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Out and About


The highlights of the attractive capital of Highlands and Islands include St Andrew’s  Cathedral, Inverness Castle, Inverness Museum and Art Gallery, the charming River  Ness and the Ness Island, Eden Court Theatre and the Aquadome. Various events are held every year – Inverness Highland Games, Baxter’s Loch Ness Marathon and Inverness Film Festival.



Enjoy a visit to Nairn.  Fantastic sandy beach with a playground, an  outdoor paddling pool, mini-golf and the Links Tea Room open in the  summer.  Various events are held every year –  Nairn Highland Games, Nairn Jazz Festival and Nairn Show.


Loch Ness & Urquhart Castle

The magnificently situated Urquhart Castle, on the banks of Loch Ness, was  once one of Scotland’s most important medieval strongholds. Loch Ness is said to be home to the world-famous monster, Nessie, first sighted in the 6th  century. Take a trip down Loch Ness on a Jacobite Cruise.


Aviemore and the Cairngorms

At the heart of the Cairngorms National Park, Aviemore offers a range of activities including  snowboarding, water sports, fishing, rock climbing and walking. The other attractions in the area are the Landmark  Centre for children and the Highland Wildlife Park.


Culloden Battlefield

The Battle of Culloden (1746) was the last battle to be fought on mainland  Britain, which brought the Jacobite cause to a decisive defeat. Culloden Battlefield Visitor Centre offers audio visual presentation on the story of Culloden and a fascinating Jacobite exhibition with  weapons and artefacts of the period.


Fort George

A working army barracks that’s open to visitors. Fort George is situated near the historic village of  Ardersier.  It was built by George the II to defend against further Jocobite unrest following the 1746 defeat of Bonnie Prince Charlie.


Cawdor Castle & Gardens

Cawdor Castle dates back to the 14th Century and is linked with Macbeth by Shakespeare. Three wonderful gardens to explore as well as the Big Wood walk.


Clava Cairns

A well preserved Bronze Age cemetry approximately 4000 years old. Clava Cairns is situated one mile from Culloden  Battlefield.


Logie Steading

Logie Steading Visitor Centre, near Forres, specialises in Scottish craftsmanship and produce and makes an interesting day out – whether browsing in the shops, eating in the award winning café, walking along the spectacular river paths or strolling in the walled gardens.


Whisky Distilleries and Local  Brewery

The closest distilleries are the Benromach Distillery and Dallas Dhu Historic Distillery, Forres.  They both  offer tours of their distillery as well as tasting. Details of the malt whisky  trail can be found on www.maltwhiskytrail.comBlack Isle Brewery is a small intensely independent organic brewery in the heart of the Scottish  Highlands.


Dolphin Watching

Many of our guests have enjoyed watching Bottlenose Dolphins from Chanonry Point on the Black Isle.  Dolphins have also been seen from Fort George and  the North Kessock Dolphin & Seal Centre.  There  are many tour companies offering dolphin tours such as Phoenix Dolphin Trips (Nairn), Dolphin Trips Avoch and Ecoventures (Cromarty).