Who Are Historic & Scenic Tours?
We’re locals who love the Highlands as much as we love meeting and showing visitors around our beautiful towns and countryside. We are truly passionate about sharing the culture, history and scenery on offer - which is why we founded Historic & Scenic Tours, catering for groups and individuals looking for tours from Inverness and Invergordon.
What makes us different?
We designed our Highland tours to make sure there’s something for everyone, and that you see the very best of the Scottish Highlands and Inverness area has to offer. Our tours have it all – breathtaking scenery, historical landmarks, famous lochs, castles, gardens and distilleries. This tour will give you a real Scottish Highland experience. Remember to take your camera in case Nessie appears!
Always a personal tour experience - guaranteed
Tours with that personal touch. We only take small groups of 4, 6 and 8 on our tours, which means you always get the very best experience.
What You'll Get
This is a typical itinerary for this product
Stop At: Loch Ness Region, Loch Ness Region, Scottish Highlands, Scotland
From your place of stay in Inverness we will travel towards Loch Ness, with plenty of opportunities for photos at some of the most beautiful vantage points the loch has to offer.
From there we move towards the famous Urquhart Castle and its visitor centre. The castle is a truly romantic ruin, perched on a rocky outcrop overlooking the loch, and surrounded on all sides by waters over 600-feet deep, where the legendary Loch Ness Monster is said to make her home. Take your time wandering the historic ruins and learn more about its amazing history, before the tour picks up again, this time towards Beauly Priory, a beautiful ancient monastery that now lies in ruins but retains an air of reverence and mystery.
Duration: 30 minutes
Stop At: Urquhart Castle, A82 Road, Drumnadrochit IV63 6XJ Scotland
Urquhart Castle overlooks Loch Ness from the rocky promontory that it dominates and upon which some famous names have set foot.Urquhart has a lively history. It was one of the great castles taken by the English when Edward I invaded in 1296. The Lords of the Isles then seized the castle repeatedly in the later Middle Ages, in an effort to expand their territory into the north-east.
Duration: 1 hour
Stop At: Beauly Priory, Beauly IV4 7DY Beauly IV4, Beauly Scotland
The ruins of Beauly Priory lie at the east end the main square of Beauly. It was one of three priories founded in Scotland by monks of the Valliscaulian order, from the Burgundy region of France, in the years following 1230.
The monks clearly liked what they found when they arrived, for Beauly was referred to in the 1230s as Prioratus de Bello Loco: Latin for "Priory of the Lovely Spot". This suggests that the name Beauly, from the French beau lieu or "beautiful place" dates back far beyond the popular belief that it was based on a comment made by Mary Queen of Scots during her visit in the summer of 1564.
Duration: 40 minutes
Stop At: Glen Ord Distillery Inverness, Muir of Ord IV6 7UJ Scotland
From Beauly Priory it’s a short journey to Glen Ord Distillery, a traditional distillery that boasts its own maltings and uses barley and water sourced from the local environment. Learn about the traditional distilling processes refined over hundreds of years.
Local folk have been making whisky here in Muir of Ord for hundreds of years, but it was Thomas Mackenzie of Ord who founded a legal distillery in 1838 to create local jobs and provide a ready market for local grain. For generations Glen Ord was a secret delight among those who know its charm and because it is so sought after all of the Singleton of Glen Ord is exported to South East Asia.
Before our tours picks up again, this time east towards Culloden Battlefield and Visitor Centre.
Duration: 45 minutes
Stop At: Culloden Battlefield Visitor Centre, Culloden Moor IV2 5EU Scotland
Culloden famously played host to the bloody Battle of Culloden, the outcome of which had ramifications far outside the local area and is intensively documented at the visitor centre. Get up close and personal with the history of the battle with artefacts, re-enactments and talks by local historians.
On 16 April 1746, the final Jacobite Rising came to a brutal head. 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 1,500 men were slain – more than 1,000 of them Jacobites.
