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Loch Ness, Inverness
& Surrounding Area

Guest House Accommodation near Loch Ness

Explore Inverness and the Highlands of Scotland from our centrally located guest house accommodation with some day trip suggestions.

To begin with, some day trips and opportunities for you to consider when visiting Carndaisy House B&B in and around the Inverness area.

Inverness Festivals website contains up to date information regarding Festivals to be held in the Inverness area during the Summer and Winter months. Visit Eden Court Theatre website to get a full up to date resume of what is playing when you visit the area. A visit to Culloden Battlefield is a must do with its recently extended and refurbished visitor centre.

Full information relating to this last battle fought on British soil gives a fascinating insight into the people who fought on both sides and it’s not as clean cut as you may first have thought. This was no exclusive English Scottish affair.

Travel further east and you will come upon the small village of Cawdor whereCawdor Castle is situated, a small cosy castle mentioned by Shakespeare in his play Macbeth, a full programme of summer events is planned at Cawdor.

Returning West to Inverness and then travelling North before east again onto the Black Isle peninsula, visit Channory Point near Fortrose and go Dolphin spotting, you may even be really fortunate and spot a school of whales.

Continue eastwards on the Black Isle and you will come upon the small village of Cromarty with its coffee shop / restaurant, antique shop and small museums.

Turn back inland towards Muir of Ord and you may visit Glen Ord Malt whisky distillery, a very fine tasting malt whisky indeed where you may take a tour and enjoy the visitor centre.

Travel North to Fearn and visit ANTA Pottery before travelling a few miles further North to visit Tain Pottery. Both are top quality pottery.

Continue North and cross the Dornoch Firth, entering the Sutherland County Town of Dornoch where a visit to the local Cathedral and The Old Jail, Dornochis a must do. Dornoch also hosts a quality antique shop, coffee shops, hotels and restaurants.

A few miles further North and you enter the coastal village of Golspie where on its northern edge sits the seat of the Clan Sutherland; Dunrobin Castle. Golspie is approximately one hour’s drive north of Carndaisy House and approximately half the distance to the North coast of Scotland and John O’Groats.

West of Inverness you must visit Loch ness, famous home to our resident monster here in the Scottish Highlands, who is known around the world as Nessy. There is also a fine visitor centre by Urquhart Castle overlooking the Loch. Nearby in Drumnadrochit sits The Loch Ness Visitor Centre, where a really interesting experience awaits you where information on various Nessy hunts over the years has been compiled.

Glen Affric is probably one of the most scenic Glens in Scotland with some wonderful walks. It is but a short travelling distance from Carndaisy House and well worth a visit.

Why not take a drive out to the head of Strathconon, a beautiful Strath which remains unspoilt no doubt owing to the fact that there is no through Road and is some twenty two miles to its head.

Travelling back into Inverness you will find The Aquadome, great swimming facilities, The Floral Hall, Rollerbowl, and Inverness Museum and Art Gallery. Just some of what Inverness offers.

The Strathpeffer Pavilion venue hosts many superb events throughout the year, from well known bands to craft/food fairs and we are only a 10 minute drive away!

Should you wish to plan a day’s events when at Carndaisy House just contact Linda and Dougie and they would be delighted to assist in making your visit to the area as worthwhile, interesting and as relaxing as possible.

See the following suggested itinerary’s as a flavour of what you may wish to undertake;

Day One

Things to see and do in Inverness. This can be a very varied day out…Beautiful walks along the River Ness…..Hop on Hop off bus around the city May-September….Visit Culloden Battlefield…travel out to Fort George…..Visit Cawdor Castle….. A full and enjoyable day out!

Day Two

Start by a tour at Glen Ord whisky distillery, five minutes from Carndaisy House, therafter travel North to Tain Pottery, where the girls will show you how this beautiful pottery is produced and hand painted…….continue north to Dornoch Cathedral…..visit the Jail House a beautiful shop where quality produce may be purchased, then make sure you leave yourself three hours to visit Dunrobin Castle and gardens on the Northern edge of Golspie……one word Amazing! If you had an early start to the day you may be able to fit in a visit to the Castle of Mey – the Highland home of Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother. This is about an hours drive North of Dunrobin Castle.

Day Three

How about a cruise on Loch Ness, a must do….a visit to the Loch Ness Exhibition Centre …..then back to Glen Affric to take in some of the most breath taking scenery anywhere in the Scottish Highlands….stopping of in Beauly on the way back, if it’s a Thursday take in the open air Pipe band and Highland dancers.

Day Four

Go West and to the coast, make a day of it, start early and drive along a particulary scenic route, taking in Gairloch, Poolewe, Inverewe Gardens and stopping of in Ullapool on your return to taste some of the best Fish and chips known!!

Day Five

How about a day out on the romantic Isle of Skye stopping of at the equally romantic Eilean Donan Castle en-route.

The Island of Skye now bridged from the mainland at Kyle of Lochalsh has a wealth of stunning scenery both sea and mountain, it also has a number of art gallerys and local jewellery and pottery shops. Not to mention some very fine restaurants.

The sea food available on Skye is world renown and in a class of its own.

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The Highlands really is the Scotland of your imagination, a beautiful and inspiring region of ancient landscapes with a fascinating history. Witness the amazing wildlife and take part in some thrilling outdoor pursuits. Explore the many mountains and glens, the stunning islands and stretches of coastline and follow the country's only Malt Whisky Trail.

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