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Sightseeing & Outdoor Activities

Scottish castles - Whisky distilleries - Ancient monuments
Lochs - Waterfalls - Mountains - Beaches
Golf - Fishing - Cycling - Horse riding - Hiking

Riverside Cottages are centrally situated in an area that has something for everyone!
We are happy to help or advise with holiday ideas.
Here are just some of the things you can see and do.

castle photos

Riverside Cottages are very conveniently situated for visiting the south shore of Loch Ness
which is missed by many tourists.

From Farr, be sure to take the scenic Stratherrick road and enjoy the views from Suidhe Chuimen.
This is the highest point on what was the old military road from Fort Augustus to Fort George.

view from Dores
View from Dores
Also on the south side of the loch:
  • Waterfall at Foyers - immortalised by Scotland's favourite poet Robert Burns
  • Forest walks at Inverfarigaig and Iron Age Dun Dearduil (magnificent views over Loch Ness)
  • Beach at Dores
  • Quiet roads ideal for cycling
  • Bridge built by General Wade at Whitebridge
  • Numerous little lochs - ideal for a picnic!
  • Views of the Monadhliath Mountains
At the end of the loch, Fort Augustus is well known for its floral displays during the summer and you can also see the locks of the Caledonian Canal.

The most frequented attractions of Loch Ness are of course Urquhart Castle and the 'Nessie' centres at Drumnadrochit. Why not take a boat trip to see if you can spot the monster?!

The detour into beautiful Glen Affric is well worth it - the spectacular scenery is ideal hiking country and it's only 40 minutes drive from the cottages.

photo of Urquhart Castle
red squirrel
Red squirrel at Riverside

Wildlife
The local area has an abundance of wildlife (red squirrel, pine martin, Scottish wild cat and osprey), and for birdwatching there are 2 RSPB reserves close by at Loch Ruthven and Loch Garten. From Inverness & the Black Isle you can take a cruise out to sea and look for dolphins.

History
Centuries of it! From the prehistoric cairns at Clava and the carved Pictish standing stones. To the story of Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Jacobite Rebellion at Culloden Battlefield and Fort George. Not to mention the many romantic castles in the Highlands such as legendary Cawdor, fairytale Brodie and picturesque Eilean Donan.

Outdoor Activities
There are numerous golf courses and places to fish. You can take a walk along a forest trail, go cycling or climb a mountain. Go horse riding for a day by Loch Ness. You are spoilt for choice!

The Cairngorm mountain range is open for hill walking and mountaineering. The main centre, Aviemore, is just a 30-minute drive from the cottages.

Excursions
Within 90 minutes you can be looking at the famous Isle of Skye and Cuillin mountains. Or head for the north-west and explore the delightful coastal road from Ullapool to Gairloch. Alternatively take the Whisky Trail or explore the fishing villages along the east coast.

deer

Inverness
The Highland capital (just 20 minutes from the cottages) has excellent facilities including shops, restaurants, theatre, museum, cinema, pubs & clubs, swimming pool, golf courses. It often hosts festivals and traditional music concerts.

There's so much to see and do
you will probably start planning another visit before you've even left!

Loch Ness photo
View of Loch Ness from Inverfarigaig

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Contact: Ron & Jayne Lawrence
Riverside Cottages - Farr - by Inverness IV2 6XB - Scotland
Telephone +44 (0)1808 521242
E-mail: cottageslochness@gmail.com
www.cottages-lochness.co.uk


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