Balmoral & Royal Deeside Tour

Balmoral & Royal Deeside Tour

Starting from Aberdeen we trace the river Dee to Balmoral where you can walk in the footsteps of generations of Royals who have called this estate home.
Take a stroll in the charming Victorian village of Ballater, explore the local heritage, the Victorian train station and the views of the area.

Next, we visit the iconic Cambus O'May suspension bridge, before we continue our journey to the Tomnavarie Stone Circle and Migvie Kirk where we learn more about the ancient culture of the Picts.

Finally, on our way back to Aberdeen, we stop at Queen Victoria's favourite views of Aberdeenshire.

(When Balmoral closes for the season, we will substitute Crathes Castle)

This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Balmoral Castle, Balmoral Estates, Ballater AB35 5TB Scotland

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.

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.

***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.

Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Ballater, Ballater, Aberdeenshire, Scotland

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. Notice the shops which display Royal Warrants on their store fronts, a sure sign of quality and support from the Royal family.
Sitting alongside the river Dee and surrounded by hills and mountains, Ballater is an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise. Be sure to visit the beautiful Victorian Railway Station and the tourist information centre which has more information about the village. Walk past the Victorian Barracks, still in use, when the Royal family are staying in Balmoral.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Cambus O' May Suspension Bridge, River Dee Cambus O’ May, Ballater AB35 5QS Scotland

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. The Deeside Way, a trail following the former Deeside Railway, passes the north-eastern end of the bridge. 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.

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Tomnaverie Stone Circle, Tarland, Aboyne AB34 4YQ, UK

Tomnaverie is a recumbent stone circle, a kind of monument found only in north-eastern Scotland. Their characteristic feature is a large stone on its side, flanked by two upright stones, usually on the south or south-west arc of the circle. 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.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: B9119, Tarland, Aboyne AB34 4TL, UK

Just outside Tarland is the Queen's View, reportedly one of Queen Victoria's favourite views over the Howe of Cromar towards Lochnagar. We will stop to admire the view and on a good day, where you can see 12 different hills and Munros!

Duration: 15 minutes

Informacion Adicional
"Not wheelchair accessible"
"Stroller accessible"
"Service animals allowed"
"Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level"
"This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund"
"This tour/activity will have a maximum of 7 travelers"
"Confirmation will be received at time of booking"

Start Time: 09:00 AM
Duration: 7 Hours 30 Minutes
Start location: William Wallace Statue, Union Terrace, Aberdeen AB10 1NP, UK

Cancellations and refunds: For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start time of the experience.


  • WiFi on board

Not Included

  • Lunch
  • Gratuities
  • Entries & Tour fees


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