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1 day tour

for your private, flexible tailor-made small group

sample itinerary 1D#10

Cairngorm nationalpark

Cairngorm nationalpark tour options:

  1. Full circuit round tour of the Cairngorm nationalpark (see sample round tour itinerary below) – this would involve a lot of driving and even though you see a lot, there will be less time to actually see, explore and experience places outside the mini-bus
  2. Cairngorm nationalpark East/Royal Deeside – this will enable you to have time to choose to either epxlore Braemar, Ballater & if you wish Balmoral, Braemar castle, walking, visit Lochnagar distillery, etc.
  3. Cairngorm nationalpark Westside –  you will have time to choose to either discover and explore Aviemore, Loch Morlich beach and fantastic, loch, mountain, glen & forest nature walks through pristine Caledonian pineforest, Cairngorm mountain funicular railway, Loch Insh, border collie sheep dog farm, Carrbridge,, Kincraig wildlife park, Newtonmore Highland life open air museum (always a highlight for “Outlander” fans) and in addition awesome different routes going and coming back, etc.

We would be delighted to run this tour as a private, small group tour  (up to 8 people) 

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Cairngorm nationalpark



Loch Morlich

Cairngorm reindeer


Cairngorm Mountain railway



Kincraig wildlife park

Leault working sheep dog farm

Loch Inch


House of Bruar

Falls of Bruar

Blair Castle


Highland Perthshire

The City of Perth, Scotland – a guide to Perth and Perthshire


View our Scottish tour photos by region

What to bring?


Check our longer 2 day tour 2D#5 to see and experience more and take it more leisurely.

Cairngorm nationalpark round tour – sample itinerary

Spectacular round tour around Scotland’s largest nationalpark

We travel from Stirling through Perth and past Scone palace north past picturesque Blairgowrie and climb up the pass of Glenshee along the ski route.

We have a stop before we heading into Aberdeenshire and drive along Royal Deeside to the historic village of Braemar, home of the world famous Royal Highland gathering, where we will be stopping for a walk.

We drive past Braemar castle and the stately home of the Farquharson clan before at Crathie we are close to Balmoral castle and the the royal Crathie church.

The overall day, our timings, our activities, if more outdoor walking, having photostops up at the high Cairngorm mountain resort near the reindeer centre and stunning Loch Morlich and if we can take this or that high mountain pass route or not and if we have to take a diversion will very much depend on the weather.

Some of what we will do and see will also depend on the preferences of the group.

We will have to play it by ear, but the plan is for a full circuit around the Cairngorm nationalpark.

We will visit Victorian Ballater, cross the Cock bridge and drive along stunning mountain passes up the Lecht ski resort and through Tomintoul  and then head south along the A9 with stops at Carrbridge (300 year old military bridge) /Aviemore (when there is time and good weather a visit of stunning Loch Morlich/Cairngorm mountain ski resort past the reindeer centre is an option) plus if the group is into walking there are some more fantastic walks in the Newtonmore/Kingussie/Kincraig area or just having free time in Aviemore, plus you have the Kincraig wildlife park , or visit a working sheep dog form or Highland Folk museum (where some Outlander scenes were filmed) or can visit the Cairngorm reindeer herd  and there is a lot more to do and see in the Cairngorm nationalpark

We drive past the Dalwhinnie distillery, Blair Atholl castle, Killiecrankie and have some more scenic stops before after a possible stop at the Victorian tourist town Pitlochry and Dunkeld and depending on time and weather possible more scenic routes and stops, we are heading back to Stirling again.

This route depending on the weather or specific requests for time sensitive visits, etc. can also be reversed.

Aviemore weather forecast


View some of our past tours to the Cairngorm nationalpark

Cairngorm nationalpark



  • long distance multi-stop day tour
  • allowing for some limited free time, flexible activities, nature, walks, bens. lochs & glens, ski resorts, mountain views, wildlife, castles & more


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VisitScotland link for this tour

What to bring

Prices for a 1 day tour


SEASONS: LOW =  November to 15 March MID = 16 March to 30 April + October PEAK = May to September
Tour (=driver/guide+vehicle) Cost per day 10 hours (or longer – no extra)
Tour price per person/passenger numbers  for your private small group tour: Low- Mid- Peak-season
8 tour passengers £30 (£20*) £37 £45
7 tour passengers £34 (£22*) £42 £51
6 tour passengers £40 (£26*) £50 £60
5 tour passengers £48 (£32*) £60 £72
4 tour passengers £60 (£40*) £75 £90
3 tour passengers £80 (£53*) £100 £120
2 tour passengers £120 (£80*) £150 £180
1 tour passengers £240 (£160*) £300 £360

