Hopp til innhold

Guide to attractions, things to do and places to eat & drink

Joanne

Guide to attractions, things to do and places to eat & drink

Traditional music and local beers
Known locally as Hoots, this is an award winning pub with foot tapping trad music and great food too! Make sure to get up off your chair for a birl (spin round the dance floor) to some great Scottish tunes. If you don't know what you're doing, don't worry - the locals will show you!
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Hootenanny
14 Bridge St
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Known locally as Hoots, this is an award winning pub with foot tapping trad music and great food too! Make sure to get up off your chair for a birl (spin round the dance floor) to some great Scottish tunes. If you don't know what you're doing, don't worry - the locals will show you!
MacGregor's is a fairly new addition to Inverness. The owner, Bruce MacGregor is himself a fiddle player. A great place to sit and listen to trad music while enjoying a beer or two or three. They also serve great food if you're hungry! Nice outdoor seating space too.
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MacGregor's
109-113 Academy St
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MacGregor's is a fairly new addition to Inverness. The owner, Bruce MacGregor is himself a fiddle player. A great place to sit and listen to trad music while enjoying a beer or two or three. They also serve great food if you're hungry! Nice outdoor seating space too.
Johnny Foxes pub and restaurant is a really popular (and busy!) place for locals and visitors alike. Bands play a variety of music genres throughout the week and there's also a club called The Den with a resident DJ right next door. It serves your usual pub grub to a good standard and its reasonably priced. There is a seating area outside and it's right next to the river.
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Johnny Foxes
26 Bank St
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Johnny Foxes pub and restaurant is a really popular (and busy!) place for locals and visitors alike. Bands play a variety of music genres throughout the week and there's also a club called The Den with a resident DJ right next door. It serves your usual pub grub to a good standard and its reasonably priced. There is a seating area outside and it's right next to the river.
The legendary Gellions Bar is the oldest pub in Inverness and dates back to 1841. There's live music seven days a week and Saturday afternoons are not to be missed! I've spent many a time in this place with my friends, after a boozy girls lunch and it's an absolute hoot. Dancing the Gay Gordon's in a very small space to house band Schiehallion, playing traditional Scottish music, while holding your drink is not for the faint hearted! It can get very crowded, but don't let that put you off. The bar service is impressively efficient, despite the numbers vying to get served!
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Gellions Bar
14 Bridge St
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The legendary Gellions Bar is the oldest pub in Inverness and dates back to 1841. There's live music seven days a week and Saturday afternoons are not to be missed! I've spent many a time in this place with my friends, after a boozy girls lunch and it's an absolute hoot. Dancing the Gay Gordon's in a very small space to house band Schiehallion, playing traditional Scottish music, while holding your drink is not for the faint hearted! It can get very crowded, but don't let that put you off. The bar service is impressively efficient, despite the numbers vying to get served!
Restaurants and cafes
If you're celebrating a special occasion, or just want to push the boat out, head to my favourite restaurant. The food is delicious, great service and it's right next the river. You won't be disappointed.
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Rocpool
1 Ness Walk
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If you're celebrating a special occasion, or just want to push the boat out, head to my favourite restaurant. The food is delicious, great service and it's right next the river. You won't be disappointed.
Lovely, cosy bistro serving good food and cocktails - what more could you want?
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Fig & Thistle
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Lovely, cosy bistro serving good food and cocktails - what more could you want?
Brunch, lunch or coffee and cake. Girvan's is a must. But beware, you'll have to queue to get in.
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Girvans
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Brunch, lunch or coffee and cake. Girvan's is a must. But beware, you'll have to queue to get in.
Good food and great range of local beers. Outside seating area for a close up view of Inverness Castle and it's dog friendly!
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The Castle Tavern
1 View Pl
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Good food and great range of local beers. Outside seating area for a close up view of Inverness Castle and it's dog friendly!
Located right next to the river, this is another of my favs. A converted church, with woodburning stove - it's a great place to go for lunch or dinner on a chilly day! And let's face it, we have more than our fair share of chilly days in Inverness! All ingredients are locally sourced and the menu is reasonably priced.
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The Mustard Seed Restaurant
16 Fraser St
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Located right next to the river, this is another of my favs. A converted church, with woodburning stove - it's a great place to go for lunch or dinner on a chilly day! And let's face it, we have more than our fair share of chilly days in Inverness! All ingredients are locally sourced and the menu is reasonably priced.
If you're looking for good, no nonsense tasty grub, you won't go far wrong at Urquhart's. Very reasonably priced if you're on a budget.
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Urquhart's Restaurant
2 Young St
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If you're looking for good, no nonsense tasty grub, you won't go far wrong at Urquhart's. Very reasonably priced if you're on a budget.
Set right next to the river, Contrast offers lunch, early birds or the full works. Not the cheapest restaurant in town, but one of the nicest. Go on, push the boat out.
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Contrast Brasserie Inverness
20 Ness Bank
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Set right next to the river, Contrast offers lunch, early birds or the full works. Not the cheapest restaurant in town, but one of the nicest. Go on, push the boat out.
Laid out on three floors, each with a view of the river and castle. So no matter where you sit, you'll have a great vista while you scoff down some yummy grub.
