When August arrives, the air is that bit warmer and so is the water. It’s a great month to step outside and make the most of our beautiful country. Take to the water on a cruise or canoe, or get hiking up into the mountains.
A unique activity to try when you are visiting Loch Ness is to go on a canoe safari. This is a great way to spot some local wildlife and see stunning scenery and geology, whilst making as little impact on the environment as possible. Take a trip towards the amazing Aigas Gorge and along the River Beauly.
You can also go on boating holidays and day trips to the Caledonian Canal. This beautiful stretch of water runs from Fort William in the south west up to Inverness in the north east. At 60 miles long, there’s plenty to explore along this waterway.
If you are looking for something different, join one of our outdoor activity centres for an exhilarating experience. From zorbing and paddle boarding, to gorge walking and so, so much more!
Would you like to see a dolphin jump up alongside you as you zoom across the water on a boat? Then we’ve got the perfect trip for you! A Dolphin Spirit RIB boat ride takes you dolphin spotting along the Moray Firth, not far from Inverness. Your guides have keen eyes and will make sure you don’t miss a thing.
Dolphins can also be spotted without taking to the water. Fort George is a good place to take your binoculars, and can be visited as part of the East of Inverness Heritage Trail. This is a great trip that takes in over 4,000 years of Highland history!
Sometimes doing things in a group is just better. You might be visiting as part of a work team-building break. Or maybe you are celebrating on a hen or stag party. Whatever your reason, there’s plenty to do. Take a trip to Craggan Outdoors for their mini-Highland Games. Toss a caber, play tug o’ war and even wang a wellie! If you are looking for the real thing, be sure to visit Glenurquhart Highland Games.
Join a tour of your choice and explore our whisky distilleries like Glen Ord and taste the best flavours of Scotland. Visit historic sites with the inside knowledge of our local experts. This is the best way of experiencing and learning so much more of Scotland’s past.
Strap on your boots, heave on your backpack and set off out into the Scottish wilderness this August. There are so many viewpounts and trails that you could easily walk for days! A great trail to follow if the Loch Ness 360° trail which guides you round the whole circumference of the loch.
Suidhe viewpoint is a great place to aim for, as it gives you a wonderful view of the area. Loch Tarff is nearby and offers quieter shores than bigger lochs. On the opposite end of Loch Ness from Inverness sits Fort Augustus. Here you can stay at Fort Augustus Abbey, no longer an abbey but a beautiful collection of luxurious self-catering apartments.