If Scottish History, the Outlander Series and the Frasers of Lovat are of interest to you, you most definitely want to visit the Wardlaw Mausoleum!
The Wardlaw Mausoleum is an Outlander Site and Scottish historic site of interest. One of the key Lovat Outlander sites near Inverness and Loch Ness, in the little Scottish village of Kirkhill (near Beauly). The Wardlaw Mausoleum is the final resting place of the real “Old Fox” Lord Lovat of the Jacobite rebellion, and Jamie Fraser’s grandfather in the Outlander Series. A historic gem just outside of Inverness, Wardlaw Mausoleum is fast becoming a favourite with Outlander fans. Here you can visit a secret underground chamber that contains 6 ancient lead coffins. These include the 11th Lord Lovat’s headless body, following his execution at the Tower of London!
This popular Loch Ness Visitor attraction and Scottish Outlander site is set in the Wardlaw Graveyard at the top of Wardlaw Road in Kirkhill, just 8 miles west of Inverness. It was built in 1634 as the burial place for the Lovat Frasers on the end of the original parish church. The roof of the mausoleum was raised and a tower added in 1722 by the then Lord Lovat, the ‘Old Fox’ of the Jacobite Rebellion who was later buried in the crypt. It was used by the Lovat’s until the early 19th century. The building then fell into disrepair until the 1990’s when the Wardlaw Mausoleum Trust was formed to rescue it. This led to a restoration project with Historic Scotland and Lottery funding. The mausoleum is listed as Grade ‘A’ by Historic Scotland, the highest level of importance.
Visit the Wardlaw Mausoleum website: www.wardlawmausoleum.com