Attractions

Castles

Scotland is home to majestic and mystical castles and its history is embodied within their ancient walls. A few miles from our hotel you can find some of the more emblematic.

Dunrobin Castle

Nestled on the east coast, it boasts beautifully maintained gardens that mirror the elegance of Versailles, providing a perfect backdrop for a memorable visit.

March, April & October: 10.30 am – 4.30 pm

May – September: 10.00 am – 5.00 pm

Fees:

  • Adults £14.50
  • Senior £12.50
  • Children £9.00
  • Student £12.50
  • Family £42.00 (2 Adults + up to 3 Children)

Urquhart Castle

Once a mighty medieval fortress on Loch Ness. Witness its turbulent history of Scottish-English conflicts and raids by the Lords of the Isles.  Visit the Grant Tower, and discover medieval artifacts.

Apr – Aug: 9.30am to 8pm

Sept: 9.30am to 6pm

Oct: 9.30am to 5pm

Nov – Mar: 9.30am to 4.30pm

Fees:

  • Adult (16-64yrs): £13.00
  • Concession(65+): £10.40
  • Child (7-15yrs): £7.80
  • Family £25.50 (1 adult, 2 children)
  • Family £37.50 (2 adults, 2 children)
  • Family £44.50 (2 adults, 3 children) 

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Eilean Donan Castle

Situated on an island at the point where three great sea lochs meet, and surrounded by some majestic scenery, it is little wonder that the castle is now one of the most visited and important attractions in the Scottish highlands.

February – March: 10am – 4pm

March – October: 10am to 6pm

Oct – Dec: 10am to 4pm

Fees:

  • Adults:  £12.00
  • Concessions (60+):  £11.00
  • Children over 5yrs: £6.50
  • Under 5s: FREE
  • Family £35.00 (2 adults + 3 children age 5-15)

Ardvreck Castle

Anyone travelling the A837 north from Inchnadamph over the years will have been intrigued by two ruins at the east end of Loch Assynt. The shell of Calda House stands close to the road, while the remains of Ardvreck Castle lie a little to the west, on a promontory projecting into the loch.

  • Open All Year Round
  • FREE

Whiskey Distilleries

Whisky, Scotland’s national drink, has been lovingly crafted throughout the country for centuries. There are over 150 working distilleries operating today (and counting!), each making whisky in their own unique way.

The Glenmorangie Distillery Co

Founded in 1843 in the Royal Burgh of Tain, in the far north of Scotland, Glenmorangie is Scotland’s Favourite Single Malt Scotch Whisky.

September – May: 10am – 5pm (Monday to Friday)

June – August: 10am – 5pm (Monday to Sunday)

Tasting Bar: 11:30am – 4:30pm

Distillery Tours:

  • 1 hour (£23 PP) 2 Drams
  • 30 Mins (£35 PP) 3 Drams (18+)
  • 45 Mins (£75 PP) 4 Drams (18+)
  • 1 hour 45 Mins (£95 PP) 4 Drams (18+)

Balblair Distillery

Tucked away in the ancient heart of the Highlands, One of the most northern distilleries of Scotland established in 1790. The distillery character is best described as ‘very fruity and sweet Speyside Malt’. 

April – September: 10am – 4:30pm (Monday to Friday)

Saturday: 11am – 4pm (25th June – 27th August)

October – March: 10am  – 4:30pm (Monday to Friday)


Distillery Tours:

  • £ 25.00 (12 guests)
  • £ 50.00 (8 guests)
  • £ 125.00 (6 guests)

Clynelish Distillery

First opened in 1819, the distillery still uses the original distilling method today, taking spring water from the Clynemilton Burn and running it over seams of gold embedded in the rocks of the nearby hills. Produces a fruity, waxy, slightly smoky, sea-spicy single malt.

April – October: 10am – 5pm (Monday to Sunday)

November – March: 10am – 4pm (Monday to Sunday)

Distillery Tour:

  • 45 Mins (£15) 1-12 guests
  • 1.75 hours (£21) 1-12 guests
  • 1 hour (£30) 1-14 guests
  • 45 Mins (£65) 1-12 guests

Nature and outdoors

Mother Nature is a talented architect and filled Scotland with a huge variety of magnificent natural attractions. With hundreds of awe-inspiring natural landmarks, you won’t have to travel too far to find beautiful places in Scotland.

Trails

Black Rock Gorge and Evanton Wood

This short woodland walk from Evanton visits the Black Rock Gorge, an unexpectedly dramatic box canyon which featured in the film of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Take this winding woodland and riverside trail to enjoy the forested paths and amazing views.

