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Fort George, Culloden and the Cairngorms National Park

Departure point:
1-Day Tour
8:30am - 6:30pm
From: £52

Monday, Thursday & Sunday

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This one-day tour from Inverness takes you to some of the most important historical sites in the north, giving a glimpse into how battles were fought and lands defended in the olden days of Scotland, whilst taking you through some of the most spectacular scenery in the Cairngorms and surrounding areas.

Departing in the morning, our day begins with a short tour of Inverness' sights before we continue to our first stop of the day, the Culloden Battlefield - one of the most emotive and important battlefields in Scotland's history, where the 1745 Jacobite Rising came to an end. Learn all about the history of the battlefield here, step onto it for yourself, and even learn about any family ancestry and connections you may have to the area.*

After this, we will head on to the Clava Cairns - the remains of what would have been a much larger complex that were used in their day to house the dead, giving an insightful glimpse into what life was like over 4000 years ago and into the society of Scotland in the Bronze Age. Fans of Outlander may want to explore the prehistoric stone circle which served as the inspiration for Craigh Na Dun in the book and TV series.

We then travel to Fort George, an imposing fort built in the wake of the Battle of Culloden that you will have already learned about at the previous stops. This massive fortification took over 22 years to build and a must for any military history fans as it is home to the largest regimental museum outside of Edinburgh. Fort George is still in use as an active army base and home to the Black Watch, 3rd Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Scotland.

After spending time soaking up the history here, we head towards the northern coast to Nairn where we will have time to grab some lunch and take in the beautiful and relaxing seaside town.

Passing by more beautiful scenery in the Cairngorms, we arrive at Loch an Eilein for a photo stop. This stunning loch is home to a small island with its very own castle ruins, hence it's gaelic translation "loch of the island". It makes for a great photo in itself, but keep an eye out for all the wildlife known to inhabit the area. 

Our final stop of the day is Aviemore where you will have a while to explore the beautiful village in the northwest corner of the Cairngorms National Park, surrounded by mountains and lochs, it's the perfect place to explore and grab a coffee before we journey back to Inverness where our tour ends.

*The visitor centre is open from May 30th - October 31st.

Tour Overview

Total Distance100 miles
Pick upRailway Terrace at 08:30
Group sizeUp to 32
AvailabilityAll year round
Minimum ageAdventurers must be at least 4 years old

A couple of things To know

  • Knowledgeable Driver-Guide
  • Luxury Modern air-conditioned coach
Not Included
  • Entrance to attractions
  • Food and Drink

Frequently Asked Questions

Where is the departure point?

Your one day tour from Inverness departs at 08.30 hrs from Railway Terrace, Inverness, IV1 1NW. 

You can view our departure point by clicking here.

Check-in opens 15 minutes prior to the stated departure time and closes 5 minutes prior to the stated departure time. We recommend that all passengers arrive in this window as tours must depart on schedule.

Are the optional extras included?

No, optional extras are not included in the tour price.

The price of your one day tour from Inverness includes the services of a friendly, knowledgeable and experienced Driver-Guide, and transportation on one of our luxury modern air-conditioned coaches. 

The prices for the optional extras (valid from April 2024) are as follows:

  • Fort George: Adults: £10, Concession: £8, Children (7-15yrs): £6
Is the tour in English?

Yes, all of our tours are in English.

Your tour will be taken by an experienced, knowledgeable and friendly English-speaking Driver-Guide.

Digital written translations are available for this tour in the following languages:

  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Russian
  • Spanish
  • Portuguese
  • Chinese
What should I bring with me?

As we like to give you as much time off the coach as possible with the opportunity for walks, we recommend you bring warm and/or waterproof clothing, wear comfortable walking shoes and take sun-block or a hat for sunny days.

Don't forget your camera to capture all the lovely scenery and wildlife you'll encounter on your tour!

Since we cannot allow hot food on our buses you could also bring a cold packed lunch with you to make the most of your time at each stop, this would be particularly time-saving in the busier months!

Can children travel on this tour?

We welcome children over 4 years old on our tours, and children aged between 4-16yrs are eligible for the concessionary rate.

We regret we are not able to carry children under the age of 4.

If you can’t find what you are looking for, don't worry! Just because it's not here, doesn't mean we can't do it. Have a look at our private tour page or contact us directly, and we will make it happen!

Departure point:
1-Day Tour
8:30am - 6:30pm
From: £52