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The Kitchen Restaurant
15 Huntly St
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Laid out on three floors, each with a view of the river and castle. So no matter where you sit, you'll have a great vista while you scoff down some yummy grub.
Locally brewed beer, a dazzling choice of whisky and wood fired pizzas - happy days. There's an outside space upstairs and they're dog friendly too!
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Black Isle Bar & Rooms
68 Church St
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Locally brewed beer, a dazzling choice of whisky and wood fired pizzas - happy days. There's an outside space upstairs and they're dog friendly too!
Our local garden centre - but it's so much more! Head here if you're after a belt busting breakfast, lunch or a coffee and cake. They also stock a fantastic range of local produce and gifts if you're looking to take a wee something home with you. Only 5 minutes away by car, or a twenty minute walk from our house.
Simpsons Garden Centre
4 Inshes View
Our local garden centre - but it's so much more! Head here if you're after a belt busting breakfast, lunch or a coffee and cake. They also stock a fantastic range of local produce and gifts if you're looking to take a wee something home with you. Only 5 minutes away by car, or a twenty minute walk from our house.
Yummy food on the banks of the Caledonian Canal. All locally sourced ingredients and they also have a really lovely gift shop. Dogs welcome too, so an added bonus if you have a four legged friend. Great place for breakfast, lunch or coffee and cake. 10 minutes from our home.
An Talla
Yummy food on the banks of the Caledonian Canal. All locally sourced ingredients and they also have a really lovely gift shop. Dogs welcome too, so an added bonus if you have a four legged friend. Great place for breakfast, lunch or coffee and cake. 10 minutes from our home.
Fancy lunch or dinner in an oak-panelled restaurant with roaring fire and wrought iron Jacobean chandeliers? Of course you do! The ingredients are all locally sourced - a great place to try a bit of venison or a traditional Sunday roast. If the weather is kind, you can also dine al fresco on the patio. Reasonably priced and 10 minutes drive from our home.
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Cawdor Tavern
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Fancy lunch or dinner in an oak-panelled restaurant with roaring fire and wrought iron Jacobean chandeliers? Of course you do! The ingredients are all locally sourced - a great place to try a bit of venison or a traditional Sunday roast. If the weather is kind, you can also dine al fresco on the patio. Reasonably priced and 10 minutes drive from our home.
This is a family favourite when we want something quick and hearty to eat. You know - those nights when you just can't be bothered cooking?! I particularly like visiting in the winter when the fires are roaring in the hearth and I'm nursing a large glass of red! They serve good value country club classics like steak pie, fish and chips and gammon steak. It's by no means cordon bleu - just hearty, tasty and filling! There's also a lovely beer garden to sit out and eat when the sun is shining. The building itself has a historic past, housing Redcoats after the Jacobite uprising and dates from the 1700s. Five minutes by car from our home.
The Snow Goose
This is a family favourite when we want something quick and hearty to eat. You know - those nights when you just can't be bothered cooking?! I particularly like visiting in the winter when the fires are roaring in the hearth and I'm nursing a large glass of red! They serve good value country club classics like steak pie, fish and chips and gammon steak. It's by no means cordon bleu - just hearty, tasty and filling! There's also a lovely beer garden to sit out and eat when the sun is shining. The building itself has a historic past, housing Redcoats after the Jacobite uprising and dates from the 1700s. Five minutes by car from our home.
Another family favourite - and I think it's safe to say, the most popular Indian restaurant in town and definitely the longest established. If you're partial to a curry, then you won't be disappointed. Located in city centre.
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Rajah
2 Post Office Ave
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Another family favourite - and I think it's safe to say, the most popular Indian restaurant in town and definitely the longest established. If you're partial to a curry, then you won't be disappointed. Located in city centre.
It doesn't matter where you are - a visit to the Bad Girl Bakery and Cafe has to be on your to-do list. The cakes ARE TO DIE FOR! They also do soups, sandwiches and pies if you're feeling peckish. Get yourself to Muir of Ord tout suit! You won't regret it. 15 minutes by car from our home.
Bad Girls Bakery Cafe
It doesn't matter where you are - a visit to the Bad Girl Bakery and Cafe has to be on your to-do list. The cakes ARE TO DIE FOR! They also do soups, sandwiches and pies if you're feeling peckish. Get yourself to Muir of Ord tout suit! You won't regret it. 15 minutes by car from our home.
Our friendly local pub is a max 15 minute walk from our home. Whether you're looking for somewhere to go for a drink or some cheap and cheerful 'pub grub', you'll be assured of a warm welcome. Usually shows football matches too.
The Fluke
Our friendly local pub is a max 15 minute walk from our home. Whether you're looking for somewhere to go for a drink or some cheap and cheerful 'pub grub', you'll be assured of a warm welcome. Usually shows football matches too.
Cafe One is a stylish but informal restaurant/bar in the heart of Inverness with friendly vibe and open plan kitchen. It's mid range price wise and you won't be disappointed at the end of your meal - fingers crossed! Their malteser ice cream is particularly yummy!
