There is lots to do in our area even on a rainy day!
You could say that our summer this year has been…well, where has it been?! As I put the heating on to keep the chill out on an August evening I was fondly remembering the great summer of 2014 – eating ice cream, picnic on the banks of the River Ness, walking and cycling in shorts and T-Shirt… Well, if the warm weather refuses to make an appearance there is no need to stay at home, the Inverness and Loch Ness area offers a huge choice of attractions and activities you can enjoy in all weathers!
The first activity that comes to mind on a rainy day is visiting a castle or museum. They have the added bonus of usually offering a coffee shop where you can enjoy a hot chocolate to warm up! A good start is a visit to beautiful Cawdor Castle east of Inverness and famous Urquhart Castle. Even though Urquhart Castle is a ruin and has therefore no roof, there is a fascinating visitor centre where you can stay dry and find out all about the castle’s history. If the holiday budget is already a bit stretched, try Inverness Museum and Art Gallery – entry is free and you can spend time exploring the history of the Highlands.
A wet day should not put you off one of the main attractions of the area – Loch Ness! You can sit in the heated saloon of one of the cruise boats on the Loch, enjoy a coffee and look out for Nessie without getting your waterproofs out. While you’re in the area, take some time to visit Drumnadrochit and its visitor centres to find out more about the Nessie legend – needless to say there are plenty of opportunities to enjoy a coffee or a wee dram of whisky in the village to keep the chill out!
Speaking of a dram of whisky, another fantastic way to spend a rainy day is to visit one of the area’s whisky distilleries and find out how the famous drink is made – after all, without rain there would be no water to make whisky!
Tomatin Distillery south of Inverness and Glen Ord Distillery near Beauly offer informative guided tours and whisky tastings.
And remember the old saying that there is no such thing as bad weather, only the wrong clothing… Still wouldn’t mind having a real summer again next year, though!