Top 5 Things To Do In The Highlands

The Highlands of Scotland is a favourite destination for travellers and adventurists. This ancient and breathtakingly beautiful part of the world has a breadth of opportunities for all tastes.

Whether you want a quiet pampering break or an extreme sports holiday, travel in the highlands of Scotland has it all.

Here are my 5 recommended places to travel in the highlands of Scotland:

  1. Cairngorms National Park, Britain’s largest national park. It offers a unique range of landscapes, wildlife and activities. Whether you want to go white water rafting, mountain climbing or wildlife watching Carngorms has it all!
  2. The world famous Loch Ness. You can take a cruise on this famous loch and maybe have a glimpse at the mystical monster that lives beneath!
  3. Fort George is my recommended historical site.  Fort George is Europe’s best preserved 18th century fort and is the only ancient monument that is still functioning in Scotland.
  4. Scotland’s Speyside Malt Whiskey Trail. Visit whiskey distilleries, learn how they make the world famous beverage. Speyside has a rich whiskey heritage with many great pubs with friendly locals.
  5. Fly fishing in Sky Ghillie. Catch famous Scottish salmon and maybe spot a golden eagle while rowing down the Misty Isles’ beautiful rivers.

By far the best way to travel in the highlands of Scotland is by train. This gives you an opportunity to take in the amazing scenery. There are two train stations in the highlands, Inverness & Fort William and these have regular services to and from all major UK destinations.

These are just a small portion of what you can do when you travel in the highlands of Scotland. The Scottish highlands are one of the safest, most vibrant and beautiful places to travel in Europe and certainly will be a trip to remember.

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Inverness half marathon – 14 March 2010

The annual Inverness Half Marathon (and Fun Run) takes place on 14 March, taking in one of the most scenic routes of any half marathon, along the banks of the River Ness and along Loch Ness itself.

Entries can be submitted until 28 February, or until the 1750 competitor limit is reached (whichever is first); entry forms can be completed online.

For competitors coming to Inverness for the weekend, the Inverness Guest House Association offers an excellent selection of high quality Inverness B & Bs. Click on our Inverness bed and breakfast association website to find a choice of Inverness city centre guest houses. IGHA members have all been quality assessed by the AA or by VisitScotland and all offer a high standard of Inverness accommodation.

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Cruise Loch Ness in style – luxury boat trips from Inverness

If you’re looking for something a bit different and special to do while enjoying the hospitality of your Inverness guest house, consider taking a luxury cruise on Loch Ness!

Highland Free Spirits offer exclusive trips on Loch Ness on their luxurious fast flybridge motor cruiser. They can accommodate parties of up to 6 guests, visiting both well known spots such as Urquhart Castle or Dores Bay, as well as lesser known gems around the loch. Trips depart from Dochgarroch (where the northern most stretch of the Caledonian Canal meets Loch Ness), just a few miles south of Inverness.

Highland Free Spirits can provide daytime trips, evening excursions (enjoy watching the sun set over Fort Augustus), winter cruises(which can be enjoyed from the warmth of the centrally heated saloon!), and outings to celebrate a special occasion (even weddings!)

The cruiser is capable of speeds in excess of 30 knots for guests who like to feel the wind in their hair, or a more leisurely pace for those who prefer to proceed more gently!

Last year four of our guests from the US found their day out with Highland Free Spirits to be the highlight of their 2 week Scottish vacation. More recently (last weekend!) close friends enjoyed a fabulous day out exploring the beautiful hidden spots around Loch Ness, while enjoying a gourmet champagne lunch.

The fully qualified skippers and experienced crew carry a full inventory of saftey enquipment, and ensure that your trip is fun, enjoyable, and safe.

A Loch Ness cruise with Highland Free Spirits promises a highly rewarding and unforgettable excursion during your Highland vacation. Some of our Inverness B&B owners have personal experience of these wonderful cruises and we can recommend them unreservedly!

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Horse riding near Inverness – pony trekking in the Highlands

There are some great horse riding trails in the countryside near Inverness. The Highland Riding Centre is based at Borlum Farm, situated in the hills overlooking Loch Ness, and comprises over 400 acres of land with a real variety of field, mountain and forest paths. They cater for riding for all abilities. Borlum Farm (approved by the ABRS and the BHS) is also home to Riding for the Disabled.

Horse riding is also available in the stunning Glen Affric Nature Reserve, with Highland Pony Treks and Trail Rides. Guided walks are also available.

Exploring the beautiful Highland countryside by horseback is a wonderful day out for visitors enjoying Inverness guest house hospitality.

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2009 Ceilidh Trail – traditional music in Inverness

The Caledonian Canal Ceilidh Trail is an annual event in the Inverness area, running for 4 weeks from mid July, and showcasing local musicians performing traditional song, dance and music in various locations round the area. Most events are free, and some include Loch Ness boat trips with Jacobite Cruises – check the programme for more details. On Mondays from 4 until 5pm informal music sessions are taking place at Urquhart Castle, on the shores of Loch Ness.

The Ceilidh Trail culminates with the Tartan Heart Festival at Belladrum, Beauly, on 7 and 8 August.

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