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Inverness-shire

Inverness-shire boasts many places of interest.  The main tourist attraction lies south of Inverness being ‘Loch-Ness’
famous for it’s monster and has fascinated locals and visitors for hundreds of years.

Places to Visit

Drumnadrochit on the west side of Loch Ness, see all the ‘Nessy’ attractions & take a Loch-Ness River Cruise.

Beauly at the innermost coast of the Beauly Firth and only 12 miles from Inverness is an excellent and most enjoyable example of a historic Highland Town.

Fort Augustus at the south end of Loch-Ness has a visitor centre at the Benedictine Abbey right on the Loch side, with an exhibition detailing the history of the Highlands.

The River Nethy a mile before it reaches the river Spey, one of Scotland’s famous salmon rivers.  The forests around Nethy are full of interesting wildlife from Red Squirrels, Crested Tits, Crossbills and Pine Martins, and the rarely spotted Wild Cat.

Inverness the capital of the Highlands became Scotland’s fifth city in celebration of the start of the Third Millennium.  It lies the north end of the Great Glen, where the River Ness flows into the Moray Firth.  Inverness is a bustling city with a compact and attractive city centre.

Nethy Bridge is situated in the heart of beautiful Strathspey and Grantown, it is the perfect centre to enjoy the countryside of the Scottish Highlands.

Inverness-shire is a very interesting place to explore, a good place to start your ‘Highland Shopping Spree’ have a great night out and just enjoy a taste of Scotland.

Aberdeenshire

The market town of Turriff gained burgh status in 1512.  Over the years Turriff has developed as an important market town, it is still the main centre for rural farming with a range of local shops, swimming pool, golf course & sports centre.

Places to Visit

Turriff Show is perhaps best known for the ‘Turra Show’ dating from 1864 this annual two-day agricultural show in August is one of the largest in Scotland, regularly attracting around 40,000 visitors.

Delgatie Castle Turriff  This unique Scottish castle most recently the home of the late Capt. Hay of Delgatie, Feudal Baron and the CLan Hay Centre, Mary Queen of Scots stayed at Delgatie for three days after the Battle of Cirrichie in 1562, her bedchamber is on view to the visitor.

Aden Farming Museum  Relive the story of our famous farming past in the surroundings of the beautiful Aden Country Park.  Explore the ‘Aden Estate Story’ and ‘Weel Vrocht Grun’ exhibitions, also visit Hareshowe a working farm set in the 1950’s.

The Macduff Marine Aquarium  Here you can find out all you need to know about one of the best visitor attractions in the North East of Scotland, plan your day out and learn about some of the wonderful sea-life exhibited in the award-winning aquarium.

Aberdeen is a great place to explore, don’t forget to visit the Aberdeen Maritime Museum and Fyvie Castle where ghosts and legends are woven into the tapestry of Fyvie’s 800 year history.

Ross-shire

Ross-shire is a must!  The Highlands of Scotland are framed for their wonderful scenery and this area is no exception!

Places to Visit

Aultbea lies on the beautiful coast of Wester Ross, overlooking the shores of Loch Ewe.  The area has many interesting walks, fishing by Loch, River or Sea and just a short drive boasts the most spectacular beaches.

Kinlochewe  provides an excellent base for a wide range of walking & climbing in the area.  Here you can take in the Beinn Fighe Visitor Centre which is a display of the geography, geology & natural history on this nature reserve.

Loch Ewe  The village of Poolewe is small but very attractive at the head of the sheltered sea loch of Loch Ewe.  It once used to be a bustling little port with connections to the Outer Isles, however it is now famous for being only a mile down the road from the world-famous Inverewe Gardens.  The gardens are recognised as one of the finest gardens in Europe, it is a mecca for garden lovers who marvel at the rich diversity of plants which thrives in this remote area of the Highlands!

Wester Ross

Wester Ross boasts many attractive & interesting places to visit!

Places to Visit

Ullapool  A picturesque fishing village with a good range of facilities, lovely restaurants, shops, cafes, bars & live entertainment.  It also boasts sea-fishing, ferry to Stornaway & boat cruises.  There is also a leisure centre with climbing wall, fitness suite etc.

Summer Isles Cruises  A great boat trip where you will see spectacular caves, seals & lots of wonderful scenery.

Achiltibuie  is just the best known of small settlements around the coast of the western end of the Coigach Peninsula.  Following the road North West brings you to Polbain & Altandu, this is North West of Scotland as it used to be 20 or 30 years ago.

Applecross  although now has modern tourist facilities, it has also managed to maintain its old worlde charm where visitors really feel part of village life, this delightful village boasts great food at the local Inn, large sandy beaches.  It is worth taking a visit to the flower tunnel cafe, or just purely relax and take in the stunning scenery!

Morayshire

Morayshire boasts many delightful places to visit including the Cairngorms National Park which covers a wide area in the heart of the Scottish Highlands.