Low season full day private small group tour = £240 per day

Mid season full day private small group tour = £300 per day

Peak season full day private small group tour = £360 per day

The price of a short day tour depends on how short/long many hours and during which season you wish to run the tour for.
*=Short (2/3) day 7 hour low season or winter short daylight hours tour = £160 per day
Included: Fully guided tour Driver/guide & vehicle Scheduled ferries to any Scottish islands included on 2 days & longer tours (Outer Hebrides minimum of 3 days & Shetland minimum of 4 days tour)
Excluded: Entrance fees Castles, museums, attractions, food/drinks & overnight accommodation – we recommend/assist – but you choose your price category, i.e. hostel, B&B or hotel
Discount # 1

(applies all year round)

Based on

(1 hour


Half day tour

1/3 day tour




= 5 hours

= 3.5 hours

10 hours = 1 day rates



= 50% off

= 2/3 off

Discount # 2

(applies all year round)

2 day tour

3 day tour

4 day tours

5 day tours

6 day tours

7 days & longer tours

save 5%

save 10%

save 15%

save 20%

save 25%

save 30%

Discount 2

does neither apply

if Loch Ness

nor if Skye is included

(other than a brief pass through photo-stop)

  Discounts 3,  4  & 5

only apply

from October to April: (i.e. don’t apply May to September)
Discount # 3 Early booking/

paying discount

1 month =

2 months & earlier =

10 % off

20% off

Discount # 4 3 people or more booking/paying together

at the same time,



the tour is designated as a multi-day walking tour

20 % off
Multiple discounts are not available for discounts # 2, 3 & 4 but ok  incl. discount #1 & 5


Discount # 5 = just charging for the driving time:


An additional discount may be requested on our 4 days & longer tours (throughout the whole year, incl. peak-season),

if for example for half a day (i.e. half a day without a mini-bus/driver/guide),

if everyone in your private small group prefers join an activity, a sport, a local event or just to relax, chill out, do their own thing, take & soak in the magic & special atmosphere of the place, go for a walk alone, visit a local attraction, castle, museum or just catch a passenger only ferry to a very small island or something similar along those lines.

Visits, A to B journeys & walks

Concerning same day VISITS (i.e. no scenic touring & multi-stopping involved), A to B journeys & day WALKS (from October to April)

Example only for a same day VISIT, A to B journey or day WALK:


  • Pick you up from A (i.e. where you live or stay)


  • Drive for 2.5 hours (in this example) from A to B


  • At B you have free time or a VISIT (a town, castle, whisky distillery, museum, attraction, event or similar at your own expense) or go for a WALK


  • After a few hours at the end of your VISIT Unicorn Tours picks you up again from B or meets you at the other end of your WALK ( & often I meet you half way into the walk, as I am parked at the far side of the trail, where your walking path ends. On a circular walk I might join you – please note there is no extras payable for those semi-guided same day walks.)


  • From B we drive back for 2.5 hours (in this example) to A and drop you off there or anywhere else you choose/pre-arranged


We only charge for the driving time in this example = 2.5 hours from A to B + 2.5 hours from B back to A = 5 hours

5 hours in this example = half of the 10 hour standard daily rate




Please note that there is a different rate for fully guided CITY (walking) tours, for example a whole day fully guided tour of Edinburgh, subject to duration, season, itinerary & group size.

Special interests, hobbies, activities & themes

Scotland has a lot more to offer and something for everyone should you have a special interest, hobby, activity, which you would like to experience on your tour with us throughout Scotland, please mention it to us and if at all possible, we will attempt to include it in your itinerary.

Private, personalised small group tours (maximum 8 passengers)

best suited for groups of friends of 5 to 8 people as the price is set during each season and you pay per vehicle/driver/guide day and share the cost among yourselves in your private group

– individuals, couples and friends – for example 1 – 4 people are still welcome to book their own private tour, but the cost per person will be higher

3 day tours

1 day tours (short)

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4 day tours

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5 day tours


best suited for groups of friends of 5 to 8 people as the price is set during each season and you pay per vehicle/driver/guide day and share the cost among yourselves in your private group.


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