Aberdeen tours and excursions

Aberdeen tours

Bus tours

The Scotland Explorer, operated by family-owned Whytes Coaches, is an hour-and-a-half bus tour that runs from Monday to Friday and tracks the progress of Aberdeen from its first settlers to its oil riches. Coaches leave at 1000 from outside Marischal College on Broad Street. Tours only run in the summer months.

Telephone: +44 1651 862 211.
Walking tours

For a city with such a rich history, a guide can really bring Aberdeen to life. Bespoke tours, including walking tours, can be arranged through the tourist office, else Dr Fiona Jane-Brown of Hidden Aberdeen runs a host of interesting walking tours including a murder history tour, Burkers and Body-Snatchers and Aberdeen’s blitz experience.

Telephone: +44 7572 582 198.

Excursions from Aberdeen

Balmoral Castle

The most famous of the region’s 350 castles is Balmoral Castle at Ballater, the summer residence of the Royal Family situated 80km (50 miles) west of Aberdeen. It was first rented by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert in 1948 and it’s been a favourite royal residence ever since. Visitors can tour parts of the castle including the grand Ballroom and enjoy guided walks through the extensive grounds amid Highland scenery.

Telephone: +44 1340 820 373.
Glenfiddich Distillery

Over half of Scotland’s fine malt whiskies are produced in the Aberdeenshire and Speyside region, so no trip is complete without tasting a wee dram of Scotland's finest. Most distilleries offer guided tours and some have visitor centres and gift shops. Amongst the best is the Glenfiddich Distillery in Dufftown, 84km (52 miles) from Aberdeen.

Telephone: +44 1340 820 373.