Image of Eilean Donan Castle, Scottish HighlandsCastles

We reckon you could probably visit a castle every day of the year in Scotland for over three years  and there would still be more of them to see!  The Highlands are no exception. From the scenic location of the ruins of Urquhart Castle to the opulence of Cawdor Castle with its links to King Macbeth and Shakespeare. 

Dunrobin Castle is a beautiful, almost fairytale-like castle with sea-facing gardens and a fascinating and (up close!) falconry display. It’s located in Golspie, a lovely village north of Inverness.  We can help you plan your route to the castle, recommending places to see en route.

Brodie Castle boasts paintings from 17th-century Dutch masters and 20th-century Scottish Colourists and the gardens are a sight to behold when the daffodils are in bloom.

Eilean Donan Castle is probably one of the most iconic Scottish castles and recognised all over the world. It sits in a stunning location, in a stretch of water where three lochs merge, truly beautiful and worth a visit.

There are many (many!) more castles to explore in the Highlands.

Distilleries

The Scottish Highlands are the original home of Scotland’s national drink – Scottish Malt Whisky. Hundreds of whisky distilleries are located in the Speyside region of Scotland, which you can easily reach by car from Inverness.  We recently visited the Macallan distillery and would highly recommend, their tour is excellent value for money.  Squeeze in a visit to the Speyside Cooperage, where whisky barrels are repaired, in between distillery visits.

You don’t have to go to Speyside to experience a traditional, working whisky distillery – there are three local distilleries only a short journey from Inverness; Tomatin, Glen Ord and Dalmore – all worth a visit and a wee dram (the designated driver will need to raise their glass later!)

An image of a golfer playing at Inverness Golf Club, Inverness, Scottish HighlandsGolf

What better place to play a round, than in the home of golf.  It is widely accepted that golf originated in Scotland in the Middle Ages.  Now that may or may not be true but certainly golf clubs and courses have existed in Scotland for some time and the 18 hole course was established here in Scotland.

Inverness and the surrounding local area has eight golf courses, one of which is the splendid Castle Stuart Golf Links. There is also a golf range and specialist golf shops.