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Castles & Historic
About one hour forty minutes drive away...you've seen it on TV and in the films...now see it for real!
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Eilean Donan
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About one hour forty minutes drive away...you've seen it on TV and in the films...now see it for real!
30 mins drive away... ' Fire burn and cauldron bubble'...the home of MacBeth...
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Cawdor Castle and Gardens
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30 mins drive away... ' Fire burn and cauldron bubble'...the home of MacBeth...
15 mins drive away... huge visitor centre, experiences and shops, and the battlefield itself (or some say it's not quite the right spot)...last battle fought in the UK which ended the Jacobite (catholic highland) revolt..
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Culloden Battlefield
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15 mins drive away... huge visitor centre, experiences and shops, and the battlefield itself (or some say it's not quite the right spot)...last battle fought in the UK which ended the Jacobite (catholic highland) revolt..
20 mins drive... Impressive fort and military museum..
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Fort George
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20 mins drive... Impressive fort and military museum..
under an hour driving... how Scotland used to be, a trip back in time...has an 'Outlander' day early June each year
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Highland Folk Museum
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under an hour driving... how Scotland used to be, a trip back in time...has an 'Outlander' day early June each year
45 mins drive away... this is the real deal...you can feel the hustle and bustle of Redcoats in this remote base guarding the main road North...'enemy' territory all around...
Ruthven Barracks
45 mins drive away... this is the real deal...you can feel the hustle and bustle of Redcoats in this remote base guarding the main road North...'enemy' territory all around...
40 mins drive... NTS owned castle in beautiful grounds...great little walk around the lake with bird hides... Check out Brodie Countryfare and Culbin Forest while you're in the area..
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Brodie Castle
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40 mins drive... NTS owned castle in beautiful grounds...great little walk around the lake with bird hides... Check out Brodie Countryfare and Culbin Forest while you're in the area..
It's ABERTARFF House ...in the town centre, 20 mins walk away the oldest house in Inverness - a National Trust for Scotland Property
Little Red Light House
Trans-Manhattan Expy
It's ABERTARFF House ...in the town centre, 20 mins walk away the oldest house in Inverness - a National Trust for Scotland Property
2 hours 20 mins drive... full to the brim of all things Glencoe; stunning scenery, bloody history, and the home of Scottish mountaineering
Glencoe Visitors Centre
2 hours 20 mins drive... full to the brim of all things Glencoe; stunning scenery, bloody history, and the home of Scottish mountaineering
an hour and forty mins drive... another National Trust for Scotland property - site of one of the bloodiest Jacobite battles...real Outlander country...
Killiecrankie
an hour and forty mins drive... another National Trust for Scotland property - site of one of the bloodiest Jacobite battles...real Outlander country...
30 mins drive - site of a major battle long ago...
Battle Hill
30 mins drive - site of a major battle long ago...
Wildlife
About forty-five minutes drive away... An offshoot of Edinburgh Zoo....wolves, polar bears and a tiger!!
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RZSS Highland Wildlife Park
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About forty-five minutes drive away... An offshoot of Edinburgh Zoo....wolves, polar bears and a tiger!!
30 mins drive away... watch the dolphins from the beach..
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Chanonry Point
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30 mins drive away... watch the dolphins from the beach..
Other outdoor activities
Just over an hour away...top mountain biking!
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Laggan Wolftrax Mountain Biking Trail Centre
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Just over an hour away...top mountain biking!
45 mins drive away... lots of water based outdoor sports and a not half bad restaurant..
Loch Insh Outdoor Centre
45 mins drive away... lots of water based outdoor sports and a not half bad restaurant..
40 mins drive... home of local MTB club. runs for all skill levels.
Learnie Red Rock trails
40 mins drive... home of local MTB club. runs for all skill levels.
about two hours drive, plus a short walk in... THE railway bridge from the Harry Potter films
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Glenfinnan Viaduct View Point
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about two hours drive, plus a short walk in... THE railway bridge from the Harry Potter films
45 mins drive away lots of rides and challenges for kids (and the rest of us) - big water slides, nature walks, high ropes, roller-coaster...
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Landmark Forest Adventure Park
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45 mins drive away lots of rides and challenges for kids (and the rest of us) - big water slides, nature walks, high ropes, roller-coaster...
30 mins drive away... Mountain Biking and walking trails...great for all ages!
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Abriachan Forest Trust
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30 mins drive away... Mountain Biking and walking trails...great for all ages!
45 mins drive away.. great network of walks and bicycle runs (MTB not needed) with huge beach to the north...
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Culbin Forest
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45 mins drive away.. great network of walks and bicycle runs (MTB not needed) with huge beach to the north...
50 mins drive... excellent inland water sports venue and beach...
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Loch Morlich Watersports
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50 mins drive... excellent inland water sports venue and beach...
10 minute drive... trips around Loch Ness; Urquhart castle viewed close up from the water; BAR.
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Jacobite Cruises
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10 minute drive... trips around Loch Ness; Urquhart castle viewed close up from the water; BAR.
45 mins drive away.. this is NOT a Bar Airbnb! this is Scotland's National Outdoor Centre. They offer courses for all levels in winter sports, summer sports and water sports. You do not need any kit as they have plenty to lend you. They also provide instructors on a 'guide' basis.
Glenmore Lodge
45 mins drive away.. this is NOT a Bar Airbnb! this is Scotland's National Outdoor Centre. They offer courses for all levels in winter sports, summer sports and water sports. You do not need any kit as they have plenty to lend you. They also provide instructors on a 'guide' basis.
