You can have a look at our What’s On guide of events in the area or discover the Highlands with some of the suggested trips below.
Ist Speyside & Whisky Tour
The Whisky Trail distilleries have great Visitor Centres but beware, check prices and opening times! Coach parties must book in advance and may be guided.
Your first stop could be the gardens and tour of Ballindalloch Castle, which is still ‘home’to the family, and then we can recommend Glenfarclas Distillery, where a guide and ‘wee dram’ await you, then go on to Aberlour to visit the Walkers Shortbread factory shop and a bit further on, maybe a picnic and a swim under Craigallachie Bridge. After that a stop at Speyside Cooperage where you can see barrels being handcrafted and repaired. Balvenie castle is in Dufftown of which it was often said, “Seven Stills on Seven Hills”! Home via Tomintoul, the UK’s highest village followed by a scenic route back to Nethy Bridge.
2nd Loch Ness & Inverness
You can do a circular route to Fort William in a car, then return up the western shore of Loch Ness to the Loch Ness Exhibition Centre. Or you could cruise the Loch from Inverness and pick up your bus at the other end? Coaches: We do not recommend taking a coach on the A82 south of Drumnadrochit.
3rd Cawdor Castle, Fort George, Culloden & Inverness
A day tour full of history. Shakespeare made Cawdor Castle, famous in the Scottish Play. Marvel at the size of the fortifications at Fort George and learn how soldiers lived in the late 1700’s followed by Culloden Battlefield and spend the rest of the day shopping in Inverness.
This is a page of ideas for you and many of them will offer us some discount. Just ask Richard! It may be nearly 140 miles but it is less than 3 hours even by coach! Why not stay down there for the evening and return in time for bed!
Learn about the environment at Landmark or just whizz down the waterslides! Highland Folk Museum is fascinating Findhorn Foundation Ecological Village is always an interesting trip. Or, perhaps a short walk toBroomhill Station, better known to BBC viewers as Glenbogle Station, ‘Monarch of the Glen’ and catch theStrathspey Steam Railway’s regular service to Aviemore.
Eilean Donan & Skye
You can visit Eilean Donan, one of the most photographed of Scottish views made famous as the location of the‘Highlander’ films. Take the bridge over to Skye perhaps! It would be a long day – but possible. Or, after Eilean Donan, visit Plockton where ‘Hamish Macbeth’ was filmed and back via Rogie Falls and if it is midsummer you would have enough daylight for a late walk.
If you don’t mind an early start, you could drive up to John O’Groats and catch the ferry across to these islands. The tour will take you to most of the major sites, including Skara Brae, a 5,000 year old settlement and then return you to catch the ferry back. Again, you’ll be back for bed