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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
A well preserved Bronze Age cemetry approximately 4000 years old. Clava Cairns is situated one mile from Culloden Battlefield.
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.
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.com. Black Isle Brewery is a small intensely independent organic brewery in the heart of the Scottish Highlands.
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).