Clean, fresh air, vast open spaces, serenity, isolation and tranquility where you are totally surrounded by nature and wildlife – that is what the Scottish Highlands have in abundance.
Huge clear skies over stunning scenery with easy walks or exhilarating hikes, deep blue lochs encircled by mountains. Crystal clear waterfalls and turquoise blue waters on soft white sand – the stereotypical image of Scotland. Dark skies with the chance of seeing the Northern Lights. All of these are waiting for you in the Scottish Highlands and all within easy reach of Inverness.
Inverness has all the conveniences you need from a city: bars, restaurants, shops and entertainment but with the most stunning natural landscapes right on its doorstep. Wide-open spaces with lochs, mountains and glens. There is the most amazing clarity and sharpness of light in Scotland (especially in October, November & December), wonderful to photograph and a joy to see.
We are so lucky in Inverness that there are many areas of beautiful scenery and wildlife only a short journey from our B&B, here are a few of our favourites: Glen Affric, Achiltibuie, Rothiemurchas, Loch Morlich, Cairngorms National Park, and An Lochan Uaine (The Green Loch).
The Highlands of Scotland have many wonderful, award-winning beaches with white sand and crystal clear turquoise blue water that are within easy reach of Inverness. Often you can find an isolated beach (sharing it with only the Highland Coo’s eating the seaweed) on which to take a long walk, breathe in the fresh sea air, have a picnic, go rock pooling, or if you’re feeling brave, take a refreshing(!) swim.
We can personally recommend the following beaches: Loch Morlich, Achmelvich, Dunnet Bay, Red Point North Beach (Gairloch), Rosemarkie, Nairn and Dornoch.
Some of these beaches have facilities such as toilets, car parking, shops and cafes and others are very remote with no facilities but are stunningly beautiful.
Do you know that only a short distance from Inverness city centre, you can watch wild dolphins from the beach? It’s truly an amazing sight. The best place to see them is Chanonry Point and if you get the time right, you can see them frolicking and feeding only a few metres from the beach. Unforgettable.