Highland Discovery Tour inc. Urquhart Castle

Highland Discovery Tour inc. Urquhart Castle

from Inverness

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.

Culloden Battlefield Clava Cairns and Standing Stones Urquhart Castle and Loch Ness

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.

Highlights of a Highland Discovery Tour inc. Urquhart Castle

I can promise our tour will include all the wonderful views shown above... but maybe not the weather – we are the land of four seasons in one day!

Private Tour Price (per tour)

January to December:    £400

Tour Information

Depart Inverness 9am
Return Inverness
(approx. 8 hours)

Tours are exclusively for your private group only (up to 3 persons) and prices are per tour. We only offer private tours and do not combine individuals or separate groups – if your group size is less than 3 the advertised tour price still applies. Prices include all taxes and a driver/guide (John Alasdair Macdonald) but exclude entrance fees and meals.

Tour Options

Visit Cawdor Castle
This beautifully kept medieval castle, built around a 15th century tower house keep, is rich in Highland history. It also has wonderful gardens to explore after visiting the castle.

Visit Benromach Whisky Distillery
A local 'hidden gem', this Speyside whisky distillery has just three distillers handcrafting their single malt whisky and offers a great tour and tasting option.

The standard Highland Discovery is designed around visiting three core sites, (1)Culloden Battelfield and Clava Cairns, (2)Urquhart Castle and Loch Ness, and (3)Rogie Falls. Should you wish to visit either (or both) of the options listed above, we would need to remove one (or two) of the core sites – please request your three prefered options through the 'Extra Information' section when completing a Tour Enquiry Form for the standard tour.