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Private Outlander & Cawdor Castle or Castle Leod Tour From Inverness 2024

(3 Reviews)
  • 8 Hours
  • Max Guests : 7
  • Difficulty : 1/10
  • Distance : 60 Miles

Detail

Sgurr Tours offers Private Tours From Inverness. This is our Outlander tour departing from Inverness, we will guide you through the city of Inverness before venturing out to:

Culloden Battlefield

Our private tours from Inverness will take you to the windswept moorland of Culloden which may initially resemble any Scottish hillside. However, it quickly becomes evident that this is a pivotal site in the Jacobite story and the location of the final civil war battle fought on British soil.

Our first stop is the low-lying visitors center, which recounts the events leading up to The Battle of Culloden that occurred here on April 16th, 1746. The visitor experience is exceptional. After learning about the context and viewing the array of artifacts on display, your guide will lead you to the battlefield.

It’s an atmospheric location that offers a genuine understanding of the landscape and the conditions faced by the Jacobites on that fateful day. The cairn marking the site stands amidst the battlefield, surrounded by the mass graves of the fallen, each marked with simple tombstones. Additionally, you’ll visit Leanach Cottage, a small croft building that served as a nearby field hospital.

Fort George

After the Battle of Culloden, the military presence in Scotland significantly increased. One of four new barracks, and the largest, was constructed a short drive from Culloden at Fort George. Strategically positioned jutting into the Moray Firth, Fort George was built on a monumental scale, incorporating modern defense standards. It took 22 years to complete, by which time the British government had quelled the Jacobites, imposing bans on tartan, Gaelic language, and bagpipe playing, enforced by the Duke of Cumberland, King George II’s youngest son.

Today, Fort George serves as a captivating living museum. Stepping within its ramparts transports you back almost 300 years in history. Visitors can explore the Grand Magazine, Barracks, Highlanders’ Museum, and the Chapel.

Castle Leod

Castle Leod, the residence of the 5th Earl of Cromatie and the Clan MacKenzie, brims with fascinating history. We can transport you back in time to experience the true Outlander castle. Visiting hours for Castle Leod are limited, but if we can’t go there, we have the equally beautiful and historically rich Cawdor Castle as a backup option or Urquhart Castle on Lochness.

Cawdor Castle

Cawdor Castle offers a fascinating glimpse into the lives of the highland aristocracy. Explore this 15th-century marvel, showcasing the evolving culture, society, and architecture of the region. In the 18th century, the Thanes of Cawdor sided with Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Jacobite cause. However, following the defeat at Culloden, the family wisely relocated to their Welsh estates, escaping arrest and deportation. This decision preserved Cawdor from Victorian modifications, leaving it as a captivating blend of medieval authenticity and Jacobean comfort. Please note Cawdor Castle and Gardens will be open from Saturday 29th April to Sunday 1st October, 10am to 5pm daily (last entry 5pm)

Cawdor is still used as a family home and its lavish interiors showcase a fascinating collection of heirlooms, portraits and memorabilia.

Urquhart Castle

While Urquhart Castle was once among Scotland’s largest, only sections of it remain today. Constructed around the mid-13th century, there is speculation of an earlier fort on the site. During the 1688 Glorious Revolution, the Grants resisted the Jacobites, and following their defeat, government forces occupied the castle. Upon their departure in 1692, Urquhart was deliberately destroyed to prevent Jacobite occupation. We visit Urquhart Castle and admire the breathtaking views overlooking Loch Ness.

Wardlaw Mausoleum

Wardlaw Mausoleum garnered significant media attention as experts delved into the mystery surrounding the infamous Jacobite Simon Fraser, also known as the 11th Lord Lovat, affectionately dubbed ‘The Old Fox’ locally. His intriguing tale drew historians to this tranquil burial site nestled in the quaint village of Kirkhill near Inverness.

Unapologetic about his Jacobite loyalty, Lovat faced execution for treason at The Tower of London in 1747. While it was rumored that he was interred at the Tower of London, it is said that members of Clan Fraser brought his headless remains back to Scotland, where he found his final resting place in the family mausoleum. Join us to unravel the full story and unravel the plot twists.

