We leave Inverness having briefly looked at the location of the original Fort George beside the river Ness.
Heading westward we stop at Urquhart Castle which was put under siege by the Jacobites in 1692 and was eventually destroyed by government forces to stop it falling into the hands of the Jacobites.
Our next stop is at Fort Augustus where we will explain some of the fascinating Jacobite connections with this emotive place. The original name of the village was Cille Chumein, which means "Church of Cumin" who was the first person to bring Christianity to the Highlands. In the 1720s, when General George Wade built his military fort in the village, it was named for King George II's favourite son, William Augustus Cumberland, later to be known as "The Butcher Cumberland". The village has been known, in English, as Fort Augustus ever since.
Also in Fort Augustus there is time to look at the the locks on the Caledonian Canal, completed by Telford in 1822.
From here we follow Stapleton's marching route back to the west where there is time for lunch at Fort William, named for William of Orange, the nemesis of James VII from whom the term Jacobite originated. It is interesting that the Highland Council is putting Gaelic place names on road signs today and, once in the west, you will see Fort William named An Gearasdan. There are many silent letters in Gaelic and the first "e" and the "d" are silent. The local people refused to call the fort "Fort William" because they supported James VII. For that reason they simply called it "the garrison".
Now we head northwest to see the actual spot where Bonnie Prince Charlie raised his standard in 1745, before returning to Inverness and reaching the end of the tragic Jacobite trail at Culloden battlefield.
If time allows it may be possible to include a visit to see the outside of the 'new' Fort George which was constructed to finally put down the clan uprisings. We'll discuss other options with you on the day of the tour.
A great day for history buffs or those with ancestors involved in the uprisings.
Price: £325 for guide and vehicle - check top of calendar for how many passengers each guide can carry.