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Royal Deeside & The Granite City

Leave ❱ Wed 09 May 2018

❰ Return Wed 16 May 2018

Half Board

Tour Price: £799
Single Supplement: £25

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Royal Deeside & The Granite City

Royal Deeside has been a favourite with British Royalty since Queen Victoria and Prince Albert first fell in love with the area. Based near to the Granite City of Aberdeen this tour explores some of the attractions of this quieter part of Scotland. 

We depart Somerset and commence the long journey north.  We cross the border into Scotland and travel to the Gretna Hall Hotel for our overnight stop.

We continue our journey across Scotland making a stop in the town of Perth before heading to the east coast and to The Aberdeen Altens Hotel, just to the south of the ‘Granite City’.

We travel into Aberdeen where we enjoy a morning’s guided tour of the Granite City which is also Scotland’s third largest city.  We will explore the impressive turreted Town House in Union Street, the castellated Citadel at The Castlegate and the striking gothic Marischal College, the world’s second largest granite structure.  After some free time at leisure, we then then take to the waters with a Dolphin Adventure Cruise.  We begin at the Dolphin Education Centre for an audio visual presentation about Aberdeen’s dolphins followed by a 1 hour fascinating harbour cruise to see Aberdeen’s ‘urban dolphins’ in their natural habitat.  We will have the chance to see bottlenose dolphins, Risso dolphins, Minke whales and basking sharks.    

We travel on the Strathspey Railway through some of the Cairngorms National Park from Brownhill to Aviemore.  You will be taken back in time to a ten mile long 1950s branch line between Broomhill Boat of Garten and Aviemore where, remarkably, little has changed since 1863 when the Victorians brought a railway to this splendid area of the Highlands.  After some time in Aviemore we then travel to the Royal Lochnagar Distillery where we enjoy a guided tour to discover how Scotch Whisky is made.

Today we trace the footsteps of the Royal Family.  We begin with a short stop at the Church of Crathie, best known for being the regular place of worship for the British Royal Family when they are holidaying in Scotland.  We then visit the Balmoral Estate, nestled in the shadows of Lochnagar.  Balmoral Castle was built in the 1800’s by Queen Victoria and her husband Prince Albert and both worked closely with the architect, John Smith to create the home of their dreams. It has been a haven for our Royal family ever since.  In the afternoon we make our way to the Royal Deeside Railway for a 2 mile return journey.  The Royal Deeside Railway is unique in having served all British monarchs from Queen Victoria to Queen Elizabeth II, their families and foreign visitors travelling to Balmoral.  The final stop of the day is at the  village of Ballater, this is where the Royal family shop - evidenced by the largest display of Royal warrants outside of Windsor. There are many options for dining which is independent.

This morning we begin by driving to medieval Drum Castle, one of the three oldest tower houses surviving in Scotland.  Whilst the High Hall still stands as tall as an example of medieval architecture, the original house largely dates from the Jacobean and Victorian periods.    We then re-join the coach and head through the countryside to Banchory where we enjoy a little time before visiting Crathes Castle.  Turrets, gargoyles and the ancient Horn of Leys are just a few of the fascinating features of this beautiful home and the gardens are a delight at any time of the year.

Time to commence our journey head for home.  We make our lunch stop in Scotland’s capital city, Edinburgh before continuing to the to the city of Newcastle and to the Ramada Encore Newcastle/Gateshead Hotel for our final overnight stop.

We continue our homeward journey

Hotel Information


Our first night is at the Gretna Hall Hotel.  All of the hotel’s 97 bedrooms have direct dial telephone, flat screen colour television, tea /coffee making facilities, hairdryer and complimentary toiletries.

Then it is onto the 4 star Altens Hotel, just a short drive from Aberdeen’s town centre.  The hotel has 216 en-suite bedrooms.  Each room has a satellite TV, hairdryer, direct dial phone and tea and coffee making facilities.  Hotel facilities include fitness room, Spa, indoor heated pool, bar, lounge & a sophisticated restaurant serving local  dishes.

Our final overnight is at the Ramada Encore Newcastle/Gateshead Hotel, which is nestled in the vibrant area of the Newcastle/Gateshead Quayside on the banks of the Tyne and only a short walk from Newcastle City Centre.  The hotel has 200 stylish guest rooms all with en-suite facilities, lounge chairs, work desk, flat screen television, tea / coffee making facilities, hairdryer and iron / ironing board.


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Royal Deeside & The Granite City

Additional Information

  • Home pick up and drop off
  • 1 night half board at The Gretna Hall Hotel
  • 5 nights half board at The Aberdeen Altens Hotel 
  • 1 night half board at Ramada Encore Newcastle/Gateshead Hotel
  • Visit to Perth
  • Visit to Balmoral Estate
  • Journey on the Royal Deeside Railway 
  • Visit to Ballater 
  • Visit to Aberdeen 
  • Dolphin Adventure Boat Trip
  • Journey on the Strathspey Railway
  • Visit to Royal Lochnagar Distillery
  • Visit to Drum Castle 
  • Visit to Crathes Castle
  • Visit to Edinburgh
  • Single supplement - £25



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We have been operating tours and mini breaks around the U.K. and abroad for a number of years, and by far the most popular innovation that we have introduced in recent years, is to offer a virtually door to door service. Picking up as near as practically possible to your home in Dorset, Somerset and Wiltshire means you don’t have to worry about getting your luggage to the coach, and avoids the additional cost of having to use taxis.

By using our small fleet of mini-buses, we are able to keep the pick-up time to a minimum and get you on your tour coach and on your way as soon as possible. This way your holiday starts on the first morning. Once your holiday is over we will collect you again from the coach park and return you home.

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