Visit the Central Highlands
The landscape of the Black Isle and Easter Ross is mainly farmland and made up of (almost) two large peninsulas, which virtually meet at what are known as the North and South Sutors, where dolphins are often spotted playing amongst the local fishing boats. Chanonry Point is famously, the best place to see the dolphins almost daily.
Strathpeffer is a wonderful example of a Victorian Spa Village and the old Pump Room can still be visited. The Pictish Eagle Stone, moved to Strathpeffer in 1411, is mentioned in the prophecies of the Brahan Seer.
On your way to the car park at the base of Ben Wyvis, you pass Rogie Falls. A fabulous day out where you can take long or short walks, often on well-maintained paths suitable for some buggies and brave the suspension bridge over the falls to watch the salmon leap! It’s a great place for picnics and adventures and kids love it!
The second peninsula in this area is tipped by Portmahomack, a popular seaside village famous for it’s fresh seafood, lighthouse and the fascinating Tarbat Discovery Centre where you can continue the Pictish Trail, started on the Black-Isle! Part of this would be to visit the evocative Old Nigg Church where you can be inspired by the 8th century Pictish Cross Slab.
Often, a city break can be so busy, you end up needing a holiday to recover! The beauty of Inverness is that you can experience all a city has to offer, yet without the hustle and bustle.
Inverness has many tourist attractions including the museum, botanical gardens, art galleries and even a Titanic museum! Then relax with a stroll around the Ness Islands or take the kids to the fabulous Whin Park.
Leaving the city for Nairn, a wonderful seaside town, you can stop by the Aviation Museum at the airport or visit one of the many historical ruins. Clava Cairns (made even more famous by the Outlander series) are 3 well preserved burial cairns and Rait Castle is a 13th century house, said to be haunted. Culloden Battlefield of course has its own stories of hauntings, where Highlanders are seen wandering the moorland and many make an appearance on the 16th April each year – will you dare to be there!
Loch Ness is the second largest loch in Scotland, being 23 miles long, but the largest by volume. In fact, it contains more water than all the lakes in England and Wales combined! We understand there may be something in it other than water……
Urquhart Castle is a fascinating day out and the video at the start of the tour is very informative. Did you know, for example, the castle was destroyed by its owners, to stop Jacobite forces taking it for themselves.
The Great Glen Way is a very popular route for walking. Stretching from Inverness to Fort William you take in the breath-taking views of the lochs and hills.
Often overlooked is what is locally referred to as the “south side” of Loch Ness, but is in fact the east side. A drive along the single track road is at a more sedate pace than the west side and equally as picturesque. You will quite unexpectedly come across crafts shops and local artists, happy to chat a while and you could easily become side-tracked!