Visit Eden Court Theatre, Inverness Museum and Art Gallery, Inverness Aquadome Leisure Waters or stroll along the banks of the River Ness and explore the Ness Islands. For younger members of the family Whin Park, Walker Park and Bellfield Park are ideally suited to their needs or for the more adventurous Abriachan Trails, high above the shores of Loch Ness, are not to be missed
Book a session at The Highland Archive Centre where experienced Researchers can assist you trace your Scottish Ancestry.
CULLODEN BATTLEFIELD AND VISITOR CENTRE
Broombank Cottage is situated on the edge of Culloden Moor, the location of the infamous Battle of Culloden, the site of the final confrontation of the 1745 Jacobite uprising. Culloden Visitor Exhibition Centre allows visitors, through interactive characters and incorporating the latest historical and archaeological evidence to detail the course of events. You can also visit the old Leanach Farmhouse, which survived the battle and has been restored with a traditional heather thatched roof.
Fort George is a large 18th Century Fortress on the shores of the Inner Moray Firth, built against further Jacobite unrest following the Battle of Culloden in 1746. The Fort is home to the newly refurbished regimental Highlanders Museum.
NAIRN AND THE MORAY COAST
Soak up the sun on beautiful sandy beaches on the shores of the Moray Firth in Nairn, Findhorn and Lossiemouth. Visit Culbin Forrest and explore the many tracks and trails within the forest where there is a diverse range of bird life, managed by The RSPB – access is free all year round.
Follow the world famous Malt Whisky Trail where you can tour some of the many distilleries Benromach Distillery, Glen Moray Distillery, Glen Rothes and MacAllan Distilleries to name but a few. Stop off at The Speyside Cooperage where you can experience the ancient art of coopering or take a step back in time and visit the Knockando Wool Mill, currently being restored to its former glory.
Stop off at Brodie Castle, Baxters of Speyside Visitor Centre or Johnstons of Elgin.
URQUHART CASTLE AND LOCH NESS
Take a trip along the Caledonian Canal from Inverness out onto Loch Ness on a Jacobite Cruise where you may be lucky enough to spot, “Nessie”, the elusive Loch Ness Monster, then stop off at Urquhart Castle. The present castle ruins date from the 13th to the 16th Centuries and command splendid views of the Loch and the Great Glen.
Explore the historic and magical Cawdor Castle built as a private fortress by the Thane of Cawdor in the late 14th Century and home of the current The Dowager, Countess Cawdor. Soak up the atmosphere of the Castle which has been linked to Shakespeare’s Macbeth.
Stroll through one of the 3 gardens and ramble on the extensive woodland nature trails, or play a round of golf on the Castles 9-hole course.
The 3 Clava Cairns at Balnuaran, just south of the Culloden Battlefield, are some of the finest examples of Bronze Age Circular Chambers and date back 4000 years.
To the east of the Cairns you will see the Culloden Viaduct the longest masonry viaduct in Scotland and one of the most spectacular.