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Cafe One
75 Castle St
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Cafe One is a stylish but informal restaurant/bar in the heart of Inverness with friendly vibe and open plan kitchen. It's mid range price wise and you won't be disappointed at the end of your meal - fingers crossed! Their malteser ice cream is particularly yummy!
Outdoor activities and things to do
Enjoy beautiful trails among ancient Caledonian pine trees. Great for walking or biking. Stop by the mesmerising Green Loch or head up to Ryvoan Pass.
Glenmore Forest Park Visitor Centre
Enjoy beautiful trails among ancient Caledonian pine trees. Great for walking or biking. Stop by the mesmerising Green Loch or head up to Ryvoan Pass.
If you're into hillwalking, why not head up our local 'Munro' (mountain over 3000 feet) Ben Wyvis? It's local, not because it's the closest, but because you can see it from Inverness - there's a good view of it from the end of my road! There's a well constructed path all the way, meaning it's a straightforward walk in summer, albeit you do need to reasonably fit. Don't attempt if it's got its winter coat on, or in low cloud, unless you're experienced, have a map and compass and know how to use them. Once you've reached the summit, pat yourself on the back and enjoy the wonderful views. It's around 5 hours up and down depending on your level of fitness. 1hr 20min by car from our home.
Ben Wyvis National Nature Reserve
If you're into hillwalking, why not head up our local 'Munro' (mountain over 3000 feet) Ben Wyvis? It's local, not because it's the closest, but because you can see it from Inverness - there's a good view of it from the end of my road! There's a well constructed path all the way, meaning it's a straightforward walk in summer, albeit you do need to reasonably fit. Don't attempt if it's got its winter coat on, or in low cloud, unless you're experienced, have a map and compass and know how to use them. Once you've reached the summit, pat yourself on the back and enjoy the wonderful views. It's around 5 hours up and down depending on your level of fitness. 1hr 20min by car from our home.
Tigers, wolves, pandas, camels, snow leopards - all in the Highlands of Scotland! There's also animals and birds indigenous to Scotland too - so it is worth a visit as they have a great education programme and the park does important conservation work. If you'd like to see Wee Hamish, the baby polar bear - you need to be quick, as he moves to Yorkshire at the end of October. Awe! 45 minutes by car from our home.
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RZSS Highland Wildlife Park
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Tigers, wolves, pandas, camels, snow leopards - all in the Highlands of Scotland! There's also animals and birds indigenous to Scotland too - so it is worth a visit as they have a great education programme and the park does important conservation work. If you'd like to see Wee Hamish, the baby polar bear - you need to be quick, as he moves to Yorkshire at the end of October. Awe! 45 minutes by car from our home.
The most popular place to see dolphins is probably a good indicator of the best place to see them! That’s Chanonry Point between Fortrose and Rosemarkie on the Black Isle. Half an hour North of Inverness, this narrow peninsula is an ideal location with views across the Moray Firth to Fort George. Dolphin activity here is influenced by tidal conditions. Dolphins at Chanonry Point can be seen at anytime (and not at all!) but the best time to see them is usually on a rising tide. From around 1 hour after low tide, the tide turns and dolphins start to chase fish in. This means if you know tide times for a particular day, you can work out the best time to see dolphins at Chanonry Point. There is no guarantee of seeing dolphins but you can maximise your chances.
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Chanonry Point
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The most popular place to see dolphins is probably a good indicator of the best place to see them! That’s Chanonry Point between Fortrose and Rosemarkie on the Black Isle. Half an hour North of Inverness, this narrow peninsula is an ideal location with views across the Moray Firth to Fort George. Dolphin activity here is influenced by tidal conditions. Dolphins at Chanonry Point can be seen at anytime (and not at all!) but the best time to see them is usually on a rising tide. From around 1 hour after low tide, the tide turns and dolphins start to chase fish in. This means if you know tide times for a particular day, you can work out the best time to see dolphins at Chanonry Point. There is no guarantee of seeing dolphins but you can maximise your chances.
The River Ness flows through the heart of the city. Head to the beautiful Ness Islands, situated in the river and connected by suspension bridges, built in Victorian times. Myself and my friends (and my children) spent many a summer jumping off the bridges into the river below! The paths around the Islands are level and suitable for all abilities. It's also a popular spot to watch people fly fish for salmon.
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River Ness
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The River Ness flows through the heart of the city. Head to the beautiful Ness Islands, situated in the river and connected by suspension bridges, built in Victorian times. Myself and my friends (and my children) spent many a summer jumping off the bridges into the river below! The paths around the Islands are level and suitable for all abilities. It's also a popular spot to watch people fly fish for salmon.
The Caledonian Canal was completed in 1822 and designed by the famous engineer Thomas Telford. It links Inverness and the North Sea with Fort William and the Atlantic Ocean - our very own shortcut! It's a lovely walk along the banks and one of my favourite things to do is stand at the lock gates and watch the engineering in practice as boats are raised and lowered as they journey along the canal.
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Caledoniakanalen
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The Caledonian Canal was completed in 1822 and designed by the famous engineer Thomas Telford. It links Inverness and the North Sea with Fort William and the Atlantic Ocean - our very own shortcut! It's a lovely walk along the banks and one of my favourite things to do is stand at the lock gates and watch the engineering in practice as boats are raised and lowered as they journey along the canal.