  • Open All Year Round
  • FREE
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Averon River Walk

This pleasant circuit runs out through the golf course at first before exploring the mature woodland on the banks of the River Averon. It is well-known for its salmon fishing. The walk starts and finishes in Alness, where information, refreshments and toilets are available; golf too. Dogs are welcome on the walk.

  • Open All Year Round
  • FREE

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Ness Islands

Collection of natural islands that sit in the middle of the River Ness, connected from the river banks and throughout by beautiful Victorian footbridges. You can walk from one end of the islands to the other entering on one side of the river and exiting on the other winding your way around the paths through imposing tall pines and matures trees.

  • Open All Year Round
  • FREE

Waterfalls

Falls of Measach

A short steep walk, which is still wheelchair-accessible, will bring you to a Victorian suspension bridge, where you can gaze down over a series of crashing waterfalls cut naturally into a woodland cleft.

  • Open All Year Round
  • FREE
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Rogie Falls

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. Visit after heavy rain or snow, when water gushes and tumbles from the slopes of Ben Wyvis, and the Falls of Rogie are even more sensational.

  • Open All Year Round
  • FREE

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Falls of Shin

Follow the winding road through Achany Glen to a forest clearing where salmon leap and children play. You’ve reached the Falls of Shin, a wonderful starting point for a range of trails through beautiful mixed woodland and along the rocky banks of the Shin. It’s a great place to get out and enjoy the forest

  • Open All Year Round
  • FREE

Allt Chranaidh Waterfall

Wailing Widow Falls in Assynt is easily one of the most outstanding waterfalls in Scotland. Also known as Allt Chranaidh Waterfall, named after the loch it flows from, this beautiful waterfall is a must-see along the epic North Coast 500 scenic drive. From the car park, it’s just a short walk to marvel at this incredible 30-metre drop of gushing water. 

  • Open All Year Round
  • FREE

Plodda Falls

One of Scotland’s hidden treasures, with a spectacular waterfall cascading past towering trees. A visit to Plodda Falls can easily be combined with a visit to Drumnadrochit and Glen Affric.

  • Open All Year Round
  • FREE

Achness Falls

These beautiful waterfalls derive their name from the Scots Gaelic Ach-an-eas meaning “field of the waterfall”. Nearby, you will also pass the remains of an ancient Boch, a circular style of the round tower which is found across the north of Scotland.

  • Open All Year Round
  • FREE

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Wild Swimming spots near us...

Loch Achilty

A large deep picturesque lowland freshwater loch set within a sloping birch and oakwood forest. At the far end of the loch is a charming pebble beach with quiet picnic places hidden amongst the silver birch, rowan and heather.

  • Open All Year Round
  • FREE

Loch Glass

Situated in a rugged and untamed area of the Highlands but offers outstanding views without the need to climb the summit of the mountain itself. If you’re seeking uninterrupted solitude amid a backdrop of mountains and water, you won’t be disappointed.

  • Open All Year Round
  • FREE

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Dores Beach

One of the best viewpoints of Loch Ness – from here you can see all the way down the famous Loch and you will see why this is a favorite spot for anyone hoping to catch a glimpse of Nessie!

  • Open All Year Round
  • FREE

Loch Maree

One of Scotland’s loveliest lochs, this Wester Ross waterway is popular for fishing and wildlife watching. At 21.7 km long and with a maximum width of four km, it is the fourth-largest freshwater loch in Scotland

  • Open All Year Round
  • FREE

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Viewpoints

Fyrish Monument

Driving on the A9, 20 miles north of Inverness, high on a hill, a strange, almost alien sight comes into view. This is the Fyrish Monument, commissioned by Sir Hector Munro of Novar and built in 1782. It’s modelled on the gates of Negapatam in India. 

  • Open All Year Round
  • FREE

B9176 Viewpoint

After a series of tight bends and narrow bridges interspersed by more open sections, you’re presented with a final reward of a stunning view up the length of the Dornoch Firth, beyond which the Kyle of Sutherland stretches away into the wild northern interior. Also known as the Cadha Mòr or Struie Hill viewpoint

  • Open All Year Round
  • FREE

Glen Docherty Viewpoint

This view point offers one of the most iconic views in the Highlands. Looking down Glen Docherty you will get your first sighting of Letterewe Estate and Loch Maree. If you are travelling from Inverness on the A832 the viewpoint is 1.5 miles before Kinlochewe on the right hand side. Stop for a moment, take some pictures or just breath in the beauty of the magnificent scenery.

  • Open All Year Round
  • FREE

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Loch Droma Viewpoint

A manmade reservoir in the Wester Ross region of the Scottish highlands. Droma lies over the watershed 1¼ miles (2 km) northwest of the rather larger Loch Glascarnoch and 15 miles (24 km) southeast of Ullapool.

