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Dunnottar Castle and Royal Deeside Small-Group Tour from Aberdeen

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  • 9 hours (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English
  • Good for avoiding crowds


Soak up Scottish history and some of the country's most stunning scenery on this day tour from Aberdeen. After visiting the cliff top fortress of Dunnottar Castle, you'll head for Royal Deeside where you'll see ancient forest and magnificent waterfalls, and discover why the area is a longtime favorite vacation destination for the British royal family.
  • Combination tour from Aberdeen: Visit Dunnottar Castle and explore Royal Deeside
  • Learn all about Scottish history from your guide as you travel
  • Visit the Muir of Dinnet National Nature Reserve and Falls of Feugh
  • Cover plenty of ground in just one day without the hassle of driving

What's Included

  • Driver/guide
  • Transport by air-conditioned mini-coach
  • Small Group Tour (16 people max)
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks
  • Admission fees

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • Bus Station
    Bus Station, Guild St, Aberdeen AB11 6NA, UK

    (Stance 5) Aberdeen Bus Station, Guild Street, AB11 6NA

Start time

09:15 am

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Minimum age is 5 years
  • Near public transportation
  • Luggage Allowance: You're restricted to 14kg (31lbs) of luggage per person on our tours. This should be one piece of luggage similar to an airline carry-on bag (approximately 55cm x 45cm x 25cm / 22in x 17in x 10in) plus a small bag for onboard personal items.
  • In order to retain the integrity of the tour and try to ensure that all our customers have the best possible experience, we do cap bookings from any one party to 8 passengers.
  • Dunnottar Castle: We reserve tickets for you. If you want to visit this attraction, please purchase your ticket whilst on tour.
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travellers

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.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.

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Q:What is the departure point for the Dunnottar Castle and Royal Deeside Small-Group Tour?

A:The tour departs from the Aberdeen Bus Station on Guild Street.

Jun 2021

Q:Is parking available near the departure point for the Dunnottar Castle and Royal Deeside Small-Group Tour?

A:Parking can be difficult to find in the center of town. It is highly recommended that you take advantage of the excellent public transportation that is available.

Jun 2021

Q:How early should I arrive for the Dunnottar Castle and Royal Deeside Small-Group Tour?

A:Check-in closes 15 minutes before your departure time. The tour departs on time, so please do not arrive late.

Jun 2021

Q:Can I bring luggage with me on the Dunnottar Castle and Royal Deeside Small-Group Tour?

A:You may bring up to 14kg (31lbs) of luggage per person. This should be one piece of luggage similar to an airline carry-on bag (approximately 55cm x 45cm x 25cm / 22in x 17in x 10in) and a small bag for onboard personal items.

Jun 2021

Q:What should I bring with me on the Dunnottar Castle and Royal Deeside Small-Group Tour?

A:Be sure to wear comfortable walking shoes and dress for the weather. Bring your camera and spending money for food, optional admission tickets, etc.

Jun 2021

Q:Are admission fees included in the Dunnottar Castle and Royal Deeside Small-Group Tour?

A:No. You pay for access to sites such as castles and museums as you arrive. Most of these locations accept both cash and card.

Jun 2021

Q:What type of vehicle is used during the Dunnottar Castle and Royal Deeside Small-Group Tour?

A:The tour is conducted in a 16 seat Mercedes Mini-coach. There are three steps up into the coach – each 150mm in height. There are grab handles on both sides, the step edges are clearly marked and the treads are non-slip.

Jun 2021

Q:Can I bring a wheelchair on the Dunnottar Castle and Royal Deeside Small-Group Tour?

A:The bus is not wheelchair accessible, however, there is storage available for a folding wheelchair or walking frame. Guests must be able to get on/off the bus on their own or with the assistance of a companion as guides cannot assist physically.

Jun 2021

Q:Are restrooms available on the bus during the Dunnottar Castle and Royal Deeside Small-Group Tour?

A:There are no restrooms on board the bus, however, the group does make regular breaks to use the restroom during the tour.

Jun 2021

Q:Can I bring my small child with me on the Dunnottar Castle and Royal Deeside Small-Group Tour?

A:All guests must be at least 5 years old to participate in this tour. If your child is 5 or older, but under 1.35m (4.4 ft.) tall, please notate this in the "Special Requirements" box so a booster seat can be arranged.

