Our Itinerary

Below we set out the itinerary for your holiday on a day-by-day basis.

Day 1: Saturday

Inverness

Groups will meet at Inverness railway station. After introductions we will arrange for your luggage to be transferred to the lodge. Please come dressed for walking, as we will start the holiday with a walk of 11km along the River Ness from Torbreck Woods on the edge of Inverness to Dores, where we will have a light lunch at the Dores Inn.

We will then return to explore the city before departing for the lodge. On arrival, you can unpack your luggage and have a quick tour. At 6.30pm we will gather for our nightly meeting and drinks before dinner is served at 7.30pm.


Day 2: Sunday

Fort George

After breakfast we will take the bus to the start of the climb to the Fyrnish Monument near Alness. The walk is approximately 8km in length and the climb is just under 300m. The views from the monument at the top of the climb are fantastic. After the walk we will return to the lodge for lunch.

After lunch we will visit Fort George and museum. The bus will depart at 5.00pm to return to the lodge, gathering at 6.30pm for dinner at 7.30pm.


Day 3: Monday

South Loch Ness Trail

After breakfast will travel from the lodge to the hamlet of Inverfarigaig for part of the South Loch Ness Trail, which will take us some 12km towards Dores, stopping before we get to the village. Once we have reached the Fair Haired Lad's Pass you will be rewarded with the best views along Loch Ness.

The bus will pick us up and take us to the Dores Inn for lunch. After lunch we will return to the lodge. There we will have an early dinner. After dinner we will head into Inverness to be entertained at the Highland Whisky Experience by host Davy Holt, a well-known folk singer, and Bruce MacGregor, a world champion fiddle player. Their Highland Malt Whisky Experience will take you on a journey, tasting some of the best malt whiskies the Scottish Highlands has to offer, whilst regaling you in the history, storytelling and music of the Scottish Highlands. We will then return to the lodge.


Day 4: Tuesday

Today is "Outlander Day". There is a video about part of the day further down this page.

Culloden Battlefield

We call this day "Outlander Day" because we will be visiting a lot of places made famous by the television series Outlander, adapted from the Outlander novels of Diana Gabaldon. Our first stop will be Culloden Battlefield, and the excellent visitor centre housing an exhibition that traces the story of the Jacobites and features a 360 degree reconstruction of the battle.

When visiting Culloden, the last hand-to-hand battle fought on British soil takes on a whole new meaning. The battlefield has been restored as close as possible to the conditions that would have faced the two sides who came together and fought there. Find out why a battle that lasted only an hour changed the way of life of the Highlands and Islands forever.

Culloden Cairn

The Battle of Culloden saw some 1,500 Jacobites killed or wounded, while the Goverment forces losses were a lot lighter, with 50 dead and 259 wounded. At the Memorial Cairn you can find the Clan Fraser stone among the stones of other clans, including Camerons, Mackenzies, Macgillvrays, Mackintoshes, and more.

Clava Cairns

From the Culloden Battlefield we will head to nearby Clava Cairns, site of a 4,000 year old burial ground full of well preserved passage graves, cairns and standing stones.

After lunch at the Culloden Moor Inn we will depart to go on a brewery tour and tasting at the Black Isle Brewery. We will then visit the grounds of Castle Leod and the Wardlaw Mausoleum. Our final stop of the day will be at the Glen Ord Distillery for a tour and tasting, before we return to the lodge.


Day 5: Wednesday

South Loch Ness Trail

After breakfast we will depart by bus to Inverfarigaig where we will start stage 3 of the walk to Foyers, a distance of approximately 10.5km. This is a very nice walk in the countryside which benefits from good views over Loch Ness. With a heavy climb at the start, we have to pay attention to waymarkers as they can be hidden in the undergrowth.

When we arrive in Foyers we will have lunch at the Camerons Tea Room. After lunch we will continue our walk, for approx 5km, to the village of Whitebridge. On arrival we will have refreshments at the Whitebridge Hotel. We will then return to the lodge where you will have time to relax and sooths any sore muscles. At 6.30pm we will have our nightly meeting, with dinner at 7.30 pm.


Day 6: Thursday

Highland Folk Museum

After breakfast we will take the bus to the village of Carrbridge for a mainly level walk of 8 km. After our walk we will travel to Aviemore for lunch at the Cairngorm hotel.

Once we have eaten lunch we will visit the Highland Folk museum in Newtonmore. Our last stop of the day will be at the Tomatin Distillery south of Inverness for a whisky tour and tasting.


Day 7: Friday

Dolphin Watching at Chanonry Point

After breakfast we will travel by bus to pick up the excellent walk to Chanonry Point, the best place in Britain for dolphin watching. After our walk we will return to the lodge for a light lunch. In the afternoon we will spend some time in Inverness to catch up on any last minute shopping. We will then gather for refreshments at the Castle Tavern in Inverness before returning to the lodge for dinner.


Day 8: Saturday

Breakfast will be served between 7.30am and 8.30am. The bus will depart at 9.00am for Inverness Railway Station unless alternative arrangements have been made.


Video

See below for our video of the our visit to Culloden on our Outlander Day, accompanied by music from Davy Holt. We hope you enjoy it!

Why Choose Hop and Thistle Tours?

Wonderful scenery, great accommodation, gourmet food and an expert guide. What more could you possibly want?

Come and join us for a seven day all-inclusive luxury walking holiday. We will spend part of our time walking on the wonderful South Loch Ness Trail. The area offers varied landscapes of great beauty. Our walks will take us in valleys and wild woodlands and a few summits too, allowing us to immerse ourselves in the wilderness. When we are not walking we will be out exploring this great country, rich in all its history and dark past, and not forgetting its whisky! See our itinerary here.

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