The Jacobite Risings in Scotland

Barry Hilton
A 3-night weekend expert-led history tour exploring the Jacobite Risings of the 17th and 18th centuries in Scotland

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The Jacobite Risings from 1688 to 1745

In an attempt to regain the thrones of England and Scotland for the Catholic House of Stuart, supporters of King James II and his descendants, backed by the French, orchestrated a series of rebellions in Scotland.

Over a period of more than 50 years in the 17th and 18th centuries, these bleak and often bloody uprisings failed to unseat the British Government but did end Jacobitism as a political force, altered the infrastructure of Highland clans and communities forever, and brought long term stability to British politics.

The expert leading your tour

This tour will be guided by Barry Hilton, an acknowledged expert, writer and researcher  on Scottish history and the story of the Highland clans of the 17th and 18th centuries.

Barry has spent a lifetime researching, writing and modelling the armies and characters, military and political of the late 17th and early 18th centuries. 

A proud Scot, he is passionate about the contribution made by Scottish soldiers - on both sides of the argument – in the conflicts in Scotland, Ireland and on the continent during this period. 

He has written widely about the battlefields of Killiekrankie and Culloden and the massacre at Glencoe. Barry has walked and photographed those ‘hallowed grounds’ many times and will bring the events of those days vividly to life.

Customer comments

"It was all wonderful. The organisation and Barry the guide were excellent, and I loved the small group size and intimacy of the group. I saw and learned a lot and my accommodation was top notch." 
David A.

"I really enjoyed the tours and learning experience, but it was the camaraderie amongst the group and the interaction with the tour manager and expert guide that made it a memorable and special trip for me. Highly recommended." 
Julie B

"The tour gives you an excellent understanding of the Jacobite Risings and a brilliant holiday." 
Roy G

Highlights of your history holiday

  • The battlefield of Killiecrankie, site of a stunning victory for the Jacobites. 
  • Glencoe, where the MacDonald clan was betrayed and massacred.
  • Fort William to relive the Jacobite siege and visit the famous Highland Clans museum
  • Culloden, where the Jacobite cause ended at the last pitched battle to be fought in the UK 
Please note that due to COVID restrictions outside of our control, the places we visit on any tour may change. If this happens, we will replace with an appropriate alternative.

Tour map

From our base in Pitlochry, your expert guide takes you to a new destination every day.

Map of Jacobite Risings tours

Tour prices

This tour costs from £999 per person, based on two sharing if you are taking part in the tours, and from £799 if you are not taking part in the tour. 

There is no single supplement for individuals staying in single rooms, and a small extra charge for individuals in twin or double rooms. 


Included in your holiday

  • Collection from Pitlochry Station and transfer to your hotel
  • Expert guide
  • Luxury hotel accommodation
  • Executive minibus travel to all sites
  • Entry to all attractions
  • Breakfast and dinner each day

Available dates


Reserve your place with a low 10% deposit and enjoy the full flexibility of our COVID guarantee. 

Please note, that we require a minimum of five guests for this tour to go ahead. If this number is not reached within four weeks of the departure date we reserve the right to cancel the tour and will offer you a full refund or the chance to move your booking to a later date.


You'll be spending much of your time exploring sights and attractions with your tour expert, so when you return to your hotel we know how important it is to be somewhere you can relax and refresh in comfort.

For this tour, you'll be staying in a luxury hotel in Pitlochry. You'll have everything you need for a comfortable night's sleep with rooms that are ensuite and facilities including a TV, radio and complimentary wifi.

Each day we'll provide meeting times for tours, meals and evening activities, leaving you with time to enjoy your hotel or explore locally.  

Your booking includes:
  • Ensuite room with tea & coffee facilities and wifi
  • Breakfast and a two course dinner (soft drinks included)

There are extra charges for:
  • All food and drinks outside of breakfast and dinner

Transfers during your tour

For transfers between all tour destinations we use executive minibuses. Transfers will be a luxury experience and your minibus will have comfortable reclining seats with safety belts, a fully operational air-conditioning system, an on-board refrigerator and a fully functioning toilet maintained throughout your journey. Our drivers are friendly, smart, professional and punctual, so you are always in safe hands. 

