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ACTIVITIES


For the Holiday Guests, there is an abundance of attractions in and around the Inverness area, from the worlds famous Loch Ness, Castles, Inverness Highland Games, a wide and varied amount of Golf courses, from the famous Royal Dornoch (45mins away) to Castle Stuart on the outskirts of Inverness, home to the Scottish Open , through wildlife, from common seals through to Orca Whales in the far North, to Basking Sharks on the North and West Coats of The Isle of Skye.


Bird watching, Flaura and fawna, cycling, white water rafting, day trips, and day tours, we can even plan your own mini adventure to the Isle of Skye.


Further North into the vast expanse of the Naturally stunning Wester Ross Highlands, and not forgetting, a huge amount of Whisky Distilleries within the surrounding area,  here are a few suggestions for making your stay here that wee bit more memorable


We have put together a few ideas for your leisure time whilst here in Inverness, simply scroll down to find out a little more.


Inverness City


Inverness is the City in the Highlands where you'll find the warmest of welcomes - whether you choose to visit, explore, shop, relax or use it as a base to explore the surrounding country.  It's in our nature to be friendly and helpful, and we enjoy the craic - Gaelic for chat and light-hearted conversation. Inverness is an exceptional place, the 'in' place to be where there's a real buzz to life and work.


The River Ness runs through the heart of the city, and is enjoyed by locals and visitors alike.  You can enjoys views of the city and further into the Highlands while walking its banks - it is a lovely walk and well worth doing if you have the time.


For an evenings culinary delights, Inverness has without doubt a fantastic variety of fine dinning and international menus to local restaurants supplying the diner with the best of the locally sourced produce, with many restaurants catering for every kind of diner, from, meat eaters, vegetarians vegans, and celiac.


To round of an evening, why not experience the local traditional live music venues, to get a feel for the music that Scotland has been enjoying for 2,ooo yrs.


Loch Ness


Loch Ness is a spectacular stretch of water, although the A82 alongside can be quite busy.

The natural Highland vegetation that lines its banks; birch, alder, rowan and hazel trees, now struggle to resist the intense forestry schemes of pine, that continue to engulf wide swathes of the Highlands.

It was the construction of the A82 in the 1930s that sparked off the modern craze for monster spotting when workmen and locals claimed many sightings. Perhaps the digging and blasting disturbed the monster.

The first mention of 'Nessie', as he or she is colloquially known, goes back to St Adamnan's chronicle of St Colomba who had to placate the monster following its attack on a fellow monk.


Loch Ness is undeniably one of the most famous lakes in the world. It is also, certainly, a place of outstanding natural beauty, but it has to be admitted that the world wide fame of Loch Ness owes more to the legend of its famous occupant, the Loch Ness Monster - or 'Nessie' - than the breathtaking location of the loch itself!!.


Castles


Inverness Castle is an 11th century royal stone enclosure fortress but only a resorted well and part of the curtain wall remains. The castle was destroyed by the Jacobite army in 1746 and a dramatic 19th century neo-Norman castle now stands on the site,


Built to house the Sheriff's Court, Inverness Castle is located in the city centre, off Castle Hill. 104 miles north-west of Aberdeen on the A96.


The Drum Tower of Inverness Castle, houses an exhibition portraying the medieval castle and is open daily, in the summer season, 10.30-5.30pm. There is a car park nearby.


Cawdor Castle


12 miles east of Inverness, between Inverness and Nairn on the B9090 off the A96
The home of Lord and Lady Cawdor, the castle and grounds are open from May to October.


The present keep dates from 1454, and is typical of 15th century Scottish architecture.


Two ghosts are said to haunt the premises, one a lady in a blue velvet dress, the other is thought to be John Campbell, the first Lord Cawdor.


Urquhart Castle


On the banks of Loch Ness, about two miles from Drumnadrochit. The castle is a ruin as it was blown up in 1692.


The magnificently situated Urquhart Castle, on the banks of Loch Ness, remains an impressive stronghold despite its ruinous state.

Once one of Scotland’s largest castles, Urquhart’s remains include a tower house that commands splendid views of the famous loch and Great Glen.


The castle’s history and that of the noble families – Durward, Macdonald and Grant – who held it, is told in the exhibition and audio-visual display in the new visitor centre. The Centre features an outstanding array of medieval artefacts found at the castle. Visitors can relax in the café and visit the shop with its local crafts.


Brodie Castle


Brodie Castle is located 4.5 miles west of Forres and 24 miles east of Inverness.


