For many centuries Lochaber was considered an epicentre of disorder and disloyalty in the Scottish Highlands. It’s unsurprising that it was viewed as the very heartland of the Jacobites and the threat they posed to both monarchy and government. Join a local guide to walk in the footsteps of Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Jacobites whilst discovering the places and stories linked with their campaign to seize the British Crown.

A half-day private tour, with a qualified and local tourist guide, from Fort William suitable for cruise ship passengers visiting the area.

When: Anytime during a cruise ship visit to Fort William

Start: Flexible dependent on ship arrival

Finish: Flexible – in plenty of time before ship departure.

Total tour time: approx 4 hours

Transport: Pick up from the cruise ship pontoon in Fort William in either a large saloon car (suitable for up to 3/4 passengers) or a 9-seater MPV suitable for up to 8 passengers).

What’s included:

  • Money-back guarantee if your ship fails to visit Fort William
  • Complimentary fruit, snacks and water
  • Fully qualified guide – accredited with the Scottish Tourist Guide Association


  • Travel through stunning Highland landscapes
  • Visit Old Inverlochy Castle
  • Photo stop at Neptune’s Staircase
  • Visit the Glenfinnan Monument and the “Harry Potter” viaduct
  • Visit the Clan Cameron Museum
  • Photo stop at the Commando Memorial

Your professional guide will welcome you to Fort William and the historic district of Lochaber. On the outskirts of the town, you visit the ruins of the 13th-century stronghold of Inverlochy Castle with the mighty Ben Nevis (Britain’s highest mountain) towering behind the castle. Driving along the “Road to the Isles” you pass over the Caledonian Canal pausing to take a look at Neptune’s Staircase, a flight of seven canal locks, and an impressive feat of engineering from the early 1800’s.

Travelling through impressive mountain scenery you arrive at Glenfinnan where the Highland clans gathered to support Bonnie Prince Charlie as he prepared to take on the British Army in an effort to restore his family to the throne. The Glenfinnan Memorial sits at the head of scenic Loch Shiel and you can also see the rail viaduct made famous as the “Harry Potter Bridge” in the movies.

Heading deep into Cameron country (who were some of the strongest supporters of the Jacobite cause) you see the home of the Clan Chief and visit the small Clan Museum full of interesting memorabilia including items belonging to Bonnie Prince Charlie.

You’ll discover why this area played an important role in World War Two before stopping at the Commando Memorial set among outstanding mountain terrain.

A short drive back to Fort William gives you time to ask about life in the Highlands, before returning to your ship.


Maximum 4 passengers (large saloon) = £320

Maximum 8 passengers (9-seater MPV) = £370

Please note entry fees to the Glenfinnan Monument and Clan Cameron Museum are not included and are payable on the day.

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