Culloden Battlefield/Cawdor Castle and Loch Ness
This is a full day tour travelling west along the A96 where we firstly stop off for a short break at Baxters of Speyside, home to four generations of the Baxter family who have produced some of the UK’s finest quality food. As we make our way to Inverness there is an option to visit either Cawdor Castle or Culloden Battlefield before venturing on to Loch Ness.
At Culloden Battlefield we arrive back in time to a period in 1746 when the course of history was changed by a bloody battle fought between the Jacobite army and their Hanoverian between Inverness and Nairn. Better known as Bonnie Prince Charlie, Charles Edward Stuart led the Jacobites into battle against the Duke of Cumberland’s government troops to reclaim the throne of Britain for a Stuart King. Bombarded by mortar bombs and cannon shot, the Jacobite clans waited for the order to attack, before marching forward through grapeshot, smoke and murderous gunfire.
Relive the virtual battle of musket fire and broadsword as the dreaded Highland charge begins at around eighty paces from the enemy line.
Romantically linked with Shakespeare’s Macbeth, Cawdor is a beautiful fairytale Castle dating back to the late 14th century. Its ancient medieval tower is built around the legendary Thorn Tree which is radiocarbon dated to AD 1372. The Drawing Room contains a number of magnificent portraits and the Tapestry Bedroom is the setting for a beautiful crimson velvet four poster bed.
Cawdor Castle has 3 immaculate gardens. The formal walled gardens and flower garden dating back to the 1600’s, and the wild garden situated between the castle and the stream which was created in the 1960s.
Inverness and Loch Ness
Arriving in Inverness, the Capital of the Highlands, there is the option to take a one hour cruise on board the Jacobite Queen to Loch Ness, where legend says the famous Loch Ness monster lives! You may prefer to make the journey by car along the banks of Loch Ness to Urquhart Castle where you can take photos or go into the visitors centre.
Thereafter we will return to Inverness for some free time before heading south east back to Aberdeen.