Things to do in Braemar, Scotland

Our most recommended things to do in Braemar, Scotland

From Aberdeen: Balmoral Castle and Royal Deeside Tour

1. From Aberdeen: Balmoral Castle and Royal Deeside Tour

Join our small group tour and experience the beauty of the royal deeside with it's connections to the monarchy and stunning scenery. The first stop on this tour will be at Balmoral where you will walk in the footsteps of generations of royals who have called this castle home. Balmoral castle was the late Queen Elizabeth's private country retreat and a beloved home. King Charles, who has his own private home on the estate, has a great affection for the castle and grounds. When visiting we highly recommend the audio tour where you will hear stories from people who lived and worked at Balmoral as they guide you around the estate. Scotland is iconic for its beautiful rugged mountains, hills of heather and cool clear rivers running through the countryside. On this short scenic drive we detour through the fringes of the highland moors and heath lands of the east Cairngorm national park. Ballater will be next on your tour and is is a picturesque Victorian village. This planned agricultural town dates back over two hundred years and is set around a central village green and the impressive Glenmuick Kirk which held its first service in 1800. A stroll around the town reveals an interesting range of many specialty shops and good selection of restaurants and cafes to enjoy some of the local food & drink. As we start to make our way back to Aberdeen we will visit the iconic Cambus O'May suspension bridge, a very popular outdoor destination for visitors walking in the area. A walk up to the Tomnaverie recumbent stone circle, is a breathtaking experience. A characteristic feature of this type of circle 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. Finally a visit the Queen's view just outside Tarland. The view gained its name from Queen Victoria who quickly fell in love with the view of the lower valley of the Dee which includes a view of the peak of Lochnagar. The view is particularly loved for its unspoiled beauty which has not changed greatly for hundreds of years making it even more remarkable, and a view which is iconic of Aberdeenshire.

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What people are saying about Braemar, Scotland

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 11 reviews

The trip was very entertaining, the guide knew a lot about Scottish history in general and about whiskey production in particular. Since we were a very small tour group of 5 people, he was able to make the program very flexible. There was not a guided tour in every distillery, but there was a supervised tasting. What you should keep in mind: The cost of the tastings is not included in the tour price, with 5 distilleries that's about an additional £70.

We absolutely loved this trip with Rabbies. Our driver, Martin, was second to none! The wealth of knowledge he posseses and his delightful way of sharing his information...Great guy, we stayed in Garden park organized by them. Wouldn't stay anywhere else. The distillerys were all good. The best part for me? Seeing the countryside... overwhelmed with the beautiful places we saw...all the way from NZ, I'm coming back Deb

A fabulous trip! We had no idea we were going to see so much of Scotland. Great visits to 6-6 whisky distilleries. Wonderful drives and visits to stunning forests and Highlands nature, the heather in bloom! Charming towns. Friendly people and good food and drink! Highly recommend!

The entire trip was wonderful. The driver / Guide Martin was such a wonderful host and the rest of the passengers from the states were so fun and friendly. The itinerary crafted was also excellent. Definitely will recommend this whiskey trails to my friends.

The tour guide was personable and excellent in her telling us about the countryside history as well as info from a local point of view.