Silent Stories from the Loch is an emotional journey into the history, the experiences, the lives, loves and hearts of the people who lived in one remote part of the Scottish Highlands close to Loch Ness…
While visitors to Inverness tend to frequent the more tourist-orientated side of Loch Ness, visiting wonderful places such as Urquhart Castle, the opposite side of the Loch remains largely silent. Yet that side is breathtakingly beautiful and her moss-covered rocks, craggy mountains and deep, green woods hold an incredible amount of history.
In fact, it is along this side of the Loch that General Wade built his road between Inverness and Fort Augustus, which enabled troops to march from Fort to Fort. This road was there at the time of the Battle of Culloden and is recorded on historic maps. No road was recorded on what is now the busier side of the Loch.
On this Virtual Tour, we’ll be sharing over 50 Silent Stories and locations from this side of the Loch with you, as we take you on a very visual tour through this breathtakingly beautiful part of the Highlands. You’ll walk in the footsteps of those who lived here a long time ago, whose stories have passed down through the generations.
We’ll share the events which unfolded here before and after the Battle of Culloden, some of which will be difficult to share without a tear. You’ll visit the little-known graves of Jacobites who died from their injuries and were buried where they lay after fleeing the battle.
You’ll see the cave of robbers as we recount the grisly stories of those they encountered.
You’ll walk through several remote township remains, and see the foundations of old Inns as we tell you about the events that unfolded there. You’ll visit the moor where ghostly battles have appeared and stand in a haunted hollow which even the hardiest of men claim is haunted. You’ll hear the heart-breaking and heart-warming stories of those who lived in this remarkable part of the Highlands…
You’ll also be visiting one of the most haunted houses in Scotland with an incredible story behind it. Likewise, a graveyard which has a rather startling and unexplainable story dating back to the 1600s.
You’ll see the beauty which inspired Rabbie Burns in 1787, you’ll be in the very spot that Boswell and Johnson wrote about as they travelled this remote road through the Highlands in 1773. You’ll stand where Thomas Pennant stood, as he recorded his incredible journey of ‘A Tour in Scotland’ in 1769. All of these people travelled this remote road in the 1700s, but it is not their stories we will be sharing in the main on this tour. It is the stories of the people who actually lived and died here, whose lives were unfolding as these famous travellers passed through.
Covered in this Virtual Tour is an area which belonged to the Frasers of Lovat, including James Fraser, also known as Dun Bonnet, who hid in a cave for seven years after his escape from the Battle of Culloden. You’ll stand in the very spot his house once stood and then you’ll visit his cave. You’ll also see the ruins of the township of Balnain and learn about the lives of some of the Frasers who lived there.
You’ll never see Loch Ness in quite the same way again…
The tour itself lasts two hours and is followed with questions and open discussion with both Andy and Di, so please allow up to 2.5 hours.
You require just one ticket per device, so you can join the tour live on Zoom with other members of your family on one ticket purchase. You will receive the Zoom link to join the meeting 24 hours before the tour, then again 2 hours beforehand. Tickets are non-refundable, so please ensure you check the time-conversion in the yellow box below so you don’t miss the tour.
* Please note this Virtual Tour was created specifically for those who are unable to visit Scotland this year, so booking is only open to those based outside of the United Kingdom, as places are limited.
Our next Silent Stories from the Loch Virtual Tour:
Sunday 14 November 2021
4.00pm SCOTTISH time
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PRICE – Silent Stories from the Loch Virtual Tour is £17.50, which is approximately $23 USD, €19, $30CAD, $31 AUD or $34 NZD.
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