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Around the Cairngorm national park, incl. Royal Deeside

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January — December

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Tour around Scotland's largest nationalpark, incl. Royal Deeside (Braemar & Ballater), stunning Highland & mountain scenery across Glenshee & the Lecht, with a chance of wildlife spotting (reindeer?), some walks, especially around Loch Morlich & more

Around the Cairngorm national park, incl. Royal Deeside

Around the Cairngorm national park, incl. Royal Deeside

Price: £59 per person (based on a minimum of 4 passengers)


Guaranteed pick up/drop off always from the Stirling area, places along the way, anywhere on private tours & outwith the Forth Valley on request depending on distance & booking numbers


  • long distance multi-stop day tour
  • allowing for some limited free time, flexible activities, nature, walks, bens. lochs & glens, ski resorts, mountain views, wildlife, castles & more

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ItinerarySpectacular tour around Scotland’s largest nationalpark

We travel from Stirling through Perth and past Scone palace north past picturesque Blairgowrie and climb up the pass of Glenshee along the ski route.

We have a stop before we heading into Aberdeenshire and drive along Royal Deeside to the historic village of Braemar, home of the world famous Royal Highland gathering, where we will be stopping for a walk.

We drive past Braemar castle and the stately home of the Farquharson clan before at Crathie we are close to Balmoral castle and the the royal Crathie church.

The overall day, our timings, our activities, if more outdoor walking, having photostops up at the high Cairngorm mountain resort near the reindeer centre and stunning Loch Morlich and if we can take this or that high mountain pass route or not and if we have to take a diversion will very much depend on the weather.

In mid-April it could be anything from cold, wintry with a lot of snow up to warm, early summer has arrived, life, nature, the flowers, the spring blossoms, the lambs, etc. all being out and about. Some of what we will do and see will also depend on the preferences of the group.

We will have to play it by ear, but the plan is for a full circuit around the Cairngorm nationalpark.

We will visit Victorian Ballater, cross the Cock bridge and drive along stunning mountain passes up the Lecht ski resort and through Tomintoul and then head south along the A9 with stops at Carrbridge (300 year old military bridge) /Aviemore (when there is time and good weather a visit of stunning Loch Morlich/Cairngorm mountain ski resort past the reindeer centre is an option) plus if the group is into walking there are some more fantastic walks in the Newtonmore/Kingussie/Kincraig area or just having free time in Aviemore, plus you have the Kincraig wildlife park , or visit a working sheep dog form or Highland Folk museum (where some Outlander scenes were filmed) or can visit the Cairngorm reindeer herd and there is a lot more to do and see in the Cairngorm nationalpark

We drive past the Dalwhinnie distillery, Blair Atholl castle, Killiecrankie and have some more scenic stops before after a possible stop at the Victorian tourist town Pitlochry and Dunkeld and depending on time and weather possible more scenic routes and stops, we are heading back to Stirling again.

This route depending on the weather or specific requests for time sensitive visits, etc. can also be reversed.


Aviemore weather forecast

  • How to enquire, book & pay
  • If you are interested in this tour, you let us know by either emailing, use our enquiry form or text or phone us 07429251980. This also gives you a chance to ask any questions, you may have.
  • Once the minimum number of interested individuals has been reached, we contact everyone, if they still wish to join the tour and are ready to book and pay.
  • Once the minimum number of individuals have paid, the tour is then a guaranteed departure.

  • COVID-19 information

    In recognition that this business has confirmed that they have followed government and industry COVID-19 guidelines, ensuring processes are in place to maintain cleanliness and aid social/physical distancing.

    Contact details

    Unicorn Tours
    42 Bridge Terrace
    (* close to Falkirk, Dunfermline, Stirling & its University; * 45 minutes from Edinburgh, Glasgow & Perth; * just 1 hour from Dundee, St. Andrews & anywhere across the Central Belt)
    FK10 1HY

    Key facilities

    WiFi Wifi
    Accessible Parking and Dropoff Disabled Parking
    Alloa Dundee and Angus Perthshire St Andrews Stirling
    Small Group (1-16)
    English French German
    Castles History Landscapes Outdoor Activities Walking Wildlife

    COVID-19 facilities

    • Advance booking essential
    • COVID-19 measures in place
    • COVID-19 refund and cancellation policy in place
    • COVID-19 risk assessment completed
    • COVID-19 staff training completed
    • Capacity limit
    • Deep cleaning between visitors
    • Face mask essential (provided)
    • Hand sanitiser available to visitors & staff
    • Socially distanced spaced seating
    • Staff required to regularly wash hands


    Tour company information

    Unicorn Tours

    * 100s of the best routes to cover every corner of Scotland * Small group Highlands & Islands adventure tours * Personalised, flexible customised tours to suit your interests * Spectacular tailormade, flexible small group adventure & specialist interest 1 day & multi-day tours (nature, wildlife, history, walking, culture, whisky, activities, island-hopping, etc.) & routes all over Scotland, including the most spectacular off-the beaten track routes, where large coaches won't travel * Our maximum passenger number is 8 and so long as social distancing rules are in place 4.

    Opening times

    Monday - Sunday
    6am to 10pm
    (06:00 - 22:00)

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