Aberdeen and Ballindalloch Castle


Travel by Coach Days
  • Trip to the granite city of Aberdeen
  • Visit Ballindalloch Castle -a the ‘Pearl of the North’
  • Call in at Speyside Cooperage
  • Take in the breathtaking surroundings
  • Relaxed entertainment on some evenings

Surrounded by wonderful wooded scenery the delightful village of Braemar is set between the Cairngorm and Grampian mountain ranges, and is perfect for a relaxing treat with the opportunity to explore local places of interest. On this break we visit the granite city of Aberdeen as well as Ballindalloch Castle – the ‘Pearl of the North’.

This Holiday is Great For

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Day One: Home to Braemar
We make our way from the interchange and travel to the Bay Invercauld Arms hotel in Braemar, after check-in we’ll enjoy a sumptuous evening meal. (D)

Day Two to Four: In and around Braemar
Over our three days in Braemar we’ll go on two included excursions. We go to Aberdeen, the capital of the Grampian Highlands. With its sparkling granite buildings, the city has an enchanting skyline, and the old town has a magical air of time gone by. Next we visit fascinating Speyside Cooperage for an insight into the ancient art of whisky cast making and go on to magnificent Ballindalloch Castle, the ‘Pearl of the North’. The other day in Braemar is for you to enjoy as free time. Staying in Braemar is a great opportunity to explore the Cairngorms National Park. The largest national park in the country is made up of mountainous areas interspersed with lochs, rivers, woodland and moorland which all make this an incredible place to visit. (B,D)

Day Five: Braemar to Home
Time to say goodbye to Braemar today, as we travel back to the interchange and then continue home. (B)

Invercauld Arms Hotel


  • Located in a perfect setting at the heart of The Cairngorms National Park in the quaint village of Braemar
  • Enjoy fantastic food in the onsite restaurant, followed by a nightcap of local whiskey in the traditional bar
  • With a number of superb trails passing nearby, Braemar is a great base for a walking holiday

The Invercauld Arms has a history dating back almost 400 years and the classic beauty of our hotel is only matched by its remarkable location among the wild glens and ancient forests of the Cairngorms.

The town of Braemar is a popular starting point for hill walks and treks with a number starting here. The tourist information centre has details of a number of walks you can take, ranging from easy walks which take a couple of hours to testing full-day hikes.

Further afield you can easily reach the cities of Perth, Dundee and Aberdeen for a day trip, each of which is packed with history. Or take a scenic drive to the town of Aviemore on the other side of the park, passing the charming town of Tomintoul and the colossal peaks the park is famous for.

In the hotel you will enjoy traditional architecture and interiors and fabulous meals in the Castleview Restaurant. After a long day of exploring the surrounding countryside you can relax in the bar and enjoy a dram of the local whiskey before settling down in your comfortable and stylish room for the night.

Rooms at this hotel

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The Local Area

Included Excursions

Full Day: Aberdeen

We travel through the beautiful wooded scenery of Royal Deeside to the sparkling city of Aberdeen. While there you can explore a number of different art galleries and museums, the Maritime museum provides a fascinating insight into the lives of people who have worked on the seas near Aberdeen over the past 500 years and admission is free. Or, get on the water yourself with a cruise around Aberdeen Harbour!


Full Day: Speyside Cooperage And Ballindalloch Castle

Journey into the beautiful Spey Valley and Whisky Country! We visit fascinating Speyside Cooperage for an insight into the ancient art of whisky cast making and go on to magnificent Ballindalloch Castle, the ‘Pearl of the North’. First and foremost a much-loved family home, Ballindalloch is a welcoming castle set in spectacular surroundings and filled with family memorabilia and fine historic treasures.