Abertarff House (Time Permitting)

Before concluding our day, we make a brief stop at Abertarff House in central Inverness. Tucked away on a narrow street in town, this site is Inverness’ oldest building. Colonel Archibald Fraser, son of The Old Fox, acquired the property in the early 1800s. In 1815, ownership passed to his grandson, Archibald Thomas Frederick Fraser, before being sold to the Commercial Bank (later becoming the Royal Bank of Scotland) in the mid-1800s.

For this particular tour, we offer various options tailored to your preferences, featuring a selection of potential destinations.

If you would like another tour with Sgùrr Tours at anytime during your visit or in the future we will give you a 5% Discount on your next tour and also a 10% Discount for any shop items sold on our online shop. 🙂 

Culloden Visitor Centre

Cawdor Castle

Fort George

Castle Leod

Urquhart Castle

Culloden Visitor Centre
1 Jan–11 Jan, closed
12 Jan–1 May, Wed–Sun, 10.00–16.00
2 May–29 May, daily, 10.00–16.00
Current period 30 May–31 Oct, daily, 09.00–16.00 (last entry 15.30)
1 Nov–23 Dec, daily, 10.00–16.00 (last entry 15.30)
24 Dec–11 Jan 2025, closed

Entrance to Culloden Visitor Centre
Adult £14.00
Family £30.00
One adult family £25.00
Concession £11.00

Please note Cawdor Castle and Gardens will be open from Saturday 29th April to Sunday 1st October, 10am to 5pm daily (last entry 5pm)

Adult
£15.50

Senior/Student
£14.00

Child (Age 6-15)
£8.50

Family 2 Adults + up to 5 Children
£38.00

Carer Ticket – Free
Disabled Guests – are entitled to a free carer ticket. Please bring documentation with you on your visit.

Opening times
1 April to 30 September:
Daily, 9.30am to 5.30pm
Last entry 4.30pm

1 October to 31 March:
Daily, 10am to 4pm
Last entry 3pm

Adult (Aged 16-64)
£10.00

Concession (Aged 65+)
£8.00

Child (Aged 7-15)
£6.00

Children must be accompanied by an adult aged 16+

Child Under 7 (Aged 0-6)
£0.00

Entry is free but a ticket is required. Please add any Child Under 7 tickets to your booking.

Children must be accompanied by an adult aged 16+

Family Ticket 1 (1 Adult and 2 Children aged 7-15)
£20.00

Family Ticket 2 (2 Adults and 2 Children aged 7-15)
£29.00

Family Ticket 3 (2 Adults and 3 Children aged 7-15)
34.00

Castle Leod Public Open Days 2024

May 23,24,25,26

June 20,21,22,23

July 19,20,21,22 and 25,26,27,28

August  15,26,17,18 and 22,23,24,25

September 12,13,14,15

Opening Hours 2 – 6 pm last entry 4-45 pm

TICKETS are available at the car park ticket booth on the day

Payment in cash or card (pounds sterling)

ENTRY £12.00 -in aid of the charitable Castle Leod building trust
Concessions and children over 12-16 years £10.00
under 12 years free
Grounds only ticket £5.00

Apr, May and Sept:
Daily, 9.30am to 6pm
Last entry 5.15pm

Jun to Aug:
Daily, 9.30am to 8pm
Last entry 7.15pm

Oct:
Daily, 9.30am to 5pm
Last entry 4.15pm

Nov to Mar:
Daily, 9.30am to 4.30pm
Last entry 3.45pm

Activities

  • History
  • Landscapes
  • Light Walking
  • Great Food
  • Photography
  • Meeting The Locals
  • Meet The Local Wildlife
  • Learn Some Scots Gaelic

Price Includes

  • Hotel Pickup/Drop Off
  • On Board Wifi
  • Self controlled Air Conditioning for passengers
  • Complimentary Cold Drinks
  • Free Single Malt Whisky or Gin Tasting
  • Complimentary Snacks

Price Excludes

  • Attraction Entrance fees'
  • Food & Drink at Restaurants
  • Gratuities

Tour Highlights

When choosing Sgurr Tours for as your tour guide, you will be looked after from start to finish, from planning the tour, food and drink guide and an optional extra for Ryan Mackenzie-Raymond to take professional photos throughout the day.

