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Aberdeenshire, the Cairngorms and Balmoral

Aberdeenshire, UK

from £519 per person
2 passengers 5 nights
Including optional travel insurance or a price reduction of £20 if not required
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Experience truly authentic Scottish moments in Aberdeenshire

Each year, Queen Elizabeth II makes the journey northwards to Aberdeenshire and her estate surrounding Balmoral Castle. It is for the area’s wild beauty and undeniably significant history that she perhaps enjoys her holiday here so much. As it’s good enough for a monarch, we invite you to holiday like a queen!

During your time with us, you will stay in the fabulous four-star Macdonald Norwood Hall Hotel (4Q) on the outskirts of Aberdeen. It is then a kilted hop, skip and jump to explore the UK’s largest national park - the Cairngorms - and enjoy a stroll around Balmoral Castle. Dine on a fish and chip supper in Stonehaven and spend a day at leisure, perhaps visiting Aberdeen Art Gallery or the local maritime museum.

Including...

5 nights at your hotel

11 meals: 5 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 5 dinners

Excursions

  • Balmoral Castle (half day)
  • Cairngorms National Park (full day)
  • Dunnottar Castle and Stonehaven (half day)

Experiences

  • Enjoy fish and chips in Stonehaven

Plus all this…

  • Cancellation rights
  • Dedicated Saga Host
  • Hosted drinks reception
  • Guided orientation walks
  • Free hotel Wi-Fi
  • Hotel porterage
  • Tea and coffee-making facilities in your room
  • Assistance when booking flights

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Day 1 Aberdeen

Aberdeen, Scotland

Settle in to your hotel and join your host for a welcome drink before dinner. D


Day 2 Balmoral Castle

Balmoral Castle, Scotland

In 1852 Prince Albert bought Queen Victoria a present. That present was Balmoral Castle, which continues to provide a Scottish home to the royal family today. Upon arrival for your half-day tour you will perhaps capture the castle’s turrets and battlements on your camera before stepping inside. Explore the network of corridors lined with portraits and step outside to admire the grounds.

Spend the afternoon at leisure. B, D


Day 3 Cairngorms National Park

Purple heather on the hills of the Cairngorms national park

As Britain’s largest national park, the Cairngorms are home to plenty of Britain’s native, often endangered species. Depending on the time of year, purple hillsides of heather give way to extensive grasslands, overlooked by impressive mountains. Perhaps during your visit you will spot a red deer or two skipping gaily through the landscape, or lifting your eyes skyward a red kite - recognisable by its uniquely shaped tail - will swoop low, searching out for any carrion below.

You will spend some time at leisure in Tomintoul, home of the Whiskey Castle and Highland Market - a perfect place for whiskey drinkers and souvenir seekers. Also spend time in Aviemore, a town neighboured by ancient woodland. B, D


Day 4 At leisure

Seals on the beach at Newburgh, Scotland

The day is yours to spend as you wish. Perhaps wander the historical streets of Aberdeen, or venture further afield to Newburgh where seals lay lazily on the beach. B, D


Day 5 Dunnottar Castle and Stonehaven

Dunottar Castle on the East Coast of Scotland

The ruined medieval fortress of Dunnottar is as dramatic as one can be. Positioned on a rocky headland, it looms above the North Sea and impresses all who approach. Despite its glory days being long gone, we invite you to explore the ruined castle and discover its history, from the siege conducted by William Wallace and his Scottish troops in 1297, to royal residence for Mary Queen of Scots, James Vi and Charles II.

Spend time at leisure in Stonehaven, where you will be treated to a fish and chip lunch and return to your hotel for the afternoon. B, L, D


Day 6 Farewell

Following breakfast, make the return journey home and reflect on your Scottish adventure. B


What to explore

From your hotel, it is a short taxi ride into Aberdeen city centre. Known as ‘The Granite City’, Aberdeen is far from a grey area when it comes to things to do. Perhaps stroll through the galleries of Aberdeen Art Museum, or spend some time in the local maritime museum, exploring the city’s sea-going heritage. A short drive northwards will bring you to the coastal town of Newburgh, the beach of which is bustling with the undignified shuffling of seals.

Back in Aberdeen, at the end of the harbour, you will find ‘Footdee’ a charming old fishing community and a hidden gem of artistic curiosity. Of course no visit would be complete without passing by a local whiskey distillery. Perhaps during your day at leisure you will be tempted to visit the Glen Garioch Distillery, offering you a chance to bottle your own.

Your hotel

Macdonald Norwood Hall Hotel (4Q)

Built on the site of the 15th-century Pitfodels Castle, the four-star Macdonald Norwood Hall Hotel is surrounded by seven acres of private gardens and is located eight kilometres from Aberdeen City Centre. Its 73 bedrooms are traditionally decorated and are equipped with the essential amenities such as an en suite bathroom and free Wi-Fi, alongside a television, hairdryer, a safe and tea & coffee making facilities.

For golf enthusiasts, the hotel is just 6 kilometres from Balnagask Golf Course, a ‘distinctive’ golf course located at the entrance to Aberdeen harbour. Combining comfort with visual splendour, the hotel is perfectly suited for an exploration of Aberdeenshire’s many treasures.

Aberdeenshire, the Cairngorms and Balmoral

Aberdeenshire, UK

from £519 per person
2 passengers
5 nights
Including optional travel insurance or a price reduction of £20 if not required
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Aberdeenshire, the Cairngorms and Balmoral

Aberdeenshire, UK

from £519 per person
2 passengers
5 nights
Including optional travel insurance or a price reduction of £20 if not required