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Invergordon – Battles, Lochs, Castles

From your ship sit back, relax and let Mark introduce you to Scotland as we travel past Inverness, capital of the Highlands on our way to the scene of the last pitched-battle on British soil and death-knell for the final Jacobite Rebellion in 1746.

Tour Itinerary

  • Culloden Battlefield
  • Loch Ness
  • Urquhart Castle
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Culloden Battlefield

This is a must-see in any visit to the Highlands and we spend some time in this atmospheric place. ‘Bonnie’ Prince Charlie’s attempt to restore the Crown to the Stuart line met its end here just eight months after it started when he landed at Glenfinnan, on the west coast, in 1745.  People still refer to this uprising as ‘the ‘45’. His tired and weakened army met the Government Army commanded by the Duke of Cumberland and was quickly defeated.

The repercussions for the Highlands, and the Clan system were immediate and devastating.  The Highlands never really recovered from this.  ‘Bonnie’ Prince Charlie made his escape, famously aided by Flora Macdonald ‘over the sea to Skye’ and then to Europe, never to return.  You cannot help but be impressed by the Visitor Centre with its interactive displays and a tour of the battlefield, left close to its original condition on that fateful April day, is very thought-provoking.

loch ness

From Culloden we then travel on to what may be the most famous stretch of water in the world and another ‘bucket-list’ location – Loch Ness.

The loch is the largest by volume in Scotland – others are bigger by area, or deeper, but this is the daddy of them all. There is more water in Loch Ness than in every lake in England and Wales combined! Plenty of room for even a large animal to hide, you would think...? There will be plenty of photo opportunities here – and keep an eye open for a disturbance in the water...

Urquhart Castle

We then pass the ruins of Urquhart Castle (destroyed by its own garrison to prevent it falling into the hands of the Jacobites). The castle has quite a history, being captured by King Edward I of England (The ‘Hammer of the Scots’).  Later, Robert the Bruce held it and then the Clan Grant, Clan Macdonald, then the Grants again.  Oliver Cromwell totally ignored it when he invaded Scotland. The Grants, unable to hold on, finally ‘slighted’ the castle themselves in 1688 during the First Jacobite Rebellion to prevent the Jacobites laying siege outside making use of it. The castle has a working model of a ‘trebuchet’ – a medieval siege weapon used to hurl stones (and other more smelly missiles) into the castle.

We continue to Invermoriston for a brief stop to view the lovely Thomas Telford Bridge and falls on the beautiful River Moriston. Also take a look at St. Columba’s Well.  St. Columba was an Irish Prince and Saint who, having established the Holy island of Iona off the west coast of Scotland travelled extensively throughout the Highlands converting the local Pictish tribes to Christianity. It is from him that we first hear about a Monster in these parts...

We then head up Glen Moriston into Jacobite country and down the stunning Glen Shiel, with beautiful mountain scenery in all directions and scene of a battle in the Jacobite Rising of 1719, before reaching what is probably the most photographed castle in all Scotland  – Eilean Donan Castle.

Eilean Donan

At the junction of three sea lochs – Duich, Long and Alsh this castle was placed at an important strategic position commanding movement east from the west coast.  Home to the Clans Mackenzie and McRae we spend some time here for you to soak up the atmosphere and feeling of this special place (and take lots of photos!) and its history from medieval times through the Jacobite Uprisings to the 20th century before heading over to Loch Carron with more wonderful views, before reluctantly heading back to your ship.