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  • From Edinburgh: 3-Day Isle of Skye and The Highlands Tour

    1. From Edinburgh: 3-Day Isle of Skye and The Highlands Tour

    Day 1: Departing Edinburgh, head north and pass Stirling Castle. Be inspired by tales from your guide of William Wallace and Robert the Bruce. Stop a few miles further north for a tour at Doune Castle. This 14th-century fortress is a filming location for Outlander (Castle Leoch), Monty Python and the Holy Grail and Game of Thrones amongst others. Continue north, into the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, admire the scenery as your tour guide explains the remarkable tribal clan history of the Highlands. Discover the beautiful Glencoe, the most famous valley in Scotland and hear of its tragic history. Admire the spectacular Glenfinnan Viaduct then head north and arrive on the southern banks of Loch Ness to get photos of the infamous monster Nessie! Stop for photos of Urquhart Castle before arriving in Inverness, the Capital of the Highlands, where you'll stay for 2 nights, choo...

    Great tour, you get to see a lot of Scotland in a relatively short period of time. You do spend a lot of time on the bus but the scenery is wonderful. Stephen is a phenomenal guide and overall I had a really fun time.

  • Culloden Battlefield Visitor Center Ticket with Audio Guide

    2. Culloden Battlefield Visitor Center Ticket with Audio Guide

    Discover the history of the Jacobite Rising and learn about one of the most harrowing battles in British history at the Culloden Battlefield. Visit the battlefield where around 1,600 men were killed in less than an hour. Listen to the informative commentary of your audio guide. Enter the visitor center beside the battlefield and explore artefacts from both sides of the struggle, including weapons, letters, and coins. Explore the interactive displays and watch the battle unfold at the center’s immersion cinema. Take part in a living history presentation to travel back to the day of the battle.

    Really special visit. Very informative, learnt so much. Presentation was very well set out and easy to follow. Descriptions of the thoughts and actions of both sides were very well presented and easy to follow. Good parking and food facilities.

  • From Inverness: Glen Affric, Culloden and Clava Cairns Tour

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

    Leaving Inverness in the morning, this full-day tour begins with a trip to the ancient burial site of Clava Cairns. This Bronze-Age graveyard has survived four millennia, and is a great spot to take atmospheric photos. The location was perhaps the inspiration for the Craigh na Dun time portal in the Outlander books. Afterwards, 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. Afterwards, explore the historic ruins of Beauly Priory, a mon...

    I can honestly say that this was the best tour I have ever been on. Paul's knowledge was immense and he was such an approachable guy, willing to answer all questions. He made the day exceptional.

  • Inverness: Full-Day Loch Ness and Outlander Tour

    4. Inverness: Full-Day Loch Ness and Outlander Tour

    Depart central Inverness and journey to the world-famous Loch Ness, where you will join a cruise to view the ruins of the 13th century, Urquhart Castle. Afterwards you'll have free time to enjoy lunch in one of the charming local cafés in beautiful Beauly and walk it off exploring Beauly Priory; used in the filming of Outlander. The next stop is an ancient pine forest where you can take a short stroll to view some stunning waterfalls. Listen to tales of the Jacobite rebellions and the brutal Battle of Culloden, on a visit to Culloden Battlefield. Outlander fans will love the mysterious burial chambers and standing stones at Clava Cairns. When you’ve heard the harrowing history behind 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.

    Amazing day - still reeling trying to digest the days events and adventures - had the most amazing guide Andy who expertly guided us through a day of pure wonder, so many historic facts, so much fun.

