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Stop At: Culloden Battlefield Visitor Centre, Culloden Moor IV2 5EU Scotland
An emotional experience which will lead you on a discovery of one of the bloodiest moments in Scottish History.
Fought on the 16th of April 1746, the battle of Culloden was the last action of the Jacobite (Scottish patriots) uprising of 1745. The Jacobite forces under Charles Edward Stuart were defeated by Hanoverian forces under the command of the Duke of Cumberland. The last pitched battle on British soil was brutal, with 1,600 people dead in under an hour, more than 1,500 of them being Jacobites.
Inside the immersion theatre in the visitor centre, you will feel what it must have been like to have been in the middle of the battle. Following this, join an expert guide who will escort you around the battlefield giving you an understanding of what happened at the various points on the field, including a visit to the memorial cairn around which the graves of 1,500 fallen Jacobites lie.
Finally, visit the 18th century restored thatched Leanach Cottage, the roof of which was created from the heather on the battlefield.
There is an admission fee for entrance to the visitor centre but you can wander the battlefield free of charge.
Duration: 45 minutes
Stop At: Clava Cairns, National Grid Reference: NH 757 444 off the B9006, 6 km from Inverness Scotland
Soak in the atmosphere of this mysterious site created 4000 years ago by our ancient ancestors, a must for historians and Outlander fans alike!
Clava Cairns became a bucket list destination for fans of Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander books overnight after it was suggested that the fictitious stone circle, Craigh na Dun was inspired by the site.
Dating back over 4,000 years, the Clava Cairns are a Bronze Age cemetery complex of passage graves, ring cairns, kerb cairns, and standing stones. The cemetery itself was used in two separate phases, one in around 2000BC and again a thousand years later. This prehistoric site is very well preserved and provides a fascinating window into the distant past.
Here you will have the opportunity to wander amongst the cairns and standing stones, but will you be brave enough to lean against Craigh na Dun?
Duration: 15 minutes
Pass By: Culloden Viaduct, Inverness IV2 5EJ Scotland
This feat of Victorian engineering never fails to impress.
Also known as the Nairn Viaduct or Clava Viaduct, it is the longest masonry viaduct in Scotland, spanning 1800ft or 549m. Completed in 1898, this viaduct still carries the mainline trains to and from the south to Inverness.
Initially, we will approach this impressive structure and stop a little way off so that you have time to appreciate the sheer scale of this structure. Then we will drive right up close and under the viaduct so you can experience just how huge this structure is.
Stop At: Cawdor Castle, Nairn IV12 5RD Scotland
An intriguing insight into 600 hundred years of the Cawder family.
Taking the back road from Culloden to Cawdor village, you will get a flavour of just how narrow these roads can be. This is farming country, so there is every chance we will need to pull in to allow a passing tractor to carry on its way.
Next stop is Cawdor Castle and Gardens. This castle was made famous in the Shakespeare play, Macbeth, although the current castle was only built in the late 1400s, so cannot be directly linked to the tragedy. The castle is still home to the Cawdor family, and has been filled with fine furniture, tapestries, portrait, and other objects over the 600 years the family have been here.
As well as the castle itself, there are three beautiful gardens for you to wander around, a coffee shop where you can relax over a drink and a cake, and a gift shop should you wish to purchase anything.
Duration: 1 hour
Pass By: Loch Ness, Scotland
Loch Ness is home to the legendary monster, Nessie. The Loch Ness Monster was first mentioned in a book written in 565AD about St Columba. It tells the story of a man who was attacked and killed by a water monster whilst swimming in the river Ness. The beast is said to have been repelled by St Columba as he was about to attack one of his followers. The beast was said to have stopped in its tracks as if being held by ropes, and then fled. The story of the many humped beast reappears at various points over the next 1,500 years, the most famous of which was the photograph of the monster taken in December 1933 by Hugh Gray which is widely held to be a fake.
The question is, do you believe in Nessie? Will you see the monster as we drive down the loch on our way to Urquhart Castle? We will pull over to give you a chance to have a good examination of the deep, dark, mysterious loch!
Stop At: Urquhart Castle, A82 Road, Drumnadrochit IV63 6XJ Scotland
Situated on a headland half way along Loch Ness, Urquhart Castle occupies a commanding position with wide views up and down the loch. Now a ruin, it has occupied a long and chequered place in Scottish history. Built in several stages between the 13th and 16th centuries, it was destroyed during the Jacobite risings to prevent it from falling into their hands. It subsequently fell into ruin until it was placed into State care in the 20th century, and re-opened to the public. It is now one of the most visited castles in Scotland.
You will have the opportunity to explore the ruins of the castle as well as the surrounding grounds which features a full sized trebuchet. This was a commonly used siege weapon used to catapult large boulders and other items at and into castles. It is said that dead cattle were used as ammunition with the aim of throwing them over the castle walls, where they would rot and spread disease to the inhabitants inside! What a time to be alive!
It is possible to view the castle from the car park but if you wish to explore it, an admission fee is payable.
Duration: 1 hour
Stop At: Beauly Priory, Beauly Scotland
Beauly Priory is one of three priories founded in Scotland around 1230 for monks of the Valliscaulian order. The Valliscaulians came from Val-des-Choux (‘Valley of the Cabbages’) near Dijon in France, and adhered to strict ideals of poverty, chastity and obedience.
Beauly, coming from the French for ‘beautiful place’, must have seemed to be the perfect spot to devote themselves to their beliefs.
After passing through a number of religious orders, the priory fell into disuse and ruin following the Reformation. It is said that some of the stone was removed by forces loyal to Oliver Cromwell and taken to Inverness for use in building a citadel there.
Only the abbey church still stands today, housing some fine funerary monuments.
Duration: 15 minutes
Stop At: Glen Ord Distillery Inverness, Muir of Ord IV6 7UJ Scotland
No tour of Scotland is complete without a visit to a whisky distillery, and this is no exception. Here you will learn about the whisky distilling process, what makes a whisky have a particular flavour, take a tour of the distillery itself, and finally enjoy a tasting (if you wish, this is not obligatory). Glen Ord produces the Singleton which is only available in South East Asia, or at the distillery itself.
Duration: 1 hour