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Loch Ness and the Highlands Small-Group Day Tour from Aberdeen

Loch Ness and the Highlands Small-Group Day Tour from Aberdeen

star-5
42
  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
$68.27
From
$68.27
The battles, beauty, and whisky: This is your perfect introduction to Scotland. You shed a tear as you hear the tales and tragedies of Scotland’s Jacobite Rising at the Culloden Battlefield. You try to take your best photo as you pass by Scotland’s famous mountains and castles. And you lick your lips as you drink in the spirit of Scottish whisky in Dufftown, ‘the Whisky Capital of the World’. What’s more, you get as close as possible to the legendary Loch Ness Monster on an optional boat trip. So, take this trip and enjoy the best of Scotland in a day.
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* A traveler said: "A huge thanks to our guide-driver Douglas. He was very knowledgable, professional and friendly. The tour was amazing, we were taken through history, current issues and of course whiskey 🥃 tradition. We loved it!!"


Dunnottar Castle and Royal Deeside Small-Group Tour from Aberdeen

Dunnottar Castle and Royal Deeside Small-Group Tour from Aberdeen

star-5
31
  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
$58.52
From
$58.52
Combine the majestic heights of Royal Deeside with the epic cliff-top site of Dunnottar Castle. For almost 150 years, the British royal family have travelled to the River Dee for their holidays. With almost unlimited cash and resources, why do they always come here? We think there’s an easy answer. This area encapsulates everything everyone loves about Scotland. You find grand castles enclosed by pine forests. You look up at the highest plateau in Britain in the Cairngorms National Park. And there’s enough nearby distilleries to satisfy any royal event. So, who wouldn’t want to escape to the fresh air of this location? On this tour, we combine her Majesty’s favourite holiday spot with a trip to Dunnottar Castle, one of the most historically important and visually arresting sights in Scotland. Hop aboard this tour, see an epic castle, and discover whether you have the same taste as the royals.
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* A traveler said: "Excellent tour, tour guide was very knowledgeable about Scotland history and culture. Highly recommended."


Speyside Whisky Trail Small-Group Day Tour from Aberdeen

Speyside Whisky Trail Small-Group Day Tour from Aberdeen

star-5
16
  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
$58.52
From
$58.52
Whisky distilleries abound in Scotland and deciding where to go can be tricky, while driving between distilleries takes tastings off the table. That’s not a problem on this intimate small-group tour, as your driver-guide transports you to two specially selected distilleries in a top-of-the-range, 16-seat Mercedes mini-coach. There, learn about the history and production of whisky, before sampling for yourself.
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* A traveler said: "Excellent, got to see Scottish countryside and drove over large parts of Scotland with a great guide Doug. Visited some distilleries as well and learnt about the whiskey manufacturing process. You don't need to drink to enjoy this scenic tour and the people carrier was large and comfortable with hand sanitizer and masks. I recommend."


Crime and Punishment: Explore Aberdeen's darker history on a walking audio tour

Crime and Punishment: Explore Aberdeen's darker history on a walking audio tour

star-4.5
13
  • 45 minutes to 2 hours 15 minutes
From
$5.40
From
$5.40
From bodysnatching and beheadings to witchcraft and whippings, we share real life stories of crime and punishment from the last 500 years on this self-guided GPS audio tour. Along the way you’ll see major Aberdeen landmarks, from Marischal College to the Mercat Cross, and learn how they were witness to darkest chapters in the city’s history. Scot Free Tours sheds a light on the baffling and often unjust laws of the last five centuries – and reveals that past is not as far away as we think. Thousands of people have loved our 5-star rated live tours and now you can experience them with freedom of an audio guide! The tour plays audio automatically at exactly the right time and place using your smartphone's GPS and the VoiceMap mobile app, which also works offline. Start the tour in the app, put your phone in your pocket, and let us guide you around Aberdeen. The total walking distance is 3km and takes about 45 minutes without stopping, but you can pause anytime!
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Taste of Scotland Tour

Taste of Scotland Tour

star-5
8
  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
$101.07
From
$101.07
Although most famous for its castles, Scotland has an interesting culinary heritage. Get a true taste of the country during a full-day tour that visits the Glen Garioch Whiskey Distillery and three major historical attractions. Letting someone else drive means you’ll have more time to focus on northern Scotland’s stunning scenery and can skip worrying about getting lost on rural roads.
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* A traveler said: "Jacqueline was a wonderful guide. The tour was relaxing but very informative. The 'tastes' of Scotland provided were really wonderful..tasty & Scottish. Walked thru the Fraser castle w Jacqueline as the tour guide, saw beautiful Scottish country sides & villages.."


