To do justice to the north of Scotland you need to spend at least one night out of Edinburgh or Glasgow. Inverness (the capital of the Highlands) is where the River Ness flows out of Loch Ness to the sea. Just outside Inverness is another famous battlefield site – the Battle of Culloden fought in April 1746, when the soldiers of King George I fought against Bonnie Prince Charlie and his army of Scottish clansmen. It was not a battle between the Scots and the English, as there were Scots on both sides. Also in the north of Scotland is the River Spey, the major whisky producing area of Scotland. Visit a distillery and find out how whisky is made and try a dram at the end of the tour. William Shakespeare is often mentioned in the north of Scotland because of Cawdor Castle – the Thane of Cawdor is in the play, Macbeth. Sueno’s Stone is a legacy of the Picts. It probably dates from 9thc and is superbly carved down one side. Nairn is a seaside resort on the southern shore of the Moray Firth and is popular as it is one of the driest and sunniest places in Scotland! Fort George is an outstanding artillery fortress built 18thc for the troops of King George II. It is impressive for its size and elaborate defences and it houses the Museum of the Queen’s Own Highlanders. Elgin sits in a rich agricultural area on the banks of the River Lossie. The ruins of the 13thc cathedral are still visible. The Grampian Mountains dominate the area and are usually snow covered in winter.
Private Tour Rates 2019/2020
|Car/Sedan||8 per day||up to 3||£635|
|MPV||8 per day||up to 6||£710|
|Large MPV||8 per day||up to 8||£750|