Shore Excursion - Cawdor Castle & Culloden Battlefield

Exploring some of the most fascinating locations in Scotland, this tour will introduce you to the landscape and legends that form such an important part of Scottish history. Heading south towards Inverness your first stop will be the Culloden Battlefield, just a few miles from the city. Culloden is the site of one of the most important and harrowing battles in British history, fought in 1746 between Jacobite highlanders and governments troops. The Battlefield has been returned to reflect how it would look at the time and the excellent visitor centre explains the background to the battle with artefacts from both sides, it’s a fascinating story. Leaving Culloden behind you will then visit the nearby Clava Cairns a well-preserved Bronze Age cemetery and a fantastic example of the distant history of Highland Scotland, dating back about 4,000 years. The next stop on your tour is the impressive 14th century Cawder Castle, built as a fortress by the Thanes of Cawdor and home to the Cawder family to this day. The castle is famed for its literary connection to Shakespeare’s Macbeth and legend says the castle was built around a holly tree, which visitors can still see today in the dungeon. The impressive interior with beautifully styled rooms boast an enviable collection of portraits, precious wall hangings and artefacts, and the grounds include a walled garden, flower garden and wild garden together with an extensive area of natural woodland and nature trails. Your return route takes you once more to the highland capital Inverness and you have the option of spending some free time there exploring the city. Perhaps visit The Victorian Market for some retail therapy, take in an art exhibition or stroll the banks of the River Ness and stop off for a refreshment? This truly is a day to remember and your guide will be happy to discuss your interests and customise the tour to your requirements on the day.  
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