Travel in a small-group accompanied by a guide on this 8 hour cultural sightseeing tour of Scotland. Visit the Glenfinnan Viaduct, the famous bridge crossed by the Hogwarts Express in the Harry Potter movies, take in beautiful views of Ben Nevis, the highest peak in the UK. Look for Nessie in the Loch Ness (view of Urquhart Castle), Old Inverlochy Castle, St Columba's Well, Invermoriston, Well of Seven Heads, Invergarry.
The tour meets at 09:15am for a 09:30am start from in front of the Columba Hotel, 7 Ness Walk, Inverness. Meet the "Man in the Kilt", your driver and guide. Hop aboard a bus that seats 8 people, with heating and air-conditioning (no wifi or bathrooms ,but there are restroom stops along the way).
Travel into the West Highlands of Scotland, steeped in history, myth, and legend. Journey along Loch Ness side to take in the fantastic view of the formidable Urquhart Castle (and perhaps see Nessie, the Loch Ness Monster), before continuing to Invermoriston, and learn the mysteries of St Columba's Well. At Fort Augustus, wander along the lock gates of the Caledonian Canal. At the mouth of the Canal, admire the view of the entirety of Loch Ness.
Continue onto the Commando Memorial, unveiled in 1952, in remembrance of those who have served in the British Commandos regiment, before and since. Lochaber was initially used as a training ground after the establishment of this prestigious regiment in 1940. From here, there are spectacular views of Ben Nevis, the highest peak in the United Kingdom.
Enjoy wandering around the awe-inspiring mediaeval ruins of the mighty stronghold, Old Inverlochy Castle, that once stood as the protector to the entrance of the Great Glen.
Less than a year before the Battle of Culloden, Charles Edward Stuart (Bonnie Prince Charlie) raised his father’s standard at Glenfinnan, on the banks of Loch Shiel, in August 1745. Here in the stunning scenery and beauty of Glenfinnan, the 1745 Jacobite uprising began, where Charles rallied the West Highland clans that supported his cause. In 1815, the 18m (54ft) Glenfinnan Monument tower was completed in this truly breath-taking place, where Bonnie Prince Charlie unfurled his banner. The statue of the lone highlander at the top of the tower serves as a memorial to the Highland Jacobites who gave their lives for the cause.
And last but by no means least, visit the Glenfinnan Viaduct, which stands about 100ft (30m) high and spans approximately 1000ft (304m), opened in 1901 as part of the Fort William to Mallaig train line. Today, the viaduct is a well-known television and film location, appearing in The Ring of Bright Water, Stone of Destiny and Monarch of the Glen. Of course, the Glenfinnan Viaduct also doubles as the “Bridge to Hogwarts” in the Harry Potter movies, where the Hogwarts Express (the Jacobite Steam Train) delivers would-be wizards and witches to school for their studies in magic. Who knows, perhaps watch the steam train might pass by.
Your tour finishes back at the starting point in front of the Columba Hotel in Inverness.