  • Open All Year Round
  • FREE

Glenfinnan Viaduct

One of Scotland’s most instantly recognisable attractions, the Glenfinnan Viaduct was finished in 1901 and has famously starred in several of the Harry Potter movies. There are plenty of places to enjoy views of the viaduct and beautiful Loch Shiel – including the lovely Glenfinnan Viaduct Trail.

  • Open All Year Round
  • FREE

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Three Sisters, Glencoe

Glencoe is one of the most scenic and beautiful places in the Scottish Highlands. Visiting “The Three Sisters” right off the A82 is a great way to experience the Highlands and learn about the history of Scotland. This beautiful green valley is a magical land straight out of a medieval story book and worth the visit.

  • Open All Year Round
  • FREE

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Mermaid of the North

The Mermaid’s origins are deep-rooted in Easter Ross folklore; legend tells that once a fisherman stole a beautiful mermaid away to be his wife and hid her tail. Years later, after bearing his children, she found her tail and escaped back to sea, returning regularly to the shore to bring fish to her hungry children

  • Open All Year Round
  • FREE

Ben Nevis

An ancient giant of the land, Ben Nevis was once a massive active volcano which exploded and collapsed inwards on itself millions of years ago. the highest mountain in Scotland, the United Kingdom, and the British Isles. The summit is 1,345 metres above sea level and is the highest land in any direction for 739 kilometres.

  • Open All Year Round
  • FREE

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Mountain Biking trails

Loch Morie

The long, narrow lake lies at a height of 193 metre above sea level. A picturesque freshwater loch surrounded by stunning natural scenery. It’s a tranquil spot, ideal mountain biking. 

Free

Loch Glass and Meall an Tuirc

Generally considered a challenging route, this trail is great for camping, hiking, and mountain biking that leads adventurers across the highlands around Loch Glass. The views are breathtaking and enjoyable, with wonderful times spent in nature.  

Free

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Learnie Red Rock Trails

Mix forest tracks and dedicated trails for a great day of mountain biking. These purpose built mountain bike trails are fantastic fun for all levels, but especially good for novice and intermediate riders. If you’ve time to look beyond your front wheel, you’ll enjoy some great views too.

  • Open All Year Round
  • FREE

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Torrachilty Forest

From a lovely flat, short trail and picnic benches under tall pines, to tough uphill climbs and long views over Strathconon. You can ride a forest road to Rogie Falls, or go foraging in quiet groves of native birch and oak. You can also make up your own mountain bike route using the network of forest roads and informal paths.

  • Open All Year Round
  • FREE

Unique cafe's/restaurants

Unwined Cafe and Wine Bar

A place where you can unwind (as the name suggests) and enjoy a delightful experience. They offer both cafe and wine bar vibes, so you can choose between a casual daytime coffee or a relaxing evening with a glass of wine.

  • 9am to 10pm (Mon – Sun)
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Wine Bar

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The Pier

This award-winning restaurant boasts a stunning lochside location, offering panoramic views of Loch Shin while you dine. Their menu caters to all appetites, from delicious brunches and lunches to delightful afternoon tea with homemade cakes. Evenings on Fridays and Saturdays transform The Pier into a dinner destination.

  • 10am – 4pm (Mon – Sun)
  • 5pm – late (Fri – Sat)
  • 10pm – 6pm (Sun)
  • Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks
  • Wine

Highland Farm Cafe

A haven for delicious locally sourced food, freshly baked cakes, and comfortable surroundings. This newly built eco-cafe prides itself on using the best ingredients from local producers, evident in their menu that boasts meat, ice cream, wines, beers, and of course, delectable homemade scones, cakes, and treats.

  • 9am – 5pm (Mon – Sun)
  • Breakfast until 12pm
  • Lunch till 5pm

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Wildlife Experiences

Chanonry Point Dolphins

The most popular place to see dolphins between Fortrose and Rosemarkie on the Black Isle. This narrow peninsula is an ideal location with views across the Moray Firth to Fort George and with lots of fellow dolphin watchers you are unlikely to miss any sightings.

  • Open All Year Round
  • FREE

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Falls of Shin: Salmon leaping

There is a dedicated viewing platform right next to the Falls of Shin where you can get the perfect angle for a photo of the leaping Salmon. The Salmon aren’t always successful on their first attempt and will keep trying until they reach the upper level of the falls. The falls are a raging torrent of water, it’s surprising that any of them make it!

  • Open All Year Round
  • FREE

Red Deer at Applecross

A key stop on the iconic NC500 road trip in the stunning Scottish Highlands. The distant mountains of Skye provide a breathtaking backdrop as Red Deer roam free throughout the Applecross Peninsula and may be seen at any time of the year, creating a harmonious blend of nature and beauty.