  • From Edinburgh: Outlander Experience 2-Day Tour

    5. From Edinburgh: Outlander Experience 2-Day Tour

    Day 1 Your first visit will be Blackness Castle overlooking the Firth of Forth. The castle was used as the backdrop for Fort William and then Wentworth Prison (or as it in known, Linlithgow Palace). Onwards to Doune Castle, better known as Castle Leoch, home to Colum Mackenzie. The castle has also made appearances in the Monty Python and the Holy Grail film. Stop for lunch and a taste of whisky at the charming little distillery of Deanston. Next, into the Highlands and through Glen Coe with a quick stop at Loch Ness before arriving at your overnight in Inverness. Day 2 Step back in time 4000 years ago at Clava Cairns, the inspiration for Craigh na Dun. Then, continue to Culloden Battlefield, the scene of the last battle fought on British soil. Discover a living history at the Highland Folk Museum and its various time period scenes. Relive one of the f...

    We had the beet two days on our Outlander tour, we can't really decide which was the best bit! We expected to see areas where Outlander was filmed and we absolutely did but so much more as well. We totally recommend the trip if you love Outlander and thee opportunity to see more of Scotland. Thank you so much it was all incredible. Thank you so much for everything including the post cards that was such a nice surprise and so very thoughtful! Thank you so much! I only have one comment that could help I'm prove the trip, please outline all of the costs upfront and maybe send a reminder about the trip a couple of days before with details of weather forecast and what Venuses are open etc. We didn't get to see Doune castle for example, it was a bit disappointing but everything made up for it.

  • Loch Ness and the Highlands 1-Day Tour from Aberdeen

    6. Loch Ness and the Highlands 1-Day Tour from Aberdeen

    Your tour departs Aberdeen and heads straight for the ‘Whisky Capital of the World’, Dufftown. Unfortunately it's too early in the morning to taste the whisky at the Glenfiddich Distillery, but you have time to take a photo of the iconic site and grab a coffee. Venture through the heart of Speyside and arrive at Loch Ness for an optional boat trip which is bookable via your guide on the day of the trip. Onboard the ship, you travel over the widest and deepest part of the loch and get a fine view of Urquhart Castle. Upon your return back on dry land, it’s time to travel deep into the past at Clava Cairns. This spot is situated in a gorgeous green grove and boasts well-preserved ancient burial tombs. They even say this spot was the inspiration for Outlander’s Craigh na Dun. Follow this up with a trip to Culloden Battlefield, the location of the final Jacobite Rising. It’s an eerie, flat,...

    A lot of driving looking at monotonous landscape for hours. Do not seat at the back of the bus, the B roads are bumpy. Make sure you book your lunch before the Loch Ness cruise. I have chosen the tour without whiskey component, we were still taken to a whiskey store.

  • 4-Day Outlander Trail From Edinburgh

    7. 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 ...

    Our 4-day tour with Mac (MacKenzie) was incredible! It is an “Outlander” tour, but the depth of Diana Gabaldon’s books came alive with Mac. His knowledge of Scottish history was exceptional. His interlacing of the books’ fictional aspects with actual events was remarkable. For Outlander fans, this was wonderful. But even more importantly, Mac’s history of Scotland, its people, trials, successes, defeats will all remain with us. Aye, we were transported to another time. Much like Claire was, only in our imaginations. Thank you so much Mac.

  • Isle of Skye and Highlands: 3-Day Guided Tour from Edinburgh

    8. Isle of Skye and Highlands: 3-Day Guided Tour from Edinburgh

    Tour the Scottish Highlands and explore the Isle of Skye on a 3-day guided tour from Edinburgh. You’ll see castles, craggy mountains, picturesque towns, and maybe even a monster on this excursion. Stay overnight in B&B accommodation. Detailed Itinerary Day 1: A Spectacular Route North On the way to Skye your route takes you past beautiful Stirling Castle, across the brooding expanse of Rannoch Moor, and through Glen Coe. As you near the coast, you’ll see Eilean Donan Castle (optional tour available), which was featured in the film Highlander. Overnight stay in Inverness. Day 2: A Full Day on Skye You'll have the full day to explore the Isle of Skye. If you like, you can take it nice and easy but still see all the sights. Highlights include the the craggy Cuillin Mountains, the dramatic hills of the Quiraing, and stunning Trot...

