Scottish Tours

Scotland Tours from Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness and London

Official Sightseeing Tours of Scotland since 1907

  • Balmoral Castle
  • Cairngorm National Park
  • The Whisky Trail
Royal Deeside and the Cairngorm National Park
See, Visit & Explore: Cawdor Castle, Cairngorm National Park, Glenlivet Malt Whisky Distillery, Royal Deeside, Ballater, Crathie Kirk, The Lecht and the Grampian Mountains.

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1 day tour from £45

13 May to 23 September, 2016

Adult Price from 45
Child Price from 42


Child rates apply from 3-15 years inclusive.
We regret that children under 3 are not carried on this tour.

Product code: HEX 01860

Tour Summary

Join us for a delightful day of castles, mountains and whisky. The Cairngorm National Park is the UKs largest and stretches from the Spey Valley across the vast Grampian Mountains to Royal Deeside and beyond. Start the day with a visit to fairytale Cawdor Castle and its amazing gardens. Next the Whisky Trail beckons and we head to Glenlivet Malt Whisky Distillery for a tour and tutored tasting of the end product! Spend time in the pretty town of Ballater before heading to see Crathie Kirk, where the Royal Family worship when staying at nearby Balmoral Castle. Weve kept the best until last as we return to Inverness by the dramatic Lecht pass over the Grampian Mountains.

Tour features:

  • Visit Cawdor Castle*, Royal Deeside and Glenlivet Malt Whisky Distillery* (*admission fees apply)
  • Lunch stop: Glenlivet Distillery
  • Depart from and return to Inverness
  • Tour duration: 9 hours
  • EVoucher: No need to print your voucher - just show it on your smartphone and go!
  • Signature Day Tour [i]

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From Inverness we make the short journey to fairytale Cawdor Castle*, a family home for over 600 years. Cawdor was made famous by William Shakespeare in his "Scottish Play (Macbeth). This romantic castle dates from the 14th Century and boasts a varied collection of paintings, furniture and tapestries. Not to be missed are the extensive gardens and nature trails.

We join the famous Whisky Trail and no visit to this part of Scotland would be complete without a visit to a whisky distillery. After hearing how "the water of life is produced and a guided tour of the whisky stills we can sample a "wee dram in the tasting room. For whisky connoisseurs a visit to the distillery shop is a must!

Prince Albert bought the Balmoral Estate in 1852 and ever since this part of Scotland has been known as Royal Deeside. Well visit the pleasant little town of Ballater, once famous for its health-giving waters and now bristling with "By Royal Appointment crests above the shops that overlook the town square. 

As we drive along the Royal Deeside route you might be lucky to catch a glimpse of Balmoral Castle through the trees before we stop at little Crathie Kirk, where the Royal Family worship when staying at their nearby estate.

As we leave Royal Deeside behind look out for white-washed Corgarff Castle. This isolated Castle was used to protect the military road over the Grampian Mountains which was built in 1745 during Bonnie Prince Charlies Jacobite rebellion. This spectacular route has remained largely unchanged to this day and rises to some 600 metres. Youll discover that The Lecht, as this road is known, offers a thrilling journey!

Our last stop is in Tomintoul, an attractive 18th century planned village with a central square and many Georgian and Victorian buildings. After time to chill its time to board our minicoach for the last part of our journey through picturesque Speyside and back to Inverness.

* Admission Fees

Cawdor Castle - £10.70 Adult £6.70 Child

This information is given for guidance only and prices are subject to change without notice.


Frequently Asked Questions

Can children travel this tour?
Children aged 3 years and older are welcome to travel on this tour. Children aged 3 to 15 inclusive travel at the appropriate child rate. We are sorry but children below the age of 3 cannot travel on this tour.
How many people will be in the group?
The group size is normally 16 passengers. At times of peak demand (such as on public holidays) larger coaches may be used.
What features will the coach have?
You will usually travel in a modern eco-friendly minicoach which is equipped with air-conditioning, comfortable reclining seats, large picture windows and seat belts.
Will there be stops for meals and are they included in the price of the tour?
Meals are not included in the tour price, but we will make a stops where you can get refreshments and something to eat. If you wish, you can bring a packed lunch or pick up lunch items at a previous stop. Vegetarian food is widely available.
Will there be a tour commentary?
Each tour is led by an experienced driver/guide who will provide an informative and entertaining commentary in English. Youll hear tales of the Clans, bloody battles and the famous characters that have shaped the history of Scotland. You will learn too of the landscape that surrounds you and of the nature that makes Scotland so special. Be ready to have a laugh as well - youre bound to be told some really corny jokes!
Can I reserve specific seats on the coach?
Seating on this tour is on a first come, first served basis and cannot be pre-booked. If you are travelling as part of a group please make sure that all members of the party arrive at the departure point together.
Ive missed my tour because I was late, can I get a refund?
Were sorry but refunds or credits wont be issued if you miss your tour because you are not at the departure point on time. In fairness to all our passengers coaches will not wait if you are late.

What's Included

  • Transport by luxury air-conditioned mini/midicoach
  • Live commentary in English
  • Services of an experienced driver/guide
  • Service charges and taxes

  • Not Included
  • Admission charges unless otherwise stated in the itinerary
  • Meals, snacks or items of a personal nature
  • Gratuity to your tour host
  • Departure information

    Check In: 09.00 hrs
    Departure: 09.15 hrs
    from Visitor Information Centre Bus Stop
    Bridge Street
    IV2 3BJ.
    Returns at 18.30 hrs

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