Cawdor and Culloden


This tour explores two great attractions just 20 minutes east of Inverness. The first stop is at Cawdor Castle and Gardens, seat of the Campbell family since the 14th century. The tour then has a brief stop at Clava Cairns, a Bronze Age burial chamber site, made famous as the location where ‘Claire’ in the Outlander series, is transported back in time to the Jacobite rebellion of 1745. The tour concludes at the infamous battlefield site at Culloden, with its excellent visitor centre, that brings this terrible confrontation to life.

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  • Vacation Style Holiday Type
      Children, Culture, Discovery, Family, Guided Tours, History
    • Activity Level Leisurely
    • Group Size Small Group
    All about the Cawdor and Culloden.

    Cawdor Castle is a classic Scottish fortress, located on the Cawdor estate, with its many acres of fertile agricultural land and extensive woodland. The castle itself is full of interesting rooms and priceless furniture and tapestries, artwork and antiques and even a collection of french muskets captured from a french raiding party in Wales! Guests can also enjoy the beautifully presented gardens, two gift shops and a cafe. After leaving Cawdor, we travel west and into the River Nairn valley, where we stop at Clava Cairns, a burial site of significance, that dates back to 2000 BC. This is especially popular with fans of the Outlander series, as it is here that Claire travels back in time to the Jacobite rebellion period. Fittingly the tour concludes at Culloden, the site of a very one-sided battle in 1746, in which the British Army defeated a Highland army, made up of various clans and led by Bonnie Prince Charles.

    The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
    What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.

    Pick up and drop off from guest accommodation

    Executive Minibus with 7/8 passenger seats

    Water bottles provided

    What is not included in this tour?Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.

    Entry tickets to Cawdor and Culloden

    Food and drink

    1. Pick up from Accommodation Pick up

      Collected by Highland Explorer from place of accommodation

    2. Stop 1 Cawdor Castle and Gardens

      Our first stop is to the 14th century Cawdor Castle and its 3 magnificent gardens. It has been home to 23 generations of the Cawdor family and visitors can browse through 12 principal rooms. These contain rare tapestries, fine art, valuable furniture and ceramics and sculptures spanning many hundreds of years.


    3. Stop 2 Clava Cairns

      The second stop is at Clava Cairns, just a mile from Culloden Battlefield. Clava is a Bronze Age burial site with a number of stone chambers. It is located in a peaceful wooded area in the Nairn river valley.

    4. Stop 3 Culloden Battlefield Visitor Centre

      The visitor centre is excellent and includes all sorts of artefacts, uniforms, equipment and weaponry from the period. It tells the story of how Prince Charles, after landing in Scotland, led a Highland army, in the hope of claiming the British throne from King George. It was to be the last pitched battle between opposing British forces in our history.