18 hole championship course, driving range, golf shop and restaurant. It's open to visitors and just a five minute drive from our home. Beautiful views await - but it's quite a hilly and long course, so beware!
Loch Ness Golf Club
18 hole championship course, driving range, golf shop and restaurant. It's open to visitors and just a five minute drive from our home. Beautiful views await - but it's quite a hilly and long course, so beware!
The Kings Golf Club was established in 2019 and designed by Stuart Rennie. Originally Torvean Golf Club, a new Club House was built and an 18 Hole Championship Golf Course with a driving range and practice area. Views from the 12th hole are particularly impressive, overlooking Inverness City, down the Moray Firth and over the hills to the South. There's a bar, lounge a pro-shop and it's open to visitors. It's 10/15 minutes from our house by car.
Torvean Golf Course
The Kings Golf Club was established in 2019 and designed by Stuart Rennie. Originally Torvean Golf Club, a new Club House was built and an 18 Hole Championship Golf Course with a driving range and practice area. Views from the 12th hole are particularly impressive, overlooking Inverness City, down the Moray Firth and over the hills to the South. There's a bar, lounge a pro-shop and it's open to visitors. It's 10/15 minutes from our house by car.
Aigas golf course is one of the Highland’s hidden 9 hole gems, nestling spectacularly between Aigas forest and the peaceful river Beauly and just a short drive from Inverness. It's well manicured and offers a great challenge to golfers of all levels. You'll enjoy wide undulating fairways and large greens and the signature hole is the sixth ‘Gorge’ where the fairway follows a dog leg in the river Beauly before it plunges through the gorge at ‘An Druim’. A slice off the tee here will end with a ‘splash’. There is a well equipped practice area and the golf pavilion provides light refreshments, golfing items and tourist information. Golf Club, trolley and Buggy hire (booking advised) are all available.
Aigas Golf Course
Aigas golf course is one of the Highland’s hidden 9 hole gems, nestling spectacularly between Aigas forest and the peaceful river Beauly and just a short drive from Inverness. It's well manicured and offers a great challenge to golfers of all levels. You'll enjoy wide undulating fairways and large greens and the signature hole is the sixth ‘Gorge’ where the fairway follows a dog leg in the river Beauly before it plunges through the gorge at ‘An Druim’. A slice off the tee here will end with a ‘splash’. There is a well equipped practice area and the golf pavilion provides light refreshments, golfing items and tourist information. Golf Club, trolley and Buggy hire (booking advised) are all available.
Also know as Aonach Mor (the name of the mountain) this is one of my favourite places to ski in the winter and hill walk. The mighty Ben Nevis (UK's highest mountain) is its next door neighbour and I just love this place. The mountain gondola transports you to the top to access skiing in the winter, walking and mountain biking. If that all sounds a bit strenuous, then just go up for a bite to eat at the Snowgoose restaurant and admire the scenery. There's also a cafe at the base station too. It's a 1hr 45min drive from Inverness, but the journey - oh! You drive down through the Great Glen, past Loch Ness, Loch Oich and Loch Lochy - so although it's a wee bit of a haul, the scenery is breathtaking. I've done day trips to ski and walked here many, many times. You just have to get up early and get home late! A stop off in Fort Augustus for the best fish and chips is an added bonus.
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Nevis Range Mountain Resort
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Also know as Aonach Mor (the name of the mountain) this is one of my favourite places to ski in the winter and hill walk. The mighty Ben Nevis (UK's highest mountain) is its next door neighbour and I just love this place. The mountain gondola transports you to the top to access skiing in the winter, walking and mountain biking. If that all sounds a bit strenuous, then just go up for a bite to eat at the Snowgoose restaurant and admire the scenery. There's also a cafe at the base station too. It's a 1hr 45min drive from Inverness, but the journey - oh! You drive down through the Great Glen, past Loch Ness, Loch Oich and Loch Lochy - so although it's a wee bit of a haul, the scenery is breathtaking. I've done day trips to ski and walked here many, many times. You just have to get up early and get home late! A stop off in Fort Augustus for the best fish and chips is an added bonus.
I love taking my friend's dog here for walks - she loves swimming in all the pools. It's in a hidden glen, not far from Inverness and is a small and steep-sided reserve in a broadleaf woodland. Follow the winding footpath to discover beautiful waterfalls, while keeping an eye out for buzzards circling overhead or a grey heron stalking fish along the glittering stream. Visit the fishing village of Rosemarkie for some refreshments after you walk. If you're feeling energenic, take a walk along Rosemarkie's beautiful beach. 25 minutes by car from our home.
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Fairy Glen Falls
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I love taking my friend's dog here for walks - she loves swimming in all the pools. It's in a hidden glen, not far from Inverness and is a small and steep-sided reserve in a broadleaf woodland. Follow the winding footpath to discover beautiful waterfalls, while keeping an eye out for buzzards circling overhead or a grey heron stalking fish along the glittering stream. Visit the fishing village of Rosemarkie for some refreshments after you walk. If you're feeling energenic, take a walk along Rosemarkie's beautiful beach. 25 minutes by car from our home.
