Historical & heritage tours in Inverness

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Historical & Heritage Tours in Inverness

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5–7 hours
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6–8 hours
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6–8 hours
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5–7 hours
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7–8 hours
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  • RebeccaWElkhart
    Elkhart, IN280 contributions
    This tour far exceeded my expectations. Graeme knows all the best places to visit and paced his talks well. He is a local with a connection to the places we visited. I was so very impressed at how he could convey his passion for the sites without making the tour about himself. We went on another tour to skye with another company and it was not as good (which was a surprise to me). I highly recommend this tour to anyone visiting Inverness.
    Review of: Highlander Loch Ness and Culloden Battlefield 8 Seater Tour from Inverness
    Written June 9, 2023
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  • DuckieDeb
    Olympia, WA36 contributions
    This was one of the top three excursions we took while on our 12-day British Isles cruise. We booked this on our own though Trip Advisor and are so happy we did. There were only three couples traveling in a van vs 50+ people riding in a bus.

    We were picked up at the cruise port in Invergordon for our tour of Cawdor Castle, Inverness, Culloden Battlefield and Loch Ness. Our guide, Barbara, was very knowledgeable of the history, culture, geography, and information about the places we visited. She was easy to understand and very qualified to lead this tour.

    We first visited the Culloden Battlefield site, where the final battle of the Jacobite uprising of 1745 took place. Fans of the Outlander books and TV series will really appreciate this tour.

    Next stop was at the nearby Clara Cairns, a Bronze Age circular chamber tomb cairn, named after the group of three burial cairns at Balnuaran of Clava, to the east of Inverness in Scotland. One of the most incredible things about Clava Cairns is the fact that its stones are aligned perfectly with the wintertime setting sun. The standing stones are similar to those which were depicted in the Outlander series and which allowed Claire to pass back and forth in time.

    We next toured the stunning Cawdor Castle was built around the 15th century and it’s lovely gardens were added in the 18th & 19th centuries. The castle is currently home to the Dowager Countess Cawdor, stepmother of Colin Campbell, 7th Earl Cawdor. The castle is furnished and is only open to visitors for a few months of the year, when the Dowager takes up residence elsewhere on the grounds. The gardens are spectacular to see, whether you are an avid gardener or just appreciate the beauty of the plant life and sounds of the birds on the grounds.

    Upon return to the cruise ship we stopped along the way to see the Loch Ness. No signs of Nessie, but the Loch itself was beautiful.
    Review of: Tour 2 Cawdor Castle, Inverness, Culloden Battlefield and Loch Ness
    Written June 8, 2023
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  • Petrajacobs
    Temse, Belgium58 contributions
    We’ve visited Invergorden by a cruise so I’ve planned in advance an excursion. A lot of choice and everything explained very well. Thistle has a very convenient website for planning excursions while ashore. They helped me through email very well and quick and even the day before, because we had to go through emigration and I was scared we wouldn’t be there on time, they assured us they would wait for us. After leaving the ship, we met Mo, a wonderful lady who has a lot of knowledge and have seen a lot of the world as well! She gave us a wonderful day, (and a nice recipe to make cranachan), we could ask whatever we want, she even detoured to see the locks, and brought us back in time. What’s very important because ships don’t wait when not booked with them!
    Review of: Tour 5 - Secret Loch Ness, Inverness, Castles, Waterfalls & Refreshments
    Written September 18, 2022
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  • Amit G
    1 contribution
    This tour was the highlight of our 2 week UK trip. Our tour guide was Liam. Excellent guide. He kept us engaged during entire trip telling us about history and key attractions of the area. There were frequent stops to take photos and use restrooms. Very comfortable journey. I highly recommend Rabbies and Liam for your next tour.
    Review of: Skye and Eilean Donan Castle Small-Group Day Tour from Inverness
    Written June 5, 2023
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  • Thexprt7
    Placentia, CA473 contributions
    So glad we booked this excursion. Got right off the ship in Invergorden and Mo and her team were waiting right on schedule.

    We got to see all the sights on the itinerary and a couple of others and were never rushed and had plenty of time to see all we wanted.

    Mo and our driver did a great job and Mo knows her history and lots of details of what we saw.