  • Culloden Battlefield
  • Clava Cairns
  • Cawdor Castle
  • Fort George
  • Culloden House
  • Beauly Priory (Alternative Option)
  • Castle Leod (Please See Notes Above for Opening Times)
  • Urquhart Castle (Alternative Option)

Itinerary

Morning - Lochness

Head down the side of Lochness to spot Nessie

Lunchtime - Lunch Stop

The day is not complete without a stop for lunch at The Cawdor Tavern for a traditional pub lunch.

Afternoon - Take in the amazing Landscapes

After lunch we take in the most stunning landscapes.

FAQ

Can I change the travel date?

We have you covered! Yes you can change your travel date so long as we have the availability we can change the date for you, however please give us at least 7 days notice to make the change so that we can advertise your previous date as available for other travellers.

Are you fully insured?

Sgùrr Tours has fully comprehensive passenger vehicle insurance to be able to carry passengers, we also have Public Liability Insurance, Indemnity Insurance and your driver guide also has a Disclosures Scotland check which anyone is welcome to ask to see, this check is a Police background check to allow the driver guide to work around children and older vulnerable folk if required.Our driver guide Gavin is also a retired armed protection police officer of 30 years service.

Are you COVID compliant?

Our vehicle is cleaned after every tour using cleaning products to kill any nasties which maybe laying about. Hand sanitiser and wipes are on board for passengers to use, masks are not required on board however we do ask that if you feel unwell or have any Covid type Symptoms not to travel and take a lateral flow test for your peace of mind, if you are clear and have proof that you are then you are more than welcome to travel.

Will other people join our tour?

The simple answer is’ no they will not’ This is a private tour for you, your friends and family which makes it even more special.

How will I contact my driver on the day of the tour and during the tour?

Prior to the tour starting usually a few days before we will give you a mobile number which uses WhatsApp and Telegram and also an email address, when the driver is on route they will send you a live location on WhatsApp or Telegram so that you can see where they are and know when they arrive and are outside to pick you up. We can also share a live tracking link that will last the whole tour so that you can share this with your friends and family back home so that they can see where you are having loads of fun.

What is included in the price of the tour?

The total price of your tour includes your tour guide, use of our luxury minivans, the fuel, tolls and parking charges and insurances. Complimentary bottled Scottish water, 2 bottles of Single Malt Whisky, a bottle of gin and snacks are provided for all guests.

Where do you pick up from?

We offer a door to door service and will pick you up from your accommodation within a 5 mile radius of Inverness, there will be a small extra charge if you are staying a little further out which we can confirm at the time of booking.

What vehicle do you use?

Our vehicle is a Mercedes Benz V Class Sport with Leather interior, dual zone air conditioning, privacy glass and loads of leg room, all third party drivers we use also have the same vehicle so you know you will always travel in style on one of our tours.

Are there bathrooms/toilets to use on tour?

Bathrooms/Toilets are pretty accessible on most tours, our Skye tour there are plenty of bathrooms we can stop at if you get caught short.

Who will be our tour guide?

For the most part Owner Ryan Mackenzie-Raymond will be your guide. At times our very friendly, enthusiastic and knowledgeable driver guide Gavin may be your guide both working out of Inverness, if you take a tour or transfer from Edinburgh you may get to meet the extremely knowledgeable driver guide Ray. Callum is our driver guide based in Glasgow. If you would like more information about Ryan, Gavin, Ray of Callum then please head over to the About Us page where you can read all about your driver guides.

