Activities

There is plenty to see and do in the Highlands. Whether you are an adrenaline junkie, a culture vulture, a nature enthusiast or simply enjoy relaxing with good food and drink - the Highlands has something for you.


We have included some popular activities to do during your stay and we update this all the time based on feedback from guests staying at Caledonian Holiday Lets.


 
Highland Military Tattoo Inverness

 

Activities

There is plenty to see and do in the Highlands. Whether you are an adrenaline junkie, a culture vulture, a nature enthusiast or simply enjoy relaxing with good food and drink - the Highlands has something for you.


We have included some popular activities to do during your stay and we update this all the time based on feedback from guests staying at Caledonian Holiday Lets.


 
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The Mustard Seed
The Mustard Seed is a local, independently owned restaurant in the heart of Inverness, offering a warm welcome and friendly service.
Jacobite Cruises
Jacobite's Loch Ness cruises and tours will take you on a journey of discovery, soaking up the scenery, historic monuments and intriguing tales about the Loch Ness monster. 
Highland Military Tattoo
9th to 11th September

The Tattoo showcases the best of Highland and military culture and traditions. Set against the stunning backdrop of Fort George, the largest military fort in the UK, the Tattoo brings together top military performers, talented young local performers and some of the world's finest re-enactors.
Landmark
If you’re looking to plan a full day out with us then look no further. Landmark Forest Adventure Park offers amazing value for money, with many great activities all included in your ticket price.
Hootananny
Multi-award winning pub and live music venue in Inverness, the Highland capital.
Highland Wildlife Park
The Highland Wildlife Park is a safari park and zoo near Kingussie. The park is located within the Cairngorms National Park and run by the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland. Visitors experience Scottish wildlife past and present in the setting of the Scottish Highlands. Visitors drive around the Main Reserve in their cars and then move on to a walk-round area. Highlights include Scottish wildcats, snow leopards, polar bears, elks, yaks and arctic foxes.
Quad biking
Fantastic Off Road quad biking and 4x4 experiences in some of the most scenic parts of the U.K. Quad Bike Tours have two locations both in the Cairngorm National Park and extending as far west as Lochaber and the Outdoor Capital.
Rothiemurchus Estate
Rothiemurchus is in the heart of the Cairngorms National Park and offer a range of activities including 4x4 off road driving, archery, mountain biking, pony trekking, Segways, canoeing, fishing, gorge swimming and walking, rafting, river adventure tubing and clay pigeon shooting.
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Lochness Centre
The Loch Ness Centre & Exhibition features a hi-tech multi-media presentation leading you through 7 themed areas and 500 million years of history, natural mystery and legend revealing the unique environment of Loch Ness and the famous Loch Ness monster
Culloden Battlefield
Come and find out why the Battle of Culloden changed the way of life of the Highlands and Islands for ever. This 5 star tourist attraction features a visitor centre and interactive exhibition.
Scotch & Rye
Situated on Queensgate in the centre of Inverness, Scotch & Rye offers craft beers, vintage cocktails & incredible comfort food. Sunday brunch is available with a live chill-out funk, soul and disco set.
Clachnaharry Inn
A great 'craic' pub with emphasis on being friendly. There is always something going on. The 'Clach' is an institution within the local area and serves 4 ales and 1 cider alongside other draught beers, lagers and ciders. An informal pub that delivers highland hospitality and great food.
The Baxters Loch Ness Marathon & Festival of Running
24th September

