Hidden Deeside Tours provides visitors with an opportunity to get off the beaten track and see the places behind the legends, in the company of local history expert and tour guide Mike Robson.
“By visiting places that other tourists don’t normally see, our groups get a completely new perspective on the rich history and heritage of Royal Deeside”, says Mike.
“For example, at Cairn-na-Queen on the River Dee, over 500 large boulders represent the deaths of individual members of the Farquharson clan in various clan battles and also the Jacobite uprisings. By telling the stories behind the monument, we’re able to bring a human aspect to what at first glance might appear to be a pile of cold, dead stones! People are fascinated by that type of historical insight, and if they go away from our tours thinking ‘We didn’t know that!’, then we’ve done our job”.
Mike is also able to offer a bespoke service to ancestral tourists researching their family history. “By working with other local experts, including genealogists, authors and storytellers, I can help visitors to dig deeper into their family history and can provide a real flavour of what life would have been like for their ancestors”.
“Sometimes ancestral visitors may arrive with just a snippet of information, but if you’re patient and are prepared to work on it, you can surprise and delight them by turning up something which will provide real colour to their search”.