- 3-day Scottish battlefields tour from Edinburgh with an expert guide
- Learn about Scotland’s history between the 14th and 19th centuries
- Visit battlefields at Bannockburn, Killiecrankie and Culloden
- Explore Fort George, a vast artillery fortification built after the last Jacobite uprising
- Hear tales of early Highlanders at the Highland Folk Museum, and then shop at the House of Bruar
- Enjoy two nights of 4-star hotel accommodation in the coastal town of Nairn
What You Can Expect
With the coastal town of Nairn as your base, your tour includes two nights of accommodation at the 4-star Newton Hotel. Set amid a gloriously secluded 21-acre (8.5-hectare) estate, the hotel is the perfect place to relax and unwind between excursions.
Meet your guide in central Edinburgh, and travel north by coach to Bannockburn, a National Trust site that played host to a pivotal moment in Scottish history; it was from here that King Robert the Bruce won a much-longed-for freedom from English rule. Explore Bannockburn heritage center, walking through the battlefield and seeing monuments like the Equestrian Statue of Bruce.
Enjoy lunch at the on-site café (own expense) and then hop back on board your coach, traveling further north to Killiecrankie. The small village is the site of the first Jacobite uprisings – a series of rebellions by the Jacobites (supporters of of King James VIII) who aimed to return the King and his descendants to the throne. Explore the site where the bloody Battle of Killiecrankie was fought, learning about the short-lived victory of the Jacobites, before their leader was killed and the uprising was quashed.
Continue north past Inverness and then stop in the seaside village of Nairn. Check in to your accommodation and then spend your night at leisure. Your guide will recommend places to eat in the village (own expense).
Overnight: 4-star Newton Hotel in Nairn
Day 2: Nairn – Culloden – Fort George – Nairn (B)
Enjoy breakfast and then leave your hotel by coach for your trip to Culloden, site of the third and final Jacobite uprising. The gruesome Battle of Culloden, in which some 2,000 men were killed, was the last pitched battle (pre-planned fight) to be waged on British soil. Explore the battlefield with your guide, imagining what it was like to be at the center of the action in 1746. Enjoy some free time to explore the visitor center and have lunch (own expense), and then return to your coach.
Travel north to Fort George, Britain’s largest artillery fortification. Following the defeat of Jacobites at the Battle of Culloden, King George II ordered the fortress to be built to defend the Highlands against further unrest. With looming garrison buildings, cannons and an impressive arsenal of armory, Fort George proved to be successful as further attacks never came.
Tour the fort with your guide, seeing artillery artifacts like bayoneted muskets, swords and ammunition pouches, and visiting on-site buildings like the Garrison Chapel. Return to your coach after your tour, and then travel back to Nairn. The evening is yours to spend at leisure.
Overnight: 4-star Newton Hotel in Nairn
Day 3: Nairn – Newtonmore – Edinburgh (B)
Check out of your hotel after breakfast, and then relax on journey inland to Newtonmore. After an hour on the road, stop in the town and pay a visit to the Highland Folk Museum. See how the Highlanders lived between the 18th and 20th centuries, and step back in time by visiting the site’s re-created classroom – complete with blotting paper and inkwells. Learn about the different trades of the Highlanders from your guide, and admire well-preserved period costumes on display around the site.
Return to your coach and travel south toward Edinburgh, stopping along the way for lunch (own expense) and to visit House of Bruar – a shopping complex that specializes in selling high quality Scottish goods. Shop in the delicatessen for local treats to take home, browse luxury cashmere, tweed and tartan clothes, and take a wander through the gallery to see contemporary rural artwork by Scottish artists.
Enjoy lunch at the café and then travel south to Edinburgh, finishing your tour at the start point in the early evening.