The Fall of Foyers is a spectacular 140ft waterfall on the River Foyers, which drops into a gorge leading to Loch Ness. A well maintained path leads steeply down forested slopes to a viewpoint overlooking the Falls of Foyers. There's a circular walking route from the village of Foyers and it's around 3 miles and takes around 1-2 hours depending on how many times to stop to take pics! Beware, it's very steep and only suitable for those without any mobility issues. 15 minutes by car from our home.
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Falls of Foyers
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The Fall of Foyers is a spectacular 140ft waterfall on the River Foyers, which drops into a gorge leading to Loch Ness. A well maintained path leads steeply down forested slopes to a viewpoint overlooking the Falls of Foyers. There's a circular walking route from the village of Foyers and it's around 3 miles and takes around 1-2 hours depending on how many times to stop to take pics! Beware, it's very steep and only suitable for those without any mobility issues. 15 minutes by car from our home.
Sit yourself down on the pebble beach and drink in the view of Loch Ness, right down the fault line of the Great Glen. It's jaw droppingly beautiful. If you're brave, why not take a dip in the chilly waters of Loch Ness? But watch Nessie doesn't nibble your toes. There's a lovely circular walk that takes you along the pebble beach, then follow the woodland path along the shore line to Aldourie and around Torr Point to return to the Dores Inn. It's a great walk to spot wildlife such as red squirrels. It takes around and hour and you can reward yourself with a pint of something fizzy at Dores Inn when you're finished! Take a towel for drying your tootsies and a blanket for sitting on the beach. 15 mins by car from our home.
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Dores Beach
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Sit yourself down on the pebble beach and drink in the view of Loch Ness, right down the fault line of the Great Glen. It's jaw droppingly beautiful. If you're brave, why not take a dip in the chilly waters of Loch Ness? But watch Nessie doesn't nibble your toes. There's a lovely circular walk that takes you along the pebble beach, then follow the woodland path along the shore line to Aldourie and around Torr Point to return to the Dores Inn. It's a great walk to spot wildlife such as red squirrels. It takes around and hour and you can reward yourself with a pint of something fizzy at Dores Inn when you're finished! Take a towel for drying your tootsies and a blanket for sitting on the beach. 15 mins by car from our home.
A superb viewpoint over the Beauly and Moray Firths. Lots of lovely walking trails and a great place for mountain biking. 10 minutes by car from our home.
Ord Hill
A superb viewpoint over the Beauly and Moray Firths. Lots of lovely walking trails and a great place for mountain biking. 10 minutes by car from our home.
A really lovely little 9 hole course (go round twice for 18) in the pretty village of Carrbridge, gateway to the Cairngorm national park. It's friendly and very welcoming to visitors. Surrounded by forest and mountain scenery, it's a wee cracker of a course. Before or after your game, take a short walk into the village centre to see the ancient packhorse bridge - the oldest stone bridge in the Highlands. 25 minute drive from our house.
Carrbridge Golf Club
A really lovely little 9 hole course (go round twice for 18) in the pretty village of Carrbridge, gateway to the Cairngorm national park. It's friendly and very welcoming to visitors. Surrounded by forest and mountain scenery, it's a wee cracker of a course. Before or after your game, take a short walk into the village centre to see the ancient packhorse bridge - the oldest stone bridge in the Highlands. 25 minute drive from our house.
Inverness Leisure has 2 large swimming pools - either serious lane-swimming in the competition pool or a splash around in the leisure pool. 10 minutes by car from our home.
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Inverness Leisure
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Inverness Leisure has 2 large swimming pools - either serious lane-swimming in the competition pool or a splash around in the leisure pool. 10 minutes by car from our home.
If skating is your thing, our ice rink is a 10 minute drive away. Skates for hire and there's a wee cafe there too. Great place to head if the rain gods are angry!
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Inverness Ice Centre
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If skating is your thing, our ice rink is a 10 minute drive away. Skates for hire and there's a wee cafe there too. Great place to head if the rain gods are angry!
Bowling lanes, pool tables and cafe. It's just along the road from our home and good place to head when the weather's wet.
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Rollerbowl
167 Culduthel Road
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Bowling lanes, pool tables and cafe. It's just along the road from our home and good place to head when the weather's wet.
This lovely sandy beach in the middle of Nairn is very popular, particularly in the summer months. We've had many a family picnic on this beach! It has beautiful views across the Moray Firth to the Black Isle and its coastline is home to a resident school of dolphins. There is also a great range of coastal walks in either direction. Grab an ice cream from the wee parlour next to promenade and enjoy! 20 minutes from our home.
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Nairn Beach
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This lovely sandy beach in the middle of Nairn is very popular, particularly in the summer months. We've had many a family picnic on this beach! It has beautiful views across the Moray Firth to the Black Isle and its coastline is home to a resident school of dolphins. There is also a great range of coastal walks in either direction. Grab an ice cream from the wee parlour next to promenade and enjoy! 20 minutes from our home.
Rothiemurchus Estate is a smorgasbord of outdoor activities! Clay pigeon shooting, pony trekking, treezone, mountain biking, bike hire, guided wildlife watching and treks, archery, tennis, hairy coo safari!!! Oh my goodness, there is so much to do, you'll be spoilt for choice! Located in the outskirts of Aviemore - 35 minutes from our home.
