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Urquhart Castle (Caisteal na Sròine) Tours

Urquhart Castle (Caisteal na Sròine)
Set on the shore of Loch Ness, Urquhart Castle (Caisteal na Sròine) attracts many visitors that come here in hopes of glimpsing Nessie, the loch’s fabled aquatic monster. The ruined medieval fortress, which was destroyed in 1762 to prevent it from becoming a Jacobite stronghold, now houses a visitor center that exhibits objects found amid the ruins.
 
The Basics
Almost all organized tours that come to Loch Ness, whether from Inverness, Invergordon, Glasgow, or even Edinburgh, include at least a glimpse of Urquhart Castle. Many tours combine a visit to the crumbling gray-stone castle with a sightseeing cruise on Loch Ness or the Caledonian Canal, while other tours make stops at the Loch Ness Centre and Exhibition and the Bronze Age Clava Cairns.
 
Explore the castle ruins independently, wander around the battlements, admire the splendor of the Great Hall, scan the lake’s surface for the Loch Ness monster, and examine medieval artifacts on show at the castle’s visitor center. Historic Scotland Explorer Pass holders visit for free.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • With its rich history of battles, Urquhart Castle is an absolute must for history enthusiasts.
  • Wear comfortable shoes and bring rain gear, as much of the ruins are exposed to the elements.
  • Most of the castle is accessible via paved paths, with the exception of the guardhouse, the battlements, and the first floor and basement of Grant Tower.
 
How to Get There
Urquhart Castle is situated on the west bank of Loch Ness near Drumnadrochit. From Inverness, drive south along the A82 for around 30 minutes. Buses (including the 19, 917, and 919) connect Inverness bus station to Urquhart Castle.
 
When to Get There
The castle is busiest in summer, when lines often form at the staircase at Grant Tower and the parking lot occasionally fills. Arrive just after opening, or an hour or two before closing, to experience the ruins at their quietest. During the winter months, the castle ruins are peaceful, and moody weather adds to the atmosphere.
 
The History of Urquhart Castle
Urquhart has a long and tumultuous history, with a castle having stood here since at least the 13th century. The fortress was seized, reclaimed, damaged, and restored many times between then and the 17th century. In 1762, the gatehouse was blown up to prevent Jacobites from moving in and establishing a base here. Nowadays, the Historic Environment Scotland manages the evocative ruins.
Address: Drumnadrochit, Scotland
Admission: Varies
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45 Tours and Activities to Experience Urquhart Castle (Caisteal na Sròine)

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Urquhart Castle, Culloden, Loch Ness, Inverness, incl. Outlander sites

Urquhart Castle, Culloden, Loch Ness, Inverness, incl. Outlander sites

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This Half-Day GoHighlands Loch Ness Tour from Inverness promises to be fun, wide awake and full of interesting sections of history. Safe and easy on the feet not a lot of walking just history, Culture and a relaxing time on board. Kick back and let your driver guide take you there.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$94.26
Price varies by group size
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$94.26
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Full-Day Glenfinnan and Glencoe 8 Seater Tour from Inverness

Full-Day Glenfinnan and Glencoe 8 Seater Tour from Inverness

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From ancient ruins to cinematic landscapes, Loch Ness to Ben Nevis, see the Scottish Highlands’ key sights in the space of a single day. With just a small group for company, travel by climate-controlled bus, and trade the bustle of Inverness for the beauty of the countryside. Visit the ruins of Urquhart Castle, see the Glenfinnan Viaduct (made famous in the 'Harry Potter' films), and more.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$109.29
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$109.29
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Highlander Loch Ness and Culloden Battlefield from Inverness

Highlander Loch Ness and Culloden Battlefield from Inverness

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Immerse yourself in Scotland’s spectacular natural landscapes on a day tour of the Scottish Highlands from Inverness. In a small group limited to eight, visit Loch Ness, home to the legendary Loch Ness Monster at Chanonry Point. Plus, stop at the Clava Cairns (Stones of Clava), Culloden Battlefield, and Glen Ord Whisky Distillery.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$95.63
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$95.63
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Isle of Skye Full Day 8-Seater Bus Tour from Inverness

