LOCH NESS AREA: THINGS TO SEE & DO

Fort Augustus
http://www.fortaugustus.org/fort-augustus/index.php#pab1_1
We have a real soft spot for this little town which was the location of our ferry company base for our services on Loch Ness until 1999. On the most southern tip of Loch Ness, Fort Augustus is situated on the Great Glen Way and the Caledonian Canal and is half way between the Capital of the Highand’s Inverness and Fort William. Fort Augustus sits in the heart of the Highlands and offers stunning views down Loch Ness, many beautiful walks and an excellent golf course, or if you prefer, idle your time away watching the boats negotiate up and down the famous flight of locks.

Clansman Centre
http://www.scottish-swords.com/information/english.html
Run by friends of ours from the old days, entering through the doors of a 19th century schoolhouse, you will take a step into the 17th century. Besides a shop, which specializes in Celtic and locally produced crafts and includes a Scottish armoury, we have recreated the interior of a Highland turf house, where an authentically dressed clansman brings the past back to life. This dangerous looking character explains how families ate, lived and survived here in days of old, takes you through the clan system and local culture, demonstrates the Highland dress (all the mysteries of kilt, plaid and tartan) and teaches you the art of killing or maiming, using ancient weapons.
No boring history lesson, but an entertaining, interactive and informative experience.

Urquart Castle 
http://www.historic-scotland.gov.uk/propertyresults/propertyoverview.htm?PropID=PL_297&PropName=Urquhart%20Castle
The magnificently situated Urquhart Castle, on the banks of Loch Ness, remains an impressive stronghold despite its ruinous state.
Once one of Scotland’s largest castles, Urquhart’s remains include a tower house that commands splendid views of the famous loch and Great Glen.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Glen Affric
http://www.glenaffric.org/glen_affric.html
Glen Affric, has been described as the most beautiful glen in Scotland. It stretches for 30 miles from Kintail in the west to within a couple of miles of Cannich in Strathglass. The burns tumbling down the mountains on the north side of Glen Shiel and from Beinn Fhada culminate in two major streams. Together the streams combine to create the River Affric.

Divach Falls
http://walking.visitscotland.com/walks/westhighlands/214089 
A family walk from the village of Drumnadrochit, on the north shore of Loch Ness. Drumnadrochit is the main Monster-spotting centre, so carry your binoculars and camera. The walk climbs to the viewpoint on Craigmonie then goes on to the Divach Falls. The view from the viewpoint, looking over the village to Urquhart Bay and Loch Ness, is superb.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Bught Gardens
http://www.invernessfloralhall.com/ 
The Floral Hall, Gardens and Coffee Shop is a unique visitor attraction that offers a tranquil break amidst beautiful floral displays. It was opened in 1993 by Prince Edward and has been inspiring local gardeners and visitors from all over the world ever since.
Our climatically controlled glass house features winding pathways along which you can discover a superb array of subtropical plants, a cascading waterfall and a pool full of friendly Koi Carp.

Glen Ord Distillery
http://www.discovering-distilleries.com/Glen%20Ord/glenord
A visit to Glen Ord, on the edge of the Black Isle in the Highlands west of Inverness, is a delight to both the eye and the palate. Watch the distillers at work creating malt whisky which is sweet, malty and dry on the palate. There is also a well stocked gift shop.

Cawdor Castle
http://www.cawdorcastle.com/index.cfm
Cawdor. A magical name, romantically linked by Shakespeare with Macbeth. A superb fairy-tale Castle, and just what every visitor is looking for ... Scottish history that you can touch and see and sense for yourself. Cawdor Castle is not another cold monument, but a splendid house and the home of the Cawdor family to this day.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Caledonian Canal Visitor Centre
http://www.visitlochness.com/listing.php?id_lst=34&id_mem=37
Fort Augustus, at the heart of the Great Glen, is a hive of activity – bustling with boaters, locals and visitors. Take time out to enjoy the Caledonian Canal Visitor Centre. A small but unique venue showcasing the history of Thomas Telford's Caledonian Canal from its beginnings to its present day rejuvenation.

The Loch Ness Centre & Exhibition
http://www.lochness.com/loch-ness-monster-exhibition.html
The exhibition was opened by explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes. It takes visitors through seven themed areas on a journey from the dawn of time to the third millennium.
An insight into the loch's wider significance. Designed and narrated by Loch Ness Project leader, the naturalist Adrian Shine.
Whilst keeping the mystery centre stage, it is placed firmly into the context of a loch with rare & unusual properties: some still motivate expeditions while others can "create" monsters.
The Original Loch Ness Monster Visitor Centre
http://www.lochness-hotel.com/visitorcentre.html
The visitor centre presents you with the up-to-the minute facts and documented evidence together with an account of the area's historical and cultural background, documented evidence and photographs.

Fort George
http://www.undiscoveredscotland.co.uk/nairn/fortgeorge/
Fort George sits behind its massive grass-topped artillery defenses on an isolated spit of land jutting west into the Moray Firth at Ardersier.
Fort George offers a fascinating day out. Visitors approach from the landward side where the slopping grassy banks designed to absorb artillery shells all but hide the fort from view. The visitor centre and shop is in the old guardhouse.

Culloden Battlefield Visitor Centre
http://www.nts.org.uk/Culloden/PPF/VisitorCentre/                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          The exciting new Culloden Battlefield visitor centre and exhibition opened in December 2007. Through recent archaeological and historical research the National Trust for Scotland discovered that the previous centre was sited on the third Government line of the battlefield. With the Trust's resolve to return the battlefield to as close as we know it on 16 April 1746, the centre was moved. The new centre and exhibition allows the whole Culloden story to be told in an innovative and interactive way which appeals to all the family.

Ben Nevis & Fort William
http://visit-fortwilliam.co.uk/ben-nevis-in-fort-william-is-the-highest-mountain-in-the-uk
Ben Nevis, or the 'Ben' as it is fondly known locally, sits majestically at the head of Loch Linnhe, its presence obvious from all corners of Fort William and some parts of Lochaber.
The dramatic effect of Ben Nevis, Britain's highest mountain, is emphasised by the fact that it begins its rise from sea-level on the shores of Loch Linnhe, to tower 4,406ft (1,344m) above the town of Fort William, providing an almost paternal presence.

Days Out With Children In The Highlands.
http://www.dayoutwiththekids.co.uk/search.php?county=highlands                                                                                                                                                                                                                A great site with loads of activities and attractions that are great for keeping the kids occupied!

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