Leisure Activities in Inverness and Surrounding Area
If you are a keen explorer and love Scotland, Glendruidh House recommends the 'Scotland Outdoors' magazine. With four issues per year, this informative read is great value:
Inverness has been the administrative and cultural capital of the Highlands of Scotland for hundreds of years. Visitors will never be stuck for something to watch or take part in. Events include various Highland Games throughout the summer, Folk Festivals, Food Festivals, Art Festivals and Art and Craft Exhibitions. There are also several Theatres, Cinemas and Music venues.
A busy city with lively nightlife, Inverness has vibrant shopping centres and the beautiful River Ness running right through the middle. Where else can you take a break from shopping to watch a fisherman land a 15lb salmon?!
Inverness is a great cultural centre, with several Live Scottish Music venues, specialising in Highland music past and present. Hootananys and the Ironworks are two of the main venues, but many pubs offer live music on most nights of the week.
All roads radiate out of Inverness, which means you can leave Inverness in the morning, take a grand tour around the Highlands and return in the evening on a completely different road.
Inverness Castle, Cawdor Castle, Brodie Castle, Elgin Cathedral, Dornoch Cathedral, Culloden Battlefield [scene of the last battle to be fought on British soil in 1746], dozens of distilleries, Fort George [the largest fort in Europe] and the Clava Cairns are a few of the many attractions within easy reach of Glendruidh House.
See the - Happy Tours Website - for information about walks and tours of Inverness.
The Scottish Highlands
The Spectacular Highland scenery is bettered by none and matched by few. Glens and mountains, lochs and rivers, forests and beaches, bays and islands all with a fantastic history that touches the soul.
Glen Affric, Glen Strathfarrar, Glen Mazarine, Loch Ness, Loch Morar, Ben Wyvis and the Grampian Mountains are just a few of the many scenic places to visit in the Scottish Highlands. Also within an easy day trip's distance of Inverness is the stunning Eilean Donan Castle, close to the village of Dornie.
Michael, host at Glendruidh House, will be pleased to help guests get the most out of a holiday in the Scottish Highlands. He can assist with arranging tours and activities, and point out the special little places not mentioned on the tourist maps and guides. When the day is done guests can retire to the saloon or drawing room and swap stories from the day's adventures.
Other activities available in the area include:
- Walking, Climbing, Mountain Biking *
- Introductory flying lesson [see the Highlands from the air]
- Sailing, Canal Cruising, Water Sports, Hang Gliding, Gliding
* If your interest is cycling or mountain biking, please see - customised Mountain Biking Holidays in Scotland - website.
Glendruidh House is situated at the end of the Great Glen Walk, and is a great place to relax after walking one of the great Highland walks. There is also a Great Glen cycleway.
Golfing Holidays and Breaks
Scotland is famous for its golf and the Scottish Highlands include 45 wonderful full-size courses - from the famous Royal Dornoch, ranked in the top 10 in the world, to the many 'unheard of' but no less exciting courses to play.
Loch Ness Golf Course is adjacent to Glendruidh House, and winds its way up the hill overlooking Inverness and the Moray Firth.
Please see - Fortrose & Rosemarkie Golf Club Website - less than 20 miles (30 minutes by car) from Glendruidh House and one of the best courses in the area.
Wildlife and Bird Watching
For wildlife enthusiasts, Deer, Wildcat, Pine Martin, Osprey, Red Kite, Otter, Seals, Dolphin, Puffins, Eagles, Capercaille, Badger and Scottish Crossbill are a few of the species that inhabit the area. Excellent Fishing and Wild Dolphin watching and Seal spotting tours are available. The area also boasts superb Bird Watching [especially through the winter].
Glendruidh House is at the centre of the Highland Whisky Trail, with many of the well known and the not so well known distilleries nearby - Glenfiddich, Macallan, Glenmorangie, Glenfarclas and Glen Ord to name a few.
A wonderful tour from Inverness to Elgin and the along Strathspey to Grantown on Spey, then back to Inverness, will take in many distilleries - as well as castles, battlegrounds, prehistoric sites, abbeys and wonderful panoramic views.
Geneology is well catered for in the Inverness area, with a dedicated member of staff at the local library to help you trace your roots - and the heraldic centre where you can find your clan, family motto or coat of arms.
Please see also our other Leisure pages:
- Loch Ness - Glendruidh House offers accommodation near the famous loch
- Stones and Cairns - Historic monuments in The Scottish Highlands
- What to Expect in Scotland - Michael's brief introduction to a holiday or short break in Scotland
Staying in Inverness, then Moving On to the Hebrides
A number of guests stay at Glendruidh as their first port of call in Scotland. Some then travel on from Inverness to the Hebridean Islands, please see - Hebridean Archaelogical Tours Scotland - website if this is of interest.