For a truly atmospheric experience, make the short journey to the battleground of Culloden where, in April 1746, Bonnie Prince Charlie's Jacobite rebellion was crushed by government forces. Clan Chattan and the Farquharsons suffered heavy losses at the battle in support of the ‘young pretender’.
Now retrace the journey south down the A9 but turn east at Carrbridge and take the road encircling the Cairngorms National Park towards Ballater. Farquhar's son Donald married Isobel Stewart of Invercauld and their son Finla Mor inherited the Invercauld Estate. His nine sons founded branches of the Farquharson clan around this area, these include Farquharsons of Achriachan, Whitehouse, Monaltrie, Finzean, Tullochcoy, Inverey, Allanaquoich and Broughdearg.
On the way to Ballater you will pass through Tomintoul, the highest village in the Highlands and also where the Achriachan branch lived. The Tomintoul Museum and Visitor Centre features a crofter's kitchen, village blacksmith's shop and the sounds and smells of rural working life.
Travel to Ballater, a new town built by Francis Farquharson of Monaltrie in the 1790s. In Ballater, you can find Monaltrie House which was built in 1782 and is now a hotel. A few miles to the east is Finzean in the Feugh Valley, nestled in woodlands and heathery hills - this was the home of the Finzean Farquharsons, including Joseph Farquharson, a famous Victorian landscape artist.
To the west of Ballater and near Crathie, was Tullochcoy. Balmoral Castle, the beautiful summer retreat of the Royal Family, is also nearby. Prince Albert purchased the Balmoral Estate for Queen Victoria in 1852. Upon its completion in 1856, the original 15th century castle, probably built by Farquharsons, was demolished.