Forts, Castles & Clava Cairns

Clava Cairns, Cawdor Castle & Fort George 

These three amazing locations are highly requested of us and it’s not hard to see why! The locations are part of Inverness’ history and provide a great opportunity to investigate both the military and cultural aspects of Highland culture in this 4-hour tour. 

Fort George

Fort George, an 18th Century former military station that sits at the end of the Moray Firth before it opens up into the North Sea. Built in the aftermath of the Battle of Culloden and the failure of the Jacobite Uprising, a wealth of military history is waiting to be explored here. In this tour of Fort George you’ll explore the Fort’s grounds which includes the barracks, chapel, bakehouse and brewhouse alongside the military stockpiles where you can see the fantastic collection of weapons kept on display today. Discover what it was like to live as a soldier working for King George II and enjoy the Highlanders Museum, the largest regimental museum outside of the capital. Don’t miss the dog cemetery – one of only two in Scotland – the resting place of regimental mascots and officers’ dogs.

Clava Cairns

On the return trip to Inverness, you’ll be experiencing a piece of history over four millennia old as you’re taken on a tour of Clava Cairns! Around 4000 years old, the series of stone cairns are all that remains of a Bronze Age cemetery, crematorium, sundial and calendar and are just above the River Nairn. An important remnant of the past of the local Scots, the Clava Cairns has become a major tourist destination in recent years thanks to the popularity of the Diana Gabaldon book series and TV show ‘Outlander’ which drew inspiration from the cairns for the ‘Craigh na Dun’ locale which sent the hero Claire Randall back in time to Jacobite Scotland! Check out our Outlanders Tour if you’d like to discover how the Highlands has influenced this fantastic series.

Cawdor Castle

Cawdor Castle was built in the 14th century, by the Thanes of Cawdor, with the ancient medieval tower built around the legendary holly tree – wherever you look, Cawdor Castle is steeped in intrigue and history.

The castle sits in fine gardens and grounds, with a walled garden dating from about 1600 and later used as the kitchen garden, a flower garden, and a wild garden, and the estate covers some 42,000 acres.

This tour takes 4 hours Leaving 09.30 Monday, Wednesday, Sunday

£26 per Person

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