Day trip

Inverness: Loch Ness Cruise, Outlander & Whisky Tour

4.8 / 5

55 reviews

Activity provider: Highland Explorer Tours
Day trip

Inverness: Loch Ness Cruise, Outlander & Whisky Tour

Activity provider: Highland Explorer Tours
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From US$ 91.13 per person

Likely to sell out

See legendary Loch Ness, on a 1-hour cruise and stop off to explore the ruined Urquhart Castle. Enjoy lunch in Beauly and learn the true stories which inspired Outlander at Culloden and Clava Cairns.

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Duration 9 hours
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  • Enjoy many iconic Scottish experiences in just one day
  • Marvel at legendary Loch Ness and view the ancient ruins of Urquhart Castle
  • Explore beautiful Beauly and its Priory
  • Learn the true story that inspired Outlander at Culloden Battlefield
  • Attempt your own journey through the stones at Clava Cairns
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Uncover the mystery of Loch Ness on a cruise Urquhart Castle on this guided tour from Inverness. Immerse yourself in local history at Culloden Battlefield. Enter the world of the hit TV show Outlander at the standing stones at Clava Cairns.

Depart central Inverness and journey to the world-famous Loch Ness. Glide over the lake's shimmering waters on a 1-hour cruise to Urquhart Castle. Have free time to explore the13th-century ruins on foot.

Stop to purchase lunch in one of the charming local cafés in Beauly and explore Beauly Priory, which was featured in the Outlander novel series. Next, stop at an ancient pine forest to see waterfalls.

Visit a Highland whisky distillery, where you have the option of sampling a wee dram. Listen to tales of the Jacobite rebellions and the brutal Battle of Culloden, on a visit to Culloden Battlefield.

Step into the world of Outlander at the burial chambers and standing stones at Clava Cairns. When you’ve heard the harrowing history that inspired the Outlander story, you might not want to travel back in time to meet Jamie Fraser after all. Return to Inverness in the early evening.

  • 1-hour cruise on Loch Ness
  • Urquhart Castle Entrance
  • Transportation on an air-conditioned midi-coach
  • Local expert guide
  • Beauly Priory visit
  • Roundtrip transportation from Inverness
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drink
  • Culloden Battlefield Exhibition (pay locally)
  • Gratuities
  • Whisky Distillery Visit (optional tasting)
Not suitable for
  • Children under 5 years

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What to bring

  • Passport or ID card

Not allowed

  • Unaccompanied minors

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  • Travel insurance is recommended
  • Please be advised that children under 5 years old may not take part in the tour, while anyone aged 5-17 must be accompanied by an adult
  • There are no maximum age restrictions
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Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 55 reviews

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Even though our boat cruise had to be canceled due to the high winds, this was one of the best tours I've done. The amount of places we went was amazing. I would have liked to have spent a little more time at some but obviously we wouldn't have been able to do as much as we did. Iain was wonderful.

November 11, 2022

This was truly a “something for everyone” tour. We are a couple traveling with our 17 year old and are not normally tour bus people, and we all really enjoyed different aspects of the tour. Our guide and driver Alana was truly excellent. A great day!

August 26, 2022

We did so much! Duff Fraser was an excellent guide! The distillery was closed. So, our guide took us on a walk in the forest to a folly. It was a great substitute! He was so informative, knowledgeable and passionate about Scotland’s history and landscape. It was an excellent tour!

June 24, 2022

Product ID: 219747