The Culloden Tour - 1 day tour
The Culloden Tour
One day tour
Just a short drive from the centre of Inverness lies Culloden Moor, the site of the last battle fought on the British mainland. It was here that the dreams of Bonnie Prince Charlie to capture the British Crown were shattered. Discover the fascinating story of the 1745 Jacobite Rising at the award-winning visitor centre, then imagine the scene when you take a walk on the battlefield site.
Inverness - enjoy amazing views of the city from the top deck of an open-top bus
Culloden Moor - take a walk on the battlefield to see where the 1745 Jacobite Rising came to a bloody end
Culloden Visitor Centre - discover the story of the last pitched battle to have taken place on British soil
Leanach Cottage - see this magnificently restored cottage, topped with a thatched roof made of heather
Moray Firth - experience the glorious seascapes and close up views of the impressive Kessock Bridge
Dolphin Spirit - be captivated by the sight of the bottlenose dolphins that call the Moray Firth home
Movie locations - Outlander, Culloden and The Battle of Culloden
Full Tour Itinerary
Leaving the city centre, travel through the outskirts of Inverness to reach evocative Culloden Moor, the scene of one of Scotland’s most famous battles.
This brutal event took place on 16 April 1746 when the Jacobite army led by Bonnie Prince Charlie met the Government troops commanded by the Duke of Cumberland.
The award-winning visitor centre tells the story of the 1745 Jacobite Rising and how the participants found themselves facing each other on this desolate moorland that fateful day.
Experience the ferocious battle for yourself in the 360-degree immersive theatre, then head outside to walk the battlefield, where 1,200 Jacobites fell in under an hour.
The tour continues with a drive along the banks of the Moray Firth and under the impressive Kessock Bridge, opened in 1982 by HM The Queen Mother.
The next stop serves Inverness Marina, the departure point for the popular Dolphin Spirit wildlife cruises.
The Moray Firth is home to the most northerly colony of Bottlenose Dolphins in the World. There’s thought to be around 190 of these fascinating mammals living in the estuary, and Dolphin Spirit cruises offer you the chance to take a 75-minute dolphin watching boat trip led by an experienced guide.
Frequently Asked Questions
What can I expect on this City Tour?
Without doubt the best way to discover Scotland’s great cities is to enjoy one of our hop-on, hop-off bus tours. Take the full tour to orient yourself then use your ticket as the most convenient way of getting between the key sights and attractions.
All our City Tours are operated by modern double-deck buses whose open-top design provides the best vantage point for sightseeing.
There are frequent departures (up to every 15 minutes) and tickets are valid for 24 hours.
All tours provide a full commentary in English and on the Edinburgh and Glasgow tours in other major languages too.
If you’re travelling with children these tours are a fun and entertaining way to discover your new surroundings - look out for the special kid’s commentary tracks.
Where can I board the bus?
The main departure points for the Hop-on, Hop-off tours are:
Edinburgh - St Andrew Square (Bus Stop YD)
Glasgow - George Square (Bus Stop between North Hanover and North Frederick Streets)
Inverness - Inverness Bus Station
In addition each tour has a number of stops where you can also board the bus - just exchange your voucher for a ticket from the driver.
What happens if it rains?
This tour operates rain or shine all year round. The buses that are used on the tour have been specially designed with a covered area at the front of the upper deck offering protection from the elements.
Are admission fees included in the price of the ticket?
The cost of the tour is for transport only and admission fees to attractions are not included.
What is the duration of the tour?
A full circuit of the tour route will take 60 minutes in Edinburgh & Inverness and 85 minutes in Glasgow.
- Transport by open-top bus
- Personal recorded commentary in English
- Service charges and taxes
- Admission charges
- Meals, snacks or items of a personal nature
- Gratuity to your driver
From Platform 6
Inverness Bus Station
Inverness, IV1 1LT
Check-in: 09:55 hrs
Tour Departs: 11:10 hrs
Tour Returns: 15:10 hrs
Concession discount applies to children aged 5 to 15 years inclusive.
Children aged under 5 years travel free of charge.
Photo-ID may be requested to confirm discount entitlement.
Tour duration/Tickets valid/Departures
60 minutes/24 hours/hourly
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.