Stop for a while on your way to Inverness and Loch Ness to visit Daviot, Moy and Tomatin just south of the Highland Capital.
Understandably most visitors to our area coming up from the South on the A9 head straight for the city of Inverness and the attractions around Loch Ness…but the area around Tomatin and Moy just south of Inverness has got lots to offer, so it’s well worth a stop to explore and spend some time!
The village of Tomatin is home to Tomatin Distillery, so a stop here is a great opportunity to get to know more about Scotland’s “Water of Life”, learn more about how Whisky is made on a distillery tour and browse the gift shop. One of the unique features of Tomatin Distillery is that almost all workers live around the distillery and even tell their stories online at #tomatinlife!
Travelling north towards Inverness, why not take the scenic route through Moy instead of the A9 – and if you are wondering what the ropes across the road in Moy are…they are squirrel bridges! Red squirrels are still abundant in the Inverness and Loch Ness area and invading grey squirrels have not yet moved this far north. The squirrel bridges are hopefully going to help protect the endangered reds from the dangers of the road below!
Just before Inverness you pass the VisitScotland Information Centre at Daviot Wood – this is well worth a stop even if you are not planning to visit the Information Centre, as Daviot Wood offers a lovely 5k circular walk, very popular with dog walkers, runners and cyclists. The path is wide and level and suitable for all abilities. The walk is mostly through woodlands, but you can also catch some lovely views through the trees over Inverness.
For a wee refreshment after your walk, why not stop off at the Dairy at Daviot Café to enjoy some tasty home cooking and baking?