Things to do in Tarland

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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 Tarland

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 10 reviews

It turns out to be a private tour as I was the only customer on this guaranteed departure. Jacqueline is very knowledgeable and flexible with time as I am the only customer. The excellent weather also made the trip very enjoyable.

We had a wonderful experience with Jacqueline! She was efficient, thoughtful, learned, friendly, spoke clearly and loud enough. Her photo is in my Scotland photo album for us to remember.

everything excellent except weather, Lady is nice , I'm a very very happy . Thank you very nice for that day. Balmoral Castle is stunning

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.

Very nice day with a wonderful driver guide. Everything was perfect.