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Balmoral & Historic Castles Private Tour from Aberdeen
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Balmoral & Historic Castles Private Tour from Aberdeen

By Time Exposure Travel Ltd
About
Aberdeenshire has many treasures to offer, and we take you on a private tour to areas that are stunning and interesting. We step back in time and visit amazing castles and historic areas and give you a true taste of times gone by. Suggested itinerary depending on your hotel location: -Crathes Castle - 16thC & amazing gardens -Balmoral Castle - Scottish home to the Royal Family -Lunch at nice restaurant -Dunnottar Castle - one of the world's most iconic -Old Aberdeen - Fascinating medieval history Or choose your own itinerary. Pick up/drop is included. See exclusions for distance surcharges. Most castles are free to see from the outside, except Balmoral. Interior tours are chargeable and subject to seasonal opening times. Please contact us for details. Please note Balmoral as of Sep 2023, is now open most of the year (details tbc). Alternative castles and attractions can be visited. The tour normally lasts 7 -8 hours including travelling time (depending on hotel location).
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£540.00
per group (up to 7)
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Ages 0-120
Duration: 7–8 hours
Start time: Check availability
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Live guide: English
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  • Pick up/Drop off in Aberdeen. See distance surcharges below.
  • All tours tailored to suit your exact requirements or locations chosen from Tour Details
  • Most castles are free to see from the outside but charge to go inside except Balmoral.
  • Route and timings will depend on starting point and your choice of attractions and time of year.
What's not included
  • Pick up surcharges - Hotels more than 10mls outside Aberdeen city-£20. 40-60mls-£40.
  • No drinks or snacks are included in the cost.
  • All castles are free to see from outside (except Balmoral) and cost £10-£18 for an interior tour.
  • Entry/Admission - Balmoral Castle


Start:Multiple pickup locations offered.
    Pickup details
    • We pick you up from your hotel or accommodation in the Aberdeen area, train station or cruise liner. Hotels far outside Aberdeen City, a pick up surcharge applies as per below in exclusions.
    Hotel pickup offered
    During checkout you will be able to select from the list of included hotels.
      Port pickup offered
      During checkout you will be able to select from the list of included ports.
      • Aberdeen Harbour, N Pier, Aberdeen AB11 5HB, UK
      End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

        • Infants must sit on laps
        • Service animals allowed
        • Stroller accessible
        • Not wheelchair accessible
        If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 91620P26

        • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
        • Not recommended for travellers with back problems
        • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
        • Most travellers can participate
        • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
        • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

        • All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.

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        If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 91620P26

