What could be more Scottish than a Battlefield, Castles and Whisky Tour?! This tour is the perfect day out for a rich and diverse experience in everything Scottish. Feel the presence of the Jacobite Army circle around you at Culloden, visit near by Cawdor and Ballindalloch Castle and taste the Nectar of the Highlands from Glenlivet Distillery.
From your hotel/pickup point we take a short drive with views across the Moray Firth to Drumossie Moor, scene of the battle which takes its name from the village some 3 miles away – Culloden. Here the last pitched battle on British soil took place in 1746, the final throw of the dice in Bonnie Prince Charlie’s effort to take the British crown and the death-knell of the Jacobite Rebellion.
In order to keep control of the Highlands following Culloden a series of forts was built – the biggest of which was Fort George. This is where we head next. Jutting out into the Moray Firth it is an immense fortification, the largest in Britain, which had the role later in the 18th and early 19th centuries of preventing Napoleon invading Britain ‘through the back door’. Fort George is still a working army base; a famous Scottish regiment called the Black Watch is stationed there currently. With a museum, church and many other buildings there is plenty to see here, as well as dolphins in the Moray Firth.
Cawdor Castle – From Fort George we head inland to Cawdor castle. This has been immortalised in Shakespeare’s Macbeth but it is a dubious link as the castle did not exist at the actual time of Macbeth (early 11th century) - it wasn’t built until the late 14th century! We may have time to go inside the castle or visit the wonderful gardens here.
Ballindalloch Castle – ‘the Pearl of the North’ – a very fine example of a Scottish Baronial castle.
Then we head into the cairngorm Mountain range – onto the ‘snow roads’. The road from Cockbridge to Tomintoul is often the first road in the UK to be closed by snow each winter.
Glenlivet Distillery is next with the opportunity to take a tour around this 19th Century distillery and maybe sample a ‘wee dram’ (or two!) if you wish. Our return to Inverness will take us through the lovely village of Carrbridge with its famous 18th century packhorse bridge. We then head back to the Highland capital and your hotel/drop-off point.