If you are looking for some more physical activities to take on in the Highlands, then there are plenty of choices for you. Looking for water adventures in the Highlands? From speeding down Loch Ness on a RIB boat to paddling the Great Glen Way, you can find it here. There are also great activities to undertake on land, including cycling tours to see everything you can on your Loch Ness holidays.
Loch Ness is one of Scotland’s most popular lochs for visiting. It’s grand scale and sense of mystery keeps people coming to its shores year after year. But why stop at its shore? Take a tour on the Loch to see it from a fresh angle. And if you are looking for a bit of an adrenaline rush when doing so, then perhaps going out on a RIB (Rigid Inflatable Boat) is what you are after. You can join the Beastie Boats for a one-hour speed boat tour of the loch. Hear stories, see the sights and let the water splash in your face!
Culloden is one of the stops on the East of Inverness Heritage Trail, which is a fascinating car tour to go on. It also includes the Clava Cairns ancient burial grounds, a 4,000 year old structure where people would bury their dead.
You can also find Cawdor Castle on the trail. Many of us will have read about this location at school when studying Macbeth. It’s used as a home today, and you can visit its beautiful gardens. There’s also a magnificent wood you can explore here, and a great nature trail to walk along. This is a great adventure for kids of all ages.
For a calmer water experience, consider taking a canoe out on the river. This is your chance to paddle through some of the most glorious and dramatic scenery in the UK, going along the Great Glen and Loch Ness. Keep an eye out for wildlife along your route which can include otters, osprey and red squirrel.
Holidays in Inverness are relaxing. Take time to enjoy the Highlands outdoors. Beauly Priory is set in beautiful surroundings by the Beauly River. Built in 1230, this now roofless abbey is wonderful to wander around and explore.
The Wardlaw Mausoleum is the burial place for the Lovat Frasers. This is a popular location for fans of the Outlander series. If you plan on visiting, make sure you book ahead for a private tour.
For those wishing to spend the day in Inverness, there’s plenty to keep you busy. You could have afternoon tea at Ness Walk, followed by a light lunch at Zizis or any number of the high street chains that you have come to know and enjoy.
In Inverness in April, there’s also plenty of local, independent retailers open to visit. Like Leakey’s second-hand bookshop. And why not got for a walk around the Ness islands before finishing off with a quiet pint on the Castle Tavern, with its beer garden? Put your feet up on your Inverness trip.
To make sure you are suitably attired for the outdoors in Scotland, perhaps pay a visit to Campbell’s of Beauly. This is where royals come to get kitted out! This tailors and outfitters can make sure you look the part in finest Scottish tartan clothing.