Out and About Around Inverness
There are many places within easy reach of Inverness which you will enjoy visiting:
Cawdor Castle, linked by Shakespeare with Macbeth, is a 14th century castle with a massive central tower, moat, drawbridge, turrets, dungeon and stone spiral staircase. Inside the castle there is a personal and friendly atmosphere, as the family of the Earl of Cawdor still live there during the winter months.
A 16th century tower house, partly rebuilt and extended in the 17th and 19th century. It contains fine furniture, porcelain of several countries and a collection of paintings from the 17th to the 20th century.
This castle is home to the Dukes of Sutherland. It has a marvellous setting on the seashore.
In the 19th century the castle was transformed into a palace resembling a French château. The formal gardens are also in the French style.
Culloden Battlefield and visitor centre
Here the last battle on British soil took place in 1746 between Bonnie Prince Charlie and his Highland supporters and the government troops. The film and exhibits will give you an insight into the history of the Highlands.
Other suggestions: Cycling is a wonderful and relaxing way to enjoy the countryside. Here are three easy routes for all abilities, leading to great points of interest and good food.
Route 1: Culloden Battlefield and Clava Cairns (29km)
Route2: Ness Islands and Caledonian Canal (24km)
Route 3: Loch Ness (27km)
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Visit beautiful Speyside and take the Speyside Whisky Trail. Visit Aviemore and the Cairngorm National Park. There are plenty of low forest walks or you can take the funicular railway to the top of Cairngorm. If you feel more energetic you can find many Munros (hills over 3000 feet high) to climb in the area.
Relax at Nairn, the Victorian seaside resort with its white sandy beach, harbour with yachts and fishing boats, golf links and pine forest, where Charlie Chaplin and many other stars of stage and screen were regular visitors.