    Before you book the ship excursions, check out Thistle, you won’t be disappointed and be sure and ask for Mo.
    Review of: Tour 3 - Urquhart Castle, Culloden, Loch Ness, Inverness, incl. Outlander sites
    Written June 10, 2023
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  • CW
    2 contributions
    Peaches and Donny were wonderful. I was taking my mother on her dream vacation and they were very kind to her and knowledgeable of the areas we visited
    Review of: Day tour to Isle of Skye and Fairy Pools from Inverness
    Written June 5, 2023
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  • Antonia B
    2 contributions
    We made the trip last week and had an excellent time with Lawrence! He's very knowledgeable of the area and was able to accommodate all our requests throughout the day, swapping places to visit on the go. Thank you, Lawrence!
    Review of: Full-Day Private Tour to Urquhart Castle Loch Ness and Inverness
    Written May 20, 2023
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  • Annette Rohde
    Almind, Denmark2 contributions
    Alan from Heart og Scotland gave us a fantastic tour and shared his extensive knowledge in a warm and humorous way. The best guide ever. We had sufficient stops for photos and toilet, and he always informed us about the time to the next stop. Luckily, it was not a warm day, because the aircon can make it difficult to understand Scottish English when you are not English native speaking. The closer to the driver you sit, the better you can hear (a small tip).
    Review of: Loch Ness and the Highlands Very Small Group Tour from Edinburgh
    Written June 5, 2023
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  • Claire H
    New York City, NY1 contribution
    This was the most amazing experience I've ever had. I had a huge smile on my face the entire time. Not only were the sites incredible and we had ample time at each stop to explore, experience and take photos but our tour guide Anthony was genuinely the best part. He told us the history of the region as well as his own personal anecdotes and was hysterically funny. It was truly the best experience and I'm already planning on going to the 5 Day tour the Hairy Coo offers :)
    Review of: 3-Day Isle of Skye Inverness Highlands and Glenfinnan Viaduct Tour from Edinburgh
    Written June 8, 2023
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  • Marianne V
    Lynchburg, VA1 contribution
    This was the final part of a very last minute trip I booked to Scotland, and it was the perfect way to end the trip! We had a beautiful, sunny summer day in the Highlands, with many photos and memories to take home. Our guide, Stewart, was incredibly knowledgeable about the area and it’s history. He is also hands down the most Scottish man you could imagine, proudly born and raised right in Glasgow. He had a playlist of Scottish songs to accompany his storytelling, and he even busted out his own bagpipes to play for us at the final stop of the trip. I couldn’t imagine a better guide!
    Be prepared for a lot of being on the bus, (which was kept quite comfortable) with a fair amount of windy country roads (I’m personally susceptible to motion sickness, so I made sure to arrive well before the departure time so I’d be first in line to board the bus and claim a seat at the front).

    This trip is the perfect way for the traveler who does not have multiple days to devote to exploring the Highlands to really feel like you’ve experienced Highland culture and scenery. Made me want to come back, that’s for sure!
    Review of: Loch Ness, Glencoe, and the Highlands Day Trip from Glasgow
    Written June 6, 2023
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  • Carlos F
    2 contributions
    Andy was very knowledgeable about the area, he started our trip by first asking what we were hoping to see and customized the trip based on our conversation. We saw more of Skye than we anticipated and can’t wait to visit again. Visiting Eilean Donan castle was magical The fairie pools were amazing and a highlight of our trip. Enjoyed a dram at Talisker distillery. We made it all the way up to Uig and got to see the heart of Scotland. Appreciated the option of sitting down to eat or grabbing a quick sandwich to be able to discover more of the island. Touring with Andy was more like being shown the sites with a member of the family you are visiting rather than just a tour guide, enjoying the conversations between places.
    Review of: Isle of Skye Private Tour
    Written May 26, 2023
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  • Maureen G
    2 contributions
    Had a fantastic day with William our Tour Guide. Such a great sense of humour. Really made the day special with his wealth of knowledge.
    Would recommend Happy Tours to everyone.
    Review of: Glenfinnan Viaduct and The Great Glen 8 Seater Tour from Inverness
    Written June 10, 2023
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  • Patrice262015
    6 contributions
    Awesome tour! George was amazing! He was a local with such knowledge and amazing stories. It was the perfect day. The accommodations were perfect and the small group was just right.
    Review of: Inverness Half Day Outlander Stones, Culloden, Urquhart Castle
    Written June 8, 2023
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  • CSM
    Calgary, Canada7 contributions
    We spent 3 full days with Ryan. He excelled at personalizing the experiences to the particular interests of our group of 5 which ranged in age from 20 to 80. He offered a nice balance of information sharing, conversation and went over and above to accommodate everyone.

    He knows the areas intimately and was a wealth of information both historical and current for each of the locations we visited. He genuinely cares that you have a great experience with him and can adjust and change the plans on the fly should you wish to spend more or less time at locations. He makes you very comfortable and is very easy to be with.

    Should we be lucky enough to re-visit Scotland we would absolutely book time with Ryan again. Would recommend him 100% to get the best experience of the sites of Scotland.

    Thanks Ryan for the amazing tours.
    Review of: Loch Ness, Outlander and Highlands Private Chauffeur Tour from Inverness
    Written May 20, 2023
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  • Miren A
    11 contributions
    I really enjoyed the visit, the Isle of Skye is as astonishing as it sounds and the visit to Eilean Donnan Castle is amazing!
    Review of: Isle of Skye and Eilean Donan Castle Day Tour from Inverness
    Written June 7, 2023
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We're spending 3 nights in the Highlands in early November, and would like to stay in one place and take day trips from there. Would prefer a smaller town with a few restaurants and pubs, in a scenic area. Any recommendations? Thanks!
Answer: Grantown on Spey ( about 30 minutes south of Inverness and within the Cairngorms National Park)
Nairn ( about 20 minutes east of Inverness on the Moray Firth Coast)
Forres ( same direction but another 10 minutes along the road)
It really depends where your day trips are going to take you....if you are heading west then they don't make much sense. You would be better on the other side of Inverness.
However Grantown is only about 15 minutes from the A9 and a good base for the National Park and exploring into Morayshire, Deeside and Aberdeenshire. Depends what your plans are.
http://www.visitgrantown.co.uk/discover/
http://visitcairngorms.com
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