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Private Deeside Walking Tour to Queens Retreat & Castle/Distillery Visit

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Highlights

Deep in the Ballochbuie Forest (part of the Queens’ Balmoral Estate) lies the “Honka House”. This log cabin was a gift from Finland for the Queens silver wedding anniversary and has been a favourite picnic spot for the Royal's ever since.

Near the retreat are the stunning Falls of Garbh Allt, over which Queen Victoria had a beautiful iron bridge installed in 1878 and it is still in use today.

The tour will be set at your own pace and there will opportunities to stop and admire the views.

Our tour also takes us over the famous Invercauld Bridge, which dates back to the 18thC.

We can also visit a castle or the Royal Lochnagar Distillery, depending on timings. Distillery Tours are subject to availability and seasonal opening times. Most castle grounds are free to visit (except Balmoral), but charge for tours inside the actual castle. Contact us for details.

Please note the walk is an approx 5 miles long on well maintained and mostly gentle paths and a degree of fitness is required.

About This Deal

Itinerary
This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Aberdeen, Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Scotland

We will collect you from your accommodation in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire and take you the tour.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Invercauld Suspension Bridge, River Dee, Braemar Scotland

We cross the world famous 18th century Invercauld Bridge into the Ballochbuie Forest to start our walk.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Ballochbuie Forest, Ballater AB35, UK

Walk to the Queens Retreat. Buried deep in the Ballochbuie Forest (a magnificent example of an ancient Caledonian Pine Forest and part of the Queens’ Balmoral Estate in Royal Deeside) lies the “Honka House”. This building, complete with sauna, was a gift from the people of Finland for the Queens silver wedding anniversary and has been a favourite picnic and BBQ spot for the Royal Family ever since.

Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Ballochbuie Forest, Ballater AB35, UK

The walk continues to the stunning Falls of Garbh Allt. Queen Victoria (who loved to sketch there) had a beautiful iron bridge installed in 1878 and it is still in use today.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Ballater, Ballater, Aberdeenshire, Scotland

We can stop for a traditional Scottish lunch

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Royal Lochnagar Distillery, Ballater AB35 5TB Scotland

After the walk/lunch and depending on our route back and timings we can stop and marvel and one of the many historical castles in the area which include Knock, Balmoral, Crathes, Drum and Dunnotter. Each castle is unique and they all have many a tale to tell.
The famous Royal Lochnagar Distillery which produces a beautiful malt which is fit for a Queen or King. The distillery is located in the estate of the Queens Castle, Balmoral and during a tour you will learn the secrets of how the whisky is distilled. The distillery tour will be booked for you by Time Exposure Travel and the entrance fee payable in advance. Distillery Tour subject to availability and seasonal opening times.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Crathes Castle, Crathes, Banchory AB31 5QJ Scotland

On our way back we can also visit a castle or the Royal Lochnagar Distillery, depending on timings and route.
Some castle options are:
- Dunnottar Castle- One of the worlds most iconic castles impregnably built on a sheer headland.
- Drum Castle - A stunning 13th Century Castle dating back to Robert The Bruce.
- Crathes Castle - A 16th Century masterpiece on Royal Deeside.
- Knock Castle - A well preserved ruin near Ballater that dates back to the 1600's.
Distillery Tour subject to availability and seasonal opening times.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Aberdeen, Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Scotland

Return to your accommodation

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
Inclusions
  • Pick up


Exclusions
  • Lunch - Lunch not included in cost. No drinks or snacks are included in the cost.
  • Distilleries charge for their tours but have free access to their shops. Prices start at £17.50pp.
  • All castles have free to access to their grounds except Balmoral Castle. Prices start a £21pp.
  • Entry/Admission - Royal Lochnagar Distillery


Departure Point
Traveler pickup is offered
We pick you up from your hotel or accommodation in the Aberdeen area, train station, cruise liner or airport. For airport pick-ups, please contact us for a quote. Late flights and trains may curtail full itinerary.

Airports

  • Dyce Airport, Aberdeen Scotland


Ports

  • Aberdeen Harbour, N Pier, Aberdeen AB11 5HB, UK




Departure Time
8:00 AM

Duration
9 hours

Voucher Info
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Fine Print

14-day cancellation rights do not apply; no refunds or exchanges permitted. Voucher valid only for date and time listed; may not be exchanged or redeemed for other dates. Purchaser name and phone number must be provided at checkout; this information will be shared with Viator and the tour operator for purposes of order fulfillment. Groupon promo codes may not be used for this offer. Groupon voucher Terms of Sale do not apply. See the tour operator's terms and conditions for this offer here. Offer is not eligible for our promo codes or other discounts.