There is so much that you can do from Nethy Bridge. How long have you got? There are a number of excellent attractions nearby and I am going to take you through some of them so you may pick a varied programme according to your group’s needs and the length of your stay.
These activities are just suggestions and I try to keep it up-to-date as possible and as wide a variety. There are many others and we can advise you of them when you are here.
Castles, lochs and distilleries abound.
We will be able to tell you which are the best suited to your group, we’ll book you in and point out where to park. Our idea is to make your stay as easy as possible so that you, the group leader can have a holiday too!
These are only examples of itineraries but they give you an idea of what you can do:
Landmark is a great way to spend a number of hours learning about the environment around us or just whizzing down the waterslides!
A visit to the Findhorn Foundation Ecological Village is always an interesting trip.
Or, perhaps a short walk up to Broomhill Station, better known to BBC viewers as Glenbogle Station, where Archie’s loves travel to and fro, in the hit series ‘Monarch of the Glen’. From there you can catch the Strathspey Steam Railway’s regular service to Aviemore.
Cycling & Watersports
Many schools and clubs either bring their own bikes or hire them. You can get them from various locations. In Aviemore they can be hired from Bothy Bikes if you wish to stay mainly on forest tracks, then go to Rothiemurchus, who can help you with maps. Stay together, or half the group could ride to Loch Morlich, whilst the other half spend a half-day on the water. Having met for a picnic or B-B-Q on the beach, they swap and the other half ride home!
Cawdor Castle, Fort George & Inverness
Visit Cawdor Castle, which was made so famous by Shakespeare’s Macbeth and then on to Fort George where you can marvel at the size of the fortifications, learn how soldiers lived in the late 1700’s and spend the rest of the day shopping in Inverness.
Fort Augustus & Loch Ness
You can do a circular route taking you down as far as Fort William if you wish, and then return up the western shore of Loch Ness. If you don’t spot the monster, then perhaps you’d like to stop off at Drumnadrochit where the Loch Ness Exhibition Centre will inform you where to look, or even just allow you to buy a model! Discover Loch Ness can be pre-booked online, or you could cruise down the Loch from Inverness and picking up your bus at the other end?
Ballindalloch, Speyside Cooperage and Glenlivet
After visiting Ballindalloch, a castle still occupied by the family, you can picnic on the beach by Telford’s metal bridge at Craigellachie.
Then on to the Cooperage to watch how the barrels are made and repaired for the Whisky industry. Naturally you have to then visit Glenlivet, where a guide, film and ‘wee dram’ await you! You could a whole Whisky trial and visit Glenfiddich and many others.
Why not spend the day in Edinburgh. Shop in Prince’s Street under the shadow of Edinburgh Castle where you can trace the history of Scotland’s extraordinary past, see her Crown Jewels and at 1 o’clock, hear the gun that booms across the city every day. There are so many attractions, whether you want history, culture, arts, crafts or even just the pubs for which the city is renowned! Return to Nethy Bridge for supper, or even stay down there for the evening and return in time for bed!
Eilean Donan & Skye & the Rogie Falls
You can visit Eilean Donan, not only one of the most photographed of Scottish views, but also made famous as the location of the ‘Highlander’ films. Then drive on towards Skye and take the bridge over if you wish.
Alternatively, once you leave Eilean Donan, you could visit Plockton where ‘Hamish Macbeth’ was filmed and then on through a very scenic route back via the Rogie Falls.