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A07 Private Forts and Castles All Day Tour. Select from majestic Fort George, classic Cawdor Castle, ruined Urquhart Castle, Fort Augustus, un-restored Inverlochy Castle and the remains of the old Fort William - Nine Hours

Hairy Cows prepare to storm the tourists!

Tours are normally exclusive, but if you see one highlighted in green it means that there are individual seats available on that tour on that date. Otherwise you need to book the tour exclusively or buy it yourself and offer the remaining seats to others in the same way.

We will collect you from Inverness station, airport or hotel for a great day of seeing forts and castles

We will plan the actual itinerary when we meet up and you can choose several visits from the massive Fort George to the Romantic Cawdor Castle (Cawdor is only open 1st May until 14th October); from the ruins of ancient Urquhart Castle to the nineteenth century enhancement of Fort Augustus; from the ruin of Inverlochy Castle to the town of Fort William. You can visit most and, during the long daylight hours of June and July it may be possible to visit them all.The dining room at Inverlochy Castle Hotel

Along the way and throughout the day there is a mass of history and some of the Highlands' finest scenery. You'll be offered a choice of lunch and coffee stops and even, for those of you who love the highest standards, a lunch could be taken at the hotel of the stars, Inverlochy Castle Hotel near Fort William.

Late Eighteenth Century Fort George is still the home of the British army in the Highlands and will interest those interested in military matters.

Fourteenth Century Cawdor Castle (normally open 1st May to 2nd October) is everyone's epitome of a romantic medieval keep. An excellent visit recommended by us above all other castles in Scotland. Your guide will mention one of Scotland's finest early kings - King Macbeth and will explain why the "Thane of Cawdor" from Shakespeare's play never set foot in Romantic Cawdor Castle.

Urquhart Castle. A ruin pre-dating Cawdor Castle by at least a hundred years, but may have previously been a fortress back into the Iron Age and even the Bronze Age. It was destroyed during the first Jacobite Uprising when government forces blew it up to prevent it being used as a stronghold by the Jacobites. Robert the Bruce held Urquhart Castle for a while and it saw much violence and many attacks by the Lords of the Isles.

Fort Augustus Abbey, once a redcoat military fort was let on a peppercorn rent to Benedictine Monks and became an Abbey in 1878. In 1998 the monks moved away and it fell into a great state of disrepair. Today it is being converted into luxury apartments.

Inverlochy Castle is a ruined Medieval Keep once owned by the Comyns, the arch rivals of the Bruce family. Interesting, and, even better, free!

Fort William, once known as Inverlochy, the name Fort William came from William of Orange, the illegal monarch who ousted the rightful King James VII and sparked the Jacobite Uprisings. The name Jacobite comes from the Latin for James. Today little of interest remains of the original fort.

A great day for castle-baggers and history buffs.

Price: £325 for guide and vehicle - check top of calendar for how many passengers each guide can carry.

Romantic Cawdor Castle is recommended by us as the finest Medieval Keep to visit in the whole of Scotland The Caledonian Canal which is seen during the Great Glen Forts and Castles Tour The Ben Nevis Range of Mountains as seen from the Great Glen Forts and Castles Tour to Fort William Inverlochy Castle - a real medieval keep in the care of Historic Scotland as viewed on our Great Glen and Glen Nevis Tour Red Deer seen on the road to Fort William Ruined Urquhart Castle on Loch Ness is seen from our Great Glen Forts and Castles Tour How does somthing so pretty turn into something so stupid and so ugly so quickly? The Commando War Memorial near Spean Bridge. The statue overlooks the Ben Nevis range of mountains. Ben Nevis, Scotland's Highest Mountain as seen from the Commando Memorial at Spean Bridge in the Great Glen Beautiful Loch Lochy seen during the Great Glen Forts and Castles Tour