Fort George, Culloden Moor and the Cairngorms National Park - 1 day tour
Fort George, Culloden Moor and the Cairngorms National Park
One day tour
This fascinating tour visits emotive Culloden Moor and ancient Clava Cairns before moving on to Fort George, one of Scotland’s most impressive military installations. It was built after the Battle of Culloden in 1746 to keep the Highlanders in check and remains an active military base. Spend time in the delightful seaside town of Nairn before touring through the natural beauty of the Cairngorms National Park. Enjoy a break in Aviemore before returning to Inverness.
Culloden Battlefield - visit the site where Bonnie Prince Charlie’s Jacobite army was defeated in a bloody battle
Clava Cairns - explore the ancient stone circles that were the inspiration for Outlander’s Craigh Na Dun
Fort George - walk through the massive walls to explore Britain’s mightiest artillery fortress, still an active army base
Nairn - enjoy exploring this lovely old seaside fishing town overlooking the Moray Firth.
Cairngorms National Park -view the majestic mountains, sparkling lochs and ancient forests of the UK’s largest National Park.
Aviemore - take a stroll around this vibrant all-year-round outdoor adventure resort
Movie Locations - Outlander, The Outlaw King, No Time To Die.
Full Tour Itinerary
We begin the day with a panoramic tour of Inverness before leaving the capital of the Highlands to head eastward to Culloden Moor. This haunting expanse of wild moorland was the scene of the last pitched battle fought on British soil and marked the end of the Jacobite Rising of 1745.
Bonnie Prince Charlie’s forces were defeated by the Duke of Cumberland’s government troops in a battle that lasted less than an hour.
You can visit the excellent Culloden Visitor Centre to learn about the events that led up to that fateful event.
We then travel to mysterious Clava Cairns, the extensive remains of an ancient pre-historic burial site, with cairns and standing stones. It’s said that this 4000-year-old Bronze Age site inspired Outlander author Diana Gabaldon to create the fictional stone circle, Craigh na Dun.
The next stop is Fort George, a massive military fortification which George II commissioned in 1746 as a defence against further Jacobite incursion. Military history enthusiasts will be fascinated by its museum, the largest regimental museum outside of Edinburgh. It gives a fascinating insight into 18th-century military life.
After some time at Fort George, we’ll head north to the coast and stop to explore Nairn, a delightful seaside town on the Moray Firth known as one of the sunniest and driest places in Scotland. The town has a rich cultural life, and when Oscar-winning actress Tilda Swinton, a resident of Nairn, created a film festival there in 2007, it put the small town on the world stage.
The small island on the loch is home to the ruins of a small 14th Century castle, giving rise to its name, which in Gaelic means ‘Loch of the Island’.
During our time here, keep your eyes peeled for sightings of Red Squirrel, Scottish Crossbill and Crested Tit, and in summer, Ospreys can sometimes be seen scouting the waters for fish.
Our final stop is in Aviemore, famous worldwide as a centre for outdoor winter sports. It’s also a lovely Highland village in its own right, surrounded by breathtaking scenery.
After our time in Aviemore, we’ll head back 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 maximum flexibility the cost of admission fees and other optional extras are not included in the tour price. This gives you complete freedom to choose as the mood takes you. On this tour there are optional visits to:
Following the link above will give you more information on these attractions including current admission prices. At some locations a special discount is offered to tour participants, your driver/guide will give you more information if this applies. Credit/debit cards are not always accepted so you should plan to have sufficient cash with you should you wish to make any visits.
Will there be stops for meals and are they included in the price of the tour?
Meals are not included in the tour price, but we will make stops where you can get refreshments and something to eat.
If you wish, you can bring a packed lunch or pick up lunch items at a previous stop.
Vegetarian food is widely available.
I’ve missed my tour because I was late, can I get a refund?
We’re sorry but refunds or credits won’t be issued if you miss your tour because you are not at the departure point on time.
In fairness to all our passengers coaches will not wait if you are late.
What sort of weather can I expect?
Ah, this is the $64,000 question! It may surprise you to know that we have a very temperate climate in Scotland. The geography of Scotland means that it does rain more frequently in the west of the country and there are stronger winds in the east. If it does rain on your tour we will not be too concerned and neither should you be – we need it to make our whisky!
- Transport by luxury air-conditioned mini/midicoach
- Live commentary in English.
- 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
Inverness, IV1 1NW
Check-in: 08:15 hrs
Tour Departs: 08:30 hrs
Tour Returns: 18:30 hrs
Concession discounts apply to adults aged 60 years and above; students and children aged 4 to 15 years inclusive.
We’re really sorry but children aged under 4 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.