The Baxters Loch Ness Marathon & Festival of Running is a highlight. With over 9,000 runners taking part in the marathon, Baxters River Ness 10K, 10K Corporate Challenge, 5K Fun Run and Wee Nessie, there’s a race for all running abilities and ages. People turn out in their hundreds to cheer on the runners who run along the shores of Loch Ness and the banks of the River Ness.
The Castle Tavern
This is a favourite haunt for discerning visitors and locals who appreciate real ale and good food. The Castle Tavern has a tangible, heartening, social buzz. It is an award winning establishment, recognised by the CAMRA Real Ale Guide. Located opposite Inverness Castle, The Castle Tavern is convenient for the city centre or after a stroll along the River Ness.
Ironworks
The Ironworks is a purpose built live music,event and conference venue in the heart of Inverness, Scotland, boasting state of the art equipment and a fully professional team dedicated to bringing Inverness the best in live music entertainment.
Glenmorangie Distillery
By the tranquil shores of the Dornoch Firth, amidst the golden barley fields of Ross-shire, lies the Glenmorangie Distillery. Here you will find a warm Highland welcome from the legendary Men of Tain, the skilled craftsmen who ensure that Glenmorangie is made in the same unhurried and uncompromising way it has always been through its long and distinguished history. Distillery tours run daily during peak season.
Golf
Inverness Golf Club provides an excellent test of golf for all levels of player and a great alternative to the traditional links courses. Visiting golfers are welcome to play the 6,133 yards par 69 course. Tee times can be reserved between 10am and 12 noon and between 2pm and 4pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays. There are some tee time restrictions on Thursdays and Saturdays. On a Sunday the tee can be reserved from 10:30am onwards. Handicap certificates are required. There are two bars and a restaurant.
Go-karting
Inverness Kart Raceway is a purpose-built, fully modernised, indoor go-karting arena.  Only a few minutes drive from the city centre it is within easy reach for anyone living, working or holidaying in the Highlands.  With a fully indoors go-karting arena you can drive in all weathers, at all times of the year and after dark too. 
Running
Inverness parkrun is a 5km run - it's you against the clock. It happens every Saturday at 9:30am in Bught Park, Inverness. It is completely free you simply need to register before your first run. Come along and join in whatever your pace!
Cycling
The Highlands of Scotland are famous for stunning landscapes, wildlife and history. Ticket To Ride’s local knowledge and cycle hire experience will make sure you stay away from the traffic and don't miss out on all the great places to stop along the way. Its bike hire centre is in the beautiful surroundings of Bellfield Park in the heart of Inverness.
Canoeing
Explore Highland offer bespoke canoeing, kayaking and stand up paddle boarding experiences in the Scottish Highlands. Based on the Caledonian Canal in Inverness, Explore Highland offers a wide range of paddlesports activities for all ages, fitness levels and abilities. Operating throughout the year, offering equipment hire, guided day and multi-day paddling adventures plus national governing body qualifications and skills courses.
Ice skating
Inverness Ice Centre is set in a prime location close to the banks of the River Ness and in the heart of Inverness's many sporting facilities next to the main Leisure Complex and adjacent to the Bught Playing fields which is host to many of the citys outdoor activities including football, rugby and shinty. The centre provides excellent facilities for enjoying Ice Sport all year round including a five rink ice arena for Curling, Ice Hockey and Ice Skating.
Skiing
CairnGorm Mountain near Aviemore is the best known of the ski and snowboard areas in the National Park.  It is also the highest and holds the snow well throughout the season.  There is lots of variety at CairnGorm Mountain and the terrain park’s, kickers and rails have attracted some of Britain’s best snowboarders and skiers to the area. CairnGorm Mountain is also home to Scotland’s only funicular railway. This is a unique visitor experience that allows people of all abilities to reach the Top Station where the Ptarmigan Restaurant is located with panoramic views from over 3,500ft.
 
Horse riding
400 acres, a large indoor school, two outdoor schools, on the shores of Loch Ness and only 20 minutes outside Inverness. This family run business has been offering quality and fun horse riding instruction since 1963 and has over 30 horses.  Instruction, trekking and trail riding are all offered.  Come for a lesson or a ride out, you’ll be sure of a warm Highland welcome.
 
Swimming
The competition pool at Inverness Leisure is a fully approved 25 metre by 8 lane swimming pool. There is also a Health Suite with a steam room, sauna, spa bath and large relaxation area.
Fishing
Inverness Angling Club promises enjoyable angling on a beautiful river that has built a solid reputation for its fine catches of salmon, grilse and sea trout. These clear, sparkling waters have delivered years of pleasure for the region's anglers and visitors from many parts of the UK and overseas. Visiting anglers are guaranteed a warm Highland welcome to the River Ness and the fishings managed by Inverness Angling Club.
Dolphin Spirit
The Moray Firth is one of the best places in Europe to see dolphins in the wild. It is estimated that around 130 bottlenose dolphins live in the Moray Firth. Seals, porpoises and whales can also be seen in the Moray Firth. Sail down the Moray Firth from Inverness marina to get a glimpse of these wonderful creatures.
Cairngorm Reindeer Centre
The Cairngorm Reindeer Herd is Britain's only free-ranging herd of reindeer. Reindeer have lived in the Cairngorms National Park since 1952, where the herd are permitted to graze on over 10,000 acres upon the mountainsides. There are daily hill trips to see the reindeer on the mountain and from April to January a small group of reindeer are kept in the paddock at the Cairngorm Reindeer Centre in Glenmore.
Loch Garten
When ospreys returned to breed in Scotland, this ancient Caledonian pineforest is where they chose to come. The Loch Garten Osprey Centre, just outside Aviemore, provides fantastic views of these magnificent birds on the nest, as well as close up views thanks to CCTV. The reserve also has some excellent walks, with the chance to see red squirrels, dragonflies and crested tits. Early in spring, you can see the spectacular display of the capercaillie, Scotland’s largest grouse.
Urquhart Castle
About 2 miles southeast of the village Drumnadrochit and 15 miles south of Inverness, along the A82 road, lie the spectacular ruins of Urquhart Castle on a peninsula surrounded by the breath-taking Loch Ness. In its 500 years of being a medieval castle, Urquhart has played several important roles and been a popular recurring feature in and of Scottish history.
Cawdor Castle
Not only is Cawdor the name linked to Shakespeare’s Macbeth, but home to the magical, fairy tale castle, Cawdor Castle. Cawdor Castle dates from the late 14th century, having been built as a private fortress by the Thanes of Cawdor, with the ancient medieval tower built around the legendary holly tree – wherever you look, Cawdor Castle is steeped in intrigue and history.
Dunrobin Castle
Perched on a high terrace above walled gardens, Dunrobin Castle, with fairytale spires and turrets, rises above the North Sea like an illustration from a storybook. Towering over both the Castle and Golspie is the Sutherland Monument atop Ben Bhraggie.
The Kitchen
The Kitchen is a local, independently owned restaurant in the heart of Inverness, offering a warm welcome and friendly service.
Rocpool
Rocpool is passionate about provenance. All dishes are created from a range of carefully handpicked local food suppliers and producers who provide the finest fresh, sustainable produce in season.From the best Highland beef and venison in Speyside to the most succulent scallops and langoustines in the West Coast; from the juiciest rare breed pork in the Black Isle to the finest razor clams in Fortrose; from artisan hot smoked salmon in Mallaig to the sweetest crab in Orkney.
River House
River House sources and uses seasonal and sustainable produce from around the Highlands and Islands of Scotland. All dishes are individually prepared and cooked to order in the open plan kitchen. Great food and fantastic views of the River Ness.
Chez Roux
The Chez Roux restaurant is located within the Rocpool Reserve Hotel in Inverness. Created by award winning chef Albert Roux, OBE, the restaurant offers Scottish ingredients with a French twist.
Zizzi
Italian restaurant serving tasty, authentic dishes from pizza, pasta and risotto to salads and indulgent desserts – all in a uniquely designed restaurant. 
La Tortilla
Since La Tortilla opened its doors back in 2003, one of Scotland's very first tapas bars, the menu and restaurant has been fine tuned to bring the very best Tapas Bar experiences to Inverness, a very special restaurant which has a strong local following. La Tortilla Restaurant menu has a selection of Vegetarians and Gluten Free meals highlighted.
Rajah
 