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        Itinerary
        • You'll get picked up
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        • 1
          Crathes Castle
          Stop: 90 minutes
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        • 2
          Balmoral Castle
          Stop: 90 minutes - Admission excluded
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        • 3
          The Boat Inn
          Stop: 60 minutes
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        • 4
          Dunnottar Castle
          Stop: 60 minutes
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        • 5
          Old Aberdeen
          Stop: 60 minutes
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        • You'll return to the starting point
        About the operator
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        • Time Exposure Travel Ltd
          24
          Aberdeen, Scotland
          Joined in December 2018
        • clarey692
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          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Aberdeenshire tour
          Amazing tour of beautiful Aberdeenshire, castles were stunning. Highly recommend, very informative & interesting. Guide was very accommodating and helpful.
          Written 28 January 2024
        • Pioneer04633679231
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Xmas Dinner
          Great atmosphere and Xmas Dinner had tonight with the work friends. Would definitely recommend, great food and plenty cocktails to be had.
          Written 14 December 2023
        • Hiram W
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Super Trip in Aberdeen
          Malcolm was a great, knowledgeable tour guide. He was also flexible in changing what sights I wanted to see, even at the last minute. It was a super day exploring Scotland’s castles and local countryside.
          Written 24 June 2023
        • U3567QVsusans
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          A Tour of Aberdeenshire
          We loved our visit to Balmoral Castle, the Royal Distillary, and Dunnottar Castle. It was an exciting experience for me to walk the grounds near River Dee where the Royal Family barbecues annually. The Royal Ballroom offered photographs and paintings of the RF to view. Ghillies dresses and Highlanders garb worn by the RF were on display and a delight to take in and remember forever. Learning about the methods of whiskey distilling and tasting the product of Lochnagar Whiskey was unique. I especially liked the whiskey tasting. My favorite was the whiskey that had been encased in sherry casks. Castle Dunnottar was breathtaking and a physical challenge for me to descend and then ascend the 260 steps in order to navigate the ruins. It was just lovely! Our tour guide Malcolm was very knowledgeable about each of the places we visited and was a great assist the whole day. 😊
          Written 20 June 2023
        • garrycT7540WH
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          A great day in Aberdeenshire
          We had a fantastic day with Malcolm visiting the castles and the distillery and learning about Aberdeenshire as we drove around. Malcolm was great to travel with. He was happy to stop whenever we needed a photo taken. We would not hesitate to spend a day with him again if ever we return to Aberdeen.
          Written 13 June 2023
        • margaretpE8602SZ
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Amazing day!
          Amazing day with Malcolm visiting 3 wonderful castles ! Distillery was very interesting and entertaining
          Written 10 June 2023
        • Emily F
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          The best way to see castles in the Aberdeen area
          Our experience with Malcom was incredible. He picked us up from our hotel and took us to 3 castles that we got to choose in advance. He even showed us around Old Aberdeen and dropped us off in the city center an hour after our tour was supposed to have ended! He knows a lot about Scotland and Aberdeen’s history so it was really interesting hearing some of that. Doing a private guided tour I think is the easiest and most enjoyable way to see the castles in the Aberdeen area and I am going to recommend Malcom to anyone who is planning a visit! Thank you so much Malcom for such a memorable experience!!
          Written 29 April 2023
        • ErickC151
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Malcom rocks
          Malcom just rocked. My wife and I do not drink so Malcolm adjusted the schedule so we could spend more times at various castles And he does photography as well so my wife was able to get some professional photos done as well
          Written 11 October 2022
        • HBobo27
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Simply the best!
          Malcom was the best guide we could have asked for! He accommodated my request to go to a different castle than what was listed and was ever so kind. (He even got us some of his favorite Aberdeen comfort foods, which we loved!) Absolutely will be calling him up again when we next come out to Aberdeen.
          Written 3 October 2022
        • ScottP97124
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          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          An Extraordinary Experience
          Malcolm was fantastic! My husband and I both have Scottish ancestry and have talked of a trip to Scotland for a long time, so when we booked a rail tour of the country, I knew I wanted to go to Dunnottar Castle, my ancestral home. The tour operator didn't have an excursion available, so we booked a private day tour through Time Exposure Travel. The list of sights for the day was long, but Malcolm told us from the beginning that we could choose where to spend our time and we'd see everything we could. Taking us to the various locations is one thing, but Malcolm did so much more. He explained so much of the history and points of interest, and then allowed us to explore Dunnottar without rushing. A talented photographer, he sent us photos he had taken of us which were so much better than we could have taken ourselves. Malcolm encouraged us to take time to learn and experience everything we could. It was a major highlight of our trip and worth the modest cost. He then took us to other places in Aberdeenshire that we would not have seen otherwise, always adding historical information as we went. We didn't see everything on the proposed list, and that was OK. In the end, Malcolm made this day the experience of a lifetime. We are planning to return for another visit and expect to ask Malcolm to help us repeat the experience and see the rest of the sights in the area.
          Written 27 September 2022
        • roadtrip99
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Wonderful Tour!
          Malcom was a fantastic tour guide. He was very knowledgeable and professional. Through genealogy research, our son found a connection to Drum Castle. We were able to tour it and go into the family room to sign the book. It was amazing! Malcom recommended a great local Inn for lunch and we throughly enjoyed everything about our tour. We highly recommend Malcom and will definitely book with him again to do a distillery tour on our next visit.
          Written 3 September 2022
        • BBbank
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Worth every penny!!
          Malcolm did an excellent job in coming up with a fantastic experience in and around Aberdeen. In addition to many other historic attractions we visited Dunnottar Castle, Drum Castle as well as Crathes Castle. His van is new and an excellent way to get around. He even took us for coffee (our treat) before we started on our adventure. We never once felt rushed, which we have experienced with other tours. Oddly enough the very next day my wife and I wandered down a dead end street on the backroads of Balmoral the day after and ran in to Malcolm, who had another couple with him. We talked a while and he explained what a Scotish "dead end" looks like and directed us to a secret Castle not far from where we were. We could not recommend him more. Thank you Malcolm for a great time!
          Written 31 May 2022
        • 776ashleighg
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Seeing as I was only 14 at the time, my dad was the one to take this photo and gave me a brief synopsis.
          Pub trivia knowledge and it's about a cat that did her job so well records still holds! she receives letters every single gear even though she's been gone since the late 80s and every Hillary has adopted or taking care of cuz either been placed with old from family of people that work at The distillery or they've needed homes through the rspca there has not been a bread cat that works there and yes I would consider couser working at a distillery.
          Written 1 September 2020
        • OntotheFuture
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          On Camino
          Worth the entry fee £7.0 on a nice day. Plenty of spots to shelter behind if is windy or rain. Fascinating look back in history. I'd have liked to have lived here too. All those years back the occupants would look out of the windows and admire the very same view as you. No mobile phones, not even thought of in their wildest dreams. It's an easy walk either from Southport along the footpath or from the nearby carpark. Great views of the cliffs, sea birds, and the ocean activity.
          Written 5 March 2020
        • Shb876
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          The perfect day!
          We contacted Time Exposure Travel for a private tour that had to include Balmoral for a trip in early December. Easy to organize our own trip with a guide. Our guide Neil picked us up at the hotel and we had a fantastic trip into the Highlands, including castles, whiskey, amazing scenery and a very hearty and delicious lunch at a small farm cafe close to Balmoral. Great conversations, lots of history. Neil left us back at the hotel at 6 at night. This day really made our trip! We van absolutey recommend Time Exposure Travel.
          Written 25 January 2020
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        Ramesh R
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        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        It was amazing to see the fall colors and beautiful castle’s.
        Malcom was very knowledgeable and friendly. We had the option to do this trip to our pace
        Recommended and arranged a delicious lunch.
        Written 5 November 2023
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        Chrys Ivey G
        Tallahassee, FL4 contributions
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        Sept 2023 • Family
        Malcolm, our tour guide was just the best. Knowledgeable, flexible and really helped us make the most of our tour in Aberdeenshire.
        Written 22 September 2023
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