Things to do...
After a generous and hearty breakfast, our guests are set up for a day of sight-seeing by car, with the Isle of Skye, Inverness, Perthshire, the Black Isle, Aviemore and the Scottish West Coast all being accessible from here.
Ben Nevis – 30 miles (40 mins)
UK’s largest mountain 1344m. Footpath to the summit, access is from Glen Nevis, setting for the movie Braveheart. The nearby Anoch Mor has a chairlift going up 650m, giving you incredible views. Mountain Bike trail, high wire adventure and skiing in the winter. www.nevisrange.co.uk
Ben Nevis Distillery - 30 miles – 40 mins
Guided tours of 19th-century distillery with a visitor centre in a former warehouse, plus tastings. www.Bennevisdistillery.com
Urquhart Castle – 17 miles – 26 mins
One of the most picturesque landmarks in Scotland. Perched on the banks of Loch Ness, it commands great views up the length of the loch, and is one of the main sites for reported sightings of the legendary Loch Ness Monster.
Great Glen Cycle Route
From Fort Augustus go north on the A82 for 1.5 miles to Allt na Criche picnic site. Turn left into the forest following the cycling signs.
It is seven miles on hilly forest trails to Invermoriston. There are areas here where the forest has been clear cut - not so attractive, but it does give good views of the loch. There is a long sweep round to the west to make the descent to Invermoriston, then a steep drop to a T junction where you turn right.
At Invermoriston you enter forest again behind the Glenmoriston Arms Hotel. This section is more arduous but has some good views, you climb steeply at first on a surfaced road. After four miles this part ends near Loch Ness Youth Hostel.
The next part is ten miles and consists of a stiff climb of 300m, a high level section and then a link to join a minor road leading to Drumnadrochit. The minor road emerges on to the A82 by the River Coiltie. Turn left and bike half a mile to Drumnadrochit. There are two competing Loch Ness Monster Exhibitions here, plus shops and a tea room. There is no source of food or drink between Drumnadrochit and Inverness.
In Drumnadrochit turn left on to the A831 for 1.5 miles, then right on to the A833 (signed Beauly) to climb, very steeply, out of Glen Urquhart. After five miles turn right for Abriachan (signed Foxhole). Bear right at the next two junctions (signed Drumnadrochit via Loch Ness).
Just before Abriachan turn left at a cross roads (signed Blackfold) passing a phone box, cross cattle grids then drop steeply to the A82 for Inverness. In Inverness cross the canal bridge and turn east to Bught Lane and follow the river to the town centre.
Eilean Donan Castle – 48 miles – 1 hour
Recognised all around the world. This iconic castle is situated on an island at the point where three great sea lochs meet and surrounded by some majestic scenery, it is now one of the most visited and important attractions in the Scottish Highlands.
Inverness – 33 miles – 50 mins
Capital of the Highlands. Awarded millennium city status. Excellent shopping, castle and museums, eating out and cinema.
Skye – 106 miles – 2hr 45 mins
Skye is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Scotland and was once voted the fourth best island in the world by National Geographic magazine. It is renowned for its natural beauty and offers plenty of wildlife, history, geology, mind-blowing scenery, hillwalking and a variety of other outdoor activities.
Despite its small size, the island boasts an impressive 12 Munros which make the island a favourite with hillwalkers keen to tackle the heights of its Cuillin mountain range. This range is the most outstanding feature on Skye and the peaks are visible from all over the islands. Skye features many other geological marvels such as the astounding sea cliff of Kilt Rock or the breath taking landslip formation of the Quiraing.
Things we can book on your behalf:
- dinner reservations
- local tours via Highland Experience Tours (Inverness)
- mountain bike hire
Cyclists and walkers are welcome! We have safe storage for bikes, good local knowledge and lots of maps and walking books for you to peruse.
With prior notice we can make up packed lunches and if good weather doesn’t prevail then we’re happy to dry outdoor gear for you too!