The local area is renowned for it's stunningly beautiful landscape. Not only can you enjoy the scenery and tranquility with which it brings, the Highlands also enjoys a magnificent history and culture. There are many famous places to visit. Urquhart Castle, founded in the 13th century, is a popular castle situated on the shores of Loch Ness. The local village of Drumnadrochit has a number of restaurants, pubs and cafes, in addition to boat tour operators on the infamous loch, the Loch Ness Centre & Exhibition and Nessieland. Glen Affric, said to be the most beautiful glen in Scotland, is renowned for its scenery and old Caledonian Forest Reserve. This is ideal for walkers and families, as there are shorter marked walks and longer day walks with spectacular scenery and waterfalls.
Inverness, the capital of the Highlands, is a picturesque and historic city with many restaurants, museums, two shopping centres and Inverness Castle. The Culloden battlefield lies just outside the city, as well as boat trips on the Moray Firth to see the popular dolphins. Aviemore and the Cairngorms are about an hours drive away. Slightly further afield to the east is whisky country, where many of the well known malts are distilled. Towards the west coast there is Plockton, Isle of Skye, Fort William, Ben Nevis and the renowned Inverewe Gardens. All are within a days excursion. For a round trip of 500 miles to see the stunning coast there is the North Coast 500.
Restaurants, local business & information sites
- Walks: Visit Walk Highland for information on walks and routes in the area.
- Guided tours: Guided tours are provided by WOW Scotland, who do a variety of trips showcasing the best of the Scottish Highlands, including the Isle of Skye, Orkeys and whisky tours.
- Golf: There are a number of local golf clubs within a short distance of the lodges. The most immediate are Inverness, Muir of Ord and Aigas. For a list of clubs, click here.
- Horse Riding: There are riding stables offering pony/horse trekking at Borlum Farm in Drumnadrochit, as well as at Tomich (Cougie) Highland Trekking and Trail Riding.
- Fishing: Local pike fishing is available in Loch Meiklie, whilst guided salmon and trout fishing trips are available slightly further afield.
- Cycling: There are numerous routes and trails in the area. For more information visit Ticket To Ride.
- Swimming & Leisure: Swimming and leisure facilities are available in Inverness at the Leisure Centre/Aquadome, or in Tomich at the Tomich Hotel.