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The Scottish Highlands - From Prince to Potter: A History of Glenfinnan

From Prince to Potter: A History of Glenfinnan

(66 reviews)
Glenfinnan, The Scottish Highlands, United Kingdom
60 mins

About the tour

Calling all Outlander and Harry Potter aficionados! Join me on an exciting and educational journey from the shores of Glenfinnan to the high point overlooking the famous viaduct. Set in spectacular Highland scenery, it was on this spot in 1745 that Bonnie Prince Charlie, leader of the last ill-fated Jacobite Rebellion raised his standard – and the hopes of his followers. In this atmospheric glen, you can almost hear the peel of the pipes as the war-like clansmen rallied to his cause. Many of them would never return home. It is to this seismic backdrop that Diana Gabaldon’s now televised time travelling drama ‘Outlander’ is set. You can almost imagine Dougal standing awaiting his Prince on the shore. On this tour you will learn more about the Jacobites and the ancient clan system which was brutally torn asunder in the aftermath of the failed rebellion. This ultimately accelerated the breaking of clanship and led to the heart breaking period known as the Highland Clearances. But it is not all doom and gloom! The impressive viaduct set back in the glen was made world famous by the Harry Potter franchise. On our hike we will pass under the viaduct before climbing up to a magnificent viewpoint overlooking the whole glen. So why not pull up your favourite chair, pour yourself a wee dram and let me transport you back in time. No standing stones required.

Meet your local guide


Craig lives in Ballachulish, on the west coast of Scotland. He can be found exploring the mountains and glens hill walking or mountain biking. He loves Scotland's wild places; its rugged coastlines and soaring peaks. Almost a decade ago, he climbed the famous Buachaille Etive Mor in Glencoe, and with incredibly good snow conditions, he managed to slide down all the way back to the car. “Mountaineering in the winter hills is a much more fun experience if the snow conditions allow this mode of transport!” he quips. But his real passion lies in the long, intricate, and often bloody history for which Scotland is famous, and he loves nothing more than sharing this passion with all who join him on his travels. He loves working outdoors, educating, and showcasing the beautiful and fascinating country he lives in. Craig enjoys weaving stories with all of his tours, transporting people back in time and making them feel like they’re a part of the story. He also tries to interlink historical events together to give a greater understanding of how, where, and why the events took place. Here’s a fun fact: Craig was a member of the Ghost Club set up by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle to investigate places suspected of harboring ghosts!

Craig has been guiding since Apr 2008

What to expect

Get ready for something special. We're travelling to The Scottish Highlands with no passport, no plane ticket and no luggage. And yet you'll experience all the sights, sounds and stories with just your laptop, favorite snack and an amazing guide.

The tour will last about 60 mins and will be live-streamed by your guide directly from The Scottish Highlands. Forget about slideshows or pre-recorded videos, this is a live broadcast and anything can happen!

While on the tour you’ll be able to see a full screen video of your guide and their surroundings, interact with them and other travellers through the live chat, see where you are in the world on a map and show your appreciation with a tip.

Why are they tip-supported?

We are running these tours on a tip-supported basis to make them as accessible as possible. They are free to book and join, but you have the option to tip the guide during the tour.

Leaving a tip will help support the guides and allow us to offer tours in more places around the world. If you aren't able to leave a tip, then it would be great if you can share the tour with friends and family to spread the word.

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How to join

Reserve your spot by selecting a time to book. Once done, you’ll be able to see your reservations on your Trips page and we’ll send you an email confirmation with a link to join the tour.

For the best viewing experience, please join on a computer using Google Chrome.

Reviews from travellers

Annette H.

24 March 2021

Just incredible - could have stayed all day.

Outi M.

22 March 2021

Craig's knowledge of the history was first rate & I also really enjoyed the virtual walk. I have visited the area previously, but not those particular spots (surprisingly) and it was such a treat. Thank you!

Tess W.

20 March 2021

A tour with Craig is never disappointing. Always entertaining with breathtaking views and wonderful stories of history from the area. Highly recommend !

Jan S.

19 March 2021

Another fabulous tour, thank you.

Lucy B.

19 March 2021

Excellent guide!!!

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