Private Outlander & Cawdor Castle Tour

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  • Day Trip
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  • Private Tour
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  • 8 hr

This is a one day totally private tour where you will be taken back in time (not literally! we do not have a DeLorean!)to the real Outlander country, where you will be driven around beautiful historical sites in a luxury Mercedes-Benz V-Class. Take in the sites in complete comfort and luxury and enjoy stories from the past, stunning landscapes and amazing historical sites located within easy reach of Inverness. What you get with the tour: Hotel pickup and drop off Free onboard WiFi Complimentary Bottled water and soft drinks Free Single Malt Whisky on board (just dont drink it all!) Free snacks such as crisps (Chips for you Americans :-) ) Tunnocks Tea Cakes and any other goodies I decide to bring along. I am a professional photographer so I will also take photos of you guys throughout the day and upload them onto a private online gallery for you to download or send off to the printers in the US to be printed in the US and delivered to your door, prints are chargeable.

Itinerary Details

Operated by: Sgùrr Tours

This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Culloden Battlefield

The windswept moorland of Culloden could on first glance look like any Scottish hillside. However it soon becomes clear that this is a pivotal place the Jacobite story and the final battle to be fought on British soil. We first pay a visit to the low-lying visitors centre that tells the story of the build up to The Battle of Culloden that took place at this location on the 16th of April 1746. The visitor experience is excellent and once we have learnt about the context and seen the treasure trove of artefacts on display your guide will take you onto the battle site. It’s an evocative place which gives a true appreciation of the landscape and conditions that the Jacobites faced that day. The cairn that marks the location stands in the middle of the battlefield, surrounded by the mass graves of the fallen, marked with basic tombstones. You’ll also visit the Leanach Cottage, a small croft building that doubled as a field hospital nearby.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Clava Cairns

A Neolithic standing stone site, where Diana Gabaldon got her idea for the time travelling standing stones.

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Cawdor Castle

Cawdor castle is a fantastic visit and insight into the life of highland aristocracy of the region. Explore 15th-century Cawdor Castle, a great example of the changes culture, society and architecture over the course of time. In the 18th century the Thanes of Cawdor chose to follow Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Jacobite cause. After the Jacobite Rising of 1745 ended in defeat at Culloden, the family thought it prudent to excite to Wales and live on their lavish Welsh estates. And that proved to be prudent for the family as many Jacobite’s and Jacobite sympathisers faced arrest and deportation but it also meant that Cawdor was spared Victorian modification and thus remains a fascinating combination of an authentic medieval castle and a comfortable Jacobean house. Please note Cawdor Castle and Gardens will be open from 30th April 2022 until 2nd October, daily from 10am – 5.30pm (last entry 5pm) Cawdor is still used as a family home and its lavish interiors.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Fort George

After the Battle of Culloden there was a significant strengthening of the military in Scotland. One of four new barracks (and the largest) was built a short drive from Culloden at Fort George. Strategically located jutting into the waters of the Moray Firth, Fort George was built on a monumental scale, making use of modern defence standards, with heavy guns covering every angle. Today it is a fascinating living museum. Stepping inside the ramparts is like stepping back in history almost 300 years. You’ll visit the Grand Magazine, Barracks, Highlanders’ Museum and the Chapel. Fort George Opening times 1 April to 30 September: Daily, 9.30am to 5.30pm Last entry 4.30pm 1 October to 31 March: Daily, 10am to 4pm Last entry 3pm

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Wardlaw Mausoleum

Wardlaw Mausoleum became the subject of intense media speculation when experts attempted to solve the mystery of infamous Jacobite Simon Fraser, who was the 11th Lord Lovat, known locally as ‘The Old Fox’. His story brought historians to this sleepy burial site in the small village of Kirkhill near Inverness. Lovat did nothing to hide his Jacobean allegiance and as a result was executed for treason at The Tower of London in 1747. It was claimed that he was buried at the Tower of London, but that men from clan Fraser returned his headless remains to Scotland where he was buried in the family mausoleum. Learn the full story and twist in the plot when we visit.

Duration: 20 minutes
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