Highland Discovery Tour inc. Benromach Whisky Distillery
Discover a 'whisky tinged' flavour of the Scottish Highlands with a great tour of scenery and ancient history that includes Urquhart Castle, Loch Ness, Culloden Battlefield, Clava Cairns and finishes with a ‘dram’ of Speyside Malt Whisky!
Our tour begins at Inverness where we journey along the banks of Loch Ness to explore the medieval ruins of Urquhart Castle, once one of Scotland's largest castles. Here you discover its ancient past from the Wars of Independence and English invaders to raiding Highland clans (the Macdonald Lords of the Isles) and its eventual demise after the first Jacobite uprising.
We then travel back to Culloden Battlefield where you explore the dramatic history of the Highland clans, Charles Edward Stuart (Bonnie Prince Charlie) and the Jacobite uprisings. The excellent interactive visitors centre sets the scene of this decisive battle and the Jacobite story before you embark on a poignant walk through Culloden field to the clan grave markers (including such famous clans as the Frasers, Macdonalds, Mackintoshes and Camerons). Only a short distance from Culloden are the Bronze Age Clava Cairns and Standing Stones. Dating back over 4000 years they are a fascinating glimpse of the very ancient past of the Scottish Highlands.
Leaving Clava we visit Benromach Speyside Whisky Distillery where just three distillers handcraft their single malt whisky. We enjoy a one hour tour of the distillery followed by tastings of their signature 10 year old and 15 year old Speyside malt whiskies. Following Benromach we return back to Inverness enjoying the beautiful views of the Moray Firth estuary with the distant backdrop of stunning Highland mountains.
Tour Option - Visit Cawdor Castle instead of Urquhart Castle and Loch Ness
This beautifully kept medieval castle, built around a 15th century tower house keep, is rich in Highland history and ancestral home of the Clan Campbell of Cawdor. It also has a wonderful gardens to explore after visiting the castle. Please note that Cawdor Castle is only open from May to September.
Highlights of a Highland Discovery Tour inc. Benromach Whisky Distillery
Private Tour Price (per tour)
March to November: £380
Depart Inverness 9am
(approx. 8 hours)