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From Inverness: Glen Affric, Culloden and Clava Cairns Tour

1. From Inverness: Glen Affric, Culloden and Clava Cairns Tour

Leave Inverness in the morning and begin your full-day tour with a trip to the ancient burial site of Clava Cairns. This Bronze-Age graveyard has survived 4 millennia and is a great spot to take photos.  Afterward, 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.  Afterward, 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.

From Glasgow: Scottish Highlands & Isle of Skye 5-Day Tour

2. From Glasgow: Scottish Highlands & Isle of Skye 5-Day Tour

Day 1 This wide-ranging tour starts by heading west through the beautiful scenery of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park to Kilmartin Glen. Here you’ll explore Scotland’s ancient past. With over 5,000 years of history laid out before you, you’ll be able to walk in the footsteps of the first Scots at Dunadd Hill Fort and the Temple Wood Stone Circle. Then it’s on to the picturesque seaside town of Oban. Overnight stay in Oban Day 2 Day two takes you through the haunting landscape of Glen Coe (scene of the terrible massacre of the MacDonald Clan) past Ben Nevis (Britain’s tallest peak) and Fort William. Between May and September you will board the Jacobite Train, or "Hogwarts Express" in Fort William for the next section of your journey. Travel across the Glenfinnan Viaduct and enjoy stunning views as you make your way to the west coast town of Mallaig. In April and October, you will continue west from Fort William on board your bus, making a stop to view the Glenfinnan Viaduct, made famous by the Harry Potter films, and hopefully get a chance to see the steam train cross it. We will also be able to see Glenfinnan Monument - and the gorgeous scenery that surrounds it. Overnight stay in Skye Day 3 You'll have the whole of the third day to explore Skye's mysteries and landscape. Here the mountains and beaches beckon, so lose yourself amongst the spectacular scenery of the Cuillin Mountains, the slanting hills of Quiraing, and the incredible Trotternish Peninsula. Overnight stay in Skye Day 4 Once you leave Skye the first stop is a visit to the stunningly beautiful Eilean Donan Castle. You’ll then continue your journey onwards to the fabled shores of Loch Ness. Here you have the option to visit Urquhart Castle and take a cruise on the loch (extra charge), before ending the day in the capital of the Highlands: Inverness. Stay overnight in Inverness. Day 5 You’ll start your journey south and have the chance to visit the battlefield of Culloden (an optional extra), the site of the defeat of the Jacobite forces. Then you’ll pass the stunning Cairngorm Mountains and have time to explore the picturesque town of Pitlochry, before arriving back in Edinburgh & Glasgow.

Inverness: Alternative Loch Ness Tour

3. 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.

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4.9 / 5

based on 137 reviews

This tour is amazing from start to finish! not only did I get to see some of the most beautiful sights I have ever seen in my life, but I also got to learn more about the history and Highland culture of the past by visiting the clava cairns and the culloden battlefield. my tour guide, Gregor, was wonderful! he was friendly, knowledgeable, and always checked on everyone throughout the tour to make sure we were all good. can't recommend enough!

Awesome! Duncan is a brilliant guide! Glen Affric is so very beautiful, in fact the Highlands generally are amazing. the Bronze Age Cairns so interesting and Culloden tour very informative. definitely recommend and hope you get Duncan!

It was one of the best tour that I had in the Highlands. Every activity is so great and fantastic to do plus our tour guide James was so knowledgeable and good to us he was really great and fab.

Helen our tour guide MADE the trip!!!! Helens knowledge and wit brought every historical site alive!!! The sites were amazing!!! I will book again, hopefully Helen will be the tour guide

Highly recommend Rabbits tours and there great drivers