Highland Day Tours. We start by leaving your accommodation we head north across the Dava Moor taking in some beautifully stark and windswept scenery, with a short stop at Lochindorb. Home of the notorious Wolf of Badenoch, Alexander Stewart, who rampaged around quite a bit of the local area. Then we continue on to Cawdor Castle, the name is synonymous with Shakespeare’s play Macbeth.The castle is still the official home to the Dowager Countess Cawdor, stepmother of Colin Campbell, 7th Earl Cawdor. Spend time taking in the wonders of both the castle and gardens* (*Restricted summer opening). Heading on we arrive at Culloden Battlefield, the Battle of Culloden (Scottish Gaelic: Blàr Chùil Lodair) was the final confrontation of the Jacobite rising of 1745. On 16 April 1746, the Jacobite army of Charles Edward Stuart (Bonnie Prince Charlie) was decisively defeated by a government force under William Augustus, Duke of Cumberland, on Drummossie Moor near Inverness it was the last pitched battle fought on British soil. In less than an hour around 1,600 men were slain – 1,500 of them Jacobites.
Starting from your accommodation we take a scenic drive through some beautiful scenery for your Highland Day Tour. Arriving at Foyers and a stop to take in the Falls of Foyers on the side of Loch Ness before continuing on to Fort Augustus. We then head north up the west side of Loch Ness stopping at Urquhart Castle for a look across the Loch and a possible sighting of Nessie. Our journey then continues to Drumnadrochit before heading west into the glens, specifically Glen Affric Nature reserve with it’s classic landscape of perfectly-placed lochs, mountains and a wonderful mix of pine, birch and oak trees. We then head back to your accommodation via the Beauly Firth and Inverness.
The Moray Coast is one of Scotland’s most spectacular jewels, yet is surprisingly overlooked by visitors. Heading up to the Moray coast near Ardersier we arrive at Fort George, the mightiest artillery fortification in Britain. Following the 1746 battle at Culloden, King George II created the ultimate defence against further Jacobite unrest. Then along the coastal route we take in Brodie Castle. Ancestral home of the Brodie clan for over 400 years.The castle houses a magnificent collection of furniture, ceramics and artwork. It also boasts an impressive library containing over 6,000 volumes. Finally we head on to Findhorn, Findhorn is a historic village located in Moray that was once an important commercial and fishing port. Situated in Findhorn Bay, the village of Findhorn has a magnificent beach, a delightful harbour and a small heritage centre.
Tour prices start at £175 (Full Day) or £110 (Half Day)
Prices based on two persons | Admission fees and lunch not included | Bespoke scenic tours available on request.