Cancellations

If in the event that you need to cancel your tour less than 14 days and more than 7 days prior to departure you will get a 50% refund of the 80% If cancelled between 7 days and 3 days prior to departure you will get a 20% refund of the 80%If you cancel 3 days or less before departure then sadly there will be no refund.You can however change your booking to a different day if our schedule allows it and if we have availability on that particular day, again we also ask you to give us at least 2 weeks or more notice to move your booking if possible.If there is no availability again sadly you will not receive a full refund, however we will always try our utmost to accommodate you as best we can to suit both parties or find an alternative solution for you. If for any reason we Sgùrr Tours have to cancel your tour we will offer you an alternative tour or tour date, if neither can be arranged we will offer you a full 100% refund.Please see our Cancellation and Refund Policy, link is within the footer of this page and throughout the website.

Do I need to pay a deposit?

At the time of booking you are required to pay a 20% deposit which will secure your booking. Balance will be due 4 weeks prior to departure date, If you book less than 4 weeks before departure you will need to pay 100% of the tour which includes the 20% deposit. Please see our Cancellation and Refund Policy, link is within the footer of this page and throughout the website.

Do we stop for a lunch break?

We do stop for a lunch break which is usually around 1 Hour or thereabouts depending on how busy the eating establishment is upon arrival, there is no huge rush as this is your day, just bare in mind that some tours are long days and there is a lot of ground to cover.

How long are the tours?

Our tours vary in length with the longest being around 11/12 hours the shortest being around 6/8 hours.

What language are the tours conducted in?

The tour is conducted in English however you will hear some Gaelic on route and if you are interested you can learn some Gaelic with Ryan and he will give you some basics to take away with you 🙂

Can children come on the tour?

Yes of course! However the child must be over the age of 3 at the time of departure as this is for Insurance purposes. We can also provide car seats for children or you are welcome to bring your own. Our vehicles offer ISO Fix connectors for compatible child seats. Please note that children under 135cm or 12 years old (whichever is first) must be in a car seat according to UK law. We wouldn’t to get a fine now would we 🙂

How many can come on a tour?

Our Mercedes Benz V Class can fit up to 7 people comfortably with plenty of leg room to stretch out for the taller folk. If we are doing a transfer tour for you with more than 4 passengers it is difficult to fit everyone in plus large suitcases, so we advise to have a second vehicle for comfort purposes which can be arranged for you when booking.

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Gijs Van Der Plas

Group Traveller

The best tour we’ve had on our vacation to Scotland and Ireland ((May 2024). Ryan provided door to door service for our party of six in his spacious van. He also provided snacks, drinks and a sampling of whiskey! Ryan lives in Inverness so he knows the history and the best spots to explore. We did the outlander tour which included clava cairns, Cawdor castle, fort George and the Culloden Battlefield. Something to see for everyone in our party of six. Nothing beats a private tour with a knowledgeable and witty guide! We highly recommend Sgurr tours!

31/05/2024

Ryan Belew

Family Traveller

Ryan with Sgùrr Tours was extremely knowledgeable about the history or Scotland and its families. He was able to keep an 11 year old boy engaged which is a feat in itself and treated us like family from the beginning. I wouldn’t want another guide if and when we return for more exploration. Ryan made sure my son and I were comfortable the entire time and let us explore at our own pace while teaching us the wonderful history of Scotland. If you want a tour where you may be forgotten or left with questions unanswered go somewhere else. If you’d like a guide that is friendly and feels like a dear friend Ryan is definitely the man for the job. 5 stars and would give 6 if available. Can’t wait to return to plan another tour with Sgùrr Tours. Happy travels!

26/03/2024

Victoria & Vincent Morgese - USA

Couple Traveller

We had such a wonderful and amazing time on our 2 day custom Sgurr tour with Ryan last week!!! Best 2 days out of our 10 days in Scotland!! My request was to see Glencoe on the way from Inverness to Edinburgh, and Ryan revealed to us so much more of the countryside and other destinations – including Midhope Castle – than I thought possible!!

Ryan shared with us his high level of knowledge about Scotland along with many interesting historical stories. He is personable and well spoken, ready and willing to answer all our questions. He even taught us some Gaelic! We were very comfortable during our journey in a Mercedes Benz van. Also have to mention very responsive to e mails and questions before our tour.

Therefore, I highly recommend Sgurr tours – a 5 star event and beyond!!

02/10/2023
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