    It is a great way to see the highlands wuthout worrying for that parking space or stressing with your satnav. Murray, our driver/guide, took us to some amazing places not usually seen in the guidebooks. You'll love this tour.

  • Isle of Skye & The Highlands: 3-Day Guided Tour from Glasgow

    9. Isle of Skye & The Highlands: 3-Day Guided Tour from Glasgow

    Escape the bustle of daily life and get back to nature on a 3-day tour of the Scottish Highlands and Isle of Skye, with bed and breakfast accommodations on Skye. Hear of clan massacres, visit monuments associated with Scotland’s struggle against the English, and see location sites of the blockbuster movie “Highlander.” Day 1: Departing Glasgow take a spectacular route north towards Stirling Castle, crossing the brooding expanse of Rannoch Moor, and on through Glen Coe. Stop at Eilean Donan Castle, where “Highlander” was filmed. Overnight stay in Inverness. Day 2: Enjoy a day excursion to the Isle of Skye. Explore the craggy Cuillin Mountains, dramatic hills of Quiraing, and beautiful Trotternish Peninsula. Look for seals, peeking out of the waves as you walk along the coast, or spot stags silhouetted on hillsides.  Day 3: Follow the ...

    I took this tour on my own, to explore some more of the beauty of Scotland. Our guide, Steven, told us great stories about the places we drove through and visited. The Isle of Skye is a beautiful place to explore, as is the rest of the highlands. The tour visits some of the amazing highlights of the area; our tour guide gave us options to choose from at certain points of the trip. All in all, I had a very pleasant, beautiful, and memorable 3 days.

  • From Glasgow: Loch Ness, Inverness and Highlands 2-Day Tour

    10. From Glasgow: Loch Ness, Inverness and Highlands 2-Day Tour

    Day One: Visit the conservation village of Luss, on the banks of Loch Lomond. Descend into Rannoch Moor and pass the Black Mount. Walk through Glen Coe and take in its haunting atmosphere. View Britain's highest mountain, Ben Nevis, before stopping for lunch in Fort William. End the day by travelling to Inverness, after walking around Loch Ness.  Day Two: Visit the fascinating Culloden Battlefield and glimpse the ancient stones of the Neolithic Clava Clairns. Visit Dalwhinnie Distillery and take the opportunity to try their whisky. Stop for a gentle forest walk in a Scottish woodland after lunch (Only possible in the summer months). Cross the Forth Bridge and travel back to Edinburgh where you will be dropped off outside Edinburgh Waverley Train Station. Passengers that began the tour in Glasgow will be provided with a free train ticket to return to Gla...

    Entertaining and insightful, with lots of stops to walk around, and a Guide with a vast knowledge about every single stone in the Highlands.

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What people are saying about Culloden Battlefield

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 434 reviews

Our 4-day tour with Mac (MacKenzie) was incredible! It is an “Outlander” tour, but the depth of Diana Gabaldon’s books came alive with Mac. His knowledge of Scottish history was exceptional. His interlacing of the books’ fictional aspects with actual events was remarkable. For Outlander fans, this was wonderful. But even more importantly, Mac’s history of Scotland, its people, trials, successes, defeats will all remain with us. Aye, we were transported to another time. Much like Claire was, only in our imaginations. Thank you so much Mac.

A moving and well presented guide to the reasons for the Jacobite uprising, the battles, and the outcomes. It was much more interesting and informative than I had expected, with no 'nationalistic' undertones. Probably the best historic site we have visited.

Really special visit. Very informative, learnt so much. Presentation was very well set out and easy to follow. Descriptions of the thoughts and actions of both sides were very well presented and easy to follow. Good parking and food facilities.

I can honestly say that this was the best tour I have ever been on. Paul's knowledge was immense and he was such an approachable guy, willing to answer all questions. He made the day exceptional.

We had a lovely time, Thanks to Liam who was very professional and explained everything about the place.