The richly researched, stimulating and sensitive Culloden Visitor Centre, which stands beside the battlefield, features artefacts from both sides of the battle and interactive displays that reveal the background to the conflict. It stands as a monument and a guide to a pivotal day in history. Discover how a bloody fight that lasted only an hour changed life in the Highlands forever.
Duration: 1 hour
Stop At: Clava Cairns, Balnuaran of Clava, IV2 5EU Scotland
This deeply sacred place within the landscape of the Highlands is steeped in history, with the first usage of the site thought to date back over 4000 years. Set within a beautiful forested area, there is evidence that ancient peoples returned here again and again; there are even the ruins of a medieval chapel here. The Clava Cairns serves as the inspiration for the fictitious Craigh na Dun standing stones in the book and TV series Outlander, in fact, the famous “cleft stone” that transports the main character Claire back in time can be found here.
Clava Cairns or the Prehistoric Burial Cairns of Balnuaran of Clava are a group of three Bronze Age cairns located near Inverness. A hugely significant and exceptionally well preserved prehistoric site, Clava Cairns is a fantastic example of the distant history of Highland Scotland.
Duration: 30 minutes
Stop At: Cawdor Castle, Nairn IV12 5RD Scotland
Opens from 9th April, 2020.
From Clava Cairns, it is just a short drive towards Cawdor Castle. We will spend around 1 hour here. Take some time to wander the beautiful walled gardens and natural woodlands while taking in the castle’s extensive history dating back as far as 1180. The castle is a popular destination and a must-see, not least for its connection to the Shakespeare play Macbeth.
Located about 5 miles south west of Nairn, Cawdor Castle was built around a 15th century tower house which originally belonged to Clan Cawdor before passing into the hands of Campbells in the 16th century. According to legend, the castle is built around a thorn tree, which has since been identified as a holly dating from 1372, which visitors can still see today in the dungeon.
Experience the castle’s sumptuous interior and see the impressive Drawing Room, its wall adorned with portraits of generations of Campbells, the Tapestry Bedroom with its precious wall hangings, the Dining Room with its magnificent stone fireplace and the Old Kitchen which retains its 19th century range and an array of antique cooking implements.
Duration: 1 hour
Stop At: Inverness Cathedral, dedicated to St Andrew, Ardross St, Inverness IV3 5NN, UK
The tour then turns back towards Inverness, to St. Andrew’s Cathedral, a beautiful cathedral church dating back to 1869 located near the centre of the city, close to the banks of the River Ness.. The Anglican Cathedral is the most northerly in the UK, and is an excellent example of local architecture and the Gothic style. Take some time to admire the beautiful stained glass windows and intricately carved stonework.
Inverness Cathedral, is a cathedral of the Scottish Episcopal Church situated in the city of Inverness in Scotland.
Duration: 20 minutes
Stop At: Ness Islands, Great Glen Way, Inverness IV63 6TU Scotland
Finally we will take some time to relax in the tranquil surrounds of Ness Islands, a group of wooded islands close to the centre of Inverness connected by suspension bridges.
The Ness Islands (Scottish Gaelic: Na h-Eileanan Nis) are situated on the River Ness, opposite the Bught Park, in the city of Inverness, Scotland. The first bridges to the islands were built in 1828, prior to their construction the only access to the islands was by boat. The original bridges were washed away in the flood of 1849 and were replaced in 1853-1854 by two suspension bridges designed by William Dredge.
Here you can reflect on your adventure before being dropped off back at your place of stay.
Duration: 20 minutes
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Not wheelchair accessible
- Near public transportation
- Most travelers can participate
- This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
- Bottled water
- Air-conditioned vehicle
- Private transportation
- Entry/Admission - Urquhart Castle
- Entry/Admission - Cawdor Castle
Traveler pickup is offered
We will pick you up from your hotel /guesthouse
7 hours 30 minutes
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