Places to visit for Outlander Fans In the Inverness Area

   We are Outlander fans who are lucky enough to live in or around Inverness.  We set up this blog to help other Outlander fans who come to Inverness but also to share some of our Outlander adventures.

One of the Questions we often get asked is ‘besides Culloden  Battlefield  and Clava Cairns (which are both wonderful ) what other Outlandish things is there to do in the area?’ Well this depends on how long you’ve got.  There are so many Jacobite and book related places to visit but here are just a few.

Top of the list has to be The Wardlaw Mausoleum

The Wardlaw Mausoleum.

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Make sure you contact them first to make an appointment for a tour.  Give yourself at least an hour here as Eric gives a wonderful in-depth account of the Mausoleum  and the Fraser History in the area.  You can get up close to the Old Fox himself.  This is an experience not to be missed.   Although this is free, please bring  a donation to put in the box. The Mausoleum and it’s upkeep is run entirely by volunteers.

To read our full blog on The Wardlaw Mausoleum and The Outlander Effect Click Here

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The Wardlaw Mausoleum
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Jacobite Demonstration at The Wardlaw Mausoleum
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The Old Fox and his family down in the crypt

An Outlandish  Drive

A short Drive from the Mausoleum is Reelig Glen.  This is a wonderful walk around Fraser Country  and it takes about a half an hour. It has some of the tallest trees in Britain  http://scotland.forestry.gov.uk/visit/reelig-glen  and is well worth a visit.

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Reelig Glen

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Beauly is a beautiful wee village.

http://visitbeauly.com/

Claire takes a walk around the ruins of  Beauly Priory  in Dragonfly in Amber.  Also go in and visit The Lovat  Arms Hotel as it’s full of Fraser history.

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Lovat Arms Hotel , Je Suis Prest

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Beauly Priory

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Take a short drive from Beauly and make your way to Mullardoch Dam.  This is a dead end but has some amazing scenery to drive through. It’s also in Fraser country. No spoilers about how the Hydro-electric dams have a connection with the book … if you know you know.

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Glen Cannich in Spring
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Glen Cannich in Spring
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Glen Cannich in Late Sunner
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Glen Cannich in Late Sunner
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Whatever the season it’s a lovely drive
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Mullardoch Dam

From  Mullardoch Dam take the lovely drive  ( it’s single track roads) back  to Cannich then head  to Corrimony Chambered Cairn click for more Information   *SmallSpoiler This is where in ‘An Echo in the Bone’ the Brigadier General Simon Fraser, who Jamie and Claire brought back from America, was buried.

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Corrimony Chambered Cairn
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Corrimony Chambered Cairn

Drive on towards Drumnadrochit and you will pass through the small village of Balnain. This must be where Balnain in the song Claire hears comes from.  https://www.musixmatch.com/lyrics/Karliene/The-Woman-of-Balnain-Acoustic

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If you have time go visit Urquhart Castle before making your way back to Inverness. This is on the Banks of Loch Ness and it’s well worth a visit and if you’re a historic Scotland Member you get in for free.

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Urquhart Castle
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Pocket Jamie’s Visit to Urquhart Castle

Strathpeffer

Strathpeffer is another beautiful village.  Here you can visit  Castle Leod, the real Castle Leoch  where the Earl Of Cromarty  who is head of the Seat Mackenzie  still lives. The Castle is open on certain days so check their web site here. Make sure you visit some of the wonderful trees on the Castle grounds including the Diana Gabaldon Tree  . Here’s our previous Blog about our visit

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There is a lovely walk in Strathpeffer  called the ‘Cat’s Back’.  It’s not a hard walk.  The toughest part is probably walking up the street to get to the start of the walk. You get great views on this walk including a wonderful view of Castle Leod .

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The walk up the Cat’s Back
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View from the top of the Hill
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Looking down on Castle Leod

There is also a standing stone maze to pass by on the way.

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stone maze

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There’s lots of other things to see in Strathpffer village including  going to visit the Eagle stone. It is predicted that should the Eagle Stone fall three times then  MacKenzie lands would fall to the sea ( so the stone is now cemented in!)

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Eagle stone

 

   Give yourself some time to explore  Strathpeffer

A Drive to  Cromarty

If you head North from Inverness, at the Tore roundabout turn off to Cromarty.  On the way you pass by places to stop off  and visit.

The first one you come to is  the Clootie Well   Click here  This is a strange place but worth experiencing.

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Clootie Well Munlochy

Then you can stop off to see if you can see the dolphins at Chanonry Point one of the best places in Europe to spot dolphins  click here  If you look across the Moray Firth you can see Fort George which was  built in the wake of the Battle of Culloden (1746) .

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Chanonry Point view across the Moray Firth to Fort George
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Chanonry Point

In  Rosemarkie  The Fairy Glen is a lovely walk.  ‘An easy walk up a delightful wooded glen, with two attractive waterfalls. The Fairy Glen was once the scene of a well-dressing ceremony, where the children of the village decorated a pool, next to a spring, with flowers. This was said to ensure that the fairies kept the water supply clean’.  click for more Information

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The Fairy Glen
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Fairy Glen, Rosemarkie photo from http://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/lochness/Fairyglen.shtml

Drive onto Cromarty  and have fun wandering around  the village shops. In the courthouse you get to watch a Mackenzie on trial Court House Web Site and Hugh Millers Cottage is well worth a visit.

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Wander around the shops in Cromarty you never know what you might find
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Cromarty Courthouse Museum

If it’s a nice day the Fyrish Monument is worth a climb.  It was built in 1782 during the clearances by the lord of the area  Hugh Munro to provide locals with work. It is said the when they had taken all the stone to the top of the hill Hugh had them rolled back down again to extend the the job.  Click for more Information

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 The Culloden Trail 

While most fans visit the wonderful Visitor Centre at Culloden Battlefield and walk the Battlefield itself, not so many of them walk the Culloden Trail through Culloden Woods. These are the places you see on this trail.

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The Lord President’s Seat 

Duncan Forbes of Culloden, a man who was an implacable opponent of Bonnie Prince Charlie but who pleaded for humane treatment of the Jacobites after the battle.

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St Mary’s Well 

This place is a bit like Clootie Well (mentioned above) but we think this might be the Well Diana  refers to in ‘Drums Of Autumn’

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Passage from Diana Gabaldon book ‘Drums Of Autumn ‘

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St Mary’s Well

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The Prisoners  Stone

Seventeen Jacobites  were taken, wounded, at the close of the battle of Culloden and confined in the dungeon of Culloden House; kept there for three days, and then put into two carts and conveyed to this stone; against which they were placed and shot,

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 The Duke of Cumberland’s Stone

The story is that Duke of Cumberland had  breakfast, or his lunch, on the table-flat top of the boulder on the day of the battle. It has also been said that he stood on the stone to better survey the course of the fighting.

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This is @Bea_triz_76 visting the stone

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The Duke of Cumberland’s Stone

 

 

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Engraving on the top of Duke of Cumberland’s StoneAAa

Also to find out how to  visit the real Craigh Na Dun read our blog Click HereIMG_8986

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8 thoughts on “Places to visit for Outlander Fans In the Inverness Area

  1. I grew up in Strathpeffer and Lochussie, but now live in Texas. I learned to ride my first pony in the field that houses the Eagle Stone, and visited Castle Leod during the Highland Games when I was a member of the Junior Red Cross. Fodderty Primary was my first school! I miss that area more than anything…thanks for the photos and the memories!

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