Highland Discovery Tour inc. Urquhart Castle
Discover a wonderful flavour of the Scottish Highlands with a great tour of beautiful scenery and ancient history that includes Urquhart Castle, Loch Ness, Culloden Battlefield, Clava Cairns, Beauly Priory and Rogie Falls.
Our tour from Inverness begins at 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 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. After Urquhart Castle we depart for our late afternoon visit to Rogie Falls.
Along the way we visit Beauly Priory a ruined thirteenth century medieval monastery and ancient burial grounds of Clan Fraser and Mackenzie chiefs. At Rogie Falls we take a woodland walk and visit the suspension bridge over the Black Water river. From June to September it may be possible to catch the salmon leaping the main falls and fish ladder. After exploring Rogie Falls it is just a short drive back to Inverness.
Tour Option - Visit Benromach Speyside Whisky Distillery instead of Rogie Falls and Beauly Priory
Benromach distillery has just three distillers handcrafting their single malt whisky. We enjoy a one hour tour (£6 per person) of the distillery followed by a dram of their signature 10 year old Speyside malt whisky (extra drams available for purchase).
Highlights of a Highland Discovery Tour inc. Urquhart Castle
Private Tour Price (per tour)
January to December: £360 *
Depart Inverness 9am
(approx. 8 hours)