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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
Website: http://www.hiddenaberdeentours.co.uk/

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
Website: http://www.balmoralcastle.com

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
Website: http://www.glenfiddich.com/distillery

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Marcliffe Hotel and Spa

This celebrated 5-star hotel sits in verdant grounds. Its beautifully appointed rooms have paintings, antique furniture, and TV. The Conservatory chefs specialise in Grampian produce - Aberdeen Angus beef and game with fish and shellfish from local rivers and ports. The wine cellar has over 400 wines, and the Drawing Room bar has more than 100 malt whiskies.

Roselea Hotel

The Roselea is housed in a listed Aberdonian granite house built in the mid 19th century. This is a friendly, family-run guesthouse situated close to bus and rail links and the ferry terminal for Orkney and Shetland Islands ferries. Every bedroom has a TV and tea/coffee-making facilities.

Craighaar Hotel

An award-winning hotel located just off the A96 provides easy links to the City centre and Aberdeen Airport. Enjoy a luxurious experience at an affordable price.

Skene House Suites

Skene House Suites are serviced apartments that offer an affordable alternative, particularly for groups. Prices are per suite, per night, so the larger suites become great value for money if shared by a few people. The suites are all located in the centre of Aberdeen and are all well appointed and individually designed.

Chester Hotel

Perhaps the smartest hotel address in town is this handsome 19th-century granite villa on Queens Road. Their Classic and Grand guest rooms have muted colours and intelligent en-suites, while two lavish Clubrooms occupy the entire top floor. Facilities include sumptuous dining, a bar with booths, and over 60 treatments in its IX Beauty Centre.

Park Inn by Radisson

This reliable Radisson hotel in the city centre uses modern architecture to blend in wonderfully with the Granite City surroundings. With 185 rooms to choose from, plus all mod cons and that Radisson stamp of quality, the Park Inn is the best mid-range chain option in Aberdeen.