Isle of Skye Full Day 8-Seater Bus Tour from Inverness

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Check out the Isle of Skye on a day trip from Inverness. With a Scottish local in a kilt as your driver-guide, you’ll discover the history behind the island plus some famous landmarks along the way. Pass Loch Ness and Urquhart Castle, then cross Skye Bridge to spend time on the island itself. Visit the town of Portree, travel through the Cuillin mountains, and discover beguiling natural sights such as the Old Man of Storr. Numbers are limited to just eight people for a small-group experience.
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  • 11 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$109.29
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$109.29
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Loch Ness & The Highlands from Inverness

Loch Ness & The Highlands from Inverness

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Spend a day Nessie-hunting, take a cruise on the mysterious Loch Ness, explore the village of Fort Augustus, visit the ruined loch-side Urquhart Castle, admire the Falls of Foyers and wander along Dores Beach on this fantastic one day Loch Ness tour from Inverness!
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  • 8 hours 45 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$50.55
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$50.55
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Loch Ness,Culloden Battlefield,Cawdor Castle & Much More From Inverness City

Loch Ness,Culloden Battlefield,Cawdor Castle & Much More From Inverness City

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Whether you are looking for 1 day tours from Inverness or simply trying to take in as many of the beautiful sights as possible on your Highland adventure, our Loch Ness tour from Inverness is sure to captivate like no other. Our friendly local guide will pick you up from your place of stay and take you on a tour to remember around some of the most famous, historic and culturally significant From Inverness we will travel to Loch Ness, home of the romantic and brooding Urquhart Castle (as well as a certain legendary monster!) The tour then turns towards the historic Beauly Priory, before arriving at the Glen Ord Distillery, one of the last remaining single malt scotch whisky distilleries on the Black Isle. Take in the historic and dramatic Culloden Battlefield and Clava Cairns, before heading for nearby Cawdor Castle. Round off your tour in Inverness with St. Andrew’s Cathedral and Ness Islands, before being dropped off at your place of stay. What are you waiting for Book now with us
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  • 7 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$341.54
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$341.54
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BMW X5 SUV Cruise Loch Ness, Visit Urquhart + Cawdor Castle, Culloden + Clava

BMW X5 SUV Cruise Loch Ness, Visit Urquhart + Cawdor Castle, Culloden + Clava

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Gavin Nicholson, the two metre tour guide has been discovering Scotland his whole life and over the last 8 years he has become one of the most sought after tour guides in Scotland. Gavin is a knowledgeable and passionate born and bred Scottish Highlander who will entertain you with stories and anecdotes about growing up in Scotland. Sit back and relax while you tour in one of the most technologically advanced luxury tour vehicles in Scotland. Gavin's BMW X5 M50d 4x4 SUV can take you to parts of Scotland other tour vehicles can only dream of. An elevated vantage point so that you can see more of the beautiful Scottish Highland scenery throughout your tour. Panoramic roof for 360° degree views. Widescreens front and back to view maps and information throughout your journey. Heated seats front and back for those chilly days where you need warmed up. Chocolate paired whisky tastings from Gavin's extensive private collection.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$819.69
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$819.69
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The Complete Loch Ness Experience Small-Group Day Tour from Inverness

The Complete Loch Ness Experience Small-Group Day Tour from Inverness

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Explore the landscape and legends of Loch Ness and the Highlands on a sightseeing tour from Inverness by Mercedes mini-coach. Take an optional cruise across the loch to see Urquhart Castle and enjoy an easy-going walk from Invermoriston to see lush forests and waterfalls. This Highlands tour includes pickup and drop-off at a central location in Inverness, and is limited to fifteen people for personal service.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$36.89
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$36.89
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Legendary Loch Ness and Urquhart Castle Tour

Legendary Loch Ness and Urquhart Castle Tour

What a lovely way to see the Scottish Countryside as you meander through beautiful Highland villages and take in the amazing scenery en-route to your stops in Inverness, Dochgarroch, Urquhart Castle, Drumnadrochit and Beauly before returning to your starting point.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$135.25
Price varies by group size
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$135.25
Price varies by group size

