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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.

Inverness: Loch Ness Cruise, Outlander & Whisky Tour

2. 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.

4-Day Outlander Trail From Edinburgh

3. 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 Jamie joined the Jacobite army to fight for the Stuarts. You have the opportunity to explore the visitor center and site, and pay tribute to those who lost their lives at the last battle fought on British soil. You then take a short drive to the ancient standing stones at Clava Cairns. After lunch, head continue to Castle Leod, “home of the Clan MacKenzie”, where you can enjoy a relaxing walk. The castle resembles the way that Diana Gabaldon described Castle Leoch, though she had never heard of this building prior to writing Outlander. A short drive takes you to Beauly, the site of Beauly Priory and the tomb of Lord Lovat in the heart of Clan Fraser lands. Beauly priory is a beautiful 13th-century ruin and where the Lovat Frasers are buried in Diana Gabaldon’s book. In the afternoon, you can sample ‘The Water of Life’ with a whisky distillery tour and tasting. Afterwards, return to Inverness with time to explore the town and enjoy the city for another evening. Day 3 starts with a visit to the majestic Glen Affric. Lochs, mountains and pine forests: this is one of Scotland’s most glorious glens. You then continue along the entire length of Loch Ness and through the Great Glen before heading to Glenfinnan. It stands framed by typically spectacular Highland scenery and bedside a section of the Jacobite Steam Train railway line famously used as the Hogwarts Express in Harry Potter. Your overnight stop is in Fort William underneath the shadow of Britain’s tallest mountain, Ben Nevis. Day 4 begins with a magnificent drive through Glencoe, across the rugged Trossachs area onto Doune Castle. The castle is an extensive ruin that represents Castle Leoch in the TV program. Later, you have a photo stop at Blackness Castle on the banks of the Firth of Forth. This was used as the set for Fort William in the show and appears in many other movies because of its beautiful setting and thickly fortified walls. After your medieval adventure, you'll return to Edinburgh in the early evening.

Inverness: Outlander Day Tour

4. Inverness: Outlander Day Tour

First, stop at the world-famous Loch Ness, after which you carry on to Wardlaw Mausoleum, which was built in 1634 as the burial place for the Frasers of Lovat before later being used by the clan until the early 19th century. You’ll even venture into the crypt where you’ll learn of the mystery surrounding the double lead-lined coffin which was said to contain the headless body of the 11th Lord Lovat (Jamie’s grandfather in Outlander). Next, visit the attractive ruins of Beauly Priory, dating back to 1230, the burial site for the Frasers of Lovat and MacKenzies as far back as 1479. It was there at Beauly Priory that Claire came across the Lovat Seer, Maisri, when she and Jamie were visiting his grandfather prior to the Jacobite Rising of 1745. Carry onto Culloden Battlefield, where Jamie survived the brutal and bloody end to the Jacobite Rising of 1745. Your guide will walk you around the battlefield and past the Fraser Stone, which commemorates the Fraser clansmen who fought there that day. Your next stop is Clava Cairns, three well-preserved Bronze Age burial chambers each surrounded by a circle of standing stones. The site boasts its own "split stone", similar to the one in the first Outlander book when Claire was transported back in time to 1743.

Inverness: Alternative Loch Ness Tour

5. Inverness: Alternative Loch Ness Tour

Leaving from Inverness, you will travel south on the A82 along the banks of the world-famous Loch Ness. Throughout your journey you will learn about this mysterious loch and all it's history. You will make a short stop for some photos, where you overlook the loch and onward to Urquhart Castle in the distance. You'll then travel on to the busy village of Drumnadrochit before turning inland and onto quieter roads. Your next stop at the ancient Corrimony Cairn allows you to guess at an ancient population that lived in these parts, uncovering some clues to their beliefs. It will then be on to the end of the road to discover what many consider to be the most "bonnie" glen in Scotland: Glen Affric. There you will take for a short walk to discover the great view, before taking an optional hike around the River Affric before heading back down the road and over to the magnificent Plodda Falls and impressive Douglas Firs. You'll explore the area through the forest before slowing things down so you can really experience the true Highlands, before returning to the picturesque village of Tomich for a lunch break. After you are watered and fed, you will progress onward following the river down Strath Glass and to the pretty village of Beauly, before returning to Inverness.

Invergordon: South Shore Tour Excursion

6. Invergordon: South Shore Tour Excursion

Start your day of adventure by arriving via Port of Invergordon in the Scottish Highlands. Once there, you will be met by your friendly driver as you leave the harbour area. After listening to a safety briefing you'll hop into your comfortable vehicle and travel South. First stop, the famous Culloden battlefield where your driver will provide you with an informative narrative about the events that led to this battle. Take your time and feel free to visit the visitor centre or exhibition (entry fee required). Your next stop is the nearby Clava Cairns, a series of mysterious stone circles which are a free attraction to visit. Leaving Clava Cairns the tour heads East on single track roads to Cawdor Village and Cawdor Castle. There is a charge for admission and guided tour by castle staff once inside. When your visit at Cawdor Castle is complete the tour travels back through Inverness to Dores Village which is sited directly on the banks of Loch Ness and the beach there gives direct access to the Loch itself. Head back to Inverness and travel North until you arrive at Beauly Priory. Make the most of the free entrance and enjoy some of the shopping opportunities inside. Continue on your journey to the Glenord Distillery at nearby Muir of Ord where you can indulge in a Whisky sampling experience.Your tour then heads North and back to the Port of Invergordon where the tour ends.

