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Inverness: Loch Ness Cruise, Outlander & Whisky Tour

1. Inverness: Loch Ness Cruise, Outlander & Whisky Tour

Uncover the mystery of Loch Ness on a cruise Urquhart Castle on this guided tour from Inverness. Immerse yourself in local history at Culloden Battlefield. Enter the world of the hit TV show Outlander at the standing stones at Clava Cairns. Depart central Inverness and journey to the world-famous Loch Ness. Glide over the lake's shimmering waters on a 1-hour cruise to Urquhart Castle. Have free time to explore the13th-century ruins on foot. Stop to purchase lunch in one of the charming local cafés in Beauly and explore Beauly Priory, which was used in the film Outlander. Next, stop at an ancient pine forest to see waterfalls. Visit a Highland whisky distillery, and join an optional tour to learn about whisky production and sample a wee dram. Listen to tales of the Jacobite rebellions and the brutal Battle of Culloden, on a visit to Culloden Battlefield. Step into the world of Outlander at the burial chambers and standing stones at Clava Cairns. When you’ve heard the harrowing history that inspired the Outlander story, you might not want to travel back in time to meet Jamie Fraser after all. Return to Inverness in the early evening.

4-Day Outlander Trail From Edinburgh

2. 4-Day Outlander Trail From Edinburgh

Leave Edinburgh and begin following the trail of the best-known film locations featured in the Outlander TV Series. Your first stop is the charming village of Culross. You continue to the small town of Falkland to relive the first scenes of the show, where Falkland substitutes for 1940s Inverness. In the early afternoon you stop at the Newtonmore Highland Folk Museum, which houses replicas of 18th century turf-roofed Highland crofts. These were used as a setting in the first episode of the show. You then pass Aviemore, where you may recognise the stunning hilly and wooded area of Tulloch Ghru. You arrive in Inverness later that afternoon, which will be your base for the next two nights.  Day 2 starts by visiting Culloden, which plays an important role in Scottish history and the Outlander books. It’s at the Culloden Battlefield where Claire and Jamie said their tearful goodbyes, before Jamie joined the Jacobite army to fight for the Stuarts. You have the opportunity to explore the visitor center and site, and pay tribute to those who lost their lives at the last battle fought on British soil. You then take a short drive to the ancient standing stones at Clava Cairns. After lunch, head continue to Castle Leod, “home of the Clan MacKenzie”, where you can enjoy a relaxing walk. The castle resembles the way that Diana Gabaldon described Castle Leoch, though she had never heard of this building prior to writing Outlander. A short drive takes you to Beauly, the site of Beauly Priory and the tomb of Lord Lovat in the heart of Clan Fraser lands. Beauly priory is a beautiful 13th-century ruin and where the Lovat Frasers are buried in Diana Gabaldon’s book. In the afternoon, you can sample ‘The Water of Life’ with a whisky distillery tour and tasting. Afterwards, return to Inverness with time to explore the town and enjoy the city for another evening. Day 3 starts with a visit to the majestic Glen Affric. Lochs, mountains and pine forests: this is one of Scotland’s most glorious glens. You then continue along the entire length of Loch Ness and through the Great Glen before heading to Glenfinnan. It stands framed by typically spectacular Highland scenery and bedside a section of the Jacobite Steam Train railway line famously used as the Hogwarts Express in Harry Potter. Your overnight stop is in Fort William underneath the shadow of Britain’s tallest mountain, Ben Nevis. Day 4 begins with a magnificent drive through Glencoe, across the rugged Trossachs area onto Doune Castle. The castle is an extensive ruin that represents Castle Leoch in the TV program. Later, you have a photo stop at Blackness Castle on the banks of the Firth of Forth. This was used as the set for Fort William in the show and appears in many other movies because of its beautiful setting and thickly fortified walls. After your medieval adventure, you'll return to Edinburgh in the early evening.

Invergordon: South Shore Tour Excursion

3. Invergordon: South Shore Tour Excursion

Start your day of adventure by arriving via Port of Invergordon in the Scottish Highlands. Once there, you will be met by your friendly driver as you leave the harbour area. After listening to a safety briefing you'll hop into your comfortable vehicle and travel South. First stop, the famous Culloden battlefield where your driver will provide you with an informative narrative about the events that led to this battle. Take your time and feel free to visit the visitor centre or exhibition (entry fee required). Your next stop is the nearby Clava Cairns, a series of mysterious stone circles which are a free attraction to visit. Leaving Clava Cairns the tour heads East on single track roads to Cawdor Village and Cawdor Castle. There is a charge for admission and guided tour by castle staff once inside. When your visit at Cawdor Castle is complete the tour travels back through Inverness to Dores Village which is sited directly on the banks of Loch Ness and the beach there gives direct access to the Loch itself. Head back to Inverness and travel North until you arrive at Beauly Priory. Make the most of the free entrance and enjoy some of the shopping opportunities inside. Continue on your journey to the Glenord Distillery at nearby Muir of Ord where you can indulge in a Whisky sampling experience.Your tour then heads North and back to the Port of Invergordon where the tour ends.