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Rothiemurchus
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Rothiemurchus Estate is a smorgasbord of outdoor activities! Clay pigeon shooting, pony trekking, treezone, mountain biking, bike hire, guided wildlife watching and treks, archery, tennis, hairy coo safari!!! Oh my goodness, there is so much to do, you'll be spoilt for choice! Located in the outskirts of Aviemore - 35 minutes from our home.
Yes, you read right! This place was a favourite haunt (no pun intended) of my childhood as I lived right beside it. If you love browsing (is that the right verb?!) around old gravestones, then look no further. But the main reason I've included this place is the views you'll enjoy after a lovely walk up to the top of the cemetery hill - it's a truly magical place! The hill was formed by glaciers and has old graves on the hill itself and newer ones circling it. Locally, it's also known as the fairy hill and the story goes that two fiddlers were once lured in, to play on a night of feasting. When they returned the next morning to breathe the fresh air of Tomnahurich hill, they crumbled to dust. And the Brahan Seer (predictor of the future who lived on the Black Isle in the 17th century) made two true predictions concerning Tomnahurich graveyard in the middle of the 17th century: "Strange as it may seem to you this day, the time will come, and it is not far off when full-rigged ships will be sailing eastward and west by the back of Tomnahurich Hill." The Caledonian Canal, built and completed in 1822, connects the Great Glen with the sea and many ships take the route right behind the hill. How could the canal be foreseen two centuries before it was built? Second prediction: "The day will come when Tomnahurich (the fairy hill) will be under lock and key, with spirits secured within." Tomnahurich graveyard, Inverness was established three centuries after the Brahan Seer's lifetime. Spooky eh?! But well worth a visit - just don't visit in the dark. 10 minutes from our house by car.
Tomnahurich Cemetery Hill
Yes, you read right! This place was a favourite haunt (no pun intended) of my childhood as I lived right beside it. If you love browsing (is that the right verb?!) around old gravestones, then look no further. But the main reason I've included this place is the views you'll enjoy after a lovely walk up to the top of the cemetery hill - it's a truly magical place! The hill was formed by glaciers and has old graves on the hill itself and newer ones circling it. Locally, it's also known as the fairy hill and the story goes that two fiddlers were once lured in, to play on a night of feasting. When they returned the next morning to breathe the fresh air of Tomnahurich hill, they crumbled to dust. And the Brahan Seer (predictor of the future who lived on the Black Isle in the 17th century) made two true predictions concerning Tomnahurich graveyard in the middle of the 17th century: "Strange as it may seem to you this day, the time will come, and it is not far off when full-rigged ships will be sailing eastward and west by the back of Tomnahurich Hill." The Caledonian Canal, built and completed in 1822, connects the Great Glen with the sea and many ships take the route right behind the hill. How could the canal be foreseen two centuries before it was built? Second prediction: "The day will come when Tomnahurich (the fairy hill) will be under lock and key, with spirits secured within." Tomnahurich graveyard, Inverness was established three centuries after the Brahan Seer's lifetime. Spooky eh?! But well worth a visit - just don't visit in the dark. 10 minutes from our house by car.
Yes, that's me - rocking the pink look in my happy place. In just 45 minutes, you'll be in skiing or snowboarding heaven. You just need to do the snow dance first! For those into hillwalking, there's lots of walks. Cairngorm is a Munro (mountain over 3000 feet) and Ben Macdui is next door - the UK's second highest mountain at 4294 feet. If you plan to climb any hills around the Cairngorm National Park, they can be tricky to navigate in poor weather or low cloud, so you need a map and compass and the knowledge to use them!
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Cairngorm Mountain
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Yes, that's me - rocking the pink look in my happy place. In just 45 minutes, you'll be in skiing or snowboarding heaven. You just need to do the snow dance first! For those into hillwalking, there's lots of walks. Cairngorm is a Munro (mountain over 3000 feet) and Ben Macdui is next door - the UK's second highest mountain at 4294 feet. If you plan to climb any hills around the Cairngorm National Park, they can be tricky to navigate in poor weather or low cloud, so you need a map and compass and the knowledge to use them!
Another favourite haunt of mine, both as a child, playing with my friends on the many rope swings, or now out for a Sunday stroll. Craig Phadrig once had a fort at the top of the hill, in the Iron Age around 300 BC and occupied as the headquarters of a powerful Pictish king. It’s been suggested that St Columba met the Pictish king Bridei here in 565 AD and converted him to Christianity, and because of the dip in the hill at the top, some say it's an extinct volcano! The walls of the fort are easy to see as an oval shaped mound at the top of the hill. There's lots of paths to explore the forest, with glimpses through the trees of Inverness and the Beauly Firth, towards another ancient hillfort at Ord Hill, just across the water. 15 minutes by car from our home.
