Royal Braemar and Highland Games


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Sorry, this tour is not running for 2022.

Join us on a two-day tour to Braemar and its world-famous Royal Highland Gathering. Soak up the atmosphere and experience the excitement at this traditional cultural event. It is believed that the Braemar Gathering has existed for around 1,000 years, and since Queen Victoria’s visit in 1844, the Royal Family have been regular attendees, both Her Majesty the Queen and Prince Charles attended last year. There will be Highland Games, Highland dancing, clans, and lots of tartan. Our journey takes us through the stunning Highland scenery of Royal Deeside and onto the charming cathedral town of St Andrews before returning to Edinburgh.


  • Royal Braemar Gathering
  • Piping competitions & Highland Dancing
  • Caber tossing & hammer throwing
  • Traditional Highland dress
  • Royal Deeside
  • Tomnaverie Stone Circle
  • Dunnottar Castle
  • St Andrews, home of golf


  • Local Scottish Guide
  • Entrance to the Games
  • 1 Night Hotel Accommodation
  • 1 Dinner at the Hotel
  • Souvenir Map 

Carbon Neutral Tour

As of January 1st 2022, this tour will be carbon neutral. To help protect Scotland's nature, wildlife and community, we have developed a five-point Climate Action Plan to reduce our carbon emissions and support the transition towards a low carbon future. You can find out more about our carbon neutral tours here.


Terms & Conditions

Due to the popularity of this product, this tour does not qualify for a deposit option - full payment is required at time of booking.

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Limited Seats

"Highly recommend Highland Explorer Tours. It was a delightful and well managed visit through the Highlands. Our tour guide was knowledgeable, patient and a fabulous storyteller. Worth every penny."

Trip, June 2019


DAY 1: Edinburgh to Braemar

Departing Edinburgh at 8.00 am we make our way north, over the Firth of Forth, and up into the wild Highlands. Soak up the stunning scenery throughout the journey, before we arrive into the charming Victorian village of Braemar. Immerse yourself in the traditional Highland celebrations at the Braemar Gathering, which has been celebrated by Scottish clans for centuries - and attended by the Royal Family since 1844. There will be Highland dancing, caber tossing and hammer throwing. This is a special cultural event in a beautiful setting, and an experience you won’t forget. After the tartan-clad festivities, enjoy dinner and drinks at our hotel in Royal Deeside. 

DAY 2: Braemar to Edinburgh

Today we set off to discover the delights of Royal Deeside. The area takes its name from the River Dee, and the area’s royal connections; the Queen’s Royal Residence can be found nearby at Balmoral Castle. Visit the ancient Tomnaverie Stone Circle; a burial site with a history spanning 4500 years. Next, we travel to the east coast, where you can marvel at the dramatic ruins of Dunnottar Castle - one of the most iconic ruins in Scotland! Enjoy lunch and free time in the beautiful cathedral town of St Andrews, which is also known as the ‘Home of Golf’. We arrive back into Edinburgh early evening.


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Limited Seats


Highland Explorer Tours Office

60 High Street (The Royal Mile)

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Departure Time

Please check in at 07.45am for tour departure at 08.00am

Return Time

Tour returns at 05.45pm.


Accommodation Included

We book your accommodation and drop you off at the door to your 3* Hotel.

Highland Hotels are smaller than typical hotels ensuring a cosy and hospitable welcome. Facilities are more limited when compared with most hotels situated in large cities, however, you can be assured of a comfortable stay within close proximity to the centre of town. They are usually family run and have their own individual style and character. They serve a traditional Scottish breakfast and often offer a dinner option too.


Twin Room
One room with two separate beds suitable for one adult in each bed.

Double Room
One room with one bed suitable for two adults.

Family 3
One room with two separate beds. One bed suitable for two adults and one bed suitable for one adult/child.

One room with one bed suitable for one adult.

Accessibility and Facilities

For more information, see our Accessibility Statement.