Special places to explore whilst enjoying some time out.
For the perfect Loch Ness and Inverness retreat, follow our 4-day relaxation itinerary. More than just a Scottish spa break, we will take you on a calming journey through the most tranquil scenery, tantalising tastes and pampering experiences in the Highlands.
Day 1: Loch Ness Cruise & Fine Dining
Welcome to Inverness and Loch Ness. Begin your relaxing break with a gentle Reflection Cruise from Loch Ness by Jacobite. This three-hour boat tour passes by some of the most stunning scenes in the Scottish Highlands, with romantic views of Aldourie Castle, Bona Lighthouse and Urquhart Castle. It’s a great introduction to our beautiful region, on the tranquil waters of Loch Ness.
In the evening, treat yourself to a wonderful dining experience with river views at Rocpool Restaurant in Inverness. The Rocpool Restaurant is one of our truly special fine dining restaurants in Inverness. One not to miss on a visit. But do remember to book in advance.
Jacobite Cruise on Loch Ness by Urquhart Castle
Day 2: River Walks, Country Houses & Botanics
Start the day with a leisurely walk along the River Ness, taking in the sights such as Inverness Castle and Cathedral. Stop at the castle to go up the viewing platform for the superb city and country views. Then continue on up the river to our famous Ness Islands. A wonderful place to meander, take in natures delights and enjoy sculptures, trees and water.
For lunch, take a 10-minute drive along to dine at the splendid Loch Ness Country House Hotel. An oasis of calm with an elegant dining room and magnificent grounds to explore. Enjoy wine on the terrace, stroll in the magnificent gardens, and soak up wonderful highland views.
Views from Loch Ness Country House Hotel
After a leisurely lunch, take a 5-minute drive back towards Inverness centre and visit our wonderful Inverness Botanic Gardens. These beautiful gardens offer a tranquil haven within walking distance of the city centre. Here you can take it easy, surrounded by a huge variety of gorgeous flowers, plants and trees. Plus, explore their wonderful cactus gardens.
Inverness Botanic Gardens Cactus House
Finally, it’s time to be pampered. Head a few minutes up the hill to the wonderful Kingsmills Hotel and Spa. Here you can enjoy a swim, afternoon tea, or spa day. Choose from a wide selection of heavenly spa treatments, unwind in the pool, jacuzzi, steam room and sauna. Then enjoy a scrumptious dinner in their charming Conservatory Restaurant, with drinks from the whisky bar. We promise you, here to enjoy a refreshing, Scottish welcome and wonderful service.
Kingsmills Hotel Inverness
Day 3: Dolphin Spotting, Whiskey and Dinner
Day three begins with a very special experience on a Dolphin Spirit cruise. If you’re lucky, you’ll see the majestic dolphins of the Moray Firth jump out of the water beside your boat. And there’s plenty more wildlife to look out for too as well as incredible scenery.
Bottlenose Dolphin Spotting
Whisky lovers will be in their element with a tour and tasting at the Glen Ord Distillery. Here, you can learn all about the Scotch whisky making process in the distillery. Then sit back and savour a wee dram. Glen Ord is one of Scotland’s old home’s to “the water of life”. Whether you are a whisky lover or just enjoy learning about old age cultures and our history, a tour is extremely enjoyable for all.
Glen Ord Whisky Distillery
Set in the beautiful Glen Affric, “the beautiful glen”. Here you can take in the stunning scenery on a relaxing stroll, before heading along the road for dinner to our next surprise. Just a 25-minute drive back towards Inverness, it’s time to settle down to a delicious meal at the award-winning Table Manors. Table Manors is set on the Estate of Achnagairn Castle in one of their “Mini-Manors”. Here you can enjoy a delicious meal, or even book accommodation if you fancy a night on this lovely estate. As you enter the Achnagairn Castle Estate turn left towards Perfect Manors and the Table Manors restaurant is the first on your left.
Table Manors at Achnagairn Castle Estate
Day 4: Scottish Castles & Beach Walks
Time for another Scottish Castle. This time you must visit the picturesque Cawdor Castle and Gardens. Still a home in residence to Lady Cawdor. Surrounded by exquisite gardens and grounds, you can lose yourself for hours, taking in the grand sites. Within the castle walls, you can take a step back in history to castle life with beautiful ornate furnishings, tapestries and antiques.
Cawdor Castle and Gardens
Before you leave Cawder, take a break at Cawdor Tavern. Here you can enjoy another step back in time in the oak-panelled lounge bar with roaring log fire. The restaurant features wrought iron Jacobean chandeliers for an added touch of Scots culture. After lunch, head 20 minutes North for a visit to the impressive Fort George. Here you can enjoy an ice-cream on the fort walls with wonderful Moray Firth views.
Finally, no trip East of Inverness is complete without a relaxing walk along the beautiful and extensive Nairn Beach. A superb sandy beach which enjoys beautiful views across the Moray Firth to the Black Isles. This coastline is home to a resident school of dolphins too, so it’s worth packing a pair of binoculars. Here you can enjoy many coastal walks or visit the nature reserve at Kingsteps in the east and a viewpoint to the west.
The perfect way to end a refreshing escape in Inverness, exploring Loch Ness and beyond. We do hope you come back soon!
For places to eat and drink, be sure to see our Food & Drink Itinerary.