Craig Phadrig
Another favourite haunt of mine, both as a child, playing with my friends on the many rope swings, or now out for a Sunday stroll. Craig Phadrig once had a fort at the top of the hill, in the Iron Age around 300 BC and occupied as the headquarters of a powerful Pictish king. It’s been suggested that St Columba met the Pictish king Bridei here in 565 AD and converted him to Christianity, and because of the dip in the hill at the top, some say it's an extinct volcano! The walls of the fort are easy to see as an oval shaped mound at the top of the hill. There's lots of paths to explore the forest, with glimpses through the trees of Inverness and the Beauly Firth, towards another ancient hillfort at Ord Hill, just across the water. 15 minutes by car from our home.
If you fancy a pleasant walk close by, then the university campus grounds is worth a wander round. There's a small lochan that attracts a plethora of wildlife including resident swans and their cygnets. Some nice wild flowering sections too.
UHI Campus
If you fancy a pleasant walk close by, then the university campus grounds is worth a wander round. There's a small lochan that attracts a plethora of wildlife including resident swans and their cygnets. Some nice wild flowering sections too.
Sightseeing and attractions
Ancestral home of the Thanes, and home to the current Cawdor family, the Castle makes for a lovely visit, with gardens, cafe and a small 9 hole golf course. 10 minutes from our home.
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Cawdor Castle and Gardens
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Ancestral home of the Thanes, and home to the current Cawdor family, the Castle makes for a lovely visit, with gardens, cafe and a small 9 hole golf course. 10 minutes from our home.
Following the 1746 defeat at Culloden of Bonnie Prince Charlie, George II created the ultimate defence against further Jacobite unrest. The result, Fort George, is the mightiest artillery fortification in Britain, if not Europe. It's a fascinating place to visit and you'll enjoy wonderful views across the Moray Firth.
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Fort George
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Following the 1746 defeat at Culloden of Bonnie Prince Charlie, George II created the ultimate defence against further Jacobite unrest. The result, Fort George, is the mightiest artillery fortification in Britain, if not Europe. It's a fascinating place to visit and you'll enjoy wonderful views across the Moray Firth.
A visit to Culloden Battlefield is powerful, highly emotive, thought provoking and emotional. It's the site of one of the most harrowing battles in British history. On the 16th April 1746, the Jacobine Rising came to an end, when Bonnie Prince Charlie and his Jacobite supporters, seeking to restore the Stuart monarchy to the British throne, gathered to fight the Duke of Cumberland’s government troops. It was the last pitched battle on British soil and, in less than an hour, around 1,600 men were slain – 1,500 of them Jacobites. The richly researched, stimulating and sensitive Culloden Visitor Centre, which stands beside the battlefield, features artefacts from both sides of the battle and interactive displays that reveal the background to the conflict. You can also walk through the battlefield - a goose bump experience.
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Culloden Battlefield
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A visit to Culloden Battlefield is powerful, highly emotive, thought provoking and emotional. It's the site of one of the most harrowing battles in British history. On the 16th April 1746, the Jacobine Rising came to an end, when Bonnie Prince Charlie and his Jacobite supporters, seeking to restore the Stuart monarchy to the British throne, gathered to fight the Duke of Cumberland’s government troops. It was the last pitched battle on British soil and, in less than an hour, around 1,600 men were slain – 1,500 of them Jacobites. The richly researched, stimulating and sensitive Culloden Visitor Centre, which stands beside the battlefield, features artefacts from both sides of the battle and interactive displays that reveal the background to the conflict. You can also walk through the battlefield - a goose bump experience.
Discover 1,000 years of drama, experience a glimpse of medieval life and enjoy stunning views over Loch Ness from the ruins of the greatest castle in the Highlands. There's a visitor centre, cafe and gift shop.
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Urquhart Castle
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Discover 1,000 years of drama, experience a glimpse of medieval life and enjoy stunning views over Loch Ness from the ruins of the greatest castle in the Highlands. There's a visitor centre, cafe and gift shop.
One of our local distilleries and my personal favourite whisky - Tomatin. A lovely soft whisky - sometimes referred to as a 'ladies whisky'! The tour includes a tasting and you can even bottle your own. 20 minute drive from our home.
The Tomatin Distillery Visitor Centre
One of our local distilleries and my personal favourite whisky - Tomatin. A lovely soft whisky - sometimes referred to as a 'ladies whisky'! The tour includes a tasting and you can even bottle your own. 20 minute drive from our home.
Nestled on the outskirts of Muir of Ord, Glen Ord Distillery is one of the Highland's hidden treasures producing liquid gold all year round. With a welcome as warm as the whisky, you'll be sure to leave satisfied after experiencing the world-famous Scottish hospitality at this 5* visitor attraction. Open all year, Glen Ord offers a range of tours to suit everyone; from the whisky novice to the connoisseur. 20 minute drive from Inverness and well worth a visit.
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Glen Ord Distillery
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Nestled on the outskirts of Muir of Ord, Glen Ord Distillery is one of the Highland's hidden treasures producing liquid gold all year round. With a welcome as warm as the whisky, you'll be sure to leave satisfied after experiencing the world-famous Scottish hospitality at this 5* visitor attraction. Open all year, Glen Ord offers a range of tours to suit everyone; from the whisky novice to the connoisseur. 20 minute drive from Inverness and well worth a visit.
