Discover Royal Deeside’s beautiful landscape and amazing local produce on a journey fit for a Queen! Visit the royal carriage at the Old Station in Ballater, try some of the best products that Scotland has to offer with a visit to one of the most exclusive whisky distilleries and a fantastic cheese tasting at a very traditional local creamery.
The Royal Whisky & Cheese tour will take us on a breath-taking journey up the Dee Valley which over the centuries has been a well-loved route of royalty, tourists and locals. The River Dee winds its way back from Aberdeen harbour to its source deep in the Cairngorms along the way exposing some very iconic landscapes and landmarks.
Our first stop will be at the Old Station in Ballater where we will get to see the royal carriage and the royal waiting room designed by Queen Victoria herself. We will then take a seat to enjoy a coffee and be introduced to Aberdeenshire’s famous “Buttery”, baked by one of our finest bakers in the most traditional of methods.
From here we will visit one of Scotland’s most exclusive whisky distilleries for a tour and a tasting of a dram fit for royalty. The small scale and history of the distillery gives a real authentic feel for where the industry came from.
We will then take a short drive back over the River Dee to a wee café built and run by an artisan baker of the highest class. Here we will choose from the daily changing menu which features produce from Upper Deeside’s finest producers.
After lunch we will head to a local creamery and discover how one farming family’s traditional methods and recipes have been passed down from generations, to create some of the finest raw milk farmhouse cheeses on the market. Of course, this will be finished off with a cheese tasting.
Expect a comfortable scenic journey through Royal Deeside where we will meet great people, hear their stories and sample some excellent locally produced food and drink.