Made in Dundee: A Self-Guided Walking Audio Tour

Made in Dundee: A Self-Guided Walking Audio Tour

star-4
10
  • 1 hour 10 minutes
From
$5.34
From
$5.34
Dundee: coolest city in Scotland or sink of humanity? On this self-guided GPS audio tour, you decide for yourself as I take you beyond Dundee's main tourist attractions. During the tour, you'll encounter a heroic pigeon, James Bond's grandfather and the world's worst poet. You'll learn why Winston Churchill vowed never to return here and how to survive when in the Arctic. The tour is perfect for first-time visitors to Dundee as well as those who want to learn more about their city - such as by finding out how Dundee came to own the largest cut emerald in existence. This audio tour takes you on a 3km walk around the many sights of Dundee, as well as the hidden corners. It takes just over an hour without stopping but you can pause the tour whenever you choose. The audio plays automatically at exactly the right time and place using your smart phone's GPS and the VoiceMap mobile app, which also works offline.
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The Dark Side of Aberdeen: A Self-guided Audio Walk
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$5.34
Explore the murkier corners of Aberdeen at your own pace with this highly acclaimed self guided audio walking tour of Aberdeen.  Beginning from the Mercat Cross, you'll weave your way through hundreds of years of history while discovering the stories of piracy, slavery, and insurrection that the city hides in plain sight.  Hear about "Indian Pete" and his efforts to banish child slavery.  The tour is ready whenever you feel like taking a stroll. It plays audio automatically at exactly the right time and place using your smart phone's GPS and the VoiceMap mobile app, which also works offline. It does not need a network connection to work. If you've got an hour and want to see some of the grisly and gloomy corners that Aberdeen has to offer – this is the tour for you!  
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Aberdeenshire Private Half Day Castle & Historic Building Tour

Aberdeenshire Private Half Day Castle & Historic Building Tour

star-5
6
  • 5 hours
From
$179.73
Price varies by group size
From
$179.73
Price varies by group size
This is a private tour for your group only. Scotland has many treasures to offer and a lot of them are in Aberdeenshire. We will take you on a private tour to areas that are as stunning as they are interesting and you will learn about the attractions and their history and have a great day out Tours can include – Iconic Castle(s), Distilleries, Historical Areas, Stunning Scenery (examples listed from which we choose a route), Optional Lunch. Our example itinerary includes - Old Aberdeen - A step back in time to see amazing ancient buildings including St Machars Cathedral and Kings College. - 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. Minimum passengers: one. Maximum passengers: four. Time Exposure Travel are members of ABTOT (No.5419) which provides protection for customers’ prepayments.
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* A traveler said: "Malcolm is a great tour guide, very knowledgeable and easy going with a good sense of humour. He could think on his feet and adapt to our requirements. He was good at engaging my teenage boys - he brought Scots history alive by cannily focusing on the gruesome hangings, bloody battles, body snatching. He managed to keep the boys interested despite the tour lasting 5 hours. We saw 3 castles and the tour of Old Aberdeen was fascinating."


Aberdeen Historical Walking Tour

Aberdeen Historical Walking Tour

star-5
2
  • 2 hours
  • Taking safety measures
From
$41.80
Price varies by group size
From
$41.80
Price varies by group size
Time Exposure Travel will take you on a walking tour round some of the most interesting historical areas of Aberdeen, chosen from the attractions listed above. In Old Aberdeen some the areas we will explore include the buildings of the 15th Century University, at 12th Century Cathedral with an amazing heraldic ceiling and a dark secret, Scotland's oldest bridge, other fascinating areas and even visit a secret graveyard very few locals even know about. Tours can be tailored to suit. Please note access to Chapel interiors is subject to availability. Time Exposure Travel are members of ABTOT (No.5419) which provides protection for customers’ prepayments.
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* A traveler said: "Really enjoyed Malcolm's knowledge and pleasant demeanor. Saw & heard a lot about St. Machar Cathedral, the campus of Univ. of Aberdeen, the promenade, the bridge built by Bruce, etc. Very enjoyable. Would definitely recommend Malcolm for any tour he could give you"


