Urquhart Castle is probably the most visited attraction in the area. These extensive ruins were once one of Scotland's largest
castles; today the beautifully situated remains of the castle enjoy tremendous views up and down Loch Ness. There is an interesting
new visitor centre with audio visual presentation, cafe and all facilities.
This is a spectacular example of a passage grave, which a huge mound of pebbles, collected from the river, stacked into a giant
cairn, with a hollow chamber in the centre. The original roof of the burial chamber has collapsed, but the claustrophobic passageway
leading to it is still intact, and can be crawled through for its length of seven metres.
A visit to Glen Ord, on the edge of the Black Isle in the Highlands west of Inverness, is a delight to both the eye and the palate.
Watch our distillers at work creating a magicial malt whisky which is sweet, malty and dry on the palate. Adult admisson charges
includes a discount voucher, redeemable at the distillery against the purchase of a 70cl of single malt whisky. Try the excellent tour of the distillery, sample a wee dram, and browse the visitor centre shop.
Inverness Museum and Gallery reopened in early 2007 following a £1.3 million refurbishment. The new museum has superb displays
detailing the story of the Highlands from the very beginning to the present day. The Art Gallery upstairs hosts touring exhibitions.
The Loch Ness exhibition was opened by explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes. It takes visitors through seven themed areas on a journey
from the dawn of time to the third millennium. Whilst keeping the mystery centre stage, it is placed firmly into the context
of a loch with rare & unusual properties: some still motivate expeditions while others can "create" monsters. Here are the results
of that exploration, using the very latest multi-media system, original research equipment and authentic underwater films.
For the finest way to see Loch Ness, nothing compares to a luxury cruise with Jacobite - Experience Loch Ness, Scotland. Enjoy
the splendour of a bright summer's day. Thrill to the crisp exhilaration of a winter cruise, and when it's a little too
crisp! Enjoy it with a hot drink from the warmth of the centrally heated cabin. Whichever season you choose to visit, our Loch
Ness cruises are a superb way to experience the magnificence of the loch and explore its stunning attractions, such as the ancient ruins of Urquhart Castle.
The Black Isle Brewing Co is a small intensely independent organic brewery in the heart of the Scottish Highlands. Our mission
is to produce a range of top quality organic beers packaged in recycled materials. The barley and hops used are grown on organic
farms, without artificial fertilisers or herbicides. We at Black Isle Brewery believe that our beer is the best for both you and the environment.
Cromarty is one of the finest small towns in Scotland and the Courthouse museum has been described as the best place to begin
to get a sense of the town. Meet the eccentric 17th century laird Sir Thomas Urquhart of Cromarty, who proposed a University
of the Highlands as early as the 1650s.
See a trial from the 1770s in the original courtroom, with life-like animated models
with voices of local people. Understand the real history of the North of Scotland and the lives of its people. Explore the town
with a personal digital audiotour. Use our extensive records to make your own discoveries in Highland History.
This is a wildlife trip with a difference! You may encounter osprey and red kites or if you are really lucky, seals and our famous
bottlenose dolphins of the Moray Firth. Dolphin Trips Avoch run from April to October and operate up to six trips a day. Simply
the best for local knowledge and satisfaction. See anything from ospreys and otters to seals, dolphins, porpoise, buzzards and peregrines in safety and comfort.
The ultimate wildlife watching adventure at the heart of the Moray Firth. Located at the heart of the Moray Firth Special Area
of Conservation, EcoVentures offers you a truly exhilarating and memorable boat trip experience.
Clava Cairns is an impressive prehistoric site. It consists of a series of chambered burial cairns, some very well preserved,
surrounded by stone circles and other remains. The cairns are set amongst fine woodland and are a wonderful spot to visit.
A Highland garden with a fantastic mix of native and exotic plantings. Winding woodland paths edged by mossy stone walls, lead
up the hillside to stunning views out over Loch Ness. The Plant Nursery sells a wide range of hardy and unusual plants and we
are well known for our great range of shrubs, perennials and alpines. You may have seen us on Beechgrove Garden over the years,
now come and visit us yourself, find inspiration for your own garden and enjoy the peace of the woodland.
We stock a range of over 350 herb plants, wild flower plants, plants for wildlife, salad plants, as well as some alpines, bulbs,
herbaceous perennials, some small shrubs and heather plants. Many of the plants can be seen growing in our garden under the dramatic
backdrop of Brin Rock. We also have a small restaurant serving freshly made light meals, using home grown, local Scottish produce,
where possible and a Fine Food Shop selling a high quality local, Scottish food and drink. We are open every day during daylight hours for plant sales.
Walking can be dangerous and is done entirely at your own risk. Information is provided free of charge; it is each walker's responsibility to check it and navigate
using a map and compass.