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From Inverness: Glen Affric, Culloden and Clava Cairns Tour

1. 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 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.

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Loch Ness and the Highlands 1-Day Tour from Aberdeen

2. 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, tragic landscape that can put the history of Scotland into perspective. The interactive exhibition center here really brings it all to life. Have a comfort break within the gorgeous Cairngorms National Park before you reach Aberdeen 8:00 PM.

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Inverness: Loch Ness Cruise, Outlander & Whisky Tour

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

Depart central Inverness and journey to the world-famous Loch Ness, where you will join a 1-hour cruise to Urquhart Castle. You'll have time to explore the 13th-century ruins on foot as part of this tour. Afterward, enjoy lunch in one of the charming local cafés in Beauly and explore Beauly Priory, 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. 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.

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From Aberdeen: Loch Ness, Inverness and the Highlands Tour

4. From Aberdeen: Loch Ness, Inverness and the Highlands Tour

Make an early start in Aberdeen and head north to just outside Inverness for your first stop at Cawdor Castle. Dating from the late 14th century, the castle was built as a private fortress by the Thanes of Cawdor and consists of an ancient medieval tower around the legendary holly tree. Visit the extraordinary castle itself and explore the three gardens. Next, make a quick outside stop at the site of the last major battle on British soil, Culloden Moor, the resting place of 1,500 Jacobite and 50 government soldiers who fought and died here in 1746. Time for lunch on the shores of Loch Ness at the Dores Inn. On a cold day, relax by the cozy log fire and savor lunch from a varied menu of home-cooked food. On a nice day, eat out on the sun terrace or enjoy a drink or two from the ‘The OutDores Inn’ bar soaking up the rays in the large beer garden. After lunch, head to Inverness, the Gateway to the Highlands, and enjoy some free time to explore. Wander through the city, peruse the shops and the best used book store, and stroll along the river taking in the views of Inverness Castle. On the journey back to Aberdeen, stop at Tomintoul, the highest village in the Highlands nestled at a height of 1164 feet (355 meters) on the northern slopes of the Cairngorm Mountains.

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Scotland: Spirit of the Highlands Tour from Inverness

5. Scotland: Spirit of the Highlands Tour from Inverness

Enjoy this spirit of the Highlands day tour, an 8-hour tour from Inverness City Centre that will take you to some very scenic off the beaten track beauty spots in the Highlands. Enjoy the comfort and hassle-free transport service from your accommodation or cruise ship that will ensure you get the most out of your full-day tour.  Start your tour by marveling at the beauty of the highlands. Hunt for the famous Loch Ness Monster as you travel along the shore of the Loch. Visit Inverness, capital of the Highlands and be swept away by the breathtaking views. Continue on your tour with a visit to Culloden Battlefield, the site of the last ever pitched battle on UK soil. This was a battle between the Jacobite's and the government army in which the Jacobites were defeated in battle. With your guide, you will learn about how this battle had a long-lasting effect on the Highlands. Enjoy a visit to Culloden and the Clava Standing stones. This is a well-preserved Bronze age Cemetery, perfect for any history buffs or fans of the film 'Outlander'. This fantastic day out will give you a taste of the Highlands of Scotland, leaving you wishing to return to Scotland time and time again.

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What people are saying about Culloden Moor

The trip combined historical interest with scenic beauty.The Culloden site is very well set up. The guide was very knowledgeable. I find the buses a little uncomfortable in one way: Sitting by a window, there is not enough elbow space and what there is, is hard and unpleasant to rest on. The seat belts can also be difficult to fasten and annoying.

Great excursion. The boat cruise was wonderful. Culloden was beautiful and eerie. Clava Cairns was a mysterious area of Scotland. We had a wonderful guide, Fraser. He knew his history and was very friendly. Thank you so much for offering this great excursion.

Wonderful ! Thank you to Duncan Fraser who was ever so kind, knowledgeable & humble. Absolutely went far and beyond to ensure we had a good day! Beautiful places, sceneries, waterfall & delicious lunch! Thank you so much!

I think it's totally worthwhile! Amazing views and a perfect way to get to know more about Scotland in a short period of time. Doug, our guide was amazing!! I completely recommend it!

A really good tour guide show just lots of things above and beyond his duties fantastic scenery and areas.