Solo travellers welcome

Our tours are perfect for solo travellers who want to expand their knowledge and understanding of a subject, and prefer the choice of being as solitary or social as you like. Each tour is a journey of an independent mind – fellow travellers will be intelligent, well-read, knowledgeable and like-minded people, and a mutual interest in a particular topic can lead to life-long friendships.

Read more about our welcome for solo travellers here. ​

Options for non-touring partners

We know that specialist tours can be less fun for partners, so our tours include a lower rate if you want to come with a friend or loved one who’d like to enjoy the hotel facilities, breakfast and dinner, and explore the local area without taking part in the history tours. 

The landscape around Pitlochry is truly stunning and walkers will delight in exploring. Highlights include Queen's View, where Queen Victoria enjoyed glorious sights of Loch Tummel. Faskally Wood in Tay Forest Park is home to a huge range of trees, and Black Spout Wood to the south of Pitlochry takes its name from an impressive waterfall. 

Whisky is possibly Scotland's most famous product, and the Blair Atholl Distillery in Pitlochry is one of the oldest working distilleries. 

Another famous Scottish attraction are the golf courses, and the course at Pitlochry is blessed with a beautiful mountain backdrop.

If you're fascinated by plants, Explorer's Garden at Pitlochry Festival Theatre celebrates the people who travelled the globe to find new plants and trees for cultivation and conservation. 

For a window into Victorian life, head to the Atholl Palace Museum located in the old servant's wing of the Atholl Palace Hotel. We also offer a complimentary daily transfer service to a local town or attraction, plus evening activities that all members of the group are welcome to enjoy. 

Picture credits for this page:

Main image: Jacobite Victory, 1745, credit: Mary Evans Picture Library
Landscape image: A gravestone on the Culloden Battlefield, credit: VisitScotland / Kenny Lam

Your history holiday itinerary

This fascinating four-day tour takes guests to all of the key locations of the Jacobite Rebellion, with travel to and from your hotel included. Below is a daily breakdown of our activities.

Tour Dates

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Day 1

Arrive at Pitlochry Station, where your hotel is just a short walk away and where your 3 night break will begin (if you require a transfer, this will be arranged for you).

In the afternoon you’ll be taken to the battlefield of Killiekrankie, a beautiful location but site of one of the goriest battles in the first uprising. The Jacobite’s were victorious but there were huge casualties. You’ll also see ‘Soldier’s Leap’, where a Government fighter is said to have jumped 18ft across the River Garry to flee pursuing Jacobites.

We’ll also spend time at the excellent visitor centre and museum, both of which are set in stunning countryside.

Over dinner in the evening there will be a talk on the origins of the Jacobites, the Highland Clans and the political and economic context of these conflicts.

Day 2

We travel by executive coach to Glencoe, where the infamous massacre of the MacDonald clan created many enemies to the Williamite British government in the Highlands. We’ll tour the visitor centre and then take the short journey to medieval Inverlochy Castle.

Next is the town of Fort William, named after the Dutch king who overthrew King James to start the Glorious Revolution. Here you’ll visit the West Highland Museum, which contains many fascinating Jacobite artefacts. To end the day we’ll stop at the small village of Maryburgh, named after William’s English wife.

Day 3

We’ll make a longer journey through magnificent Scottish scenery to the battlefield of Culloden, where the Jacobite uprising of 1745 was ended, and site of the last pitched battle to be fought on British soil. This is an all-day trip to allow time in the outstanding visitor centre and museum and to walk the evocative and largely unchanged battlefield landscape.

Day 4

On your final day you’ll have time to explore Pitlochry, famous for its whisky distilleries and independent shops, before making your way back to Pitlochry station to take your journey home.

*Our visits are all subject to the latest COVID-19 situation and regulations at the time of the tour.