Loch-Ness, Urquhart Castle & Culloden Battlefield

Loch-Ness, Urquhart Castle & Culloden Battlefield

This tour provides you with unique experience in the Highlands. Travelling in a minivan allows you to see all the hidden gems and go to places where touring coaches can't go.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$812.41
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$812.41
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Startling Skye in Private, Private Luxury Tour to isle of Skye,up to 7 persons

Startling Skye in Private, Private Luxury Tour to isle of Skye,up to 7 persons

Get more out of your time in Inverness by going on a day tour to the Isle of Skye. No need to worry about being held up by other travelers, as this tour is completely private, with just your party and the guide. See Urquhart Castle, Glen Shiel, Eilean Donan Castle, Portree, Storr, Trotternish Peninsula, Uig, Rogie Falls, and much more. As it’s a private tour, certain parts can be substituted or customized.
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  • 11 to 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$919.89
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Skye in brief, shorter luxury tour to Isle of Skye

Skye in brief, shorter luxury tour to Isle of Skye

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Discover the Isle of Skye in a single day on this private luxury vehicle tour with stress-free round-trip transport from your Inverness accommodations. In addition to navigating, your guide factors in plenty of free time to explore and snap photos at top landmarks, from Eilean Donan Castle to the bustling town of Portree. Bottled water, snacks, and on-board WiFi are included.
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  • 8 to 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$774.16
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$774.16
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Elegant Outlander Tour

Elegant Outlander Tour

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This tour visits many of the actual locations mentioned in the Outlander Novel/TV series. Whilst much of the filming took place in the South of Scotland the true location of the Jacobite Strongholds are to be found in the Highlands.Like all my tours this will be a laid back and relaxed day and flexible in every respect. The tours are conducted in a luxury van type vehicle which has excellent head and leg room and adult sized seats for all occupants. Complimentary water and snacks are carried in the vehicle and WiFi is also available wherever reception allows. Entry tickets are not included but can be obtained in advance for you at cost on request. Lunch stops are at your own discretion however the driver will be able to find you somewhere nice to eat as you require.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$582.90
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$582.90
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North Highlands from Inverness

North Highlands from Inverness

A fabulous round trip from Inverness, taking in some spectacular scenery and a variety of stops along the way.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$642.09
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$642.09
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Culloden Battlefield, Loch Ness, Urquhart Castle, Glen Ord Distillery and more!

Culloden Battlefield, Loch Ness, Urquhart Castle, Glen Ord Distillery and more!

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Historic battlesites, a ruined castle, a 4,000 year old burial ground, beautiful countryside and whisky! This private customisable tour has it all! First is Culloden Battlefield, the site of the last pitched battle on mainland Britain in 1746. Wander the historic site towards the memorial cairn and see markers of where the doomed clans lined up to fight against the Government forces. Next is Clava Cairns said to be one of the sites that inspired the Outlander books. It’s a Bronze Age cemetery complex of passage graves, cairns, and standing stones. Passing Clava Viaduct we'll reach Cawdor Castle (Macbeth anyone?) to explore the castle and the beautiful grounds. After driving down Loch Ness to Urquhart Castle ruins, you can use the remaining ramparts to scour Loch Ness for monsters! Then its Beauly to a 13th century priory and to wander around this pretty Highland town. Finally, we’ll head north and its whisky time! We’ll visit a distillery to sample some of the water of life!
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  • 7 to 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$700.60
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$700.60
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Glenelg, Plockton and Applecross

Glenelg, Plockton and Applecross

This Tour is a Minimum Booking of 4 seats We are a small locally owned tour business who have identified and invested in a talent shown by our driver Billy MacKenzie has proved to be warm and personable who genuinely cares about his customers and will happily go the extra mile to make sure that their trip is memorable and fun. Based in the Beautiful City of Inverness, we at Highland Tours 4 You, offer you the opportunity to join us on one of our prearranged tours taking in some of the magical sights and experiences available in this fascinating area. We currently offer One Day tours showcasing some of the most breath-taking scenery and stunning landscapes that the Highlands have to offer. Our 8 seater vehicle offers you that personal experience that we strive to give all our customers. If there is anywhere not shown that you would like to visit or if you would prefer a Private Tour just give us a call and we will do everything in our power to help meet your needs.
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$109.29
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$109.29

