1. United Kingdom
  2. Scotland
  3. Aberdeen
  4. Cawdor Castle

From Aberdeen: Loch Ness, Inverness and the Highlands Tour

Product ID: 343216
Discover the beautiful Highlands on a day tour from Aberdeen. Explore the city of Inverness and enjoy lunch on the banks of Loch Ness. Experience some Scottish heritage along the way with a visit to Cawdor Castle and a stop at Culloden Moor Battlefield.
About this activity
Duration: 11 hours
Starting time 8:00 AM
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
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Live tour guide
Dutch, English
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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  • Visit the stunning Cawdor Castle and Gardens and take in the rich history
  • Explore the Gateway to the Highlands, the city of Inverness
  • Gaze across the waters of Loch Ness and try to spot Nessie
  • Marvel at the mountains and panoramic views on the return trip to Aberdeen
Full description
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.
  • Transportation from the meeting point
What’s Not Included
  • Entrance to Cawdor Castle (£13.50 per person)
  • Lunch at Dores Inn (average of £15.00 per person)

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

Either inside the Craftsman or at the crossing lights on Guild Street just outside. Please arrive at the meeting point 15 minutes before the start of the tour.

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Important information
What to bring
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Umbrella
  • Camera
Know before you go
• This tour will take place in all weather conditions
• There is a lot of driving on this tour
• Please arrive at the meeting point 15 minutes before the start of the tour
Organized by

Grampian Escapes & Tours Ltd

Product ID: 343216