Discover life as a Highland laird at Brodie Castle, before stepping into the Outlander hit TV series at Culloden and Clava Cairns.

Your tour takes you on a journey around the classic Highlands as you visit the famous battlefield at Culloden where so many Scots from around the world have clan connections. There’s plenty of time to explore the historic battlefield before seeking out the Loch Ness Monster on a visit to the quieter side of the world-famous loch.

Tour Highlights

  • Visit to Brodie Castle
  • Walking tour of the historic Culloden Battlefield
  • Explore the mysterious Clava Cairns
  • Backroads tour to Loch Ness
  • Visit Dores Inn with fantastic views of Loch Ness
Ducks taking flight above a shimmering Loch Ness
Loch Ness

Tour Details

Join your professional tour guide for a classic tour of the Scottish Highlands. Heading away from Inverness you have views of the Moray Firth with the Black Isle and mountains beyond. Can you spot the Highlands Cloud Factory? As you enjoy the surrounding scenery this is a good time to ask you guide all those questions you want to ask about Scotland.

Driving along a tree-lined avenue eventually brings you to Brodie Castle. Now cared for the National Trust for Scotland the castle was home to the Brodie family for generations. The castle dates to the 1590s but it is thought elements of the structure are even older. It’s a classic Scottish castle, with more than a hint of the TV series Downton Abbey about it. Once you’ve explored the castle interior you can take some time to wander around the Playful Gardens. How long will it be before you bump into Scotland’s biggest rabbit?

It’s just a short drive to the nearby Brodie Countryfayre. Here you can indulge in a spot of shopping in this treasure trove of high quality Scottish gifts. Or maybe you want to grab a coffee or a bite to eat before heading to Culloden Battlefield. Heading through the town of Nairn we follow in the footsteps of the British Army as they pursued Bonnie Prince Charlie and his Jacobie soldiers ahead of a fateful battle.

Upon the barren Culloden Moor, you will hear tales from the last battle on British soil, which changed the course of Highland, Scottish and British history. You walk amongst the clan markers that tell the story of the Scottish clans that headed into battle without any knowledge that their way of life would soon be dismantled. Standing on the Jacobite frontline where Bonnie Prince Charlie commanded his troops you hear how the battle ended his campaign to seize the British crown.

You step even further back in time at the mysterious Clava Cairns. These ancient structures and standing stones still hide their true secrets from thousands of years ago. In more recent times they are said to have provided inspiration for the opening chapters of the Outlander books. Taking the back roads your first glimpse of Loch Ness is from high above in the hills as you head closer will you spot the elusive Loch Ness Monster? Some of the best views along the loch are from the small beach next to the historic Dores Inn. Maybe you would like to raise a glass to Nessie from the inn’s lochside garden before your tour comes to an end.

Tour Times

Morning departures at a time to suit you. This is a full-day tour lasting around 8 hours.

Start Point

Pick up from your accommodation in Inverness or the surrounding area.

Suitability

You spend around 90 minutes walking around the battlefield on some uneven and in places muddy paths.

How much?

This driver-guided tour starts from £460 and is dependent on group size (max 8 guests).

What’s included

  • All transportation, fuel and parking in either a large saloon or a 9-seater MPV
  • Complimentary fruit, snacks and water
  • Services of a fully qualified expert
  • guide

    What’s NOT included

  • Entrance to visitor attractions is not included in the tour price these are payable on the day
  • Lunch and refreshments

  • Ask for details to book entrance to Brodie Castle or the Culloden Visitor Centre in advance
  • Travelling with a friend
    Alex B, Israel
    So sad. I feel like we were travelling with a friend and now he's gone.