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 Scotch Malt Whisky!
Our tour begins at Inverness where we journey south-west along the banks of Loch Ness before arriving at the medieval ruins of Urquhart Castle. Here you have time to explore this ancient castle, discover its links with so many of the important events in the history of the Highlands, and take advantage of its fantastic viewpoints looking out across Loch Ness.
We then journey back towards Culloden Battlefield where you explore the dramatic history surrounding Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Jacobite campaign through 1745-46. The excellent interactive visitors centre sets the scene of this decisive battle along with the Jacobite story before you embark on a poignant walk through Culloden field.
Next stop is a visit to Benromach, the smallest working whisky distillery in Speyside, situated in the scenic town of Forres. This locally owned distillery has just three distillers handcrafting their single malt whisky and we enjoy a one hour tour of the distillery followed by a dram of their signature 10 year old Speyside malt whisky.
Our return journey to Inverness includes a short stop at Sueno’s pictish stone. This decorated standing stone is around 1100 years old and is a stunning example of the skills of the ancient people of this region - the Picts.
We end the day with a wonderful visit to the Bronze Age burial cairns and standing stones of Clava. These are some of the finest examples of ancient burial cairns that we have in the Scottish Highlands and date back over 4000 years giving us a fascinating glimpse of the very ancient past of the Highlands.
Visit Cawdor Castle instead of Urquhart Castle and Loch Ness (May to September only).
This beautifully kept medieval castle, built around a 15th century tower house keep, is rich in Highland history. It also has a wonderful gardens to explore after visiting the castle. The castle was made famous by its literary connection to Shakespeare's Macbeth (even though the castle itself was built a few centuries after Macbeth)
For this option we would visit Culloden Castle and Clava Cairns first, followed by Cawdor Castle and then Benromach Distillery. Please request on the enquiry form.