Edinburgh: Isle of Skye Loch Ness & the Highlands 5-Day Tour

4. Edinburgh: Isle of Skye Loch Ness & the Highlands 5-Day Tour

Journey through the Scottish Highlands and the Isle of Skye on this adventurous 5-day tour from Edinburgh. Go monster hunting on Loch Ness and explore ancient historical sites and scenic castles along the way. Day 1: Edinburgh to Oban Begin by visiting the impressive Kelpies statues before heading north past Wallace Monument and Stirling Castle. Gaze at the scenic Rannoch Moor and Glencoe and take a walk through the beautiful fishing town of Oban in the late afternoon. (Overnight: Oban) Day 2: Oban to Isle of Skye Venture through some of Scotland’s most awe-inspiring landscapes on the way to Skye. Catch a glimpse of the mighty Glenfinnan Viaduct before passing the world-famous Eilean Donan Castle and spending the night on the Isle of Skye. (Overnight: Portree) Day 3: Isle of Skye to Inverness Explore the epic scenery of the Isle of Skye and venture through stunning mountains, rugged coastlines, and local folklore before returning to the mainland. Head along the dramatic Great Glen to Inverness, the Capital of the Highlands. (Overnight: Inverness) Day 4: Inverness Hunt for the legendary monster ‘Nessie’ while driving along the banks of Loch Ness before visiting the town of Beauly and stopping at the historical Culloden Battlefield. (Overnight: Inverness) Day 5: Inverness to Edinburgh Resume your adventure with a visit to the chamber cairns and the amazing standing stones of Clava Cairns. Taste local Scottish whisky before returning to Edinburgh in the late afternoon.

Edinburgh: Loch Ness, Isle of Skye & Highlands 5-Day Tour

5. Edinburgh: Loch Ness, Isle of Skye & Highlands 5-Day Tour

Journey through the spectacular scenery of Scotland on this adventurous 5-day trip through the Highlands and the enchanting Isle of Skye. Immerse yourself in myths and legends while experiencing Glencoe, The Isle of Skye, and Inverness. Day 1: Edinburgh to Oban Marvel at the iconic Kelpies before heading north past Wallace Monument and Stirling Castle. Immerse yourself in the scenic Rannoch Moor and Glencoe and explore the quaint fishing town of Oban in the late afternoon. (Overnight: Oban) Day 2: Oban to Isle of Skye Journey through some of Scotland’s most breathtaking landscapes on the way to Skye. Get the chance to view the world-famous Glenfinnan Viaduct before passing romantic Eilean Donan Castle and spending the night in our enchanting island destination, the Isle of Skye. (Overnight: Portree) Day 3: Isle of Skye to Inverness Explore the magical Isle of Skye with its far-reaching mountains, stunning coastline, and local folklore before returning to the mainland. Head along the Great Glen to Inverness, the Capital of the Highlands. (Overnight: Inverness) Day 4: Inverness Search for the mysterious monster ‘Nessie’ while driving along the banks of Loch Ness before visiting the beautiful town of Beauly and stopping at the historical Culloden Battlefield. (Overnight: Inverness) Day 5: Inverness to Edinburgh Begin your final day with a visit to the chamber cairns and standing stones of Clava Cairns. Taste and learn all about the 'water of life' at a local whisky distillery before returning to Edinburgh in the late afternoon.

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What people are saying about Beauly

Amazing!!! If you’re an Outlander fan this is the perfect tour. So many Outlander filming locations are included in the tour along with the incredible beauty of the Scottish Highlands. Our tour guide Fraser, not joking, was so kind and so knowledgeable. Thank you Fraser, you were awesome!!! The only issue I had is the guides are told to talk “ guide” during the drive, which is not relaxing. I understand it’s a guided tour but when people are on vacation they don’t always want to listen for hours. The company would do better to give people headphones with recording for those who want to listen and peace and quiet for those who don’t.

This was truly a “something for everyone” tour. We are a couple traveling with our 17 year old and are not normally tour bus people, and we all really enjoyed different aspects of the tour. Our guide and driver Alana was truly excellent. A great day!

Very good mix of activities for a nice day in the area: cruise, castle, village, whisky, and a very moving visit to Culloden. Only the whisky part was a bit ordinary, just going drinking without a tour or any explanation as to process or tasting.

Alana, our guide made it so special. Very knowledgeable and funny! The music was perfect in the shuttle bus, and we really enjoyed ourselves!! Must do again with Alana!

Very busy day, lots to see and do. Our guide was knowledgeable and punctual.