Outdoor attractions round about Strathdearn.
Strathdearn is the perfect base to explore the Highlands from - in the country but near the city.
Nestling in the Findhorn valley with fantastic river and mountain views on every side, we are but a 15 minute drive from Inverness with its theatre, shopping and kids' entertainment. We can offer you an amazing concoction of culture, history, architecture and unparalleled scenery. Think big skies, mind-blowing landscapes, superb food and hospitable people - it really doesn't get any better if you want to escape and unwind.
Here are just a few suggestions for a day out.
First, of course, you should explore the many fine walks in and around Strathdearn. This suggestion uses tracks in the Upper Findhorn area. (Here you can find some more challenging routes). The Upper Finhorn winds far into the heart of the Monadhliath range. Little visited by walkers, this is a remote and lonely corner of the Highlands. This circular route uses good landrover tracks to explore the moors and glens of the area. Grouse-shooting takes place here and could restrict access on certain days in the season.
Voted "The Perfect Family Day Out." Where else in the UK can you ride a runaway timber train, rock climb, 'skydive', flume ride, meet red squirrels face to face, walk through the tops of tall pine trees, explore the world's only Bamboozeleum and learn all the secrets of Scotland's ancient Pine forest? And you've only just got going! Landmark is easily a whole day's entertainment and activity and it is educational too. Now featuring recently added attractions: Butterfly House, The Lost Labyrinth and Wonder Wood. Lots for all ages from toddlers to Super seniors. Even the wee ones can enjoy special attractions such as the Forest Safari, Kids Zone play area and the Wee Monkey Trail. Nearly all the rides are free once you pay the entry fee.
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 outwith our snowsports operation, 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.
Visit Loch Ness and keep your eyes peeled for the legendary monster! The iconic Loch Ness is one of the largest and deepest expanses of water in the UK. Its steep banks plunge to a depth of over 800 ft. Situated just south west of Inverness, this area is renowned for its dramatic scenery, and is bordered by picturesque villages such as Dores where you can stop at the Inn and speak to famous Nessie hunter, Steve Feltham. Nearby is the beautiful and world-famous Urquhart Castle, great for a romantic day out, and in the town of Drumnadrochit you can visit Loch Ness Centre and Exhibition and Nessieland, to learn more about the loch's natural history, myths and mysteries. You can also take a closer look at Nessie by hopping aboard a boat cruise from various locations on the loch. Don't forget your camera!
Moray Firth is the home to the largest schoolof dolphhins in the UK, and acording to Simon King, offers some of the best land-based dolphin-watching opportunities in the world. There are thought to be over 130 bottlenose dolphins living in the Moray Firth, as well as a large population of seals. Minke whales and killer whales can also be spotted. There are many good dolphin-spotting locations on the Moray Firth, including Chanomry Point on the Black Isle.
Experience Scottish wildlife and see endangered animals of the world's mountain and tundra regions in the spectacular setting of the Highland Wildlife Park. Based at Kincraig, 7 miles south of Aviemore, 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. Owned by the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland, the park has expanded its species collection to fulfil its mission in conservation and now provides a home to rare animals of the world's mountains and tundra regions. Meet amazing Amur tigers, snow monkeys, red pandas, Bactrian camels and Walker, our polar bear. Drive around the Main Reserve in your own vehicle and then explore the rest of the Park on foot. there are daily feeding talks where you can join one of the animal keepers and find out more about the animals. They also run Landrover Tours of the Main Reserve which can be booked in shop.
Twice the size of the Lake District, the Cairngorms National Park has more mountains, forest paths, rivers, lochs, wildlife hotspots, friendly villages and distilleries than you can possibly imagine. Five of the UK's six highest mountains lie inside the park, and there are 55 Munros - mountains over 3,000 ft. There are huge forests of ancient native trees, cascading waterfalls, and more wildlife than you can shake a capercaillie at. More people come to ski in the Cairngorms than at any other resort in the UK. Hillwalkers and rock-climbers will never run out of routes to try. There are oodles of top-class mountain-bike trails, cross-country skiing trails, pony treks and orienteering courses, even husky racing!
The Highland capital’s official source for information on everything there is to do and see in Inverness and the Highlands. Our enthusiastic team can help you book your accommodation, transport, day trips and cruises on Loch Ness. Your one-stop shop for accommodation, activities and attractions in the Highlands, we are located just below Inverness Castle, a 5-10 minute walk from both the bus and railway stations. Our friendly team of knowledgeable staff can provide you with information and advice that will help you make the most of your time during your visit to the Highlands