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Highland and Speyside explorer tour from Inverness
Tour Theme: Historic and Cultural Tours
This tour starts from: Inverness
Duration: 1 Day - 10 hours approx.
The tour departs from Inverness city centre every Friday in June, July and August at 0815, when we board a well-appointed coach and take a short drive out to our first sight of the day; Culloden Battlefield. The Battle of Culloden took place on 16th April 1746 and was the final chapter of the Jacobite Uprising, as well as the last pitched battle to be fought on British soil. Your guide will bring the poignant landscape to life as he enthralls you with a historical account of the bloody battle, the escape of Bonnie Prince Charlie and the subsequent demise of the Gaelic and clan culture in the Highlands.
Our next stop is the lesser-known but equally fascinating Clava Cairns, an exceptionally well-preserved group of prehistoric burial cairns which were built around 4000 years ago. This Bronze Age cemetery features a plethora of historical structures including passage graves, ring cairns, a kerb cairn and standing stones. For Outlander fans..beware of the split stone buzzing!
After a scenic drive down to the village of Tomatin, where we will catch a glimpse of the impressively imposing railway viaduct, we then head east, skirting the Cairngorm National Park before we arrive in Speyside whisky country. Our first stop here is The Glenlivet Distillery, which recently announced that it had “become the world’s number one single malt Scotch whisky brand”. For those who would like to find out a bit more about the whisky making process, you will have the opportunity to take a full distillery tour here.
Alternatively, for those who would prefer some fresh air, your guide will lead a leisurely one hour walk from The Glenlivet Distillery to the ruins of Drumin Castle, built in the 14th century by Alexander Stewart, the infamous “Wolf of Badenoch”, who is best known for his burning of Elgin Cathedral in 1390. We get great views of the surrounding hills as we head down through native pine and birch forests and rolling farmland to the castle, which sits above the confluence of River Livet and River Avon. After a look around the castle and its walled garden the coach will collect us to head on to our next stop.
Nestled in the heart of the Spey Valley, this mill has been producing woven fabric on its historic looms for over 200 years. After a tasty lunch your guide will take you round the cluster of sympathetically restored buildings which house the spinning and weaving machines and, hopefully, you should be able to see the modern day weavers at work. We would recommend souvenir shopping here, as it is the only place in Scotland where you can buy the goods produced at the mill, and all profits go directly back into the Knockando Woolmill Trust, which works to ensure its successful future.
We are delighted to be able to include Ballindalloch Castle in this tour, as we are always ensured a warm welcome here at the “Pearl of the North”. First and foremost a family home, which has been lived in continuously by the Macpherson-Grants since 1546, this magnificent building is resplendent with family memorabilia, fine furniture and paintings. You will have around 1 ½ hours here to independently explore the castle and its lush gardens.
After we have collected you from the castle it is now time to relax and enjoy the beautiful scenery whilst we return to Inverness, taking an alternative route to show you the dramatic Highland scenery of the Dava Moor.
Tour Highlights: Culloden Battlefield, Clava Cairns, Drumin Castle, Glenlivet Distillery, Knockando Woolmill, Ballindalloch Castle, Highland Moors
This tour is run in conjunction with our Malt Whisky day tour from Inverness so, if your travel companions are more interested in sampling than sightseeing, this could be a great combination! Click here to see the other tour.
Highland and Speyside Explorer Tour from Inverness
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