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Inverness & Highlands Tour

Grampian Escapes Tours Ltd

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A beautiful tour of the Highlands

This full day tour has plenty to see and do. With up to 8 stops along the route on the day and breathtaking scenery of the mountains and hills of the Cairngorms nature reserve, we have a lot of ground to cover during the day. We will visit castles, nature and mountains, art installations, see ancient structures and a thriving city all in one day.

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Itinerary
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Stop At: Cawdor Castle, Nairn IV12 5RD Scotland

Explore beautiful Cawdor Castle
This medieval tower house was built for the 3rd Thane of Cawdor has been home to over 23 generations of the Cawdor family and the tower built around the legendary holly tree. Cawdor with its iron yet gate, moat & drawbridge, turrets, turnpike stairs and vaulted 16th century kitchen is steeped in intrigue and history. Explore 12 principal rooms of this unique home containing collections of Rare Tapestries, Fine Art, Furniture, Ceramics and Sculpture spanning 3,500 years. We believe Cawdor Castle is a truly extraordinary place.
The gardens include large herbaceous borders, collections of rhododendrons and azaleas, whole borders full of lilies and galtonias, flowering trees and shrubs, archways of rambling roses and laburnum, spring bulbs and contemporary sculptures. Whether you are exploring one of the three extraordinary gardens, explore the great woodland walks or visiting the castle itself this stop will fill you with happy memories.

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Stop At: Clava Cairns, Balnuaran of Clava, IV2 5EU Scotland

Discover one of Scotland’s most evocative prehistoric sites
The Clava Cairns are about 4,000 years old and were built to house the dead. The cemetery remained a sacred place in the landscape for millennia, and provides many clues to the beliefs of Bronze Age society. What remains today would have once been part of a larger complex. Two parts of the complex, Balnuaran of Clava and Milton of Clava, are open to the public. The sites contain a range of prehistoric burial monuments and the remains of a medieval chapel.

Culloden Viaduct
Designed by Chief Engineer Murdoch Paterson and built by the Highland railway the impressive 29 arches of the Culloden viaduct that stretch over the valley and River Nairn really is a great sight to see on your highland travels. Opened in 1989 and still used today as the main rail link into the Highlands, it is the longest masonry viaduct in Scotland at 1800ft (549m) long and is a Category A listed building.

Duration: 25 minutes

Stop At: Culloden Moor, Culloden Moor, Scottish Highlands, Scotland

Historic Battle Field
On 16 April 1746, the final Jacobite Rising came to a brutal head in one of the most harrowing battles in British history. Jacobite supporters, seeking to restore the Stuart monarchy to the British thrones, gathered to fight the Duke of Cumberland’s government troops. It was the last pitched battle on British soil and, in less than an hour, around 1,600 men were slain – 1,500 of them Jacobites.

Visit the battle field and the memorial to the men who lost their lives during this battle. The grounds are also the burial ground for many, you will see clan markers on the field to commemorate the clans who were present on the day.

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Inverness, Inverness, Scottish Highlands, Scotland

Capital City of the Highlands
The city of Inverness has plenty to discover. Inverness city centre lies on the east bank of the river and is linked to the west side of the town by three road bridges – Ness Bridge, Friars Bridge and the Black Bridge – and by one of the town's suspension foot bridges, the Greig Street Bridge. Many of the historic civic buildings are located in the centre including the Townhouse, Inverness Castle and several prominent churches.

There are staircases and closes which take you into the residential parts of town, the Victorian Shopping Centre as well as East Gate Shopping Centre. You'll find a number of small cafes, pubs and restaurants for you to try.

We recommend that you book lunch in advance (usually around 13:30) to avoid disappointment as Inverness can be very busy in peak season. You'll have a some of free time to wander through the city and explore.

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Stop At: Loch Ness Region, Loch Ness Region, Scottish Highlands, Scotland

One of the worlds best known Lochs

Before we head back through the Highlands we have just enough time to visit Loch Ness. At 56 km2 , Loch Ness is the second-largest Scottish loch by surface area after Loch Lomond, but due to its great depth, it is the largest by volume in the British Isles. Its deepest point is 230 metres. Loch Ness is also the only Loch to have it's own lifeguards station which was established in 2008. It lies in the Glen Mor—or Great Glen, which bisects the Highlands.

Loch Ness is famous for the sightings of "Nessie", the Loch Ness Monster. Many sightings of the so-called Loch Ness monster have been reported, and the possibility of its existence—perhaps in the form of a solitary survivor of the long-extinct plesiosaurs—continues to intrigue many.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Carrbridge, Carrbridge, Aviemore, Aviemore and the Cairngorms, Scottish Highlands, Scotland

Packhorse Bridge

The village of Carrbridge is famous for its 18th century packhorse bridge, the river Dulnain snakes its way through this picturesque village before emptying into the River Spey. The bridge was funded by Brigadier-General Alexander Grant of Grant. At the time, it was primarily used to enable funeral processions to reach Duthil Church when the River Dulnain was in spate. On two separate occasions, the parapets and side walls were badly damaged, giving the bridge the worn but characteristic appearance it has today.

Not only is The Old Packhorse Bridge iconic within Carrbridge itself, but it is also one of the most recognisable landmarks in the whole of Cairngorms National Park, so grabbing a photograph or two is an absolute must.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Tomintoul, Tomintoul, Moray, Scotland

The Highest Village
Nestled at a height of 1164 ft on the northern slopes of the Cairngorm Mountains, Tomintoul is the highest village in the Highlands. We will stop to visit one of the art installations just outside of the village called "Still" created by Angus Ritchie. At the top of the hill at a disused quarry, "Still" offer views overlooking Tomintoul and reflected in its sides highlighting colourful landscape.


Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Corgarff, Strathdon AB36 8YL, UK

The Watchers Art Installation and A Moment in Time

Four specially commissioned sculptural seats by John Kennedy on the infamous Lecht Road which sits at 637m above sea level offers spectacular views towards Corgarff Castle. The Watchers adds some new but similar formed cowels clustered on the hillside close to the existing standing stone. These contain seating and provide hooded shelters for individuals in a wind and snow-swept environment.

The Watchers installation has a significant relationship with the Castle, which was already established by the existing standing stone sculpture 'A Moment in Time' by Louise Gardiner which was designed to frame telescopic views of the Castle.

Duration: 15 minutes

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 6 travelers
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
Inclusions
  • WiFi on board
  • Air-conditioned vehicle


Exclusions
  • Lunch
  • Entry to attractions.
  • Entry/Admission - Cawdor Castle


Departure Point
The Craftsman Company - Coffee & Ale House, 2 Guild St, Aberdeen AB11 6NE, UK


Departure Time
8:00 AM

Duration
10 hours 30 minutes

Return Details
Returns to original departure point


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14-day cancellation rights do not apply; no refunds or exchanges permitted. Voucher valid only for date and time listed; may not be exchanged or redeemed for other dates. Purchaser name and phone number must be provided at checkout; this information will be shared with Viator and the tour operator for purposes of order fulfillment. Groupon promo codes may not be used for this offer. Groupon voucher Terms of Sale do not apply. See the tour operator's terms and conditions for this offer here. Offer is not eligible for our promo codes or other discounts.