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**The organizing committee reserves the right to cancel a tour if numbers are not met.
Coach will depart from Old Aberdeen and collect at Copthorne and Marcliffe at Pitfodels, returning to Marcliffe, Copthorne and Old Aberdeen (subject to demand).
Your tour heads west along Royal Deeside, on the north bank of the River Dee and passing the Marcliffe at Pitfodels before heading into the countryside. Your Guide will tell you some of the background to historic Crathes Castle, and what to look out for as you tour the building and the lovely gardens. The Castle dates from the 16th century and was built as a fortified family home for the Burnetts of Leys. The yew hedges which surround the upper part of the Garden date from 1702! In addition to the formal garden, there are huge grounds, with walks and an adventure playground, a shop and restaurant.
Next stop is the nearby little town of Banchory, with a wide range of shops, and also cafes, pubs and restaurants to make your own lunch arrangements. After lunch, you will cross the river Dee in Banchory and then turn south, following in the steps of the drovers (cowherds) of old to cross the Grampian mountains by the Cairn o’ Mount road which leads down to the fertile area known as the Mearns and the village of Fettercairn.
The visit to Fettercairn malt whisky distillery will include an introductory video and welcome dram of 12 year old Fettercairn single malt, a tour of the distillery and the opportunity to buy both whisky and souvenirs in the distillery shop. Return to Aberdeen is via the main road (A90).
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