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Discover more than 1,000 years of stirring history centred on the Great Glen. The magnificently situated Urquhart Castle, on the shore of Loch Ness, has seen some of the most dramatic chapters in our nation’s story.
Distance from B&B: 17 Miles
- Admission Member/Explorer Pass holder: FREE Adult: £9.00 Child aged 5-15: £5.40 Child under 5: FREE Concession: £7.20
Right in the heart of the city, overlooking the River Ness just where it flows into the Moray Firth. Inverness Castle now stands were, legend has it, was once the seat of 11th Century Gaelic king Mac Bethad Mac Findláich who murdered king Donnchad Mac Crinain, as fictionalised by Shakespeare in ‘the Scottish play’.
Today the castle is not open to the public. However, visitors can ascend to the castle viewing point for spectacular panoramic views of the city and its surroundings. (charge applies)
Distance from B&B: 1 mile
- Tickets cost £5 for adults and £3 for children aged 12 and under - tickets can be purchased at the Viewpoint
Craig Phadrig’s hill fort
“Walk through history at Craig Phadrig. Among the hundreds of ancient sites hidden in Scotland’s forests, Craig Phadrig’s hill fort is one of the most impressive. It was probably first built in the Iron Age around 300 BC”
Distance from B&B: 1.1 miles
- Probably first built in the Iron Age around 300 BC
Culloden Battlefield and Visitor Centre.
The 18th-century Battle of Culloden was the last hand to hand battle fought on British soil in 1745 between the uprising clansmen fighting for the Jacobite cause and loyalist troops. Between 1,500 and 2,000 Jacobites were killed or wounded during the battle whereas only about 300 government soldiers were killed or wounded. The newly opened visitor centre offers an interactive cinematic experience, living history presentations and exhibits weapons clothing, coins and other artefacts.
Distance from B&B: 7 miles
- ENTRY PRICES Adult £11.00
Cawdor Castle And Gardens
14 miles from Inverness house lies this ancient medieval fort built around a holly tree. Oft associated with ‘the Scottish Play’, Cawdor was in fact built in the 14thC so cannot have been inspiration to the bard.
Distance from B&B: 14
- Adults – Castle, Gardens, Grounds and Nature Trails all inclusive £11.50