THINGS TO SEE & DO
Phoenix Boat Trips, Inverness
Enjoy the beauty of the Moray Firth on a one hour boat trip from Inverness Marina. View the beautiful Black Isle and possibly a visit from the bottlenosed dolphins.Contact:
Ardclach- Bell Tower
Ardclach Bell Tower is an architectural oddity. It is very small – about 4.3m2 overall – and has only two storeys. The ground floor may well have been a prison, judging by its small door and lack of windows. The floor above, reached by a narrow stone stair, has a fireplace in the north wall, with a square pistol hole on each side. Standing on its own on a hill overlooking a hidden part of the Findhorn Valley. 9mls South of Nairn. Signposted off the A939 to Grantown on Spey.Contact:
Auchindoun Castle, Dufftown
Overlooking the River Fiddich and beside the old hill road to Strathdon, the castle’s setting makes for a romantic vision of a medieval Scottish castle. 2 miles south of Dufftown on the A941.Contact:
Auld Brig of Keith, Keith
This was a packhorse bridge from 1609, located just south of the bridge carrying the A96 Inverness to Aberdeen road over the river.
Balvenie Castle, Dufftown
Originally the seat of the powerful Comyn Earls of Buchan, it contains a formidable curtain wall - a rare example of 13th century military architecture in Scotland.
Opens Apr - Sept Mon - Fri, 9:30am - 5:30pm.Contact:
Dufftown on the A941
Black Isle Wildlife & Country Park
The Park consists of 50 acres which is home to a wide range of animals. Such as Ducks, Emu, Lemur, Zebra and everyone’s favourite the Meerkat. This is just a small selection of the animals that can be viewed at the park.Contact:
The Croft, Drumsmittal, North Kessock
Home to the Brodie family until the late 20th century, it is now owned by the National Trust for Scotland. Off the A96, the castle dates back to the 16th century and inside you will find unusual plaster ceilings, a large art collection, porcelain and fine furniture. In springtime, the grounds are carpetted with daffodils for which the castle has become well-known. There is also a shop, tearoom, picnic area, plant sales and an advernture play park. The grounds are open all year.Contact:
0844 493 2156
Califer Viewpoint, Forres
Califer Hill Viewpoint is a picnic site and superb viewpoint with extensive, breathtaking views across the Moray Firth, Findhorn and beyond. Access to the viewpoint at Califer Hill is suitable for all age groups and wheelchair users.
Scottish history that you can touch and see and sense for yourself. Cawdor Castle is not another cold monument, but a splendid house and the home of the Cawdor family to this day. The Castle is closed during the winter.
Open May to October.Contact:
Clava Cairns, Culloden, Inverness
The three chambered cairns, each surrounded by a ring of standing stones, form one of the most impressive prehistoric sites in Scotland. Several of the stones have carved cup-marks.Contact:
A cast iron arch bridge located at Craigellachie, near the village of Aberlour. It was designed by the renowned civil engineer Thomas Telford and built from 1812–1814. The bridge has a single span of approximately 46 metres
Scene of the last major battle fought on mainland Britain. The final Jacobite uprising ended here on 16 April, 1746, when the army of Prince Charles Edward Stuart was crushed by Government forces, led by the Duke of Cumberland. For more information, there is a visitor centre with an interactive exhibition and much more.Contact:
Culloden Moor, Inverness