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Group Travel Tour Operator and DMC for Aberdeenshire

Royal Deeside and Aberdeen

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  • Balmoral Castle in spring

    Royal Scotland Balmoral castle in spring
5 day tour
From £265 per person - minimum 20 passengers

Explore Braemar and Royal Deeside, discover historic Aberdeen, enjoy Pitmedden Garden, an elegant Scottish renaissance garden, and explore 15th century Castle Fraser.

Take a leisurely journey through beautiful Royal Deeside and visit royal residence Balmoral. Continue on to Ballater with time to explore this pretty Deeside village, and visit Braemar, a beautiful village located deep in the Cairngorms National Park and surrounded by stunning mountain scenery. In Aberdeen explore the ‘Granite City’, with the Aberdeen Maritime Museum and Provost Skene’s House and Pitmedden Garden, an elegant Scottish renaissance garden.


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Dates throughout 2022 & 2023

Suggested itinerary by coach

Day 1

Travel to your hotel

If you’re travelling a distance, ask about overnight stops.

Day 2

Royal Deeside, Ballater, Balmoral, Braemar

Take a leisurely journey through beautiful Royal Deeside to Ballater with time to explore this pretty Deeside village. We continue to Crathie Kirk to see where the Royal Family worships when they’re in residence at neighbouring Balmoral Castle. A mile or so further on is Balmoral Castle itself. Depending on the time of year there’s an opportunity to visit the gardens, gift shop and exhibitions. Alternatively, visit the nearby Royal Lochnager Distillery for a tour to see how age-old traditions and craftsmanship produce one of Scotland’s most exclusive whiskies. Our final stop is at Braemar, a beautiful village located deep in the Cairngorms National Park and surrounded by stunning mountain scenery.

Day 3


A free day today to explore the ‘Granite City’. Highlights include the Aberdeen Maritime Museum with views over the harbour, Provost Skene’s House, dating from 1545 and showing how people lived in the 17th, 18th and 19th century, and The Tolbooth, a 17th century Scottish jail and one of the oldest buildings in Aberdeen.

Day 4

Pitmedden Garden

A few miles north of Aberdeen is the National Trust for Scotland’s Pitmedden Garden, an elegant Scottish renaissance garden. At its heart is The Great Garden, originally laid out in 1645. In the afternoon we visit Castle Fraser, an atmospheric baronial castle dating back to the 15th century.

Day 5

Return home with optional visit to Scone Palace

We start our journey home, stopping at Scone Palace, one of Scotland’s most important stately homes (optional – please ask for further details).

Featured Hotels

Park Inn Aberdeen ***

Park Inn Aberdeen is ideally located in the centre of Aberdeen and is the perfect home base for exploring the city’s top attractions and sights. Many shops and restaurants are within walking distance from the hotel, while Aberdeen Train Station is only a 10-minute walk away. The hotel facilities include a vibrant restaurant and bar serving international menu and cocktails. Guests can enjoy a fully equipped fitness centre, business lounge and public parking off-site. The hotel offers stylish and colourful rooms which feature flat-screen TV, climate control, work desk, safe, room service, tea and coffee making facilities. Many rooms have wonderful views of the city. Coach parking is off-site and chargeable.

Mercure Aberdeen Altens Hotel ****

Ideally situated 3 miles from the city centre and just 1 mile from the coast, this 4-star hotel is the perfect base for exploring the North east of Scotland.  Hotel facilities include fitness room, Spa, indoor heated pool, bar, lounge and a sophisticated restaurant serving local dishes. Each room has a satellite TV, hairdryer, direct dial phone, en-suite bathroom, tea & coffee making facilities. Free parking on-site is also available.

Mercure Aberdeen Caledonian ****

This elegant Victorian hotel is located in the hearth of Aberdeen, within easy walking distance of the city centre attractions and Aberdeen Railway Station. The hotel boasts an award-winning restaurant, a bar and facilities for disabled guests. All modern rooms are equipped with flat-screen TVs, toiletries, daily newspapers, tea/coffee making facilities. All the 83 modern rooms feature flat-screen TVs, tea/coffee making facilities, direct dial phone, work desk and 24h room service. Wireless is available throughout the hotel.  Private parking is possible on site by charge.

Please note

Balmoral is not open to the public in September, so Royal Lochnager Distillery will be offered as an alternative.

Dates 5 days / 4 nights
2022 dates From £265.00 per person
2023 dates Prices on request

Single room supplement available upon request.

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