Join Inverness Premier Tours on a journey through some of the most historic, valuable and beautiful sites in the Highlands. Your friendly, local driver and guide will share their insight and local knowledge with you on a Highland tour to remember.
Departing from your place of stay in Inverness, visit the famous Culloden Battlefield and Visitor Centre, before moving onto the nearby Clava Cairns. See the magnificent Culloden Viaduct, before heading to Cawdor Castle, Gardens and Grounds. Finally, stop by the impressive Fort George, before heading back towards the city and your designated drop-off point.
Learn about the history, events and aftermath of one of the most brutal battles to be fought on British soil.
Bonnie Prince Charlie is known to have headquartered here in the days before the Battle of Culloden.
An exceptionally well-preserved bronze-age cemetery, featuring a number of prominent standing stones.
Spanning 1800 feet, Culloden Viaduct is the longest in Scotland & an amazing piece of engineering.
Cawdor Castle is famous for its beautiful and expansive gardens and surrounding woodlands.
A large fortification constructed on a peninsula jutting into the Moray Firth, still used as a garrison by the British Army.
A Note To Remember:
We want you to have the best experience of the Highlands, which is why our tours are flexible and 100% customisable. All of the locations listed on our tours are intended to be optional, and you can choose whether to add, remove or extend locations based on your own personal preference. Contact us if you have any questions or special tour requests.
Pick Up & Drop Off Information
We want you to get the very best out of your tour, which is why all of our tours are flexible, customisable and tailored to you. We don’t rush you along — instead, we always make sure you get to experience your Highland tour on your own terms.
Your friendly local driver and guide will pick you up from your place of stay in Inverness or from an agreed pick-up point. There will be plenty of time to discuss the tour, route, and attractions prior to departing.
The tour will last approximately 6 hours, after which you will be dropped off at either your pick-up point or a place in Inverness of your choosing.
Full Tour Description
The Jacobite uprising of 1745 led to one of the most brutal battles to be fought on British soil and placed Culloden Moor at the centre of a conflict that would see the Highland way of life forever changed.
At Culloden Battlefield you will learn what happened at Culloden, be able to see where both armies stood and charged, and learn much more about the history, events and aftermath of the battle at the visitor centre. Take some time to view the artefacts on display, speak to local expert historians and try the immersive 360-degree Battle of Culloden experience.
Culloden Moor, where the battle took place, is home to a number of hidden historical gems. Leanach Cottage is a preserved 18th-century house that would have stood during the battle and is popular with visitors wishing to get a sense of how Highland people used to live. A number of grave markers and a large memorial cairn litter the Moor, commemorating the place where members of various clans fell. Your guide will be happy to use their local and historical knowledge to answer any questions you may have during your visit to Culloden Battlefield.
Culloden House, now a hotel, is where Bonnie Prince Charlie is known to have headquartered in the days before the Battle of Culloden.
This beautiful historic mansion was sadly nearly destroyed after the events of the battle, but has been rebuilt and stands as a fine example of Georgian architecture. Originally the building was more akin to a castle, having been built in the 16th century — parts of the house still date back to this time.
We then move from Culloden House and Culloden Battlefield to Clava Cairns, the famous standing stones near Culloden. Clava Cairns is an exceptionally well-preserved bronze-age cemetery, featuring a number of prominent standing stones and large stone “passage cairns.”
The positioning of the Clava Cairns standing stones are thought to have been placed with astronomical alignments in mind – the stones and the entranceways to the passage graves correspond to the winter sun’s setting position. The site has a very calm and mysterious atmosphere no matter what season you visit in.
Ancient people used this site over and over again, suggesting a deep significance that has sadly been all but lost to time, however, historians and archaeologists have pieced together a great deal, which you can learn more about at the site.
Just a short distance from Culloden Battlefield and Clava Cairns is the Culloden Viaduct, truly an impressive structure and an amazing piece of engineering. Spanning 1800 feet, Culloden Viaduct is the longest in Scotland, crossing the River Nairn and linking Inverness and the north with the Aviemore District Railway Line. The structure dates back to 1898 and has become a much-beloved part of the Highland landscape.
We move away from Culloden towards Cawdor, a beautiful, historic and picturesque village nestled just inland of the Moray Firth and surrounded by Scottish countryside.
Cawdor Castle and Gardens is situated just outside the village and is very popular with visitors to the area, not least because of its rich history and links to the Shakespeare play Macbeth. The castle itself has been expanded over hundreds of years, the oldest part being the tower house, built as a private fortress by the Thanes of Cawdor, which dates back to the 15th-century.
Cawdor Castle is famous for its beautiful and expansive gardens and surrounding woodlands. Visitors can visit the Walled Garden which dates back to the 17th-century, the Flower Garden and the Wild Garden, incorporating many rare species from as far away as Tibet.
Within the castle are many unique and historic pieces including furniture, portraits, tapestries and curiosities. Guests may take a tour through the many expansive rooms including the Tapestry Bedroom, The Dining Room and The Old Kitchen — please let us know if this is something you would like to do during your time with us and we will do our best to accommodate you.
From Cawdor Castle, we travel a short distance towards Arderseir and Fort George, a large fortification constructed on a peninsula jutting into the Moray Firth, still used as a garrison by the British Army. The Fort is positioned so that it can control the sea approach to Inverness, and is both imposing and impressive, an excellent example of “defence in depth” owing to the Fort’s high sloped walls and dry moat.
Much of the site is open to the public, and a number of events, recreations and exhibits are made available to visitors, including reconstructions of life during the early days of the fort and recreations of the stories of the 18th-century soldiers. Another excellent attraction is the Highlanders’ Museum, housing an impressive collection of uniforms, weapons, medals and memorabilia, commemorating the regiments’ activities during various conflicts.
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Changes By Us
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Cancellation By Us, Your Tour Provider
We will only cancel a tour due to unavoidable circumstances which are out of our control or which might jeopardize your safety. If we cancel your tour we will notify you as soon as possible and will refund you in full.