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The Scottish Highlands are where you’ll find the evocative landscapes, rugged peaks and secluded lochs that lure most visitors to Scotland. The region’s quickly changing weather imparts a magical ambiance to its tranquil beaches and isolated glens, with the scenery often shrouded in mists and shadows. Head to the Highlands for hiking, fishing and wildlife-viewing amid some of Britain’s most remote and beautiful landscapes.
The region’s only major city, Inverness, is an ideal base for exploring the Highlands. This pleasant city is one of the oldest inhabited sites in Scotland. Go for a walk along the attractive River Ness or visit iconic Loch Ness which stretches for 23 miles (37 kilometers) between Inverness and Fort Augustus.
Overlooking Loch Ness, you’ll find historic Urquhart Castle, a popular lookout point for visitors hoping to catch a glimpse of the legendary Loch Ness Monster. One of Scotland’s largest castles, this strategically positioned fortification has an interesting military history. Check out the impressive collection of medieval artifacts in its visitor center.
Don’t miss the Highland Wildlife Park, a habitat for rare Scottish wildlife, including European bison and golden eagles. You can drive through this 200-acre (81-hectare) safari park in your own vehicle or take a free tour with the park’s staff. Try to time your visit to coincide with the animals’ daily feeding times, when there will be excellent opportunities to spot snow monkeys, Amur tigers and red pandas, among other indigenous wildlife.
Nicknamed the “Outdoor Capital of the U.K.,” Fort William is a wonderful starting point for exploring Scotland’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis. Fish on quiet lochs, take on challenging whitewater rapids and enjoy serene countryside walks. Fort William also offers some superb mountain biking trails, as well as downhill ski slopes.
The Scottish Highlands can be reached by flying into Inverness Airport, which is connected to most major cities across the United Kingdom in addition to a few in continental Europe. From there, the Highlands are easily explored by car. Summer is the best time of year to visit, with many hotels and privately owned attractions closed over the winter months.
Beds were very comfortable, room was lovely and quiet. Staff were exceptionally friendly. Food was good and decently priced. Just a shame we didnt have enough time to try out the spa facilities. Will definitely be coming back and will make sure we stay for longer next time.
Staff very pleasant and food fine but cabinet at side of bed sticks too far out, bumped my cheek first morning and bathroom window was dirty .
It was an old building full of character. Very clean. Staff friendly and polite. Enjoyed our stay. Downside very limited parking approx only 10. So we had to park in the multi storey car park.
Breakfast the first morning very poor buffet breakfast was warm but the plates were cold which resulted in the food being cold. Complained at the time and we were advised to ask for a breakfast from the kitchen. Big difference lovely breakfast hot as it should be. Rather defeats the buffet style ...
The property was fairly central 20 minutes walk from Inverness town centre, had a well equipped leisure facility swimming pool/fitness facility and the Hotel Staff were friendly and obliging.
The hotel fully met my requirements . The bed was very comfortable. The TV control needed new batteries.
Good location for airport. Clean and comfortable. Pleasant and efficient staff.