Inverness & Highlands Tour

Inverness & Highlands Tour

star-5
1
  • 11 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
$104.04
From
$104.04
A beautiful tour of the Highlands, explore the city of Inverness and enjoy Scottish hospitality on the banks of Loch Ness. With visits to Cawdor Castle and a stop at Culloden Moor Battlefield you will experience a bit of Scottish Heritage along the way.
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Stonehaven: Robert Burns, the BBC and Mars Bars Walking Audio Tour by VoiceMap
Stonehaven is not just a pretty little seaside town. Thanks to its fireball festival and its proximity to one of Scotland's most iconic castles, photos of Stonehaven have been beamed all over the world. Our tour tells you the stories behind these images - and if that wasn't enough we have tales of mutiny, the Titanic and the Scottish Crown Jewels. This tour is perfect if you are on your way to Dunnottar Castle and want to see something of the town first. If you are staying in Stonehaven it is a great way to get your bearings and see some of the hidden nooks, carvings and art you would otherwise have missed. This audio tour takes you on a 4km walk around Stonehaven and up to the nearby War Memorial. It takes around 80 minutes without stopping but you can pause the tour whenever you choose. The audio plays automatically at exactly the right time and place using your smart phone's GPS and the VoiceMap mobile app, which also works offline.
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OUTLANDER Film locations Tour from Dundee

OUTLANDER Film locations Tour from Dundee

star-5
1
  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
From
$490.43
per group
From
$490.43
per group
Enjoy a very interesting full day private tour from Dundee visiting many of the film locations used in the OUTLANDER TV series. If you are not familiar with this TV series, you should not be put off by this as the venues we visit are some of the best in Scotland and this makes for a very interesting and fun day. Tour is approximately 8-9 hours in duration, and suitable for 1-8 persons. Highlights include; a visit to the historic village of Falkland, the historic village of Culross and 17th Century Palace (Cranesmuir), Deanston Distillery (Wine Warehouse, Le Harve) and Doune Castle (Castle Leoch).  You will also see Stirling Castle and the Wallace monument as we pass by, visit Drummond Castle Gardens (Palace of Versailles) etc.
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* A traveler said: "Paul was very informative, courteous, patient, and a safe driver, willing to answer all our questions. He recognized our needs to stay timely to see all sites. The tour was excellent! Highly recommended!"


Aberdeen Historical & Turbulent Times Walking Tour

Aberdeen Historical & Turbulent Times Walking Tour

  • 3 hours
  • Taking safety measures
From
$68.27
Price varies by group size
From
$68.27
Price varies by group size
Time Exposure Travel will take you on a tour to some of the most interesting historical areas of Aberdeen, chosen from the attractions listed in the itinerary. In Old Aberdeen some the areas we will explore include the buildings of the 15th Century University, a 12th Century Cathedral with an amazing heraldic ceiling and a dark secret, Scotland's oldest bridge, other fascinating areas and a secret graveyard very few locals know about. In the city centre and in the shadow of impressive historical buildings, you learn about the brutal realities of medieval times, including burnings, drownings, hangings, and floggings. Also, Aberdeen has been the site of military invasions, riots and body snatching and you also find out about the local officials who colluded in the 18th century to kidnap young children and sell them as slaves in America. Our tour covers 800 captivating years. Access to Chapel interiors is subject to availability. Time Exposure Travel are members of ABTOT.
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Aberdeenshire Scotland's Castle Trail Private Tour

Aberdeenshire Scotland's Castle Trail Private Tour

  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
$564.28
per group
From
$564.28
per group
In Aberdeenshire's region, there are 263 castles. It is the region with the highest number of castles in Scotland and is well-known as Scotland's Castle Country. Some of Scotland's castles date as far back as the 13th century. All Scottish castles are unique and were built depending on wealth and status at the time. Scotland's Castle Trail Aberdeenshire covers 17 castles to be explored and we have pre-designed a day tour itinerary to help you visit up to 4 castles: Dunnottar Castle, Castle Fraser, Crathes Castle, and Craigievar Castle. You can customize Scotland's Castle Trail Aberdeenshire! *Many castles are not opened all year round (only during the season)* *You need to book in advance the ticket entrance for the castles if you wish to visit their interiors. Pre-booking is required due to COVID-19 restrictions. *Times and routes depending on your choice of castles.
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Aberdeenshire Castles Cows and Whisky Private Day Trip

