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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 featured in the Outlander novel series. Next, stop at an ancient pine forest to see waterfalls. Visit a Highland whisky distillery, where you have the option of sampling 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.

Inverness: Outlander Day Tour

2. Inverness: Outlander Day Tour

First, stop at the world-famous Loch Ness, after which you carry on to Wardlaw Mausoleum, which was built in 1634 as the burial place for the Frasers of Lovat before later being used by the clan until the early 19th century. You’ll even venture into the crypt where you’ll learn of the mystery surrounding the double lead-lined coffin which was said to contain the headless body of the 11th Lord Lovat (Jamie’s grandfather in Outlander). Next, visit the attractive ruins of Beauly Priory, dating back to 1230, the burial site for the Frasers of Lovat and MacKenzies as far back as 1479. It was there at Beauly Priory that Claire came across the Lovat Seer, Maisri, when she and Jamie were visiting his grandfather prior to the Jacobite Rising of 1745. Carry onto Culloden Battlefield, where Jamie survived the brutal and bloody end to the Jacobite Rising of 1745. Your guide will walk you around the battlefield and past the Fraser Stone, which commemorates the Fraser clansmen who fought there that day. Your next stop is Clava Cairns, three well-preserved Bronze Age burial chambers each surrounded by a circle of standing stones. The site boasts its own "split stone", similar to the one in the first Outlander book when Claire was transported back in time to 1743.

From Inverness: Glen Affric, Culloden and Clava Cairns Tour

3. From Inverness: Glen Affric, Culloden and Clava Cairns Tour

Leave Inverness in the morning and begin your full-day tour with a trip to the ancient burial site of Clava Cairns. This Bronze-Age graveyard has survived 4 millennia and is a great spot to take photos.  Afterward, you’ll head to Culloden, one of the most important sites in Scottish history. It was here that a 60-year series of uprisings finally ended in a tumultuous battle in 1745.  Explore the visitor center and pay tribute to those who lost their lives at the last ever battle fought on British soil. Continue to Glen Affric and stop to walk among the indigenous Caledonian pine trees. Enjoy views over Loch Affric and the mountains beyond, with your expert guide taking you to the best waterfalls and photo spots.  Afterward, explore the historic ruins of Beauly Priory, a monastery dating back to the 13th century. To cap things off, you’ll head to the shores of Loch Ness, before ending up back in the center of Inverness in the early evening.

Invergordon: South Shore Tour Excursion

4. 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.

Inverness: Alternative Loch Ness Tour

5. Inverness: Alternative Loch Ness Tour

Leaving from Inverness, you will travel south on the A82 along the banks of the world-famous Loch Ness. Throughout your journey you will learn about this mysterious loch and all it's history. You will make a short stop for some photos, where you overlook the loch and onward to Urquhart Castle in the distance. You'll then travel on to the busy village of Drumnadrochit before turning inland and onto quieter roads. Your next stop at the ancient Corrimony Cairn allows you to guess at an ancient population that lived in these parts, uncovering some clues to their beliefs. It will then be on to the end of the road to discover what many consider to be the most "bonnie" glen in Scotland: Glen Affric. There you will take for a short walk to discover the great view, before taking an optional hike around the River Affric before heading back down the road and over to the magnificent Plodda Falls and impressive Douglas Firs. You'll explore the area through the forest before slowing things down so you can really experience the true Highlands, before returning to the picturesque village of Tomich for a lunch break. After you are watered and fed, you will progress onward following the river down Strath Glass and to the pretty village of Beauly, before returning to Inverness.

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

6. 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.

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4.9 / 5

based on 186 reviews

This tour is amazing from start to finish! not only did I get to see some of the most beautiful sights I have ever seen in my life, but I also got to learn more about the history and Highland culture of the past by visiting the clava cairns and the culloden battlefield. my tour guide, Gregor, was wonderful! he was friendly, knowledgeable, and always checked on everyone throughout the tour to make sure we were all good. can't recommend enough!

This tour was so much fun! Our guide was fantastic and super knowledgeable about the details and history of each place we went to. We had an amazing time and got to see and experience so many beautiful places!

It was one of the best tour that I had in the Highlands. Every activity is so great and fantastic to do plus our tour guide James was so knowledgeable and good to us he was really great and fab.

Helen our tour guide MADE the trip!!!! Helens knowledge and wit brought every historical site alive!!! The sites were amazing!!! I will book again, hopefully Helen will be the tour guide

Highly recommend Rabbits tours and there great drivers