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Short Tours

Short Tours

Duncan’s short Tours are from 3,4,5 or 6 hours are costing less than the standard full day Tours of 8.5 hours and cover a radius of up to a maximum of 60 miles outside Aberdeen City.

Aberdeen City Tours are a standard cost of £50 per hour for up to 8 persons are considered short because they can take anything from 2 to 4 hours to see the inner city sights such as Union Street Union Terrace and Mariscal College, Old Aberdeen with kings College Universities, St Machar’s Cathedral.

You can also see the Balgownie Bridge a 700 year Gothic Arch bridge which is the oldest in the UK, as well as the old fishing village at the entrance to Aberdeen called Fittie the entrance or exit to the Harbour, the free entrance to the Maritime Museum at Ship Row, Torry ,Nigg bay and the Winter Gardens under glass in Duthie Park.

You could also visit the Gordon highlanders museum at Keppleston at the west side of the city. We have the very deep Rubislaw quarry 450 feet down to the bottom with vertical sides was closed down in 1971 now full of water as it supplied most of the grey granite to build Aberdeen silver City over 200 years from 1771 and it used to be the largest manmade hole in Europe.

Other short Tours can take you to see Dunnottar Castle and Stonehaven’s harbour and Tolbooth Museum or Crawton as well as Crathes and the falls of Feugh at Banchory where the salmon leap at the end of the summer. Drum and Castles Fraser and Craigievar or Kildrummy are also with this 60 mile range for the shorter Tours.

We would recommend avoiding a lunch somewhere during a short Tour and bring something to eat and drink or before or after the shorter Tour. Shortest Tours for whisky tasting are at Glen Garioch distillery at Oldmeldrum and Lochnagar near Balmoral and or at Fettercairns or even Glen Dronach at Forgue. Or you could spend some time inside the Family History Society shop in Kings Street Aberdeen if your tracing Geneolgy of your family.

We also offer to take you to a few standing stones and circles within the 60 miles of Aberdeen city as well as Musuems, Heritage centres, churches or Kirks or anything else you may want to see the choice is yours.

Sample Itineraries: Day Trips & Tours

9.30 am: Pick-up in Aberdeen or elsewhere before travelling across Aberdeenshire via Alford, Lumsden and the scenic Cabrach Estate to Dufftown past Auchindoun Castle.

11.00am: Arrive at Dufftown, Moray and stop at the Glenfiddich Distillery. Take the free Glenfiddich Tour, delivered in several languages, including an informative film explaining the history of whisky making in the early days with founder Willie Grant. After your tour and a short whisky tasting, you can make a visit to the Glenfiddich whisky shop before we move on.

12.30pm Take lunch at Glenfiddich Distillery or places to eat and drink at the village of Aberlour near the Spey River, Morayshire .

2pm Take a trip to Speyside, on the banks of the River Spey, famous in Whisky circles for the quality of the underground water sources which supply the distilleries in this area. Here you can visit some well-known distilleries such as McCallan, Cardhu and Knockando, for a tour of a smaller distillery with a different flavour

4pm Return to Aberdeen by a different route inland or by the picturesque north east coast, arriving back in Aberdeen at approximately 5.30 pm to drop you off at your chosen location.

Other Itinerary’s : From Castles to Coast

Itinerary 2: To the South Starting from Aberdeen City, visiting Dunnottar Castle, Stopping at the Creel Inn at Catterline for lunch before taking in a visit to Stonehaven Harbour and finishing the day with a  tour around Crathes Castle.

Itinerary 3: To the WestFrom Aberdeen take a scenice drive out to Royal Deeside passing through the towns and villages of Banchory, Kincardine O Neil, Aboyne and Ballater before taking in HRH’s Scottish Residence, the breathtaking Balmoral Castle. Only open between April and July, the Royal family enjoy regular visits to this part of Scotland. Crossing over the hills, you will return to Aberdeen along Donside,taking in Strathdon, past the Lonach Park – home of the world famous Lonach Highland Games, the historic Kildrummy Castle and the small town of Alford.

Itinerary 4: To the North

from Aberdeen and take in some of the most unforgettable parts of the NE Coastline. From a variety of historic fishing and crofting villages, you could experience the rugged beauty of Huntly , Portsoy , Sandend , Cullen , Portknockie , Findochty ,Portessie, Portgordon Banff/Macduff , Cuminestown , Fraserburgh and not forgetting the tiny hamlet of Pennan – best known as the location for the 1980’s block buster “Local Hero”.

Aberdeen City Tours

Aberdeen City Tours taking 2 to 3 or 4 hours and other City Tours in Scotland… if the Tour lasts longer than 2 days. This Tour comprises of driving around the Aberdeen City centre in our 8 seat luxury minibus to see the main clock tower in Union Street / Broad Street.

Also to see Union Terrace where you see the statues of William Wallace and Robert Burns, Albert and King Edward as well as His Majesties Theatre, Central Library and the Denburn Park area and Golden square at the rear of the music hall in Union Street the main street in Aberdeen.

Further on over the bridge at Schoolhill you see the Art Gallery with the statue of the lion in front and the Robert Gordon University and then Mariscal College building with the majestic cleaned and ornate granite now occupied by Aberdeen city council near the historic Provost Skene’s House.

The Castlegate square can be seen at the top end of Union Street as you pass into King Street that heads north for 2 miles to the old Aberdeen city area where the universities were founded by Lord Elphinstone in 1494 are located next to Kings college chapel with the impressive stained glass windows, organ and very good acoustics.

Then we go over the Bridge or (Brig) of ( o) Don on the northern edge of the city to see the Brig O Balgownie originally built in the year 1320 some 700 hundred years old the oldest bridge in the UK. In Balgownie Road not far away there is Thomas Glover’s house he was an Aberdonian who helped build the Japanese navy and helped set up the Mitubushi car giant who lived from 1838 to 1912.

Then we drive along the Aberdeen seafront which is called the Sunset Boulevard by the Golf Linx, Pitodrie football stadium ( the first covered seated stadium in the UK around the year 1900) , Ice Arena and the round red roofed Beach Ballroom built in 1930’s past the amusement park and Double Trees hotel to Fittie at the foot of the Dee river which flows into the harbour. This is a very quaint old terraced fishing village with ornate sheds and gardens of the seashell and gnome kind by the entrance to Aberdeen Harbour and Control Tower to manage the flow of Oil support vessels and North Link Ferry that goes to Orkney and Shetland in the far north each day.

We continue around the Aberdeen harbour to the Victoria bridge past the old Tram shed over the river Dee to an area called Torry and follow the road with a good view of the Silver Darling seafood restaurant and entrance to the Aberdeen harbour. On this coastal road we have another golf course called Nigg and a lighthouse and a twin fog warning horn before we come into the next bay at Nigg itself alongside Torry on the south side of the city.

We also visit the very nice free entrance Duthie Park winter gardens with greenhouses that house warmer climate plants of all kinds with a nice café alongside.

Another place to visit is the Maritime museum at Ship row with free entrance and the Stratosphere near the Beach Ballroom.
We also explain and show visitors the site by the Queens Road, Aberdeen of Rubislaw Quarry the deepest manmade hole in Europe at 465 feet to the bottom lower than sea level. This large hole in the ground was quarried for 200 years using its grey granite that was used to build most of Aberdeen Silver city city between 1871 and 1971 when labour was much cheaper.
Nearby we show visitors the Gordon Highland regimental army museum and Hazlehead Park on the west side of the city.

Please note the cost of a city Tour is £40 per hour in either of our two 8 seat minibuses or 4 seat estate car and we will take one or two persons, but it would be the same price.

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