THINGS TO SEE & DO

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Guided Tours

Phoenix Boat Trips, Inverness

Enjoy the beauty of the Moray Firth on a one hour boat trip from Inverness Marina. View the beautiful Black Isle and possibly a visit from the bottlenosed dolphins.

Contact:
07703 168097
Local History And Heritage & Places Of Interest

Ardclach- Bell Tower

Ardclach Bell Tower is an architectural oddity. It is very small – about 4.3m2 overall – and has only two storeys. The ground floor may well have been a prison, judging by its small door and lack of windows. The floor above, reached by a narrow stone stair, has a fireplace in the north wall, with a square pistol hole on each side. Standing on its own on a hill overlooking a hidden part of the Findhorn Valley. 9mls South of Nairn. Signposted off the A939 to Grantown on Spey.

Contact:
01667 460453

Auchindoun Castle, Dufftown

Overlooking the River Fiddich and beside the old hill road to Strathdon, the castle’s setting makes for a romantic vision of a medieval Scottish castle. 2 miles south of Dufftown on the A941.

Contact:
01667 460232

Auld Brig of Keith, Keith

This was a packhorse bridge from 1609, located just south of the bridge carrying the A96 Inverness to Aberdeen road over the river.

Balvenie Castle, Dufftown

Originally the seat of the powerful Comyn Earls of Buchan, it contains a formidable curtain wall - a rare example of 13th century military architecture in Scotland.

Opens Apr - Sept Mon - Fri, 9:30am - 5:30pm.

Contact:
Dufftown on the A941
AB55 4DH.

Black Isle Wildlife & Country Park

The Park consists of 50 acres which is home to a wide range of animals. Such as Ducks, Emu, Lemur, Zebra and everyone’s favourite the Meerkat. This is just a small selection of the animals that can be viewed at the park.

Contact:
The Croft, Drumsmittal, North Kessock
IV1 3XF
01463 731656

Brodie Castle

Home to the Brodie family until the late 20th century, it is now owned by the National Trust for Scotland. Off the A96, the castle dates back to the 16th century and inside you will find unusual plaster ceilings, a large art collection, porcelain and fine furniture. In springtime, the grounds are carpetted with daffodils for which the castle has become well-known. There is also a shop, tearoom, picnic area, plant sales and an advernture play park. The grounds are open all year.

Contact:
0844 493 2156

Califer Viewpoint, Forres

Califer Hill Viewpoint is a picnic site and superb viewpoint with extensive, breathtaking views across the Moray Firth, Findhorn and beyond. Access to the viewpoint at Califer Hill is suitable for all age groups and wheelchair users.

Cawdor Castle

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. The Castle is closed during the winter.

Open May to October.

Contact:
Nairn, Nairnshire
IV12 5RD
01667 404401
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Clava Cairns, Culloden, Inverness

The three chambered cairns, each surrounded by a ring of standing stones, form one of the most impressive prehistoric sites in Scotland. Several of the stones have carved cup-marks.

Contact:
IV2 5EU

Craigellachie Bridge

A cast iron arch bridge located at Craigellachie, near the village of Aberlour. It was designed by the renowned civil engineer Thomas Telford and built from 1812–1814. The bridge has a single span of approximately 46 metres

Culloden Battlefield

Scene of the last major battle fought on mainland Britain. The final Jacobite uprising ended here on 16 April, 1746, when the army of Prince Charles Edward Stuart was crushed by Government forces, led by the Duke of Cumberland. For more information, there is a visitor centre with an interactive exhibition and much more.

Contact:
Culloden Moor, Inverness
IV2 5EU
0844 4932159