Fort William and Glencoe

Fort William and Glencoe

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Based in the Beautiful City of Inverness, we at Highland Tours 4 You, offer you the opportunity to join us on one of our prearranged tours taking in some of the magical sights and experiences available in this fascinating area. We currently offer One Day tours showcasing some of the most breath-taking scenery and stunning landscapes that the Highlands have to offer. Our 8 seater vehicle offers you that personal experience that we strive to give all our customers. If there is anywhere not shown that you would like to visit or if you would prefer a Private Tour just give us a call and we will do everything in our power to help meet your needs. Perhaps you fancy a Distillery Tour, a Golf Club Tour, Cocktail Tour, Island Hop, the list is endless, just let us know what you fancy, we are here to help. We offer a very convenience city centre riverside Pick Up Point.
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$109.29
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$109.29

Isle of Skye and the Fairy Pools Tour

Isle of Skye and the Fairy Pools Tour

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Based in the Beautiful City of Inverness, we at Highland Tours 4 You, offer you the opportunity to join us on one of our prearranged tours taking in some of the magical sights and experiences available in this fascinating area. We currently offer One Day tours showcasing some of the most breath-taking scenery and stunning landscapes that the Highlands have to offer. Our 8 seater vehicle offers you that personal experience that we strive to give all our customers. If there is anywhere not shown that you would like to visit or if you would prefer a Private Tour just give us a call and we will do everything in our power to help meet your needs. Perhaps you fancy a Distillery Tour, a Golf Club Tour, Cocktail Tour, Island Hop, the list is endless, just let us know what you fancy, we are here to help. We offer a very convenience city centre riverside Pick Up Point.
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$131.15
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$131.15

Loch Ness 4 Hour Small Group Tour

Loch Ness 4 Hour Small Group Tour

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This four hour circular tour of Loch Ness in a Mercedes mini bus visits the main attractions and stops off at the best viewpoints for photo opportunities.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$43.72
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$43.72

Isle of Skye Private Taxi Tour

Isle of Skye Private Taxi Tour

I love the outdoors, specially the beautiful scenery such as at Isle of Skye. I would love to share my experience with you with my luxury minivan. Should you wish to organise a tour, I can pick you up from any hotel, terminal or port and drop you off afterwards wherever you wish. Pricing is flexible, providing fixed rate taxi tours for small to medium groups or negotiate a price for bespoke tour destinations. Don't be afraid to ask!
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  • 9 to 10 hours
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$191.26
Price varies by group size
From
$191.26
Price varies by group size

Legendary Loch Ness Round Tour

Legendary Loch Ness Round Tour

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Enjoy a 4 to 5 hour trip to get a flavor of the lush hills and glens in and around the world famous and mysterious Loch Ness. Experience tastes of this unique culture, history and landscape. The small-group tour will be in a comfortable, air-conditioned bus that seats up to 8 people. Relax with your professional, Scottish, tour guide, Johnny, as he takes you on a journey all the way round Loch Ness, Fort Augustus, Drumnadrochit, Urquhart castle, Inverness cathedral and what better way to complete your tour than with a visit to Inverness Castle
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  • 4 to 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$135.25
Price varies by group size
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$135.25
Price varies by group size

Clava Cairns -Culloden battlefield-loch ness

Clava Cairns -Culloden battlefield-loch ness

Personalised bespoke tour of historic sites around Inverness Loch Ness, Urquhart castle, Beauly priory, distillery tasting , culloden battlefield and Clava cairns
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  • 4 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
$409.85
Price varies by group size
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$409.85
Price varies by group size
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GHD Clan Tour over the sea to SKYE

GHD Clan Tour over the sea to SKYE

There is no better way to see and hear about the views, culture and history enroute to Skye than from a kilted Highlander. George's wee anecdotes leaving Inverness will have you in stiches.
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  • 10 to 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$286.89
Price varies by group size
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$286.89
Price varies by group size
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GHD Clan tour of Harry Potter in the Highlands

GHD Clan tour of Harry Potter in the Highlands

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One of the main things about the early Harry Potter movies was the magnificent backdrop that is the Scottish Highlands... george will guide you through some of the most spectacular scenes in Scotland.
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  • 8 to 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$218.58
Price varies by group size
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$218.58
Price varies by group size
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