3 Best Day Trips near Beechwood Lodge

Explore the rugged beauty of the East Coast to the dramatic vistas of the West Coast, and even some hidden gems tucked away on the mainland, within a short drive from Beechwood Lodge!

3 Best Day Trips near Beechwood Lodge

3 Day Trips near Beechwood Lodge to explore the Hidden Gems of the Scottish Highlands

Hello, Dear travellers!  Have you ever arrived at a guesthouse and wished you could stay longer? Well, at our cosy retreat, Beechwood Lodge, nestled in the heart of the Scottish Highlands, you can do just that. We’ve transformed our guesthouse into a destination in its own right, offering a gateway to the most scenic parts of this breathtaking region. In this blog, we’re thrilled to show you just how much you can explore within a short drive from our doorstep. From the rugged beauty of the East Coast to the dramatic vistas of the West Coast, and even some hidden gems tucked away on the mainland, there’s no shortage of adventures awaiting you. To elevate your 3-day escape in the Scottish Highlands, we’ve created exclusive stay packages tailored to your needs. With our packages, we guarantee that every moment of your trip will be filled with comfort, excitement, and unmatched hospitality.  

The 3 Best Day Trips near Beechwood Lodge

We understand that life can sometimes get away from you, so don’t worry if you’re short on time. Our trips are designed to be nice and short, perfect for a quick getaway that you can enjoy in just 3 days. And for those of you full of energy and adventure, it’s even possible to experience it all in just 1 or 2 days.  Whether you’re captivated by the rugged drama of coastal panoramas or the quaint appeal of hidden villages, this adventure ensures an enriching experience brimming with awe and exploration. So, leave your worries behind, and get ready to be captivated by the diverse landscapes and warm hospitality of Scotland—it’s an irresistible invitation to embark on a journey of exploration and enchantment.

DAY 1 – A Day of Enchantment and Exploration – Dornoch Beach,  Dunrobin Castle,  Falls of Shin, Glenmorangie Distillery

Get ready for an extraordinary day of exploration in the Scottish Highlands, filled with enchanting destinations that promise to leave you breathless. Our itinerary is packed with highlights that include the serene beauty of Dornoch Beach, the fairytale charm of Dunrobin Castle, the mesmerising spectacle of the Falls of Shin, and the sensory delights of Glenmorangie Distillery.  But that’s not all—we have even more surprises in store for you along the way. So, grab your sense of adventure and join us for a day of unforgettable experiences and cherished memories amidst Scotland’s most captivating treasures.

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1. Dornoch Beach

  • Embrace the tranquillity of the early morning as you embark on a refreshing adventure to Dornoch Beach. With the sun gently rising over the horizon, there’s no better time to soak in the pristine beauty of this coastal gem. 

Dornoch Beach calls out to visitors with its gentle sands and expansive views, providing an ideal setting for a tranquil morning walk or a peaceful moment of contemplation. Take your time to explore the shoreline, listening to the soothing sound of waves crashing against the shore and perhaps even indulging in a bit of beachcombing. It’s a serene start to the day that sets the tone for a journey filled with beauty and wonder.

Dornoch Beach
Dornoch Beach

2. Castle and Culture: Dunrobin Castle 

Step into a fairytale as you journey to Dunrobin Castle, a majestic gem that looks like it was plucked straight from a storybook. The castle’s stunning architecture, with its elegant turrets and intricate details, immediately captures your imagination. Stroll through the beautifully landscaped gardens, where vibrant flowers and lush greenery create a peaceful, enchanting atmosphere.  Dunrobin Castle is not just a visual delight; it’s a place rich with history and heritage, deeply connected to the ancient Earls of Sutherland. As you explore, you’ll feel the stories of the past come alive, making your visit both magical and memorable.

3. Nature’s Beauty: A Journey to Falls of Shin

The next stop on this enchanting adventure is the Falls of Shin, a breathtaking waterfall renowned for its mesmerising beauty and the captivating sight of salmon leaping upstream. As you embark on the scenic drive to the Falls, you’ll be surrounded by lush greenery, with towering trees and vibrant foliage creating a picturesque backdrop at every turn. But it’s not just the journey that’s spectacular – the destination itself is a sight to behold. Imagine the sight of water cascading over rugged rocks, its soothing sound echoing through the serene forest. And if you happen to visit during the salmon spawning season, you’ll be treated to the awe-inspiring spectacle of these majestic creatures leaping upstream with remarkable strength and resolve.

Falls of Shin
Falls of Shin

4. Whisky Tasting Experience: Glenmorangie Distillery

Continue your journey to the iconic Glenmorangie Distillery, where the art of whisky-making comes to life. As one of Scotland’s most celebrated distilleries, Glenmorangie invites you to delve into its rich history and discover the secrets behind its exceptional single malt whisky. Join a guided tour that takes you through the entire whisky-making process, from the golden fields of barley to the ancient copper stills.  Along the way, you’ll learn fascinating stories and traditions that have shaped Glenmorangie’s legacy. The highlight of your visit is a delightful whisky tasting session, where you can savour the complex flavours and aromas of Scotland’s finest single malt. It’s an experience that promises to warm your heart and leave you with a deeper appreciation for this timeless craft.