Aberdeenshire Castles Cows and Whisky Private Day Trip

  • 6 to 8 hours
  • Taking safety measures
From
$480.68
Price varies by group size
From
$480.68
Price varies by group size
An amazing private tour that provides a true taste of Scotland, all in one day. Historic Castles, Highland Cows and Whisky! Feel the history, taste the beef and drink a dram! Take home amazing memories. Crathes is a stunning 16th-century Castle featuring turrets, gargoyles, painted ceilings and ancient, great yew hedges in the amazing gardens. We offer the chance to visit a working farm, meet our native breed of cattle, photograph them, learn about their history and have a lunch of succulent Premium Highland Beef which includes a local craft beer or local Gin! Enjoy an amazing tour round the Royal Lochnagar distillery which produces a world class single malt Scotch whisky. The Distillery is based in the grounds of the world famous Balmoral Castle and close to the stunning mountain, Lochnagar. All tours can be tailored to suit and subject to seasonal opening times. Time Exposure Travel are members of ABTOT (No.5419) which provides protection for customers’ prepayments.
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Airport/Train/Harbour transfer and Private Guided Tour of area
From
$277.26
per group
Too early to check in to your hotel or for your flight? We have the perfect solution, a private guided tour of the area. Simply let us know where/when you need picked up and choose the length of tour that suits you. Aberdeenshire has many treasures to offer – amazing castles, historical buildings, distilleries, beautiful scenery and spectacular wildlife. We will take you to areas that are as stunning as they are interesting. and you will learn about the attractions and their history. Tours can include – Iconic Castle(s), Distilleries, Historical Areas, Stunning Scenery (examples listed from which we choose a route), Optional Lunch. Pick up from Airport, Train Station, Cruise Ship and drop off is at your Hotel or Cruise Ship. Minimum passengers: 1. Maximum passengers: 4 Please contact us to check availability. Time Exposure Travel are members of ABTOT (No.5419) which provides protection for customers’ prepayments.
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Aberdeenshire and Royal Deeside Private Half-day Castle Tour

Aberdeenshire and Royal Deeside Private Half-day Castle Tour

  • 4 hours
  • Taking safety measures
From
$179.73
Price varies by group size
From
$179.73
Price varies by group size
This is a private tour for your group only. Scotland has many treasures to offer and a lot of them are in Aberdeenshire. We will take you on a private tour to areas that are as stunning as they are interesting and you will learn about the attractions and their history and have a great day out Tours can include – Iconic Castle(s), Distilleries, Historical Areas, Stunning Scenery (examples listed from which we choose a route), Optional Lunch. Our example itinerary includes - 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. Minimum passengers: one. Maximum passengers: four. Time Exposure Travel are members of ABTOT (No.5419) which provides protection for customers’ prepayments.
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Edinburgh Whisky Tour - Whisky Tasting and Distillery Tours - Full Day

Edinburgh Whisky Tour - Whisky Tasting and Distillery Tours - Full Day

  • 7 to 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
$222.92
Price varies by group size
From
$222.92
Price varies by group size
This Whiskywheels tour is fantastic for those wishing to sample what the Edinburgh whisky distilleries have to offer. Delicate and fruity, with a kick, these drams are some of the most well sought after in the whisky industry. Edinburgh Whisky Tour: 1. Glenkinchie Distillery is a Scottish single malt whisky distillery in East Lothian, Scotland. The best of the six distilleries in the Lowland region. 2. The Malt Whisky Society was formed in 1983 by a group of unconventional ‘water of life’ experts. The society exists to present their selected single cask whisky in its purest form. 3. Our final stop for your Edinburgh whisky tour is the newly built Holyrood distillery. Holyrood is all about flavour. Taste your way through our beautiful city while learning the history and entertaining tales from each distillery from local experts who know their whisky. Our Half Day Tour includes one distillery Tour and Tasting and an optional drop off at the Malt Whisky Society for lunch.
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Best Scottish Whisky Distilleries Private Tasting Trip plus optional Castle Tour

Best Scottish Whisky Distilleries Private Tasting Trip plus optional Castle Tour

  • 8 hours
  • Taking safety measures
From
$691.07
per group
From
$691.07
per group
We offer a private tour to the heart of whisky country. Visit any Whisky distilleries you want (we can normally visit 2 or 3 depending on opening times) and an example is in the itinerary. In each distillery you will learn the secrets of how Scotland's most famous drink is crafted and then you will have the opportunity to sample the beautiful offerings. We can recommend which distilleries to visit if required , but wherever we take you, you know you can sit back and relax and let us do the driving. The 3 most popular are Macallan, Glenfiddich and Glenlivet. There are may popular distilleries and please contact us others. We can book the internal guided tasting/tours for you. Some distilleries close in winter and are all subject to seasonal open times. You must be over 18. Option to include a Castle tour/visit. Subject to availability. Time Exposure Travel are members of ABTOT (No.5419) which provides protection for customers’ prepayments.
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