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Aberdeen tours and excursions

Aberdeen tours

Walking tours

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

Tel: +44 (0)757 258 2198

Aberdeen excursions

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.

Tel: +44 1339 742 534

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.

Tel: +44 1340 820 373