Glenmorangie Distillery
Glenmorangie Distillery

5. Culinary Delights:

Indulge in the culinary delights of the Highlands by stopping at a charming local restaurant or café for lunch. Take a look at the recommendations we’ve mapped out for you on this itinerary. Here, you’ll experience traditional Scottish cuisine at its finest, where every dish is crafted with care and passion. Enjoy the freshness and quality of locally sourced ingredients, from succulent seafood and hearty game to vibrant seasonal produce. Each bite offers a taste of Scotland’s rich culinary heritage, promising a meal that’s both satisfying and memorable.  Whether you choose a cosy café or a rustic restaurant, the warm hospitality and delicious flavours will make your dining experience truly special.

Fyrish Tandoor Restaurant
Fyrish Tandoor Restaurant

6.  End Day 1 with a Scenic Drive

End your perfect day with a leisurely scenic drive through the picturesque Scottish countryside, letting the serene landscapes fill you with a sense of peace and wonder. Reflect on the day’s highlights, from the tranquil beauty of Dornoch Beach to the enchanting charm of Dunrobin Castle and the sensory pleasures of Glenmorangie Distillery.  Each stop has offered its own unique magic, creating a tapestry of unforgettable experiences. As the sun sets over the rolling hills, you’ll feel a deep connection to this beautiful land. 

DAY 2 – A Day of Exploration: Discovering the Black Isle’s Hidden Gems – Cromarty, Fairy Glen Falls, Rosemarkie Beach, and Loch Glass

On Day 2, embark on a journey to uncover the enchanting beauty of the Black Isle, a hidden gem in Scotland’s Highlands. As you head south, prepare to be captivated by the charming village of Cromarty, the serene Fairy Glen Falls, the stunning shores of Rosemarkie Beach, and the tranquil waters of Loch Glass.  Explore these magical spots, each offering a unique slice of the Black Isle’s natural splendour and rich history. Grab your walking shoes and a sense of wonder— and dive into a day of discovery!

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1.Morning in Cromarty: A Historic Start to Your Day

Start the day with a blend of history, culture, and relaxation in lovely Cromarty! Begin the adventure in the historic town of Cromarty, where the early morning light casts a golden glow on charming streets lined with beautifully preserved Georgian architecture. As you stroll through this picturesque town, you’ll feel like you’ve stepped back in time.  The first stop is Hugh Miller’s Birthplace and Museum, where you delve into the fascinating life of the renowned geologist and writer. After soaking in some history, treat yourself to a delightful morning coffee at a cosy local café. 

Hugh Miller's Birth Place
Hugh Miller’s Birth Place

2. Enchanting Fairy Glen Falls: A Natural Retreat

The next stop is the enchanting Fairy Glen Falls, a haven of natural beauty that promises to captivate your senses. As you make our way on a short, scenic walk to the falls, you’ll be surrounded by lush greenery and the soothing sounds of running water. The peaceful ambiance here is truly magical, making it an ideal spot to unwind and take in the serene surroundings. Don’t forget your camera—Fairy Glen Falls offers the perfect backdrop for capturing moments of tranquillity and beauty. 

3. Afternoon at Rosemarkie Beach: Seaside Serenity and History

The adventure continues with an afternoon at the beautiful Rosemarkie Beach, where the golden sandy shore invites you to relax and unwind. Take a leisurely stroll along the beach, perfect for some delightful beachcombing as you hunt for seashells and treasures washed ashore. For lunch, why not enjoy a picnic with stunning views of the Moray Firth, where the gentle waves provide a soothing soundtrack? After basking in the seaside serenity, take a short walk to the Groam House Museum to explore the fascinating Pictish history of the area. 

Rosemarkie Beach
Rosemarkie Beach

4. Loch Glass: A Serene Finale

As you make your way back to Beechwood Lodge and the day of exploration winds down, make a final stop at the stunning Loch Glass for a perfect conclusion to our journey. Nestled in a picturesque setting, this tranquil loch gained fame from its appearance on BBC’sThe Traitors’ TV show, and it’s easy to see why—it’s absolutely breathtaking. The serene atmosphere here invites you to take a leisurely walk along the shore, where you can soak in the natural beauty and enjoy the peaceful surroundings. As you  wrap up the adventure, take a moment to breathe in the fresh air, relish the scenery, and let the tranquillity of Loch Glass wash over you. It’s the perfect end to a day filled with discovery and wonder.

Loch Glass
Loch Glass

End of Day 2

As you conclude your enchanting journey through the Black Isle, reflect on the diverse experiences enjoyed today. From the historic charm of Cromarty’s Georgian streets and the fascinating stories at Hugh Miller’s Birthplace and Museum, to the serene beauty of Fairy Glen Falls and the relaxing shores of Rosemarkie Beach, the day has been filled with delightful discoveries. 