Jun 2021

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Well worth it
Holly_B, Dec 2022
Really enjoyed this day trip. Dunnottar Castle was so cool. For anyone thinking of going just know that you have to do a ton of steps (500+) and they are not all regular steps. Once you get up to the castle it's like a very mild rock scramble. If you're able to do it though, it's definitely worth it. Really enjoyed lunch in Balmoral...plenty of food options and shops. Same with Braemar for just a quick stop. Really enjoyed all the cute picturesque stops we made. Our guide was Alice and she was fantastic! She was a wealth of information on all the areas we went though and had some great historical facts too.
Best value tour
Declan_C, Nov 2022
For the price of this tour it was probably the best one I’ve done. The royal Deeside was beautiful and the castle had a very cool/atmospheric (although it did impede the view) fog around it.
Castle trip
Mary_C, Oct 2022
Doug, our guide, did an awesome job. Because of high winds, we changed our trip a bit. We got to see King Charles at Balmoral! The places we visited were beautiful.
An Outstanding Tour ...
Sandra_P, Oct 2022
Our guide, Doug, was awesome! He has so much knowledge about Scottish history. Due to weather conditions, Dunnottar Castle was closed, so a stop at Balmoral Castle was added to our itinerary. It was amazing! The other attractions were very interesting as well. Even though the weather did not cooperate, we had an outstanding day! A big thank you to Doug. I highly recommend this tour.
Great way to spend a day in the countryside
Billie_S, Aug 2022
Alice was a brilliant guide. She did an amazing job of driving the van while narrating the tour. It was a nice mix of history, fun facts and interesting local info.
Great tour !
Amandine_E, Jul 2022
Dunnottar castle is a must ! Great discovery with an amazing view. The rest of the tour was just as nice.
Dunnotar was fascinating....
Cheryl_B, Jul 2022
Dunnotar was fascinating. I could have spent longer there, both at the castle and tide pooling on the beach. The afternoon was mostly spent driving through the countryside with brief stops at scenic attractions and the Balmoral church (closed to the public sp we couldn't see inside). The driver was personable and chatty.
Gradaties day trip! Best value for money!
Zoya_G, Jun 2022
Alice was a great guid: knows history and presents in a very comprehensive way. Great time management. And all places are stunning!
Dunnattor castle tour
JosephT_P, Jun 2022
Neil led an excellent tour to Dunnottar Castle and Royal Deeside. He told interesting information, stories, and jokes. This was an extremely good tour.
Great Scottish sampling
Natalie_B, May 2022
Our tour guide Alice was so sweet and friendly. Told some really cool stories about the history of Scotland and we saw a good deal of places.
A lovely day
Teresa_M, Feb 2022
Alice, the Rabbies' tour guide, was friendly, knowledgeable and accommodating. I work as a tour guide and I can attest Alice has all the qualities of an excellent guide.
Laura_M, Jan 2022
This trip was amazing. It was the only reason we squeezed a day to Aberdeen into our Scotland tour and it was certainly worth it! We were so lucky with the weather but also our tour guide Martin was incredible - so friendly and so informative! The castle was beautiful with great views plus the two waterfalls you also get to visit. Definitely recommend and would love to go back!
Awesome guide
Richard_M, Oct 2021
Alice is an amazing guide who enthusiastically shared loads of Scottish historical facts and stories. It felt like this tour should be double the price as it is truely a full day tour with a comprehensive discovery of the area. One of the best guided tours I have been on, thank you Alice.
Stunning views at Dunnottar Castle - a must see!
Emily_S, Oct 2021
Alice was our tour guide and went out of her way to make sure we had a good time. She was very informative regarding the sites we were seeing and outlined the stops we would be making - asking our input in the process along the way. She even stopped for us to take some pictures of Highland Cows, a highlight of our trip! Dunnottar Castle is a must see, but beware that you will go up and down and back down and up about 500 steps during your tour - worth it. We had stunning pictures and even saw dolphins in the North Sea. We saw salmon jumping out of the water on their trip upstream at the Falls of Feugh. We drove by Balmoral Castle and stopped for lunch near there. Alice brought us on a short hike in the Muir of Dinnet National Reserve to a bowl shaped alcove that was really cool. Alice kept us informed, entertained and made frequent stops to keep the day moving with hikes, breaks and tours.
Short trip but highly valuable
Excellent tour, tour guide was very knowledgeable about Scotland history and culture. Highly recommended.
Excellent tour, thoroughly enjoyed it
Tom_L, Sept 2021
Glad I took this tour, guide Doug was marvelous and we covered huge swathes of the countryside in one day with several stops. Value for money in my opinion and I enjoyed it so much I booked another different tour with Doug for the next day. Fully recommend.
Beautifully Deeside, East Scotland tour.
Sheryl_N, Aug 2021
Wonderful tour. Guide was very knowledgeable about a lot of things Scotland. Although it was a long day, and the stairs at Dunnotter & small hill at the stones were physically challenging, I would recommend this trip for the 'strong of leg' folks
Lynn_M, Jul 2021
Guide was very informative and knowledgeable about the area and the history. Fabulous day we had great day and will book again
Great overview of areas near Aberdeen
Andrew_R, Jul 2021
A very enjoyable tour taking in some amazing parts of the country. Tour guide Neil was enthusiastic and engaging.
Worth it.
Catia_M, Jun 2021
Thoroughly enjoyed this trip. Seeing Scotland and learning the history is just wonderful. Our tour guide was Alice and she was lovely. Enjoyed the trip.


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