Welcome to Aberdeenshire

North of Aberdeen, the Grampian Mountains fall away to rolling agricultural plains pocked with small, craggy volcanic hills. This fertile lowland corner of northeastern Scotland is known as Buchan; the old Scots dialect, the Doric, is in everyday use here (if you think the Glaswegian accent is difficult to understand, just try listening in on a conversation in Fraserburgh).

The Buchan coast alternates between rugged cliffs and long, long stretches of sand, dotted with picturesque little fishing villages such as Pennan, where parts of the film Local Hero were shot.

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$76.89 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.

$64.07 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.

$703.70 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.

$593.13 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!

$83.29 Day Trips & Excursions

Full-Day Highland Mystery Tour from Aberdeen

From Aberdeen we travel on a Highland Mystery Tour. Your tour guide will offer you destinations and places of interest. The Mystery tour itinerary is is made on that day.The type of tour you may end up going on are: Historic Castles Whisky Distilleries Mountains & Views Coastal Fishing Towns Loch Ness Highland Games Glamis Castle Stone Circles Johnstones Cashmere Baxters of Speyside Deans Shortbread Huntly Castle Alford Transport Museum The list goes on and on.. For a real special Day out with a twist!!!! ~Mystery Tour~ Entry fees may be required and no meals are included in this Tour We return to Aberdeen Visitor Information Centre. Our Mystery Tour takes around 8-9 hrs. Tour Runs on a Sunday only

$44.85 Cultural & Theme Tours

Dunnottar Castle and Royal Deeside Small-Group Tour from Aberdeen

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Dunnottar CastleThis clifftop fortress has seen the greats of Scotland’s history pass through its gates. Perched on an impregnable clifftop overlooking the North Sea, it’s an unmissable sight. Duration: 1 hour 30 minutesStop At: Falls of FeughStretch your legs and breathe in the invigorating Highland air at these magnificent waterfalls. Duration: 15 minutesStop At: The Braemar GatheringIt’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. Braemar has a strong association with the British royal family and the annual Highland Gathering. Duration: 1 hour 20 minutesPass By: Cairngorms National ParkGaze in awe at Scotland’s most beautifully rounded peaks. Stop At: Muir of Dinnet National Nature ReserveThis landscape has been shaped by ice, wind and water. It truly is one of Scotland’s most impressive National Nature Reserves. Duration: 45 minutes

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