Explore the Highlands: A 3-Day Itinerary of Cultural, Adventure & Exploration Activities

Experience the best of the Scottish Highlands in just 3 days with our ultimate itinerary. Explore the Highlands' rich culture, scenic routes, and adventure activities. Discover must-see spots. So start planning your unforgettable journey today!

Explore the Highlands: A 3-Day Itinerary of Cultural, Adventure & Exploration Activities

Explore the Highlands: A 3-Day Itinerary of Cultural, Adventure & Exploration Activities

Exploring the Scottish Highlands in 3 days!! Although three days is not nearly enough to fully experience the rich culture and scenic routes of the beautiful Scottish Highlands, we’ve crafted the ultimate three-day trip centered around the East Highlands to give you a taste of its wonders.

On Day 1 you can ease into adventure with a day of exploring the region’s rich culture and heritage. Feel the history come alive through Pictish stone carvings, ancient thatched-roof houses, and charming Victorian towns.

On Day 2 when you have rested after your travels up north, it’s time to make the most of the sunshine. Enjoy a leisurely day on the golf course, or if you crave a bit more excitement, embark on a thrilling boat tour of the Cromarty Firth.

You can conclude your trip on day 3 with a day of exploring the natural landscape, including beaches, waterfalls, lochs, viewpoints, and monuments. We’ve designed the route to keep the drive comfortable, so you can enjoy every moment without feeling rushed. This three-day itinerary captures a little piece of each special element of the Scottish Highlands, ensuring you leave with unforgettable memories and a longing to return.  

Don’t miss out on our newest offer: a 3-night stay for just £360! This incredible deal includes complimentary breakfast, a welcoming hamper, early check-in, late check-out, local guides, and so much more. You can also extend your stay and get an  additional 15% off !!!

Day 1 Explore the Culture & Heritage at Black Isle –

Day 1 invites you to uncover the hidden treasures of the Black Isle in Scotland’s Highlands. Begin your journey in Cromarty, where historic streets and preserved Georgian architecture transport you back in time. Explore Hugh Miller’s Birthplace and Museum before indulging in a morning coffee at a cosy café.

Cromarty
Cromarty

Next, immerse yourself in the natural beauty of Fairy Glen Falls, where lush greenery and running water create a serene ambiance. Capture moments of tranquillity and beauty as you stroll to the falls. Afterward, head to Rosemarkie Beach for an afternoon of seaside serenity. Relax on the golden sandy shore, enjoy beachcombing, and savour a picnic lunch with views of the Moray Firth. Don’t forget to explore the Groam House Museum to uncover the area’s fascinating Pictish history.

Rosemarkie Beach, Black Isle
Rosemarkie Beach

Conclude your day with a visit to Loch Glass, nestled in a picturesque setting that invites you to unwind and soak in the natural beauty. Reflect on the day’s adventures as you breathe in the fresh air and relish the tranquillity of your surroundings.

Loch Glass
Loch Glass

As you wrap up your journey through the Black Isle, cherish the diverse experiences and delightful discoveries that have filled your day. From historic charm to natural wonders, Day 2 has been a true exploration of Scotland’s hidden gems.

Black Isle
Black Isle

Explore more cultural wonders with our other blog – Dive into Culture: Must-Visit Cultural Spots. 

Day 2: Adventure Activities in the Highlands

Step into Day 2 of the Highland journey, where the great outdoors awaits with open arms! This day is all about embracing nature’s wonders and diving into thrilling activities.   

Morning Golfing Excursion : 

Start your day with a round of golf at Alness Golf Club, celebrated for its breathtaking views and challenging fairways. Bask in the fresh morning air and the picturesque scenery as you enjoy your game. Whether you’re a seasoned golfer or just starting out, this course has something to offer everyone. The serene landscape and gentle sounds of nature create the perfect setting for a relaxing and enjoyable morning. 

The visitor fee is £40, and you can rent a caddy cart for £25 per round.  

Alness Golf Course
Alness Golf Course

Thrilling Boat Tour:   Experience the thrill of a boat tour on Cromarty Firth, where the wind in your hair and the spray of the sea create an exhilarating adventure. As you set sail, you’ll explore the rugged coastline, with its dramatic cliffs and hidden coves, and encounter the vibrant local wildlife. Keep an eye out for playful dolphins leaping through the waves and graceful seabirds soaring overhead. The knowledgeable guides share fascinating insights about the area’s history and ecology, making this tour both informative and exciting.

Cromarty Firth Tours
Cromarty Firth Tours

You can book your boat tours through Ecoventures. The tour charges range from £37 for kids (from 5 to 12 years old) to £45 for adults.    Whether you enjoy the leisurely pace of a round of golf or the thrill of a boat tour, Day 2 offers outdoor fun for all. So, pick up your clubs or climb aboard, and let’s create some unforgettable memories! Embrace the beauty and adventure the Highlands have to offer, and let the spirit of discovery lead your day.  To book your Boat Tours Click   

Day 3 – Road Trip Adventures in the Highlands

Begin your day with a tranquil morning driving along the serene shores of Dornoch Beach, where the golden sands and expansive views create a peaceful ambiance. Take your time to soak in the pristine beauty of this coastal gem and feel the gentle breeze against your skin as you listen to the soothing sound of waves crashing against the shore.

Dornoch Beach
Dornoch Beach

Next, embark on a journey to Dunrobin Castle, a majestic fortress nestled amidst breathtaking landscapes. Step into a fairytale as you explore the castle’s elegant turrets and beautifully landscaped gardens, each corner steeped in rich history and ancient tales. Discover the stories of the past as you wander through the castle grounds and immerse yourself in its timeless charm.

Dunrobin Castle
Dunrobin Castle

Continue your adventure with a visit to the Falls of Shin, a natural wonder renowned for its mesmerising beauty and captivating spectacle. Follow the scenic drive through lush greenery to reach the waterfall, where cascading waters create a symphony of sound that echoes through the tranquil forest. Keep an eye out for the remarkable sight of salmon leaping upstream during the spawning season, a breathtaking display of nature’s resilience and strength.

Falls of Shin
Falls of Shin

Conclude your day with a whisky tasting experience at Glenmorangie Distillery, where the art of whisky-making comes to life. Join a guided tour to learn about the distillation process and discover the secrets behind Scotland’s finest single malt. Indulge your senses as you sample a selection of Glenmorangie’s signature whiskies, each sip offering a taste of the Highlands’ rich heritage and craftsmanship.

Glenmorangie Distillery
Glenmorangie Distillery

Throughout your journey, indulge in the culinary delights of the Highlands, sampling traditional Scottish cuisine crafted with care and passion. Whether you choose a cosy café or a rustic restaurant, each dining experience promises to be a gastronomic delight, with locally sourced ingredients and hearty flavours that capture the essence of Scotland’s culinary heritage. As the sun sets over the picturesque countryside, take a moment to reflect on the day’s adventures and feel a deep sense of gratitude for the enchanting land of Scotland. With memories of Dornoch Beach, Dunrobin Castle, Falls of Shin, and Glenmorangie Distillery etched in your heart, you’ll cherish the magic of the Scottish Highlands for years to come.

 Do try our new Google Maps route we created specifically for this itinerary.

Explore more short trips around our guesthouse by checking out our other blog – 3 Best Day Trips near Beechwood Lodge

 

 

 

 

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