Loch Ness, Whisky and Outlander - 1 day tour
Loch Ness, Whisky and Outlander
One day tour
Explore the backdrop of TV’s most exciting show as you soak up the atmosphere of Beauly Priory and Clava Cairns, both authentic Outlander experiences. Along the way, enjoy Highland fare in the village of Beauly, learn the haunting history of Culloden Moor, cruise the waters of Loch Ness and raise a dram to an exciting journey through the centuries.
Loch Ness Cruise - enjoy a sail across the deep, dark and mysterious waters of Nessie’s home
Urquhart Castle - see the romantic ruins of this ancient fortress
Beauly Priory - learn why the monks that founded this 13th Century abbey church called it “beautiful place”
Glen Ord Distillery - discover the traditional methods used in the production of Scotland’s national drink
Culloden Moor - visit the site where Bonnie Prince Charlie’s Jacobite army was routed in a bloody battle
Clava Cairns - explore the ancient burial ground that was the inspiration for Outlanders’ Craigh Na Dun
Movie locations - Outlander, Loch Ness and Brave
Full Tour Itinerary
From Inverness, we journey south to the atmospheric waters of Loch Ness. Here, you can choose to either wander the picturesque streets of Drumnadrochit or step aboard a cruise and explore the ruins of 800-year-old Urquhart Castle.
Turning north, enjoy a hearty lunch in Beauly, a charming village whose name literally means ‘beautiful place’ in French. Named by the monks who built its stunning Priory in the 13th century, we’ll wander the corridors now famous as a location for TV’s Outlander.
Traditional Highland hospitality awaits us next in the sleepy village of Muir of Ord, where, opening permitting, we’ll enjoy a behind-the-scenes tour of Glen Ord Malt Whisky Distillery and sample a warming dram or two.
Suitably stirred, we then travel back more than 250 years to the haunting expanse of Culloden Moor, the scene of the last bloody battle on British soil, where Bonnie Prince Charlie and his Jacobite troops were crushed by the British Army in 1746.
Equally poignant is our final stop – the mysterious Clava Cairns so familiar to Outlander fans the world over. Surrounded by these mysterious burial chambers and standing stones, you’ll learn the real story of TV’s Jamie Fraser before retracing your steps home to Inverness.
Frequently Asked Questions
What can I expect on this Signature Day Tour?
Travelling on a Signature one-day tour is a great way to discover the best of Scotland from your city centre base of Edinburgh, Glasgow or Inverness.
During your day of discovery we’ll introduce you to many aspects of our country: spectacular scenery, history, folklore, nature and much, much more.
Luxury travel is provided by air-conditioned mini or midi coaches and each tour is led by an experienced driver/guide who will provide a live commentary in English.
There are stops planned at the key sights as well as for meals and comfort breaks.
Can you tell me more about the optional extras on this tour?
To give you complete choice admission fees are not included in the cost of this tour. The tour itinerary has been designed to provide sufficient time for you to visit these attractions:
If you click on the links above they will provide you with more information on each attraction including current admission prices. In some cases a special discount is offered to tour passengers, your driver/guide will provide details if this applies.
Please note that credit/debit cards are not always accepted so it is recommended that you carry sufficient cash with you should you want to make a visit.
Tell me more about the optional visit to Urquhart Castle and Loch Ness Cruise?
You can maximise your time at Loch Ness by purchasing the optional Urquhart Castle and Loch Ness Cruise combination ticket.
Visit hauntingly beautiful Urquhart Castle, once one of Scotland’s largest castles. The castle boasts a commanding presence overlooking the loch.
After time to explore the castle and admire the views take to the water for a cruise on Loch Ness. The cruise boat is equipped with on-board sonar, comfortable seating inside and out as well as toilets.
Refreshments are available for purchase or you can bring packed food.
You can purchase this combination ticket from your driver/guide on the day of the tour and payment is in cash only.
For operational reasons it’s not possible to purchase the cruise or admission to Urquhart Castle separately.
Tell me what the visit to a whisky distillery will be like?
A visit to a traditional whisky distillery is a feast for all the senses. After a warm welcome you’ll normally have a short audio/visual presentation on the the history of the distillery and the traditional methods used in the distilling process.
Next is a tour of the distillery where you you will experience all stages of the whisky making process from mashing and fermenting to distilling and maturation.
Your tour will end with a tutored tasting of a malt whisky and the opportunity to buy a souvenir of your visit in the distillery shop.
Do you offer a hotel pick-up service on this tour?
We know that you will want to start your tour straight away rather than spending valuable time travelling around hotels.
By offering a single centrally located departure point we can get you to Scotland’s best scenery as quickly as possible .
- Transport by luxury air-conditioned mini/midicoach
- Live commentary in English
- One hour cruise on Loch Ness
- Admission to Urquhart Castle
- Services of an experienced driver/guide
- Service charges and taxes
- Admission charges
- Meals, snacks or items of a personal nature
- Gratuity to your driver/guide
Outside Barclays Bank,
19 Union Street
Inverness IV1 1QA
Check-in: 08:30 hrs
Tour Departs: 08:45 hrs
Tour Returns: 17:30 hrs
Concession discounts apply to adults aged 60 years and above; students and children aged 5 to 16 years inclusive.
We’re really sorry but children aged under 5 years cannot travel on this tour.
Photo-ID may be requested to confirm discount entitlement.
Book by paying a 20% deposit. Make date changes or get a full refund with 48 hours notice before travel. Click here for more information.
In order to give you maximum flexibility admission fees are not included in the cost of this tour.
Please see the FAQ section for more information on this tour.
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Customer Reviews Overall Rating:
Rating:(4 /5) 20 Jun 2023
nice tour, would have been nice to have a little bit more time at the locations, bit overall ok.Melanie from Gallneukirchen , AT
Rating:(5 /5) 21 Oct 2022
Thoroughly enjoyed this tour. Lots of lovely stops along the way. Unfortunately the weather didn't allow us to have the boat trip on Loch Ness but this didn't spoil our day. Would definitely book more trips in the future.Glynis from Bangor, GB
Rating:(5 /5) 19 Sep 2022
This was a very good time !Margaret from Livonia, US