Aberdeen tours and excursions

Aberdeen tours

Bus tours

The tourist office can also help organise taxi or coach tours down to the old harbour and fishing village of Footdee. They also have information about open-top bus tours of the city which operate during the summer months. Tickets are valid for 24 hours and passengers can hop on and off as often as they like during this time period.

Telephone: (01224) 288 828.
Walking tours

For a city with such a rich history, visitors may choose to hire the services of a guide to show them the sights. Bespoke tours, including walking tours, can be arranged through the tourist office. Alternatively you could try either of these Blue Badge-registered guides: Duncan Barker or Pam Wells.

Telephone: 0800 448 8369 ; (01224) 735 733.

Excursions from Aberdeen

Balmoral Castle

The Aberdeen and Grampian Highlands region is surrounded by stunning countryside that's peppered with over 350 castles. One of the most famous is Balmoral Castle, the summer residence of the Royal Family situated 80km (50 miles) west of Aberdeen. The castle was first rented by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert in 1948. They loved it so much they bought it four years later and it has been a favourite royal residence ever since. Visitors can tour parts of the castle including the famous Ballroom, which houses several exhibitions including china and silverware from the estate. Visitors can also enjoy guided or marked walks through the gardens and surrounding grounds and there are also opportunities for pony trekking, fishing and Land Rover safaris. The estate is usually closed from August through until the end of March.

Other castles in the region include Ballindalloch Castle, Drum Castle and Slains Castle (ruins only), which is said to have been the inspiration for Bram Stoker's Dracula.

Telephone: (013397) 42534.

Blessed with award-winning beaches and the largest shellfish port in Europe is Fraserburgh, about 64km (40 miles) from Aberdeen. There is also a heritage centre and a links golf course. For outdoor enthusiasts, enjoy walking, diving, bird-watching, surfing, shooting or fishing.

Glenfiddich Distillery

Scotland is renowned throughout the world for its fine malt whiskies, and over half of those are produced in Aberdeenshire and the Grampian Highlands region. No trip is complete without tasting a wee dram or two of some of Scotland's finest. Many of the distilleries offer guided tours and some have visitor centres and gift shops. Amongst the best is the Glenfiddich Distillery in Dufftown.

Telephone: (01340) 820 373.