On our door-step
There’s so much to see and do within a short distance:
Historic Sites Urquhart Castle is a mediaeval courtyard castle with dramatic views over Loch Ness; castles at Inverness, Cawdor and Brodie and Fort George are all within an hours drive, and also Culloden, the famous site of the last battle fought on mainland Britain.
Wildlife In nearby Glen Affric National Nature Reserve, amid the remnants of the great Caledonian pine forest, spot iconic Highland wildlife like red deer, golden eagles, pine-martens. Watch ospreys dive for trout on our many lochs and listen for the eerie cry of the red-throated diver. Take a boat trip or go to Chanonry Point on the Black Isle to see the Moray Firth dolphins. Visit the RSPB reserve at Udale Bay, home to geese and wintering wading birds.
Lochs and Mountains We’re a 15 minute drive from the world famous Loch Ness, the deepest fresh-water loch in Scotland and home to the legendary ‘Nessie’. Enjoy the grandeur of its mountain setting from the many road-side viewpoints, or take a cruise. Down the loch and further west takes you to the UK’s highest mountain Ben Nevis – race to the top by cable car! The Cairngorms National Park, just an hour’s drive, has an incredible 25% of the UK’s endangered species. Take the funicular railway for fantastic views.
Food and Drink Visit any number of famous distilleries offering tours - Muir of Ord close by, Glenmorangie at Tain in Easter Ross, or the many Speyside distilleries around an hour away. Remember to sample our renowned Highland fish, meat, dairy and bakery produce when you stop to eat.
Culture From concerts and singers in local pubs to big events like the Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival in August; the Blazin' Fiddles week in Beauly in October; the Red-Hot Highland Fling Hogmanay outdoor party in Inverness, there’s lots going on. Other events of note include the Highland Miltary Tattoo at Fort George in September, and the Black Isle Show in August.
Highland Games Experience traditional Highland sports like tossing the caber, watch displays of Highland dancing and listen to the stirring sounds of pipe bands. Games within easy reach of Kiltarlity: Strathconon in July, Strathpeffer, Tain, Invergordon and Glen Urquhart in August.
And further afield
Take a day trip and visit other fabulous Highland attractions.
Go right up to the north coast and visit John o’Groats. Get up early and you can take a short boat trip over to the Orkney Islands.
Drive through stunning mountain scenery to Kyle of Lochalsh where you can cross the bridge and be on the beautiful island of Skye, stopping enroute at Eilean Donan, the most romantic castle in the Highlands.
Travel through the Great Glen to Fort Augustus and see boats passing though the locks on the Caledonian Canal, on their way to or from Fort William.