & Ground Transport

Low Cost Private Transfer From Aberdeen Dyce Airport to Glasgow City - One Way

Relax and enjoy while your private driver leads you the way to your location in Glasgow. Don’t worry about any transfer details or specifics as everything will be taken care of. Do not worry about finding your way to the taxi’s while carrying a big luggage as your private driver will be waiting for you in the arrival terminal holding  a sign with your name on it. The driver will monitor your flight in case of delay. Once you arrived he will assist with your luggage and lead you to the car. After you and the driver double-checked the destination you provided us with he will take you straight to your destination in Glasgow. While driving you can enjoy the rural and urban areas of Glasgow and might pass by the famous Botanic Gardens or the Glasgow Lighthouse.To make sure that your transfer progresses smoothly we ask you to provide us with your flight number and the address of destination in Glasgow when you confirm the booking. As soon as you booked you will receive a transfer voucher to present to your private driver.We hope to see you soon in Glasgow!