Braemar view

Perfect Guide

Simon is the perfect guide for Braemar, Royal Deeside and environs. He has an extraordinary knowledge of the area and an affinity with it as well as being a great raconteur.

Di & Sue


First Class Tour

We thoroughly enjoyed our tour with Simon Blackett. Simon is a first class tour guide. He is extremely knowledgeable about the highlands and local history. He showed us places and sights that are not on normal tourist itineraries in five star comfort. He is an excellent host, displaying a deep rooted love of the area.

We cannot recommend Yellow Welly Tours
more highly.

Tim & Miranda Lawson


Like part of the family

Yellow Welly Tours were absolutely brilliant, you really feel like part of the family! Simon was incredibly knowledgeable about the local area and the cake at the end was perfect. All in all a great experience and definitely recommended!

Anna Gunn & Paddy Heaney


Local legend

It isn’t cheap, but the best Deeside tour is with a local legend, Simon Blackett (full-day tours £500, half-day tours £300, for groups of up to six;

Formerly the factor on the Invercauld estate, Blackett is a one-man mine of Deeside trivia, tailoring his Land Rover tours to clients’ needs, be they birding or Balmoral, distilleries or spots with royal connections.


Jeremy Lazell

The Times

Splendid experience

What a wonderful day we had yesterday! We saw so much, visited so many interesting places and learned such a lot from Simon, who is a fund of fascinating information and stories. One of the many highlights was the visit to the derelict hamlet of Auchtavan, far up one of the glens, which includes the late Queen Mother's picnic 'cottage' and a restored cruck framed cottage with its dirt floor and 'hingin lum'. The ability to tailor the trip, where possilbe, to meet your interests and wishes is a wonderful bonus. The whole trip was so much fun!

Maureen K


Great tour of Royal Deeside

If you want to see, experience and learn about Royal Deeside, than Simon at Yellow Welly Tours is your man! Whether being driven around in his luxurious top of the range Discovery, or on foot, he will show you places, and talk you through scenic views, beauty spots, castles, interesting historical buildings, and lots of royal insights etc, that you are unlikely to get to experience unaided...

He clearly loves living on Royal Deeside and you will probably want to as well after experiencing it yourself...Highly recommended...

Thanks Simon

Steve R


A wonderful insight into Royal Deeside

Royal Deeside must be one of the most beautiful parts of the UK - and our tour with Simon Blackett made it even more special! Simon has endless knowledge about the place that he loves and you can enjoy it from the comfort of his Discovery and / or on foot. I was even given a drive in Simon's Morgan when the blue skies appeared! Braemar Castle is a gem!  

This is the first review I have left on Trip Adviser but our tour was too good not to recommend to others.

Nick P


Highly recommend Yellow Welly

If you are visiting Baemar or Ballater, I highly recommend this tour. Experienced, intelligent, insightful with special places for lunch (the Queen Mother's cottage), I could not have asked for a better tour guide in the area.


Los Angeles

Fascinating Nuggets

Simon Blackett of Yellow Welly Tours took us on a brisk walk up to Auchtavan, offering up alternately entertaining and fascinating nuggets on everything from the ancient settlements in the hills to wildlife to Scottish land law.

Francesca Carington