Loch Ness is the second largest loch in Scotland, extending to 23 miles, just South of Inverness. It's a stunningly beautiful place, but of course the main reason folk like to visit is to try and spot our elusive Nessie - the Loch Ness Monster! Don't forget your binoculars - you might get lucky!
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Loch Ness
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Loch Ness is the second largest loch in Scotland, extending to 23 miles, just South of Inverness. It's a stunningly beautiful place, but of course the main reason folk like to visit is to try and spot our elusive Nessie - the Loch Ness Monster! Don't forget your binoculars - you might get lucky!
Beautiful formal gardens, ponds, tropical house, cactus house, wild flower meadow and much more. The Botanical Gardens is like an green emerald in the heart of the city. Cafe and even better, free entry!
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Inverness Botanic Gardens
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Beautiful formal gardens, ponds, tropical house, cactus house, wild flower meadow and much more. The Botanical Gardens is like an green emerald in the heart of the city. Cafe and even better, free entry!
The current Inverness Castle dates from 1836, and it currently houses Inverness Sheriff Court. Unfortunately, most of the castle is closed to the public, but the north tower is accessible as a viewpoint, which offers amazing 360° views of Inverness and the surrounding area. Definitely worth a visit - but you should book your slot in advance. Don't just turn up as you may be disappointed if it's busy. Pay a visit to Flora MacDonald's statue at the front of the castle. Flora is famous for helping Bonnie Prince Charlie evade government troops after the Battle of Culloden in April 1746. They escaped by boat 'over the sea to Skye' and the famous Skye Boat Song was penned to recall the journey. Flora was arrested soon after and taken to the Tower of London, but released after an amnesty was agreed. The court house is moving to a new building in late 2020, and there are plans to open up the castle fully as a visitor attraction.
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Inverness Castle
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The current Inverness Castle dates from 1836, and it currently houses Inverness Sheriff Court. Unfortunately, most of the castle is closed to the public, but the north tower is accessible as a viewpoint, which offers amazing 360° views of Inverness and the surrounding area. Definitely worth a visit - but you should book your slot in advance. Don't just turn up as you may be disappointed if it's busy. Pay a visit to Flora MacDonald's statue at the front of the castle. Flora is famous for helping Bonnie Prince Charlie evade government troops after the Battle of Culloden in April 1746. They escaped by boat 'over the sea to Skye' and the famous Skye Boat Song was penned to recall the journey. Flora was arrested soon after and taken to the Tower of London, but released after an amnesty was agreed. The court house is moving to a new building in late 2020, and there are plans to open up the castle fully as a visitor attraction.
Clava Cairns are a well-preserved Bronze Age cemetery complex of passage graves; ring cairns, kerb cairns and standing stones in a beautiful setting. A hugely significant and exceptionally well preserved prehistoric site, Clava Cairns is a fantastic example of the distant history of Highland Scotland, dating back about 4,000 years. Clava Cairns are free to visit and open year-round and 10 minutes drive from our home.
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Clava Cairns
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Clava Cairns are a well-preserved Bronze Age cemetery complex of passage graves; ring cairns, kerb cairns and standing stones in a beautiful setting. A hugely significant and exceptionally well preserved prehistoric site, Clava Cairns is a fantastic example of the distant history of Highland Scotland, dating back about 4,000 years. Clava Cairns are free to visit and open year-round and 10 minutes drive from our home.
Loch Ness is brimming with history, and tales of the world's shyest monster. But the real stars of the Loch are its castles, monuments and scenery. I think the best way to explore the Loch is by boat and can highly recommend Loch Ness by Jacobite Cruises. They have three departure points: Tomnahurich Bridge and Dochgarroch Locks, both on the Caledonian Canal or at the Clansman Hotel on the Loch itself. There's a number of different itinerarys to match available time and budget. Definitely worth doing if you have the time. https://www.jacobite.co.uk/
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Jacobite Cruises
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Loch Ness is brimming with history, and tales of the world's shyest monster. But the real stars of the Loch are its castles, monuments and scenery. I think the best way to explore the Loch is by boat and can highly recommend Loch Ness by Jacobite Cruises. They have three departure points: Tomnahurich Bridge and Dochgarroch Locks, both on the Caledonian Canal or at the Clansman Hotel on the Loch itself. There's a number of different itinerarys to match available time and budget. Definitely worth doing if you have the time. https://www.jacobite.co.uk/
Get up close to these impressive waterfalls on a new suspension bridge across the beautiful Black Water river. It's only a short walk from the car park and during August and September there's an excellent chance of seeing wild salmon leaping upstream. And of course, the falls are always more sensational after heavy rain or snow! There's a couple of marked walking trails that take in the viewpoints. IV14 9EQ is the nearest postcode. It's on the A835 about a mile (1.6 km) before the car park if you are coming from Inverness.
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Rogie Falls
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Get up close to these impressive waterfalls on a new suspension bridge across the beautiful Black Water river. It's only a short walk from the car park and during August and September there's an excellent chance of seeing wild salmon leaping upstream. And of course, the falls are always more sensational after heavy rain or snow! There's a couple of marked walking trails that take in the viewpoints. IV14 9EQ is the nearest postcode. It's on the A835 about a mile (1.6 km) before the car park if you are coming from Inverness.