Having been badly damaged by fire in 1645, the castle was later rebuilt. Today you can visit in the interior with its unusual plaster ceilings and see French furniture, paintings, European and Chinese porcelain, Japanese artefacts, toys and much, much more. At the end of your tour, don't forget to carry on through the tea room to the old kitchen and then when you exit the gift shop, the old dairy is outside to your left.


There's also a picnic area, tea room and gift shop, adventure playground with timber fort for the kids, woodland walks, gardens and a lake. If you have chance to visit during the Spring, the famous collection of daffodils will be in full bloom.


Eilan Donan Castle


For a fantastic day out and a very picturesque drive, we have the stunning Eilean Donan Castle castle, set in undoubtedly one of the most picturesque sceneries that Scotland has to offer, This is the castle that was the main setting for the 1986 Scottish film starring Sir Sean Connery ‘HIGHLANDER’ it is without doubt one of the most iconic images of Scotland, Eilean Donan is recognised all around the world. Situated on an island at the point where three great sea lochs meet, and surrounded by some majestic scenery, it is little wonder that the castle is now one of the most visited and important attractions in the Scottish highlands.

Although first inhabited around the 6th century, the first fortified castle was built in the mid 13th century and stood guard over the lands of Kintail. Since then, at least four different versions of the castle have been built and re-built as the feudal history of Scotland unfolded through the centuries.


Partially destroyed in a Jacobite uprising in 1719, Eilean Donan lay in ruins for the best part of 200 years until Lieutenant Colonel John MacRae-Gilstrap bought the island in 1911 and proceeded to restore the castle to its former glory. After 20 years of toil and labour the castle was re-opened in 1932.


Distilleries


Uisge beatha – in our old language this means- the water of life. Everyone  of our Scottish whiskies are unique, all with their very own proud history, and the majority are within easy reach of your accommodation. Here are some of the distilleries you may wish to experience.


Please click on the following links for more information.


www.themacallan.com        


www.glenfiddich.com        


www.glenmorangie.com


The Cairngorms


The Cairngorms National Park officially opened on the 1st of September 2003. It is Scotland's second national park, and the U.K's largest at 3800 square kilometres (1400 square miles).

It stretches from Grantown on Spey to the heads of the Angus Glens, from Ballater to Dalwhinnie and Drumochter including much of the Laggan area in the southwest and a large area of the Glen Livet estate and the Strathdon/Glen Buchat area. Home to 46 Munros (mountains over 3000 feet high) and some of Scotland’s cleanest rivers.

The National Park area is home to a quarter of Scotland's native woodland with the biggest continuous stretches of near-natural vegetation in Britain. It is a refuge for a host of rare plants and creatures, including 25% of the U.K's threatened species.


Known as 'A Natural High' - if you're looking for true inspiration, enjoyment and fun here is probably Scotland's greatest mountain experience. The mountains hold a fascination for everyone so let Cairngorm be your unforgettable mountain memory.

Enjoy the highest mountain railway in the UK and the only one in Scotland. It will carry visitors in total comfort (protected from the infamous Scottish weather!) from car park level to the new Ptarmigan Station and the higher lying snowfields in around fifteen minutes. And nestled just below the summit of CairnGorm the brand new Ptarmigan Station offers spectacular views combined with a mountain exhibition and the highest panoramic restaurant and shopping in the UK.


Coastal and Sea Life


Within our waters we have an abundance of sea life - from Grey seals, common seals, porpoises, dolphins and Basking sharks.

With the Basking Shark, we are lucky to have the second largest fish in the world cruising Scottish waters each summer. The shark grows up to 10m(33ft) long  and lives quite a solitary life.


As for the Dolphins you can see them from the shoreline at Chanonary Point, on the Black Isle, about a 25min drive from our Guesthouse.  Chanonary point is a favourite spot of ours.  You can walk along the lovely beach to the point where dolphins gather to feed and play a few metres from the beach.


Golf


Inverness is perfectly situated for all of Golf’s enthusiasts. On the outskirts of Inverness we have Castle Stuart Golf Course, Home of the Scottish Open, www.europeantour.com . We have courses for the beginner to the more experienced, here are just a few that are all situated within a 45min drive-away.


Boat of Garten Golf Club:- www.boatgolf.com


Fortrose & Rosemarkie Golf Club:- www.fortrosegolfclub.co.uk


Invergordon Golf Club:- www.invergordongolf.co.uk


Inverness Golf Club:- www.invernessgolfclub.co.uk


Loch Ness golf Club:- www.golflochness.com


Nairn and Dunbar Golf Club:- www.nairndunbar.com


Royal Dornoch, Championship Golf Club:-   

www.royaldornoch.com


Tain Golf Club:-  

www.tain-golfclub.co.uk





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