The Rajah is the longest established Indian Restaurant in the Highlands (since 1982).Providing superior quality food and service to locals and visitors alike. Only using the finest quality ingredients sourced with extreme care by our experienced team of chefs. Giving you the authentic taste of India in the heart of the Highlands.
 
 
McGonagall's Steakhouse
This prominent Inverness city centre steakhouse restaurant offers a wide selection of freshly cooked to order Highland produce, as well as expertly cooked steaks straight from the char grill.
Eden Court
Eden Court is located on the River Ness and boasts two theatres, two cinemas and a restaurant. It offers something for everybody including drama, opera, ballet, musicals and comedy. 
Vue Cinema
Vue Cinema Inverness has seven screens complete with Dolby Digital Surround Sound.Three screens are Digital 3D screens showcasing the latest 3D Hollywood releases.
 
Tomatin Distillery
The smooth, rounded hills sheltering the Tomatin Distillery reflect the softer side of nature in this quiet corner of the Highlands. Here, bubbling pure spring water, tender barley and gentle patience all go into creating an incredibly soft Highland whisky. Distillery tours are available all year round.
Cairngorm Sleddog Centre
Situated in Aviemore, at the foot of the Cairngorm Mountain Range, the Cairngorm Sleddog Centre offers a wide range of activities from kennel and museum tours to sleddog trips and safaris.
The White House
The White House is well known for the quality and presentation of its cocktails. It has over 40 cocktails to choose from and "sharing kettles" for 2 or 4 people. There is also a full range of Prosecco, Champagne, Beers, Wines, Premium Spirits, Whiskys, soft drinks and coffees, all with table service.
Tree climbing
High in the treetops TreeZone is the ultimate Aerial Adventure Course. Zip wires, balance beams, hanging platforms, tight-ropes, scramble nets, white knuckle bridges & gap jumps, set in the ancient Caledonian Pines of the Cairngorm Mountains.
European pipe band championships
24th June

Piping At Forres, the European Pipe Band Championships 2016, takes place in the stunning setting of Grant Park, Forres. Thousands of pipers and drummers from far and wide, in over a hundred bands, will compete to be European Champions in their grade. Drum Majors and Highland Dancers will also compete in this event.
Inverness Highland Games

15th July

The Inverness Highland Games will take place at Bught Park Inverness on Saturday 16 July 2016 commencing at 11am. Founded in 1822 the Inverness Highland Games is one of the most spectacular traditional gatherings staged in Scotland and is one of the highlights of any visit to the Highland capital city of Inverness.

North Coast 500
North Coast 500: More than 500 miles of the best the North Highlands has to offer. The route way runs to and from Inverness, venturing round the capital of the Highlands, up the West Coast and back via the rugged north coast.
Fort George
Fort George is one of the most outstanding fortifications in Europe. It was built in the wake of the Battle of Culloden (1746) as an impregnable base for King George II’s army.
 
Fireworks display
Annual fireworks display and bonfire at Bught Park Inverness. 4th November 2017. Admission is free.
Hogmanay celebration
The Red Hot Highland fling happens at Hogmanay (31st December) each year at the Northern Meeting Park in Inverness.The largest free Hogmanay party in Scotland, is a family-friendly fling featuring several different bands, fireworks at midnight by Fireworx Scotland, and food and drink.
Tartan Heart Festival
Annual music festival at the Belladrum Estate, near Beauly Inverness. 3rd till 5th August 2017. Former headline acts include Tom Jones, Texas, Madness. Family friendly, day and weekend passes available.