It's not Bangkok Heights Airbnb aarrgh! It's Inverness PETANQUE club. 10 mins drive, 25 mins walk away... Inverness Petanque club - see their website for times
Bangkok Heights
W 187th St
It's not Bangkok Heights Airbnb aarrgh! It's Inverness PETANQUE club. 10 mins drive, 25 mins walk away... Inverness Petanque club - see their website for times
about 40 mins drive - lovely riverside gorge walks, cafe and shops (deli, antiques, gallery, bookshop etc)
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Logie Steading
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about 40 mins drive - lovely riverside gorge walks, cafe and shops (deli, antiques, gallery, bookshop etc)
Not so good weather days (aka Indoor activities)
15 minutes walk away.... loads of things to do: gymn, indoor sports galore, climbing wall, competition pool, sauna, steamroom, flumes, wave machine, rapid river etc etc ...
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Inverness Leisure
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15 minutes walk away.... loads of things to do: gymn, indoor sports galore, climbing wall, competition pool, sauna, steamroom, flumes, wave machine, rapid river etc etc ...
Twenty mins walk away... Theatre, music, opera, shows of all kinds
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Eden Court Inverness
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Twenty mins walk away... Theatre, music, opera, shows of all kinds
30 mins walk away (has it's own multi-storey)… shops galore...including coffee shops and nearby pubs for those less 'retail' inclined
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Eastgate Shopping Centre
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30 mins walk away (has it's own multi-storey)… shops galore...including coffee shops and nearby pubs for those less 'retail' inclined
15 mins walk... ten-pin bowling, arcades, pool and a wee café and bar...STRIKE! there are usually some 2for1 vouchers (any sized group) pinned to the kitchen board
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Rollerbowl
167 Culduthel Road
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15 mins walk... ten-pin bowling, arcades, pool and a wee café and bar...STRIKE! there are usually some 2for1 vouchers (any sized group) pinned to the kitchen board
15 mins walk... All things ice based: skating, curling and hockey.
Inverness Ice Centre
15 mins walk... All things ice based: skating, curling and hockey.
15 mins walk... ...and no crashing the people in front to get passed - apparently that's not allowed
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Inverness Kart Raceway
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15 mins walk... ...and no crashing the people in front to get passed - apparently that's not allowed
Mountains, hills and walks
about an hour's drive away, and that's just the start.. Inverness's local Munro.
Ben Wyvis
about an hour's drive away, and that's just the start.. Inverness's local Munro.
20 mins drive away and it's not Leachkin it's An Leacainn!! short easy walk to great 360 degree viewpoint showing great views of inverness
Leachkin
20 mins drive away and it's not Leachkin it's An Leacainn!! short easy walk to great 360 degree viewpoint showing great views of inverness
45 mins away... this is a 'Graham' so not an insubstantial walk, but well worth it for the end to end views of Loch Ness
Meall Fuar-mhonaidh
45 mins away... this is a 'Graham' so not an insubstantial walk, but well worth it for the end to end views of Loch Ness
40 mins drive and either the funicular railway or 30 mins walk to finish... it's not going to win Michelin stars anytime soon, but it's good solid fare and the views are amazing...plus you can walk a bit further on a very easy path you can reach the Cairn Gorm summit and cross off a Munro..
Ptarmigan Restaurant
40 mins drive and either the funicular railway or 30 mins walk to finish... it's not going to win Michelin stars anytime soon, but it's good solid fare and the views are amazing...plus you can walk a bit further on a very easy path you can reach the Cairn Gorm summit and cross off a Munro..
an hour's drive away... Stunning National Trust for Scotland estate...great walk circuit...
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Glen Affric
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an hour's drive away... Stunning National Trust for Scotland estate...great walk circuit...
1 hour 45 mins away... Another National Trust for Scotland property - spectacular walk by the water amongst the 'big trees'...
Linn of Tummel
1 hour 45 mins away... Another National Trust for Scotland property - spectacular walk by the water amongst the 'big trees'...
Gardens & garden centres
30 mins walk through The Islands and over the River Ness... a must for all the horticulturists, and a great wee café
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Inverness Botanic Gardens
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30 mins walk through The Islands and over the River Ness... a must for all the horticulturists, and a great wee café
20 mins drive... best local garden centre run by a great plantsman and his family. super coffee shop and food too!
Munro's
20 mins drive... best local garden centre run by a great plantsman and his family. super coffee shop and food too!
20 mins drive... another great local garden centre..
Abriachan Nurseries, The Garden On Loch Ness
20 mins drive... another great local garden centre..
1 hour 45 mins... terrific garden and visitor centre/cafe. rhododendrons and azaleas in particular.
Inverewe Garden
1 hour 45 mins... terrific garden and visitor centre/cafe. rhododendrons and azaleas in particular.
Beaches
45 mins drive away... enormous beach, putting, mini-golf, great wee café at the harbour...
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Nairn Beach
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45 mins drive away... enormous beach, putting, mini-golf, great wee café at the harbour...
an hours drive away... enormous fairly quiet beach. Dornoch worth a visit for lunch - the church is where Madonna married Guy Ritchie
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Dornoch Beach
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an hours drive away... enormous fairly quiet beach. Dornoch worth a visit for lunch - the church is where Madonna married Guy Ritchie
30 mins drive away.. small, family type beach good for paddling...
Rosemarkie Bay
30 mins drive away.. small, family type beach good for paddling...
about 2 hours drive...but what a drive! fabulous beach at the end of a single track road! the Badachro Inn you pass on the way there and back is well known for its food..
Red Point
about 2 hours drive...but what a drive! fabulous beach at the end of a single track road! the Badachro Inn you pass on the way there and back is well known for its food..
15 mins drive... well known pebble beach at the north-east end of Loch Ness. great views and Dores Inn, a great pub serving very good food
Dores Beach
15 mins drive... well known pebble beach at the north-east end of Loch Ness. great views and Dores Inn, a great pub serving very good food