History Heritage & Archaeology Tour 2017

Let Bygone Drives take you on a Historical Tour full of our proud heritage and archaeology.

From World Heritage Sites to ancient monuments, listed buildings to historic battlefields, cultural traditions to our myths, tales and legends, the 2017 Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology, running from 1 January to 31 December will shine a spotlight on Scotland’s fascinating past, some of our greatest figures, attractions and icons, as well as our hidden gems. Bygone Drives will take you on a one day Historical Heritage & Archaeology tour of our local gems touring through Speyside to The Clava Cairns, Culloden and Brodie Castle to capture an insight into our proud heritage and archaeology.

Included in the History Heritage & Archaeology Tour

  • Local Chauffeurs guides, knowledgeable, keen to share our proud heritage
  • Lunch at a Scottish Georgian Mansion (Drinks not included)
  • Umbrellas bottled water & travel rugs in your car
  • Entry to Culloden Battlefield and Brodie Castle
  • A unique memorable luxury experience in a vintage Bentley or Range Rover Vogue

There’s a real sense of history as you drive around the Highlands of Scotland. Our historic country abounds with tales and legends of saints and Picts, of Viking invaders and endlessly warring native clans. It is a long history, much of it bloodied with battles, and it has left the countryside rich in antiquities and burial chambers, standing stones, brochs, forts and castles which can be seen wherever people found land to settle.

Our Historical Scotland Heritage & Archaeology Tour commences with a relaxing scenic drive through our stunning Speyside landscapes, your will drive past the haunting ruins of Lochindorb Caste dating back to the 13th century Loch in dorbh means “loch of trouble” without a doubt this castle had many years of trouble when it became the property of one of Scotland’s most unprincipled villains.

Alasdair Mor Mac (Big Alasdair) better known in our history books as The Wolf of Badenoch and the natural son of King Robert11 . He was most renowned for the destruction of Elgin Cathedral one of Europe’s most beautiful places of worship. The cathedral still stands in its ruinous state to this day.

Archaeology – Clava Cairns

Dating back to around 2000BC and an archaeological treasure are the Clava Cairns, the site has Three well preserved Bronze Age chambers tomb cairns, enclosed by three circles a visit to the prehistoric burial cairns of Baluaran of Clava is a must visit for those interested in a history that dates over 4000 years. The three burial cairns are part of a line of seven dotted along the south side of the valley of the River Nairn.

These together form part of a group of some 45 very distinctive cairns in Inverness-shire all called Clava Cairns after this location, which is where they were first studied. What sets them apart is their construction within a “kerb”, a ring of large containing boulders. Close by is the Culloden viaduct which carries the main highland mainline trains, over the river Nairn into the city of Inverness This red stone architectural masterpiece is a stunning awe inspiring object of wonder.built in 1898 it has 28 spans , 1800 feet in length, making it the largest viaduct in Scotland.

History – Culloden Battlefield

1pm on the 16th of April 1746, the day the course of history changed, when the Jacobite army led by Bonnie Prince Charlie lost to the government troops.

Within the hour Prince Charlie and his men withdrew from the bloodiest battle recorded on our history of civil war, where an estimated 1250 Jacobites were killed. Culloden was the last hand-to-hand battle fought on British soil. Today the causes and consequences of the ‘45’ are still hotly debated.

Visiting Culloden today, enjoy the interactive exhibition; a battle room, in which you can stand and be fired on by both sides, the large animated battle table, you can also go out on top of the building to work out the tactics and co ordinates used on that fateful day. Walk around the battlefield, restored to something like the boggy bare moorland it was in 1746. This was not a war of independence , but a civil war between two monarchies, which led to the end of the Stuart challenge for the Scottish crown.

Relax over Lunch

A fine Georgian Mansion built by one of Scotland’s foremost architects almost 200 years ago, this Georgian mansion sits in 20 acres of manicured gardens, lawns and a lake. This small but elegant house was built on the ruins of a tower dating back to the 1400s when it was mentioned in the court circulars of Mary Queen of Scots.

Boath House is widely renowned for its style, quality of fine cuisine, high emphasis on individual requirements and attention to detail. On arrival enjoy the hospitality of proprietors Dan and Wendy Matheson with canapés and drinks served in the drawing room with a style of service that is unobtrusive, relaxed and friendly.

A superb 2-course lunch follows with produce from Boath’s own formal walled garden supplying the Michelin starred kitchens with organic fruits, herbs and vegetable’s, alongside Scotland’s west coast seafood and local organic meats and cheeses from a nearby local dairy.

As you dine enjoy the Matheson’s love of art which has resulted in the house being designated an art gallery in 1997 and it is now home to works of art of up to 30 talented artists from Scotland’s Highlands and Islands.

After a very relaxing experience at Boath House, we take a short scenic drive

To Brodie Castle, a 16th century tower house, with its thickly built walls packed with paintings and antique furniture, from across the world. The beautifully hand painted ceiling of the ladies drawing room and the ornate ceiling in the dining room as not to be missed.

Preserved by The National Trust for Scotland, it retains the feel from when last occupied in 1979 by the Brodie family.

This legacy of Clan Brodie in this 16th century slice of Scottish history should not be missed. It is known that The Brodies have been associated with the land this castle is built on since around 1160 when it is believed King Malcolm gifted the land to the family.

The guided tour will give you an insight into the Brodie family history. A beautiful romantic Scottish castle located on the equally beautiful Moray Coast. A superb time to visit Brodie Castle’s expanse of 71 hectares must be in the spring to see the famous daffodil displays.

We will return you at the end of a History filled to your collection point, having discovered a diverse range of our proud nations historical assets. A memorable vacation experience never to be forgotten.


Costings – Per 2 Persons

Vintage Bentley or Range Rover: £465.00


Extra Tour Information

The itineraries and cars are all subject to availability, and costings and itineraries are all based on your pick up location within 12 miles of our base. Outwith this area we will tailor the itinerary too suit you. Extra mileage will be charged accordingly.