Activities

Our location near Loch Ness is perfect for those wishing to explore the local area where you will find a great selection of activities and attractions to suit all ages.

Below you will find a selection of images which will give you some insight into what is on offer during your time here in the Highlands. In addition to what is highlighted below you will find more details on our links page.

Skiing

Dalvourn Holiday Cottages is an ideal location to be based if you wish to explore the skiing opportunities that are available.

Generally you can expect good skiing conditions during the months of November, December, January, February and into March. However this cannot be guaranteed.

The closest location is the famous Cairngorm Mountain area, but for those wishing to travel further afield then there are options available at the Lecht and Glenshee resorts.

Heading south west you can enjoy the Aonach Mor ski area, which boasts Scotland’s only gondola lift.

Golf

There is a great choice of golfing options available. Inverness has three golf courses, Fairways, Inverness and Torvean. Further afield there are courses at Boat of Garten, Castle Stuart, Grantown on Spey, Nairn West, Nairn Dunbar and the world renowned Royal Dornoch which has been consistently voted as one of the top courses in the world.

Highland Wildlife Park

The Highland Wildlife Park was opened in 1972 and, along with Edinburgh Zoo, is run by the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (registered charity SC004064).

Here you can experience Scottish wildlife and see endangered animals of the world’s mountain and tundra regions in the spectacular setting of the Highland Wildlife Park.

Located at Kincraig, just over 4 miles from Kingussie, the Highland Wildlife Park is a great day out for all ages.

Discover the amazing variety of wildlife found in present day Scotland, such as the pine marten, wildcat and red deer – then step back in time and meet the creatures of Scotland’s past – wolves, lynx, beavers and wild horses.

Distillery Tours

Follow the world-famous Malt Whisky Trail through Speyside to seven working distilleries, including a fascinating cooperage and a historic distillery.

From Benromach to Dallas Dhu, a perfect time capsule of whisky-making; from Glen Moray to Strathisla, home and heart of Chivas Regal; from the Glen Grant distillery to the Speyside Cooperage where real coopers work with incredible speed and skill; from Glenfiddich to The Glenlivet and the Cardhu distillery, Scotland’s whisky trail signposts lead you through the picturesque lush countryside of Speyside, the world’s favourite malt whisky region.

Each whisky distillery on the distillery tour follows its own traditions, lore and recipes for everything from malting the barley to the height and size of its stills. The unique characteristics of each Speyside whisky distillery result in delightful, hand-crafted whisky from each one.

Cairngorm Mountain Railway

Cairngorm Mountain is home to Scotland’s only funicular railway.

This is a unique visitor experience that allows people of all abilities to reach the Top Station where the Ptarmigan Restaurant is located with panoramic views from over 3,500ft.

There is also a viewing terrace, exhibition, shop and the highest post box in the British Isles.

In order to protect the plateau, funicular passengers are not permitted to exit the Top Station to go onto the mountain unless they are booked on a guided walk or a guided mountain bike descent.

Landmark Adventure Park

Landmark has lots of really exciting attractions for all set in the beautiful surroundings of an ancient Scots Pine Woodland.

All ages will enjoy twisting and turning among the trees on the Highlands only Rollercoaster, the Runaway Timber Train. Expose your mind to some boggling in Bamboozeleum – an incredible gallery of illusions, puzzles and electrifying effects for you.

Winner of the Visit Scotland Thistle Award and Daily Mail Readers Award for The PERFECT FAMILY DAY OUT!

Inverness

One of the many joys of Inverness is the rich variety of places to visit and things to do both in and around the city. The city boasts a host of historic buildings, notably in the Old Town, which you can appreciate while you browse city shops from the Victorian Market to the new award-winning Eastgate centre.

Take a stroll to Inverness Castle, currently used as a courthouse, and St Andrew’s Cathedral, which dominate the River Ness and one of the most beautiful riverside settings in Britain. Enjoy the fine circular walk from the castle along the river and through the Ness Islands where you can watch anglers casting long lines to leaping Atlantic salmon.

Take in one of our many events and festivals, explore the art, history and heritage of the Highlands at Inverness Museum & Art Gallery or relax in the tropical gardens at Inverness Floral Hall – or why not take an open-topped bus ride round the city or a cruise down the Caledonian Canal to world famous Loch Ness.

Culloden Battlefield

On 16 April 1746, the final Jacobite Rising came to a brutal head in one of the most harrowing battles in British history.

Jacobite supporters, seeking to restore the Stuart monarchy to the British thrones, gathered to fight the Duke of Cumberland’s government troops. It was the last pitched battle on British soil and, in less than an hour, around 1,500 men were slain – more than 1,000 of them Jacobites.

The richly researched, stimulating and sensitive Culloden Visitor Centre, which stands beside the battlefield, features artefacts from both sides of the battle and interactive displays that reveal the background to the conflict. It stands as a monument and a guide to a pivotal day in history.

The Isle of Skye

Skye is one of the top locations in Scotland to visit. It is famous for its scenery and landscapes that will take your breath away.

The island of Skye is 50 miles long and the largest of the Inner Hebrides. The capital is Portree. Villages in the north of the Island include Dunvegan, Edinbane, Uig and Staffin. Notable villages in the south of Skye include Broadford, Armadale, Carbost, Elgol and Kyleakin.

The island has a rich history covering many topics, such as: Dinosaur Fossils, Clan Warfare, Highland Clearances and the infamous ‘Bonnie Prince Charlie’ and the Jacobite Rebellion.
Both Clan MacDonald and Clan MacLeod have their Clan Castles on the island and should be on your list of places to visit.

The Isle of Skye is also a great destination for wildlife watching with the White Tailed Sea Eagle at the top of bird watcher’s lists. Otters, seals, whales, dolphins and red deer are just some of the other impressive creatures that can be seen on and around the island.

Castles

Within a short drive of your holiday home there is a fantastic selection of castles to visit, from old uninhabited ruins to historic homes that are still occupied by their owners.

One of the closest attractions is Urquhart Castle which overlooks Loch Ness, now a ruin but a much visited location throughout the year. Further to the north east you can visit Cawdor Castle, home to the Campbell Earls of Cawdor, a beautiful building that is hugely popular in the summer months.

Brodie Castle near Forres is the ancestral home of Clan Brodie now owned by the National Trust. It has an outstanding art collection and magnificent library.

Dunrobin Castle is home to the Dukes of Sutherland and could easily be the inspiration for a Disney castle with its clusters of French style pointed turrets. It has a magnificent setting on the seashore near Brora, about 1 hour’s drive north of Inverness.

Dolphin Watching

The Moray Firth dolphins are an important part of many tourists’ holiday. Not surprisingly, dolphins are often people’s favourite animal with their intelligence, beauty and apparent sense of fun.

The opportunity to see the Moray dolphins in their natural habitat is compelling. The closest and most popular location to view these amazing creatures is Chanonry Point, just north of Inverness.

Boat tours are also available at certain times of the year.

Walking & Climbing

Walking is by far the most popular activity in the Highlands and probably the most varied – not just in terms of length and difficulty but also in terms of surroundings.

Close by you have the Cairngorm National Park which is a haven for walkers and climbers. The sheer size and remoteness make them one of the most dramatic and harsh mountain environments in the U.K.

However, you don’t need to undertake a serious expedition to enjoy the hills of the Cairngorms and surrounding areas.

Many of the 43 Munros, including five of the six highest mountains in Britain, can be tackled in a day with the necessary equipment and navigation experience.