After a day spent in Inverness, follow the the road to Drumnadrochit. As you drive along the shore of Loch Ness, look out for the atmospheric ruins of Urquhart Castle. Here audio visual displays inside the Visitor Centre bring to life the history of the noble families, including the Grants, who have held the castle throughout the ages. The Grants of Glenmoriston were granted the castle by James IV in 1509 but in 1691 it was destroyed by Government forces to prevent the Jacobites from using it.
Continue along the shore of Loch Ness to Invermoriston, a small hamlet on the Great Glen Way, a 73 mile path from Fort William to Inverness. Head next to Glenmoriston, located to the south-west. After the defeat at Culloden, Charles Edward Stuart, now a fugitive, was given shelter by Patrick Grant of Craskie and others who became outlaws known as the Seven Men of Glenmoriston. By choosing not to forsake their allegiance to the Prince inspite of the large bounty on his head, the men secured their place in history.
Many Grant clansfolk suffered at the hands of the Government forces because of their unfailing support for the Prince. If you continue south-west to Spean Bridge then turn north-east in the direction of Badenoch and Strathspey, you will find the quaint village of Newtonmore, home to a fascinating Highland Folk Museums. More than 400 years of Highland history has been preserved in exhibitions which reveal what everyday life would have been like for the ordinary clansman and crofter.
Just south of Kingussie are Ruthven Barracks perched on top of a steep glacial mound, with views of the mountains and glens all around. These were one of four fortified barracks built to control the Highland peoples after the 1715 Jacobite uprising. More than a century earlier this was the site of a castle built by the Earl of Huntly, the Chief of the Gordons. Its proximity to Grant country, and subsequent disputes between the Earl and his Grant and Chattan vassals led to much conflict and bloodshed between the rival clans.