Balmoral and Braemar Tour

Balmoral & Royal Deeside Tour

Aberdeen City, United Kingdom
  • 7 hours 30 minutes
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Discover the beauty and royal heritage of the Royal Deeside on this small-group tour from Aberdeen. Head first for Balmoral Castle where you can walk in the footsteps of the royals who have called the castle home. Afterward, head through the east Cairngorms to Ballater, a charming Victorian village of Ballater with royal connections. On the way back to Aberdeen, you'll visit the Cambus O'May suspension bridge, the Tomnavarie Stone Circle, and the Queen's View, one of Queen Victoria's favorite Aberdeenshire views.
  • Explore the royal heritage of Aberdeenshire
  • Small-group tour (maximum seven): A more intimate experience
  • See multiple landmarks, including Balmoral Castle
  • Learn about the history of Royal Deeside from your guide

What's Included

  • WiFi on board
  • Lunch
  • Gratuities
  • Entries & Tour fees

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • William Wallace Statue
    Union Terrace, Aberdeen AB10 1NP, UK

    Next to the William Wallace Statue in front of His Majesty's Theatre on Rosemount Viaduct. (AB10 1NP)

Start time

09:00 AM

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Balmoral Castle

1 hour 30 minutesAdmission Ticket Not Included

Gairnshiel Bridge

15 minutesAdmission Ticket Free


1 hour 15 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Cambus O' May Suspension Bridge

20 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Tomnaverie Stone Circle

30 minutesAdmission Ticket Free


15 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 7 travelers
Operated by Grampian Escapes Tours Ltd

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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14 reviews
Total review count and overall rating based on Viator and Tripadvisor reviews
Reviews by Viator travelers.
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Tour guide Alex Duncan...
Dwight_H, Sep 2023
Tour guide Alex Duncan impressed us with his breadth and depth of knowledge. We learned more about Scotland and the Deeside than we ever expected to.
Response from Host, Sep 2023
Thank you very much for your kind review and we are delighted you had a wonderful experience with Alex.
Our tour and guide were exceptional.
Douglas_D, Sep 2023
This was an exceptional experience. We really enjoyed it and learned quite a bit. Our driver and guide, Alex, was informative, entertaining, and always safe. We felt we were on a private tour. He encouraged questions and often combined his answers within stories to help give more context to his responses. The weather was wonderful which made the tour even more enjoyable. Having only 4 visitors on the tour made a real difference and we highly recommend a small tour in the future for everyone.
Response from Host, Sep 2023
Thank you for your review and we are so happy to hear you enjoyed your day with Alex. Thank you for booking your tour with us and hope to see you again.
Callum was a great guide...
Thomas_S, Aug 2023
Callum was a great guide and was very informative and very understanding. We had a great time. Thanks for the memories
Response from Host, Aug 2023
Thank you for sharing your experience with Calum, we are happy to hear you enjoyed your tour and have happy memories to bring home.
Once in a lifetime experience
Eric_F, Aug 2023
Breathtaking views, excellent tour guide, quick witted, punctual, knowledgeable of everything Aberdeen. Thank you!
Response from Host, Aug 2023
Thank you Eric for your review. We are happy to hear you enjoyed your tour with us and hope this won't be the last time you visit Aberdeen?
Balmoral Castle
Gordon_F, Jul 2023
Alex the driver was excellent kept us well informed and looked after my wife who has some walking difficulties by driving us up to the Castle to get a mobility scooter
Response from Host, Jul 2023
Thank you for sharing your experience. Happy to hear that Alex was able to make the experience more comfortable for your wife.
Balmoral Great But not sufficient time was allowed to explore.
felicia_f, Jun 2023
Balmoral was wonderful. The bad part was that not enough time was given to explore Balmoral. Considering that most people came on the tour to see Balmoral- 2 hours was insufficient and that some the other sites could have been sacrificed to give proper time to Balmoral.
Response from Host, Jun 2023
Thank you for sharing your thoughts on the tour. It can be challenging to balance times at different stops, as guests have different preferences and interests. It is something we will look at going forward.
Wonderful Day with Canadian & Scottish Relatives!!
Valerie_M, Jun 2023
Our Guide, the views, the route up and different route back were fabulous and the entire trip to Balmoral and return was a wonderful learning, sightseeing and amazing experience! We were all overwhelmed with the wonderful personality and knowledge of Alex!
Response from Host, Jun 2023
So happy to hear you had a great day with Alex. He is a gem and ws are lucky to have him.
Professional, informative and hugely rewarding day tour to Balmoral
Linda_B, Jun 2023
Our guide, Alex, was there to greet us well before our arranged meet-up time. From the start, he shared a wealth of fascinating facts about the areas we passed through or stopped to visit. The Tour took us into the Scottish countryside, past rivers, waterfalls, fields, forests and quaint towns. The journey was exactly as described and is a terrific way in which to explore Balmoral and other attractions. Guiding is a fine art: too much information overwhelms travellers, while too little reflects a lack of interest and knowledge. Alex got the balance exactly right, skilfully crafting his narrative and answering questions enthusiastically. I felt I came away with much more than I had anticipated. Highly recommended.
Response from Host, Jun 2023
Thank you Linda, it sounds like you had an amazing time with Alex. Thank you for your review and enthusiastic feedback.
Tea at Balmoral
jack_s, Jul 2022
Of course we didn’t have tea with the Queen but bought tea at the little cafe & enjoyed the view. We were allowed to walk the grounds & enter one wing. The stone circle & view stops were great. Our guide did a nice job & worked around changing weather conditions to optimize our experience.
Response from Host, Jul 2022
Thank you for your review and we are delighted to enjoyed your day.
Balmoral Castle
JosephT_P, Jun 2022
Jacqueline led an excellent tour to Balmoral castle and Breamar as well as to the winter Gardens. She told interesting stories and was very gracious. I think I were in town longer so that I could go with her on any of her other tours.
Response from Host, Jun 2022
Thank you for joining me on tour and the kind review. I am glad you enjoyed your day.

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