Edinburgh: Isle of Skye Loch Ness & the Highlands 5-Day Tour

7. Edinburgh: Isle of Skye Loch Ness & the Highlands 5-Day Tour

Journey through the Scottish Highlands and the Isle of Skye on this adventurous 5-day tour from Edinburgh. Go monster hunting on Loch Ness and explore ancient historical sites and scenic castles along the way. Day 1: Edinburgh to Oban Begin by visiting the impressive Kelpies statues before heading north past Wallace Monument and Stirling Castle. Gaze at the scenic Rannoch Moor and Glencoe and take a walk through the beautiful fishing town of Oban in the late afternoon. (Overnight: Oban) Day 2: Oban to Isle of Skye Venture through some of Scotland’s most awe-inspiring landscapes on the way to Skye. Catch a glimpse of the mighty Glenfinnan Viaduct before passing the world-famous Eilean Donan Castle and spending the night on the Isle of Skye. (Overnight: Portree) Day 3: Isle of Skye to Inverness Explore the epic scenery of the Isle of Skye and venture through stunning mountains, rugged coastlines, and local folklore before returning to the mainland. Head along the dramatic Great Glen to Inverness, the Capital of the Highlands. (Overnight: Inverness) Day 4: Inverness Hunt for the legendary monster ‘Nessie’ while driving along the banks of Loch Ness before visiting the town of Beauly and stopping at the historical Culloden Battlefield. (Overnight: Inverness) Day 5: Inverness to Edinburgh Resume your adventure with a visit to the chamber cairns and the amazing standing stones of Clava Cairns. Taste and learn all about Scottish whisky at a local whisky distillery before returning to Edinburgh in the late afternoon.

Inverness: Private Local Attractions Tour with Entry Tickets

8. Inverness: Private Local Attractions Tour with Entry Tickets

Embark on a guided private day tour of Inverness and discover notable points of interest in and around the city. Visit Cawdor Castle, Fort George Military Museum, the Culloden Battlefield, and the Clava Cairns (entry not included) and benefit from an entry ticket to the Glenord Distillery. Start with pickup from your accommodation in Inverness and hop into the tour vehicle to start your exploration of the city. Make your first stop at Cawdor Castle and, after admission, take a guided tour of the building with the onsite staff. Continue next to the Fort George Military Museum and Highlander's Museum which you can visit at your own pace. Learn a bit about the various Highland Regiments of the British Army with many displays of military artifacts. Travel to the Culloden Battlefield where your driver will give you a narrative of the events that led to this final confrontation of the Jacobite Rising of 1745. You can also enter the visitor center and the onsite exhibition. Head to the nearby Clava Cairns, a series of mysterious stone circles which date back to the Bronze Age. Head west to the village of Dores and Dores Beach which is situated directly on the banks of Loch Ness. Stop on the banks of the famous loch and see if you can spot Nessy. The tour then heads back towards Inverness and arrives at Glenord Distillery in Muir of Ord. Here, you can enjoy a "wee dram" of whisky with a guided tour, at an extra cost. Alternatively, you can visit Beauly Priory, a ruinous 12th-century church, before being dropped back at your accommodation.

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What people are saying about Beauly Priory

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 44 reviews

I was unsure when I first booked this tour but I ended up really enjoying it. The visitor centre at Culloden had really cool visuals that brought the battle to life and they did a presentation about the prisoners which was interesting too. Glen Affric was also a highlight, with beautiful scenery. Our tour guide Matthew was enthusiastic and brilliant at sharing stories with great humour. He made sure everyone had a good time. Highly recommend.

Sean’s our tour guide was top notch! Knowledgeable, easy to understand, fun! Rabbies does a great job! About the tour itself, we got to see and do so much more than I realized. A full days tour! To those that may have injuries or trouble going long distances walking, Culloden is a very long walk around! Glen Affric was gorgeous! But the hikes are moderate to difficult if you have knee issues. I wish I’d have brought my hiking poles !

Fantastic trip Stewart our guide was wonderful so knowledgable on everything very generous with his time and terrible jokes had wonderful day so in love with Scotland and it’s wonderful warm people can’t wait to return many thanks

A great trip to culloden battlefield with Rabbies. 2 nd time we have used Rabbies tours and would go with them again. Our guide James was fantastic, very friendly, went the extra mile.

Myself and my three sisters had an amazing day today