Royal Deeside & Shetland Mini Cruise

Royal Deeside & Shetland Mini Cruise

This wonderful six-day tour will explore some of Royal Deeside's most breath-taking scenery, and includes a visit to the Balmoral Estate and a ride on the Royal Deeside Railway. You will also experience a fantastic mini cruise to the stunning Shetland Isles.

Royal Deeside has been a favourite holiday destination of the royal family ever since Queen Victoria and Prince Albert first visited the Balmoral estate in 1848. This wonderful six-day tour will explore some of the region’s most breath-taking scenery, and includes a visit to the Balmoral Estate and a ride on the royal deeside railway. You will also experience a fantastic mini cruise to the stunning Shetland isles which boast a fascinating history and a landscape quite unlike anywhere else in the world.



An elegant Victorian Hotel Ideally located in the heart of Aberdeen. Facilities include the Bistro restaurant and a bar area.  All bedrooms feature free Wi-Fi, TV, hairdryer, iron & board plus tea & coffee making facilities. Lift to all floors.



On board you will find lounges, bars and restaurants, plus a shop and a cinema. Cabin accommodation is provided with twin berths (no bunks) power shower and toilet. 



Day One: We travel north through the Scottish Borders and on to Aberdeen where we commence our stay at the Mercure Hotel.


Day Two: This morning we pay a visit to Duff House. Designed in 1730 by William Adam, this Georgian stately home houses a stunning range of art treasures in addition to its extensive grounds. Enjoy some free time to explore before we travel to the nearby historic coastal town of Banff. Admire the dramatic views and discover the grand Georgian upper town with its 18th century buildings.


Day Three: Today begins with a brief stop at Crathie Church the regular place of worship for the Royal Family when in Scotland. We then continue to the Balmoral Estate, purchased for Queen Victoria by Prince Albert in 1852. Explore the grounds, gardens and exhibitions then we travel to Milton of Crathes for a ride on the Royal Deeside Heritage Railway alongside the River Dee.


Day Four: This morning we have a guided tour of Aberdeen. The city features some impressive architecture with its beautiful buildings made of locally-quarried granite. Explore the “Granite Mile” with its high street, craft shops, museums and galleries, or perhaps take a stroll along the harbour. After our day in Aberdeen we board a Northlink ferry for an overnight sailing to the Shetland Isles.


Day Five: We arrive into Lerwick this morning where a guide will join us for the day. We visit The Jarlshof Pre-historic and Norse settlements, one of the most important archaeological sites in Scotland where over 4000 years of history are contained. In the afternoon we visit the Scalloway Castle and museum then board the ferry again for our return overnight crossing to Aberdeen.


Day Six: We disembark after breakfast and commence our homeward journey.



  • Three nights hotel accommodation with dinner and breakfast

  • Two nights on board ship with dinner and breakfast

  • Admission to Duffs House, Balmoroal Estate, Scalloway Castle & Museum and Jarlshof Pre-Histroic & Norse Settlement

  • Royal Deeside Heritage Railway

  • Services of a Guide in Aberdeen & Lerwick

  • Excursions as described above

  • Return travel by luxury coach.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Name Address Contact Details
Abergele Abergele, Bowling Green Bus Stop
Bangor, Nelson Pub Bangor, Bus Stop Opposite Nelson Pub
Bangor, Pontio Centre Bangor, Pontio Centre Bus Stop
Bethel Bethel, Primary School Bus Stop
Bontnewydd Bontnewydd, Bus Stop Near Chip Shop
Bryngwran Bryngwran, School Entrance
Caergeiliog Caergeiliog, Outside Sportsmans Pub
Caernarfon, Campbell Road Caernarfon, Bus Stop Bottom of Campbell Road
Caernarfon, Leisure Cent. Caernarfon, Bus Stop opposite Leisure Centre
Caernarfon, Morrisons Caernarfon, Morrisons Bus Stop
Caernarfon, Waterloo Port Caernarfon, Waterloo Port Bus Stop
Caernarfon, Y Glyn Caernarfon, Y Glyn Bethel Road
Chester Chester, Holiday Inn South Hotel Bus Stop
Colwyn Bay Colwyn Bay, Railway Station Bus Stop
Criccieth, Medical Centre Criccieth, Medical Centre Bus Stop
Deganwy Deganwy, Railway Station Bus Stop
Ewloe Ewloe, Outside St David's Park Hotel
Gaerwen Gaerwen, Stermat Car Park
Gwalchmai Gwalchmai, Opposite Clock
Halkyn Halkyn, Outside Billy Jeans
(Springfield Hotel Return Drop Off Point)
Holyhead Holyhead, Bus Stop Outside Ferry Terminal Entrance
Llanberis, Maes Padarn Llanberis, Bus Stop Opposite Maes Padarn
Llanberis, Spar Llanberis, Outside Spar Shop
Llandegai Llandegai, Penrhyn Castle Entrance
Llandudno Llandudno, Mostyn Broadway Coach Park Bus Stop
Llandudno Jct. New Road Llandudno Junction, New Road Bus Stop
Llanfairfechan Llanfairfechan, Castle Bridge Bus Stop
Llanfairpwll Llanfairpwll, Pringles Car Park
Llangefni Llangefni, Church Street Bus Stop
Llanrug Llanrug, Arvonia Garage
Menai Bridge Menai Bridge, Library Bus Stop
Northop Northop, Red Lion Pub Bus Stop
Old Colwyn Old Colwyn, Church Walks Bus Stop
Opposite The Plough Inn
Penmaenmawr Penmaenmawr, Llys Clwyd Bus Stop (Opposite Spar)
Penrhyn Bay Penrhyn Bay, Post Office
Penygroes Penygroes, Crossroads (Outside Victoria Hotel)
Porthmadog Porthmadog, Tesco Bus Stop
Pwllheli Pwllheli, Bus Station
Rhos on Sea, Cayley Arms Rhos on Sea, Bus Stop Opposite Cayley Arms
Rhos on Sea, Hickorys Rhos on Sea, Bus Stop Opposite Hickorys Restaurant
St. Asaph St. Asaph, Bus Stop Outside Petrol Station
Valley Valley, Opposite Valley Hotel
Wrexham, Northbound Wrexham, Taxi Stand King Street
(Taxi Feeder Service)
Y Felinheli, St. Marys Y Felinheli, St Mary's Church Bus Stop
Y Felinheli, Victoria Y Felinheli, Victoria Hotel Bus Stop

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