Supporting Wildlife in Aberdeenshire

Red Squirrels are protected species

A new tour season and a new opportunity to support the wildlife in our beautiful Aberdeenshire. Our charity for 2023 is The North East Wildlife and Animal Rescue Center Last year we introduced our Wildlife and Habitat Support Fund to increase our efforts to support nature and wildlife charities which protect and restore the landscape […]

Grampian Escapes is expanding

The Watchers at Corgarff

Grampian Escapes and Tours ran its first tour season in 2018, and after a few interesting and challenging years, we are pleased to announce we are expanding! Grampian Escapes and Tours was founded by Jacqueline van den Akker in 2018. After moving to Aberdeen in 2002, she spent a lot of time exploring Aberdeenshire at […]

4 Tips when visiting Scotland

Sightseeing in Scotland

A trip to Scotland is for many a dream. People spend months dreaming of places they want to visit. There are a few things to be aware of when travelling around our beautiful country, they can either be a frustration or part of our quirkiness. Many of our cities and towns will have a good […]

Aberdeenshire’s Balmoral & Royal Deeside

Balmoral Castle on Royal Deeside

Aberdeenshire was thrust onto the world’s stage, with the passing of our beloved Queen Elizabeth II. When the Queen stayed in Aberdeenshire last September, no one anticipated this was to be her last visit to her beloved Balmoral. Our Majestic Aberdeenshire & Deeside After the news broke many felt and mourned the loss of Her […]

Our Wildlife & Habitat Fund

Ballochbuie Bridge

This year we introduced our Wildlife and Habitat Conservation Fund and committed to raising funds for the River Dee Trust. Update on our Wildlife and Habitat Conservation Fund This year we made a change to our efforts in supporting nature and wildlife charities which protect and restore the landscape and environment in our beautiful Scotland.  […]

Top Aberdeenshire locations for Nature Seekers

Collieston Coastal Path

If you love spending time in nature, then the northeast of Scotland has plenty of options for you. More than Tartan and ‘Outlander’ in Scotland When talking about Scotland as a vacation destination, many visualise images of heritage and history, Clans and Tartan and in recent years Outlander! On the west coast are dramatic mountains, […]

Aberdeenshire is Castle Country

Aberdeenshire Castle Country

If you love wandering through history and learning about life in a castle, then a visit to Aberdeen should be in your itinerary. Aberdeenshire is Castle Country! Aberdeenshire is a county in the northeast of Scotland where there are more castles per acre than anywhere else in Scotland.  With a mix of privately owned, dramatic […]

Queen’s Jubilee weekend at Balmoral

Balmoral Castle on the Royal Deeside Tour

This year we celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee with additional tours to Balmoral and special Jubilee Celebration Tours! Celebrating the Queen’s Jubilee in Royal Deeside Balmoral, has been a home for the Royal family since Prince Albert and Queen Victoria purchased the land and castle in 1852.  Generations of Royals have lived and loved this part […]

Wildlife and Habitat Conservation Fund

Flow Country in Scotland

As a tour operator there is no getting away from the fact that our tours have an impact on the local environment. But we are proud to introduce a new initiative – our Wildlife and Habitat Conservation Fund. Introducing our new conservation fund In the last few years, Grampian Escapes and Tours have made donations […]

Rod, Reel & the River Dee

Fly fishing in the River

The River Dee is the lifeblood of Deeside and runs from high in the Cairngorm mountains to the city of Aberdeen and the North Sea. In the latest episode of the Visit the North East of Scotland podcast,  I am speaking with Debbie Cooper, development and promotions officer for the Dee District Salmon Fishery board […]