If you love the outdoors and you love sports, you’ll love this itinerary.
Inverness and Loch Ness, the outdoor capital for adrenaline junkies, nature lovers and experience seekers. Set in the most beautiful of lands, a natural playground just waiting to be explored.
Here in our Outdoor Sports Itinerary, we will cover just a few options to help you get started for a few days of brilliant sports activities in the Scottish Highlands. From beginners to pros, there’s something for sports enthusiasts at all levels to enjoy. Just take it all in, at your own pace…
Day 1: Mountain Biking
Whether you want to bring your own bike, arrive on bike via the amazing Caledonia Way, Sustrans 77 or hire a bike. (You can pick up hybrid bikes or mountain bikes from Ticket to Ride cycle hire in Inverness.) On two wheels is an absolutely spectacular way to experience the Highlands in a way you can’t by car. And now you’re ready to for adventure on one of our many cycle trails.
Enjoy a section or two of the Loch Ness 360° Trail, which connects the South Loch Ness Trail with the Great Glen Way in a loop around Loch Ness. Or connect up to the Caledonian Canal cycle route at Fort Augustus where you can take in great sights such as the old Abbey and enjoy some holiday shopping. All are spectacular rides through with lots of stunning views to take in along the way.
Where to Eat In Inverness at Night
In the evening, check out The Dog House sports bar in Inverness. Here, you can catch your favourite sporting event on the big screen, enjoy a game of pool or darts, and refuel with a burger and a beer. Or if you fancy a wee dram, be sure to check out The Highland Whisky Experience at MacGregor’s Bar (only held on certain dates). If you’re looking for a good steak in Inverness, we highly recommend the Conservatory Restaurant and Whisky Bar at the Kingsmills Hotel. Or for fine dining pop into the Rocpool Restaurant the River House Restaurant on the banks of the River Ness, overlooking the Castle.
Day 2: A Bit of Scottish Golf
No visit to Scotland is complete without experiencing our stunning parkland golf courses. Whether you’re a complete novice or striking off on a par 2, we promise a great day to remember.
Start the day with a hearty Scottish breakfast before setting off for your round. We have a course right in the heart of the city, Inverness Golf Club if you fancy a quick round. For beginners and intermediates, we would recommend Aigas Golf Course. Aigas club nestles spectacularly between the Aigas forest and the peaceful river Beauly just 5 minutes drive the beautiful village of Beauly. Here you can enjoy shopping and great food from places like Corner on the Square and Cafe Biagiotti.
Highland Links Golf Courses
Advanced players may prefer more of a challenge at Castle Stuart, voted one of the world’s best links courses.
An Afternoon of Fishing
Then, spend the afternoon fly fishing on the majestic banks of the River Farrar at Culligran Estate. There are 3 beats here, over 5 miles of mostly double-bank fishing. You’ll find salmon or trout in the river, or perhaps both, depending on the time of year. Another super place for fishing is Eagle Brae. Guests of this 5 star log cabin wilderness resort can enjoy some of the finest fishing, hunting, bird watching and star gazing holidays on their estate. They overlook the beautiful Strathglass Glen near Beauly.
Day 3: Outdoor Activity Centres, Horse Riding & Go Karting
Now for some guided trips and thrilling outdoor activities! Join In Your Element for some Abseiling, Archery, Bushcraft Skills, Gorge Scrambling, rock climbing, Guided walks and mini Highland Games. The choice is yours! We promise this is one of the most exhilarating ways to experience some of the hidden locations known to your expert activity leaders. So get yourself booked in advance!
Another amazing experience, not to be missed, is to enjoy a guided Canoe Safari on Loch Ness with Explore Highland. Paddle the Bay of Sunken Boats, the Great Glen or Paddle Board them! Both of these splendid activity centres have plenty of options to suit all.
A Hack Over the Hills
Then, if you’ve got a bit of energy left, why not fit in an afternoon horse riding? For experienced horse riders, an incredible adventure on the scenic south side of Loch Ness awaits. Join Loch Ness Riding for a hack over the hills, for some spectacular views.
If four wheels rather than legs are more your thing, then speed your way around the track at Inverness Kart Raceway. The Highland’s number one Indoor Go-Karting Centre. Brace yourself for a state-of-the-art circuit with hair-raising straights, hairpin turns and swooping chicanes.
Day 4: Outdoor Sports
On your final morning, head down to Craggan Outdoors and choose from their fantastic offering of outdoor fun. There’s clay pigeon shooting, pony trekking, disc golf, high ropes, paintball, gorge walking, rock climbing… pretty much anything you can think of, they do it! and more! Located close to Aviemore, just south of Inverness. This is the perfect place to spend your day. What’s more, they have an onsite Cafe and offer on-site accommodation too!
The Cairngorm National Park
To finish off our sporting itinerary, whilst near Aviemore, you must pop up to the Cairngorms National Park, where you will find an abundance of walking, winter sports and a funicular railway up the mountain. Here you can also find Dog Sledding excursions and you must visit the Cairngorms Reindeer Centre, where you can meet and feed the resident herd.
And with that, our Loch Ness and Inverness sports itinerary comes to an end. It’s time to leave the Scottish Highlands with fantastic memories that will last a lifetime. We hope to see you again soon for more sporting adventures!
Time to relax? See our Time to Relax Itinerary.