Places to Visit

Aviemore  is situated in the centre of the Cairngorms National Park and at the head of the Speyside Way.  It is a village for ‘all seasons’ firmly set in the 21st Century, recognised by all initially for it’s famous ‘Ski-slopes’ it now plays a vital part in the Scottish tourist industry due mainly to it’s unique setting and awesome surroundings.

Grantown On Spey the traditional capital of the Strathspey region, an attractive & charming town on the northern edge of the Cairngorms National Park.  The town is surrounded by ancient woodlands and is home to a wide variety of wildlife.

Cairngorms National Park covers a wide area in the highlands.  It is Britain’s largest National Park and is home to Britain’s highest and most massive mountain range,  it’s biggest native forests, wonderfully clean rivers & lochs.  Visitors can also explore the rich cultural heritage at the many friendly little towns & villages located within the park.

Kincraig and Insh This is an area of outstanding natural beauty and contains some of Scotland’s most treasured landscapes & rare wildlife.  The snow-capped hills of the Cairngorms range provide a dramatic backdrop to Kincraig’s unique setting.

Morayshire is an area of outstanding beauty with many areas to explore, also take a visit to Angus Glens, Royal Deeside, Donside, Glenlivet, Highland Perthshire & Strathspey areas.

Caithness

Caithness is a wonderful mixture of dramatic landscapes, stunning scenery from wild cliffs/tiny islands to lonely moorland and remote sandy beaches.

Places to Visit

Dunnet Head  Britain’s most northerly point – here you can see the most spectacular wildlife you will probably ever see, the most dramatic landscape where you can completely get away from everything!

Castle of Mey  The Queen Mother’s former residence in the village of Mey, here you can take a guided tour around the castle, have a bite to eat in the delightful café and wonder round the spectacular visitor Centre, you can also take a stroll around the wonderful gardens.

John-O-Groats  a must when you have come this far north, take a stroll around the gift shops, have a bite to eat in one of the cafe’s.  Daily trips run from John-O-Groats to the Orkney Islands throughout the summer months, also spectacular boat trips around the stacks of Duncansby.

Orkkney Islands  are only a ferry ride away, Orkney has lots to offer visitors from historic attractions, beautiful wildlife & a traditionally warm welcome. Either take a guided bus tour to the Orkney’s or for the more adventurous take your car and spend a few days exploring this fascinating place, ferries depart from Gills Bay & Scrabster.

Dunnet Bay  the famous Dunnet Bay boasts golden sands where you can take long leisurely strolls, sunbathe, or build sand-castles.  It also famous to surfers from all over the world.

The Northern Lights  You many be even lucky enough to see the Northern Lights – one of the world’s most natural phenomena – the northern night sky dancing with colours.  The best time to see the northern lights is October, November, December, January between 10 p.m. & 3 a.m.  if you don’t see the lights you will see the stars – many more than you will see anywhere else less remote – the longer you look up the more stars will appear!

Caithness is a place you must see in your lifetime, it is Scotland’s Northern Wilderness, you will find spectacular bays, pretty harbours & foaming rivers rich in brown trout & salmon – the trip to the beautiful North Coast is just over a 2 hour drive from Inverness –  an unforgettable experience!

Pitlochry

Pitlochry is a delightful Victorian Town in the beautiful county of Perthshire, it’s many activities available make it one of the best holiday destinations in Scotland.

Places to Visit

The Famous ‘Festival Theatre’, it’s main season runs from May to October, at it’s peak you can see 7 plays in 6 days.  Concerts and other entertainments are also staged here.

The Enchanted Forest a yearly event which takes place in October, extremely popular attraction not to be missed!

Salmon Ladder A Visit to the salmon ladder is a must! also take a look at the Dam Visitor Centre.

Atholl & Edradour Distilleries  Learn the secrets of malt whisky making and visit the famous distilleries.

House of Bruar for the shopping enthusiasts, the House of Bruar is a fantastic place for fine shopping & dining – Scotland at it’s best!

The Falls of Bruar near Blair Atholl is a scenic place to visit alongside the House of Bruar.

Killiecrankie only a half hour drive away lies the dramatic pass of Killiecrankie, scene of the famous battle, take a look in the Visitor Centre and for the brave why not take a Bungee Jump!

Blair Castle you are spoilt for choice for visiting famous Scottish Castles in this area.

Lecht Ski Resort within an easy 90 minute drive you can easily reach the Lecht SKi Resort, this fantastic activity centre features an excellent dry ski slope, the longest natural run being 900m  – you will also find quad bikes, fun karts, chairlifts etc.

Pitlochry is a fantastic place for all outdoor enthusiasts and attracts:-
Golfers, Walkers, Fishermen, Cyclists, Hill Walkers – whatever you decide to do we are sure you will want to return!