  • Open All Year Round
  • FREE

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Outdoor Activities

Gorge Scrambling, Canoeing, Sea Kayaking

By Liquid Footprints:
A small family business, offering incredible bespoke outdoor experiences on the North Coast 500. With their wealth of local knowledge, they are able to open the door to some of the most un-spoilt areas of the Highlands. Activities are available to both beginners and those with experience.

  • Open All Year Round
    (9am – 5pm)

Gorge Scrambling:
– Adult trip (£65pp)
– Single Explorer ( £120)
– Family trip (£130)
Canoeing:
Half Day

– Adult trip (£65pp)
– Single Explorer ( £120)
– Family trip (£130)
Full Day
– Adult trip (£85pp)
– Single Explorer ( £170)
– Family trip (£175)
Sea Kayaking
Half Day

– Adult trip (£65pp)
– Single Explorer ( £120)
– Family trip (£130)
Full Day
– Adult trip (£85pp)
– Single Explorer ( £170)
– Family trip (£175)

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Horse Riding

By Highland Trekking and Trail Riding:
Horse riding is popular in Scotland  all around the country where you can book a leisurely trek, an exciting hack or a professional lesson. Trek through the parts of the Highlands not usually seen, stunning scenery and total isolation.

  • Open All Year Round
  • 1,2 & 3 Hour Rides
  • Half & Full Day Trek
  • 1/2 Hour Lead Rides for Under 12’s

Paintballing and Lasertag

By Wildwoodz Adventure Park:
The ONLY 5 STAR rated Paintball venue in the highlands and so a quality day out is assured but if you’re looking for something else then Lasertag, Archery, Axe throwing and Bushcraft are all truly memorable activities on offer. It should be top of your list if you’re visiting the Highlands and if you like outdoor excitement.

  • Open All Year Round 
    (9am – 9pm)

Paintball:
Caded Half Day (£39.99 pp)
Sniper Full Day (£49.99 pp)
Mini Paintball (Aged 9+) (£289.99)
Lasertag:
Sharpshooter Package:
(£26.99 pp) 1.5 hours
Battlestar Package:
(£32.99 pp) 2.5 hours

 

Fortrose:
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Boat Tours

By Eco Ventures:
Specialises in marine wildlife watching trips using a custom built 9.5m RIB. During Boat trips encounter bottlenose dolphins, harbour porpoises, seals, minke whales and a wide variety of seabirds. An informative commentary is given throughout the trip and refreshments are provided once back on shore. 

End of March – End of October
(Monday – Sunday)

  • £44 Per Adult
  • £35 Per Child

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Theater & Live Music

Eden Court Theater and Cinema

Set on the banks of the River Ness in the heart of Inverness, and offering drama, dance, shows, opera, musicals, comedy and music. The largest entertainment venue in the Highlands.

  • Monday – Tuesday (4pm – 8pm)
  • Wednesday – Sunday (11am – 8pm)

  • £1.00 for tickets under £10
  • £1.50 for tickets £10 – £19.99
  • £2.50 for tickets over £20

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Strathpeffer Pavillion

A beautiful and historic venue in the unique setting of the Victorian spa village of Strathpeffer. It specialises in live music and entertainment, weddings, conferences and has its very own Café Bar serving delicious meals and treats. Visit and see for yourself!

  • Open All Year Round
  • Monday – Sunday (9am – 3pm)
  • Weddings
  • Conference
  • Meetings
  • Concerts

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Vue Cinema

Features eight screens with 4K high-definition picture quality and Dolby Digital Surround Sound. Watch the latest 2D and 3D releases as well as Big Screen Events from around the world, including theatre, opera, sports and concerts.

  • Monday to Friday (10am – 12am)
  • Saturday – Sunday (9am – 12am)
  • £5.99
    (when booked online)
  • £6.99
    (when booked in Venue)

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The Tooth & Claw

One of Scotland’s best small music venue in the heart of The Highlands, bringing a stage to local and touring musicians. hey’ve carved out a reputation for hosting a variety of acts, ensuring there’s something for almost every musical taste.

  • Mon – Thu
    (12pm – 11pm)
  • Fri – Sat 
    (12pm – 1am)
  • Sun
    (12pm – Midnight)

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The Piano and Whisky Bar

Picture it. You’re sipping a few drams in a cosy wee bar to the sound of a live piano tinkling in the background. Are you already on Cloud 9? Immerse yourself in a world of over 260 malt whiskies, including rare finds with Live piano music on weekends creates a mellow ambiance.

  • Monday – Sunday
    (11am – 12am)
  • £35
    (1-15 guests) per session

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