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Local Jacobite stories

First snow of the winter at the end of November, signalled a chance to search for a new Jacobite site locally. Andy had been reading up on local legends and discussing the sites mentioned with local landowners. He was determined to find another Jacobite hideout used by our local hero and Jacobite legend, John Roy Stuart.

John Roy Stuart was a leader and advisor in the Jacobite army of 1745. He was very close to Bonnie Prince Charlie. If you visit Culloden Battlefield, you’ll find several mentions of him both in the visitor centre and out on the battlefield itself. There is a small memorial to him on the back road to Coylumbridge but it is easily overlooked.

After reading “In the Shadow of Cairngorm” by William Forsyth and speaking to Lynn of Lynbreck Croft, we were all set to explore on the edges of the croft.

We tempted out a friend and the rest of the family with a promise of a visit to the Christmas Cairngorm Farmers market in Grantown, followed by a short walk. We duly filled up on delicious local produce then headed out to find:

” In a wild, lone gorge at the foot of the cliff, shaded by birches and hazel, there still lies a smooth slab, under which he used to shelter. There, wrapped in his plaid, with his broad-sword by his side, he would lie, with the bracken for his bed and the music of the brook for his lullaby.”

Did we succeed?

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Heading down to find the slab which might have been a hideout.


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Maybe? Or Maybe not? Is this the hideout?


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At least we had a lovely sunset to enjoy


Outlander adventure: The Droughtlander is finally over…

Outlander adventure

For all you fans of ‘Outlander’, the time-travelling TV drama set in Scotland and based on the compelling novels written by Diana Gabaldon, we have a temporary fix just for you with our Outlander adventure! Season 3 and 4 are not set to premiere until September but to tide you by over the next few months why not beat the Droughtlander and join us on our brand new ‘Outlander’ tour. 

Yes. You heard it right. We’re taking you to Outlander itself to live the story yourself. You’ll not only get to visit the battlefield at Culloden but also Clava Cairns, which served as inspiration for Craigh na Dun; a secret Jacobite cave hideout; stunning scenes from the TV opening sequence and the Mackenzie village.

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The Mackenzie village in the Highlands of Scotland

Outlander adventure: Jacobite stories

We’ll walk in the footsteps of our Jacobite ancestors. John Roy Stuart is considered one of the most colourful and charismatic characters of the 1745 Jacobite Rising. Born just a few miles from Aviemore in 1700, he became one of Strathspey’s best-known and best-loved heroes. He certainly sounds like he could’ve been inspiration for the fictional character, Jamie Fraser.

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Outlander adventure – discovering the secret cave hideout of John Roy Stuart


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Outlander adventure – travel back in time through the stones



This outlandish, fun filled expedition in the quintessential Scottish Highlands offers…

Be your own Claire Randall searching for your very own Jamie Fraser, or vice versa! End your Droughtlander now. Come join us on our adventure.

NB – there is some hiking and active days on this tour. You can’t experience the whole tour from a bus.

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An adventure fit for Sassenachs

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Live like the Jacobite Highlanders

Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series is a worldwide sensation highlighting the beauty and intrigue of Scotland and her Highland culture.

Scot Mountain Holidays can immerse you in the historical drama by exploring the real life setting of Gabaldon’s time-travel epic.

Come experience Scotland through an Outlander hiking tour guided by us, your local connoisseurs, and get off the beaten track!

This means rugged scenery, enchanting flora, rich history, and magical stories. With Fraoch Lodge as your base, you and your friends and family will easily access historical sites of Jacobite history, the world of “The Frasers”, and sites where the Starz Outlander series adaptation is filmed & sites which served as inspiration for Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander books.

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Guided hiking holiday in the Cairngorms

Why choose us

Your hosts will provide routes and in-depth knowledge of choice locations handpicked for an enchanting Outlander Scotland experience. Transportation to and from the lodge to your locations can also be provided as a service.

Don’t miss out on exploring chosen landscapes inspired by the likes of Lallybroch Scotland and Castle Leoch from our Highland home. Come see filming locations such as Tulloch Ghru and The Highland Folk Museum (on our doorstep!). At Fraoch Lodge, you can tour romantic scenery, enjoy a whisky by the hearth with your hosts, and talk all things Outlander.

Relax by the fire (whisky optional)

Relax by the fire (whisky optional)

Contact Scot Mountain Holidays for more information about Outlander tours and getting off the beaten track.


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