Day 3 – Journey to Ullapool and Beyond including Rogie Falls, Corrieshalloch Gorge National Nature Reserve

On Day 3, embark on an exciting journey to the west towards the charming coastal town of Ullapool. The adventure here is filled with natural wonders and breathtaking views. Along the way, visit the picturesque Rogie Falls and the awe-inspiring Corrieshalloch Gorge National Nature Reserve. On the way back, you’ll have the choice to explore the stunning north or south routes along the west coast, or simply retrace our steps if the day slips away.

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1. Rogie Falls

The first stop is the enchanting Rogie Falls, a hidden gem nestled in the heart of the Highlands. As you embark on a short, scenic walk to the falls, you’ll be greeted by the soothing sounds of cascading water and the vibrant greenery that surrounds us. The natural beauty of Rogie Falls is truly breathtaking, offering countless opportunities for photography and moments of pure tranquillity. Whether you’re capturing the perfect shot or simply soaking in the serene surroundings, this stop is sure to be a highlight of our journey. Take a deep breath of fresh, Highland air and immerse yourselves in the magic of Rogie Falls!

Rogie Falls
Rogie Falls

2. Mid-Morning: Continuing to Corrieshalloch Gorge National Nature Reserve

Continue the journey by making your way to the magnificent Corrieshalloch Gorge National Nature Reserve, a true marvel of nature’s grandeur. This stunning gorge, carved by the powerful River Droma, offers breathtaking views that will leave you in awe. As you walk along the suspension bridge, you’ll feel the thrill of being suspended above the deep chasm, with the roaring waterfall below creating a symphony of nature’s sounds. The reserve’s trails invite you to explore further, with each step revealing more of the lush, dramatic landscape. 

Corrieshalloch Gorge National Nature Reservation
Corrieshalloch Gorge National Nature Reservation

3. Lunch: Arriving in Ullapool

Ullapool, a charming coastal town brimming with character and beauty! As you arrive for lunch, take a moment to soak in the laid-back atmosphere and stunning views of the waterfront. Ullapool’s charm lies in its rugged coastline and vibrant community, making it the perfect spot to relax and refuel after your morning adventures. For a delightful lunch experience, why not indulge in fresh seafood at one of the local eateries by the waterfront? From traditional fish and chips to mouthwatering seafood platters, there’s something to satisfy every palate.

Afternoon: Exploring Ullapool

After lunch, it’s time to dive into the delights of Ullapool! Explore the town’s key attractions, such as the fascinating Ullapool Museum, where you can delve into the area’s rich history and maritime heritage. Don’t miss the chance to stroll along the harbour, where colourful fishing boats bob gently in the water against a backdrop of rugged hills. Take a leisurely walk around the town centre to soak in the lively atmosphere and discover charming local shops, art galleries, and boutiques. Whether you’re browsing for souvenirs, admiring local artwork, or simply enjoying the buzz of the town, Ullapool promises a memorable afternoon of exploration and discovery.  

Return Journey Options: 

As the day of exploration draws to a close, it’s time to consider the return journey options. Fortunately, the road back is filled with opportunities to soak in the stunning scenery of the west coast and make a few more memories along the way.

Let’s take a closer look at the choices:

North Route:  Prepare to be awestruck by the breathtaking views of the west coast as you  journey north. From towering cliffs to sweeping vistas of the sea, every twist and turn of the road offers a new perspective on this rugged landscape. Along the way, you’ll have the chance to make stops at picturesque villages, charming cafes, and hidden gems that dot the coastline. Don’t forget your camera – you won’t want to miss capturing these scenic highlights!

South Route:  For those seeking a more leisurely journey, the south route promises picturesque landscapes and hidden treasures waiting to be discovered. As you wind our way south, you’ll encounter rolling hills, tranquil lochs, and charming hamlets nestled in the countryside. Keep an eye out for notable landmarks and points of interest that showcase the unique beauty of this region. It’s the perfect route for those who prefer a slower pace and a chance to savour the sights along the way.

Same Route:  If the day has slipped away and time is of the essence, fear not – sticking to the same route offers convenience and ease. By retracing your steps, you can enjoy familiar surroundings and ensure a smooth journey back to your starting point. Sometimes, simplicity is the key, allowing us to reflect on the day’s adventures and cherish the memories we’ve made.

Whichever route you choose, let your preferences and time guide you. Whether you opt for the breathtaking vistas of the north, the tranquil landscapes of the south, or the familiarity of the same route, there’s no wrong choice.  As you wrap up your day’s adventure, take a moment to reflect on the incredible experiences shared. From the thundering waterfalls to the awe-inspiring gorges and the quaint coastal towns, today has been nothing short of magical. The beauty of the west coast leaves everyone breathless, each stop along the way offering its own unique charm and allure. Watching the sunlight dance on the water, listening to the rush of the falls, and wandering through picturesque villages, one couldn’t help but feel grateful for the wonders of nature and the opportunity to explore them!

Conclusion 

We hope this blog has given you a glimpse into the endless wonders of the Scottish Highlands. Despite living here all our lives, we still find new places to explore. If you’re inspired to visit, we invite you to stay at our tranquil and welcoming Beechwood Lodge. Our pet-friendly guesthouse offers serene riverside walks, cosy fresh interiors, and a charming garden with a running stream. Experience the Highlands in comfort and peace with us.

 

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