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Eilean Donan
Eilean Donan © Mark Louis

Shore excursion from Invergordon - battles, lochs and castles!

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January — December

Battles! Lochs! Castles! Culloden - learn about the Highlands' bloody history. Loch Ness - the most famous stretch of fresh water and learn about our very own monster.... Castles - Urquhart and Eilean Donan - the most photographed in all Scotland?

Avoid the large groups and make the most of your time on shore with a tour for up to 3 people in the comfort of a luxury Landrover SUV. From Invergordon Port sit back and relax, allowing Mark to introduce you to the Highlands as we first travel past Inverness, 'Capital of the Highlands' before visiting

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 fresh 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 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.

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Discover More Scotland
Clunemore Steadings
Drumnadrochit
Inverness
Scotland
IV63 6XW
Starting
Invergordon
Length
1
Day
Transport
Driver guide
Type
Bespoke Small Group (1-16)
Languages
English
Themes
Archaeology Castles History Landscapes

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Discover More Scotland

Providing luxury small (3, max 4 persons) group tours of Scotland in the comfort of our Landrover SUV, our mission is to provide a personal, enjoyable and informative holiday never to be forgotten, making the most of your precious time in this beautiful country. Day and multiday tours available from Inverness and Invergordon. Multiday tours available from Glasgow/Edinburgh. Pre-planned tours are available to view on the website or bespoke tours planned your requirements. Airport and cycle transfers (e.g. Land's End -John O'Groats and the NC500/NE250) all over Scotland available too.

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