Inverness is known as the ‘Capital of the Highlands’, which makes it a great base whilst in Scotland. The North has a lot to offer in terms of scenery, activities and food. Here are 7 ideas for day trips from Inverness…
You can’t visit Inverness without setting eyes on Scotland’s largest loch. Here you can wander the banks and take in the views or, if you’re brave enough, you can take a boat ride on to the loch and search for the famous Loch Ness Monster.
The Torridon Hills are not only some of the most dramatic in Scotland, they’re some of the most impressive in the UK. On the way, you will see brilliant views of Loch Maree, which are worth stopping for.
The Hills themselves are made up of some of the oldest rock in the world and many of them are Munros because they are over 3,000 feet high. Exploring the Torridon’s is a great way to bag your first Munro.
“Getting there is half the fun” and this is certainly true when driving to and from Applecross, it’s no surprise that this journey is part of the North Coast 500 route. The Bealach na Ba is a single track, windy road with the steepest road climb in the UK. If you only take this road one way, I would recommend taking it from Applecross to Inverness, so you can see the amazing views as you make your way down.
Applecross showcases beautiful beaches and calm waters, but it would be a sin to stop here and not eat at the Applecross Inn. They have an extensive standard and specials menu, but the seafood is what you need to try. I ordered the curried local Crab & Mango with salad & wastle bread and I loved it!
The Isle of Skye
Skye is probably the most talked about area of Scotland at the moment, and it’s easy to see why. With some of Scotland’s most iconic landscapes, you will be stunned by the incredible scenery beyond every bend and hill.
You will be able to find the beauty all by yourself, but some of the highlights are the Quiraing, Neist Point and Lealt Falls. High on my list for my next visit is a trip to The Three Chimneys, which is known for its outstanding Scottish food. Accommodation is particularly tricky to find on Skye, so a day trip from Inverness is ideal.
Heading east of Inverness, you will find the small village of Culloden. Continue slightly south and you will land on Culloden Moor, the site of the infamous Battle of Culloden. Here, you can stand on the spot where the final Jacobite Rising took place; this was one of the most dreadful battles in British history and was the last pitched battle to take place on British ground. This day trip is a must for any history buffs!
There’s just something about this area, the locals call it ‘the magic of Moray…’ Whatever it is, it definitely makes me want to visit more frequently. With a coastline on the Moray Firth, the nature here is incredible – from gorgeous sunsets to spotting dolphins, you’ll never be bored.
There are many towns and villages in Moray, all with their own charm; I was introduced to Lossiemouth, Burghead and Findhorn by friends and these are 3 that I would definitely recommend. Make sure to stop at The Kimberley in Findhorn for a drink!
Aviemore is a town in the Cairngorms National Park, so it is surrounded by both great scenery and plenty of activities. Quad biking or white-water rafting are just a couple of ideas for any adventurous souls. Loch Morlich is a lovely spot because you can relax on the beach or grab a canoe and venture on to the loch depending on what you fancy. The town has a selection of bars and restaurants, which are perfect for the evening and Roo’s Leap is definitely worth a visit.