Colin Murdoch Tours
Finding the best in Aberdeen and the northeast of Scotland
Providing the right tour for you
Planned and delivered with you in mind
I hope, through guiding you on day and half-day tours to bring out the stories and context for what is around us in an entertaining and informative way, to help you gain a richer appreciation of this corner of Scotland.
The walking tours I can arrange allow you to get up close and see in detail what makes a place special, whereas coach trips allow you to experience a wider view of the area, and in both cases find out what links the area to the wider world.
Please use the Get A Quote page to contact me to discuss how to get the best out of your day out.
Professional Tour Guide
Helping You Get the Best Of the Northeast Of Scotland
These in-depth half day walks of Aberdeen, Dundee or St Andrews let you get to know them like a local. The history of each place, its politics, religion, art and industry leave their marks in the streets and buildings we will see, telling the story of life in Scotland.
The Scottish Tour Guide Association is Scotland's only professional membership body for fully trained and accredited guides in Scotland and is endorsed by Visit Scotland.
As a Green Badge member specialising in Aberdeen and the Northeast of Scotland I offer a professional guide service for tour companies, groups and individuals. I can plan and design bespoke itineraries and delver tours to suit your budget and timescale in this part of Scotland.
Northeast Scotland By Coach
Rather than an in-depth walking tour, a coach tour allows you a wider experience this distinctive part of Scotland. I can arrange and plan City coach tours around Aberdeen, Dundee and St Andrews or offer excursions to view the unique scenery from mountains to the sea.
For example you can choose to follow in the footsteps of Queen Victoria in Royal Deeside, to visit the heartland of whisky making in Speyside, or to visit the fishing towns and villages along the Moray Coast.
Why visit Aberdeen?
Heart of the Northeast
Aberdeen is a great place to visit both for a short break, or to use as a base for a longer stay.
It is ideally placed to explore further afield as it sits at the centre of the Northeast's transport network.
Distanced from the the population centres of Glasgow and Edinburgh has meant that Aberdeen has taken it's own way through history, open to wider influences, but always local at heart.
The city's unique appearance comes from the slate roofs and grey granite it is built of. The granite responds to the weather, from an austere monochrome under the winter sky to sparkling silver in the sun.
It sounds different too, from the calls of local herring gulls to our local Doric dialect, and it can even taste different- the rowie has been a breakfast staple for years.
Why visit the Northeast of Scotland?
A Country in Miniature.
From a coast dotted with fishing villages and fringed by cliffs and unspoilt sandy beaches, the area rises through rich farm land to the Cairngorms, Britain's largest National Park, home to five of the six highest peaks in Britain.
It offers outdoor pursuits to suit every level. Walking, skiing, mountaineering and cycling are widely available, and you could even try salmon fishing, deer stalking and grouse shooting.
There is the opportunity to see some of the best of Britain's wildlife, such as pine martin, golden eagles and bottle-nosed dolphins.
Historically the northeast has a rich offering of ancient archeological sites and is home to 263 castles, more per acre than anywhere else in the British Isles.
Whisky distilling is a major attraction, with the Speyside area famous around the world for brands such as Glen Livet, Macallan and Aberlour.
Royal Deeside celebrates the links to the Royal Family's Balmoral home.
There is accommodation available from simple bed and breakfast to luxury country houses