• The Highland Club Team

A 7-Day Itinerary for The Highland Club Guests

You’ve made the fantastic choice to spend a week with The Highland Club! But what should you do when you get here? Follow our 7-Day Itinerary for all Highland Club guests to enjoy.

Day One – Fort Augustus and Loch Ness

Morning

Urquhart Castle

Opening time: 9:30am Postcode IV63 6XJ

30 minutes from The Highland Club, on the west side of Loch Ness is an old ruin of a medieval castle- the most visited tourist destination in the Scottish Highlands. Take a morning trip down to Urquhart Castle and learn more about the history of the area surrounding Loch Ness with their audio-visual presentation, which is available in six languages. Examine the artefacts, such as the bronze Urquhart ewer from the 15th century and enjoy the panoramic views from the battlements over looking the Loch.

Prices Adult – £9.00 Children – £5.40 Concession – £7.20 For more information, please visit https://www.historicenvironment.scot/visit-a-place/places/urquhart-castle/

Afternoon

Loch Ness Cruise

After viewing Loch Ness from a high in the morning, take a cruise or a speedboat to experience the Loch in a different light. There are 4 different rib boat trips, with varying lengths and prices, whilst afternoon cruises depart at 1pm and 2pm. View Urquhart Castle from the water and feel the wind blow through your hair. Hopefully Nessie will come up and swim alongside you!

To book or find out more, see here.

Caledonian Canal

After the beautiful ride over Loch Ness, wander the Caledonian Canal and watch the locks open and close whenever a boat passes through Fort Augustus – perhaps even venture into the Caledonian Canal Visitor Centre.

Evening

The Boathouse

Enjoy a delicious dinner at The Boathouse at the bottom of The Highland Club, the only restaurant on the south shores of Loch Ness. Whilst looking over the water on tables outside or inside, treat yourself to freshly made meals and a dessert – we recommend the sticky toffee pudding!

To book a table, please call 01320 366 682

Croquet, chess, & snooker

You can now idly walk back to your apartment from The Boathouse and perhaps enjoy a game of croquet on the Monastery Lawn! Alternatively, play a game of giant chess in the Cloister-Garth or play pool/snooker/table football in The Refectory. These are all amenities provided to you by The Highland Club.

Day Two – Inverness & Cawdor

Morning

Inverness Museum and Art Gallery

One of the gems of Inverness is its Inverness Museum and Art Gallery, a building which houses some of the best historical and art exhibitions that the Highlands have to offer. Explore art from the masters to some of the latest contemporary artists or exhibitions on the Jacobites to the Vikings! There is something for everyone here! Inverness Museum and Art Gallery is open in the summer from 10am to 5pm and they are open in the winter from 12pm to 4pm. Find them at

Castle Wynd INVERNESS IV2 3EB

For more information, please visit: https://www.highlifehighland.com/inverness-museum-and-art-gallery/

Afternoon

Cawdor Castle

Unfortunately, Inverness Castle is not open for public viewing currently. But half an hour drive away is Cawdor Castle, a castle linked to Macbeth (though in reality he did not stay in it). The castle is dated to the late 14th century and houses three beautiful gardens that you can wander around: the Walled Garden, the Flower Garden and the Wild Garden. Adventure around Cawdor Big Wood or tee off on their 9-hole golf course! There is plenty here to occupy an afternoon happily!

For more information, please visit: http://www.cawdorcastle.com/Home.aspx

Find Cawdor Castle at Cawdor Castle Nairn Scotland IV12 5RD

Evening

Eden Court Theatre

Return to Inverness and have a lovely meal in one of their many restaurants before an evening at Eden Court Theatre! Depending on what you want to see/what is on, you can have your choice between the movies, comedy shoes, cinematic live theatre, theatre, ballet, or opera! As their calendar is ever changing, it is best to look before hand and book tickets online prior to your visit!

For more information, please visit: https://www.eden-court.co.uk/

Day Three – Ready, Set, Action!

Morning and Afternoon

Biking

Pack a lunch and then head down to Girvans Bike Hire and rent out a bike for the day. The price for a full day adult is £24, for a full day child it is £16. Each bike comes with a lock and a helmet. Check when you have to return it. For an easier route, you can cycle down the Caledonian Canal for a picturesque and flat route. For those more adventurous, challenge yourself by trying a Great Glen cycle route! The upper Great Glen Way trail winds through the mountain forest to give you panoramic views out over Loch Ness.

Bike Hire:

Girvans Bike Hire Website: http://www.girvanshardware.co.uk/index.php/fort-augustus-bike-hire Email: girvanshardware@gmail.com Phone: 01320 366 864

Biking routes:

Great Glen Cycle Routes Please visit http://www.highland.gov.uk/ggw/

Horseriding

If you only want to cycle in the morning, there are many other activities around Fort Augustus. Close to Urquhart Castle there is Borlum Farm where you can go horse riding. Experience the Highlands in a unique form and make a new friend in the beautiful surroundings that the north of Scotland offers.

For more information please visit www.borlum.co.uk

For more ideas, there is a blog post on sports in and around Fort Augustus. This includes golf, fishing, WOW balls and mountaineering amongst many more options.

Evening

Try your hand a Scottish meal! For recipes or ideas visit our blog post on traditional Scottish recipes here! Then enjoy a film in your apartment’s private lounge or if you’re feeling more active, wander down to the Pepperpot Lighthouse, supposedly the UK’s smallest lighthouse, and Loch Ness View Point, both at the mouth of the Caledonian Canal entering into Loch Ness. Experience a sunset standing there with a stunning view of this famous Loch.

Day Four – Train

Morning

A Great Rail Trip

If you fancy getting away for a few day, you can get a train ride from Fort William to Mallaig. Whilst this doesn’t seem like a notable train ride, you pass by the Glenfinnan Viaduct – famous for the Hogwarts express. Fort William is about 50 minutes away via car. You can also get local buses from Fort Augustus to Fort William. Depending on the train company you can actually go over the Glenfinnan Viaduct with the Jacobite Steam Train. However, booking the Jacobite Steam Train with West Coast Railways needs to be done in advance as this journey is very popular. Otherwise, you can take the Scot Rail from Fort William to Mallaig. The train ride is around 1 hour and 30 minutes. The Scot Rail tickets can be as cheap as £14!

For more information please visit: