Travel eastwards into the ancient province of Moray. The day will begin with a visit to Brodie Castle, for centuries the home of the Brodies of Brodie. This family held the ancient Celtic title of Mormaer (Earl), and a Castle guide leads visitors through the appropriately richly-furnished rooms. It should be noted that outwith July and Augustus, Brodie Castle is open on a limited number of days each week. On days when it is closed Hugh will walk you around the exterior. If visiting the inside of the castle is a priority for you then please contact us before booking with the date (and any alternatives) so that we can check for you.
Next on the agenda is the historic city of Elgin. Hear how it was a fine, walled medieval city containing twenty-two colleges and a Norman Cathedral, which was then sacked and burned by the Wolf of Badenoch in 1390. Visit the Cathedral, and Johnstons of Elgin, the UK’S last remaining vertical woollen mill (established 1797).
After lunch travel onwards, to Pluscarden Abbey, nestling in a sylvan setting by the Black Burn. Here there is an opportunity to see the beautiful interiors and windows, and listen to the white-robed Benedictine order as they perform the Gregorian Chant – a sound little changed since the time of the Wolf of Badenoch. (Pluscarden was also attacked in the Wolf’s raids of 1390).
Finally, return via the Califer Hill viewpoint and Macbeth’s Hillock, to the great keep of Cawdor Castle. Be entertained, en route, by tales of the “real” Macbeth, and of course some of the more colourful tales of the Cawdors themselves.
After a visit in which your guide conducts you through Cawdor Castle, it is then time to return, by way of Culloden Battlefield. As you pass this historic site you will hear the story of the 1745 Rising, and Hugh tell you tales of the Clans.
This tour is lead by Hugh Allison who is a descendant of the Wolf of Badenoch himself.
Price: £325 for up to six passengers. NOTE THAT THIS TOUR IS ONLY CONDUCTED BY HUGH SO PLEASE CHECK THE AVAILABLE DATES TO ENSURE HUGH'S ARE CLEAR BEFORE BOOKING.
[Please be aware that off-season some attractions are not open and we will contact you to discuss alternatives if that is the case.]