Lochs,Battles & Castles
From the quay side, we will travel towards the most famous loch in the world passing the village of Drumnadrochit and onto our first stop, the opportunity to cruise Loch Ness and tour Urquhart Castle,
From here its just a wee drive to Inverness for some free time to explore the City and have some lunch then its onto the The Clava Cairns, They are a fascinating and historical burial tombs that date back almost 4000yrs. A Cairn is a type of circular chamber tomb from the Bronze Age, from here the next stop is Culloden.
Culloden Battlefield has been restored as close as possible to how it was when the battle took place in April 1746. There is a fantastic state of the art visitors centre, where we have time to take in over 250yrs of history and artefacts since the Battle.
Places of Interest,
~City Of Inverness
~4000yr old Clava Cairns
Once you have disembarked, for your day tour of Loch Ness, Urquhart Castle and Culloden Battlefield, your guide will be waiting for you, and then, your day, your way, will begin.
From here, we will travel west, following the Cromarty Firth. We will travel through the Black Isle, although it is neither Black, nor an island, where we will deliberately avoid Inverness (for just now), take the scenic route, where we can travel through Beauly, down through the Glen and onto our first stop of the day,
We will take you, firstly, to the world famous and mysterious Loch Ness and Urquhart Castle. Loch Ness is a large, deep, freshwater loch in our Highlands, extending to nearly 23 miles (37 km) southwest of Inverness. The height of the Loch is 52 ft (16 m) above sea level. Loch Ness is best known as the home of the Loch Ness Monster, also known affectionately as "Nessie".
When we leave here, we will be travelling towards Inverness for lunch. The choice for our lunch stop, is either Inverness itself, or the gorgeous setting of The Dores Inn, sitting on the shore at the head of Loch Ness.
After lunch we will then travel back in time, 5000yrs to the burial tombs of Clava Cairns and the Standing Stones. Clava Cairns are a well-preserved Bronze Age cemetery complex of passage graves, ring cairns, kerb cairns and standing stones in a beautiful setting.
And then, onto the site of, quite arguably the most famous of battles that has ever taken place in Britain, the Battle of Culloden -16th April 1746. This is the final chapter in the Jacobite Rising, (latin-Jacobus-follower of James, The Scottish King). It is filled with, backstabbing, betrayals and broken promises. Contrary to beliefs, it wasn't just as cut and dried as Scotland 'v' England, but more like, the European Union versus Great Britain & Ireland. A new visitor centre has opened to the public, and it is much more sensitively designed, and is overlooking the main area of the battle. The new centre is home to a series of exhibition areas using state of the art techniques to help set the Battle of Culloden in context and bring it to life. These include a battle immersion film, a large animated battle table, and a rooftop viewing area. Visitors can then tour the battlefield itself with portable audiovisual guides which use geographical positioning software to tell you what took place in each particular area.
From here, its just a wee journey back to your ship for 16.45.
Terms and Conditions,
What's included in the price? - the price quoted for each tour is inclusive of transportation and guiding only. Lunch and other refreshments are not included. Entrance fees to attractions, ferries and other transportation costs are not included.
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The consumption of alcohol is not permitted on any of our vehicles.
Smoking -Smoking is not permitted in any vehicle
Behaviour - we reserve the right to refuse to carry any person or persons whose behaviour is causing offence or alarm to others. In such cases full cancellation charges will apply.
Whilst Kilted Coastal Tours maintains insurance meeting all statutory requirements, we strongly recommend that passengers hold comprehensive and suitable travel, medical and cancellation insurance to cover for eventualities during travel.
Kilted Coastal Tours and the vehicle is insured for passenger and third party claims, as required by law. However, whilst every care is always taken, customers' personal property is carried entirely at their own risk and no responsibility can be accepted for loss or damage thereto. Customers are therefore required to ensure that they carry adequate and relevant travel, medical and cancellation insurance - this forms part of the specific contract of the tour and must be in place. In the event of client illness, then the relevant client must accept responsibility for any medical costs incurred and Kilted Coastal Tours shall not be liable to refund any part of the tour cost
Kilted Coastal Tours accepts no liability for loss, damage, delay, inconvenience, or direct or consequential loss, however caused, unless due to our negligence, in which case our liability is limited to a maximum of the tour cost. Any activities such as walks or visits to attractions are completely at the clients own risk.
Kilted Coastal Tours will use all reasonable means to ensure that the vehicle arrives on time to begin the tour and that it reaches its destination on time. The Company will not incur any liability whatsoever in the event of any delay due to causes or circumstances beyond its control.
Kilted Coastal Tours does not accept any liability for any loss, inconvenience or damage caused by war, threat of war, riot or civil commotion, terrorist or criminal activity, industrial disputes, natural disasters, fires, illness, weather conditions, road traffic conditions, temporary technical, electrical or mechanical breakdown.
We reserve the right to change the type of vehicle used if the circumstances dictate this is necessary.
Alterations to itineraries
We reserve the right to change tour itineraries due to weather, availability of attractions, roadworks or any other situation beyond our control. Refunds will not be offered in these circumstances.
For one day sightseeing tours, the following cancellation charges shall apply (depending on the effective date of cancellation):-
- a) cancellation more than 72 hours before the tour departure: you will be charged 10% of the price paid by you in respect of your sightseeing tour;
- b) cancellation less than 72 hours before the tour departure: we shall be entitled to charge the full amount of the price paid by you in respect of your sightseeing tour unless we agree (entirely in our discretion) to pay you a full or a partial refund. We will advise you of our decision on this upon receiving your cancellation request/enquiry.
If you cancel at least 7 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee. If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee. If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
Cancellation by Us
We will only cancel tours due to unforeseeable circumstances which are outwith our control or which might jeopardise your safety. If we cancel your tour then we will always refund you, in full, for all sums paid by you.