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You will begin your journey where Claire began hers, at Clava Cairns, an obvious challenger for Craigh na Dun, a peaceful place by the river where three bronze age graves are surrounded by circles of standing stones, one of which is split in two. Will you have the courage to pass through? Nearby is Culloden Battlefield where the last hand-to-hand battle was fought on British soil which takes on a whole new meaning with the opening of an exciting new visitor centre and interactive exhibition. The battlefield itself is now restored to as close as possible that marched on by the two sides on that fateful day. Make a stop at the Clan Fraser Stone, marking the grave of those brave clansmen.
Now travel across the Kessock Bridge and across the beautiful Black Isle to the Clanlands Centre at the Storehouse of Foulis in Evanton. Lunch, with a range of choices of delicious local produce, can be taken here at the Restaurant.
After lunch you will continue the trail past Castle Leod, home of the MacKenzie chieftain and the inspiration for Castle Leoch, although in the series Doune Castle, north of Stirling, was the chosen filming location. The castle has been lived in by the same family for well over 500 years and is the Seat of Clan Mackenzie, their Chief (Cabarfeidh), Earl of Cromartie, and his family. The castle and family have been at the epicentre of Highland and Scottish politics, heavily involved in the Jacobite Rising of 1745 as well as other adventures that have resulted in scenarios ranging from sentences of death for High Treason, to awarding of an Earldom, from clan battles to confidante of Royalty, from near poverty to the heights of power.
Described in Outlander Lallybroch was "...a handsome three-story manor of harled white stone, windows outlined in the natural gray stone, a high slate roof with multiple chimneys, and several smaller whitewashed buildings clustered about it." Our destination will be The Ord House Hotel, a 17th Century home situated in 40 acres of gardens and woodlands just outside the village of Muir of Ord situated to the west of Inverness. The hotel was originally the Laird's house of the Clan McKenzie and although converted still retains all the original features, elegance and charm as the interior is furnished with antiques in keeping with the age of the house and open log fires burn in the hall, drawing room and bar encouraging one to sit and enjoy the comforts of a genuine country house. You may get the opportunity to enjoy some afternoon tea before making one last stop on this journey.
A few miles to the south is the town of Beauly in the heart of Fraser of Lovat country. Here you can take a walk around the tranquil ruins of Beauly Priory founded around 1230AD by monks of the Valliscaulian order. This ancient Priory has long and ancient connections with the Frasers of Lovat and many chiefs are buried here including Hugh Fraser 3rd Lord Lovat. Finally, you may wish to take a stroll around Beauly’s village square, (one of the largest in the Highlands), where there are attractive shops for you to explore before returning to your accommodation.
Incorporate this Outlander Day Tour as part of a longer tour of Scotland.
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