CHAMPIONSHIP GOLF COURSES
Visit one of the many golf courses in and around Inverness and the Moray Firth, including Inverness Golf Club; Inverness Fairways and Torvean Golf Club or Castle Stuart, the home of the Scottish Open from 2011 to 2013 and will again host the Open in 2016 when it returns to Inverness.
Just to the east lies Nairn where you can find 2 championship 18-hole courses, Nairn Golf Club Links and Nairn Dunbar.
Royal Dornoch Golf Course located 45 miles north of Inverness, is one of the most popular golf courses in Scotland.
EXPLORE THE WILDLIFE
Boat trips can be taken from Inverness Marina out into the Moray Firth where you can get up close to the resident colony of Bottlenose Dolphins or take a drive to Chanonry Point, Fortrose, which is considered to be the best place to spot dolphins close to the shoreline.
The Cairngorm National Park, home to 25% of Britain’s threatened species. Within the Park you may see Red Deer, Osprey, Ptarmigan, Capercaillie, Red Squirrel, Golden Eagles, Pine Martens and Wildcats and where you can see the only resident herd of Reindeer in Scotland or visit the Highland Wildlife Park at Kincraig.
THE CAIRNGORMS NATIONAL PARK
Within the Park you can experience a wide range of activities including water sports, fishing, walking and cycling. Take a trip up the Cairngorm Vehicular Railway to the top of the Cairngorms Mountains or visit the Landmark Visitor Centre, Carrbridge, which is ideal for children of all ages!
Take a drive to the West Coast of Scotland, where you can visit the scenic villages of Ullapool and Gairloch. Visit the beautiful Inverewe Gardens and Estate at Poolewe. Head on to Lochcarron through the Beinn Eighe Nature Reserve at Torridon or drive over the Bealach na Ba Pass (pass of the Cattle) to the village of Applecross where you can sample the locally caught seafood at the Applecross Inn.
A day trip to the iconic Eilean Donan Castle and Visitor Centre at Dornie, Kyle of Lochalsh is well worth a visit before crossing the bridge to the Isle of Skye, where you can head north to Portree, soaking up the views of the Cullin Hills or south to the Clan Donald Centre, Armadale.
Alternatively head north from Inverness across the Cromarty Firth and on to Dornoch and Golspie, where you can visit the fairytail Dunrobin Castle and Gardens – the family seat of the Earl of Sutherland and the Clan Sutherland. Visit Croick Church, which is well known for the messages etched on the church windows by families during the Highland Clearances in 1845.