Probably the most famous place in Scotland! Perhaps you will see Nessie? Take a boat trip on the loch, explore the ruins of Urquhart Castle or visit one of the Nessie exhibition centres in Dumnadrochit. Don't forget the picturesque south side of the loch with its forest walks and waterfalls. You can drive all the way around in 70 miles.
North Coast 500
Scotland's answer to Route 66 is becoming increasingly popular. This 500-mile scenic route shows you the best the North Highlands has to offer from castles and fishing villages to hidden lochs and glens. It starts and finishes at Inverness, so you do need several days to explore the whole thing (by car, motorbike or cycle!), but why not go for a drive as a taster of the north coast while you are staying with us in Nairn?
Only 30 miles drive from Nairn you reach the magnificent Cairngorms National Park in the heart of the Scottish Highlands. Discover local castles and distilleries or take a ride on the steam railway or the Cairngorm funicular. There's something for everyone including watersports, snowsports, wildlife watching, high and low level walks, mountain biking and cycling routes. There are festivals throughout the year and numerous Highland Games in different villages over the summer months.
The Bealach na Ba ("Pass of the cattle") is the high mountain pass with hairpin bends and panoramic views which climbs over 2,000 feet before dropping down into the picturesque village of Applecross on the west coast of Scotland. Popular with bikers (and cyclists!) this is one of the "must see" places on the North Coast 500 route. The local award-winning inn is famous for its seafood.
Scotland's Malt Whisky Trail is the only trail of its kind in the world. Set in the heart of scenic Speyside, this trail includes 7 world-famous working distilleries such as Glenlivet and Glenfiddich, as well the interesting Speyside Cooperage. Enjoy a guided tour and a complimentary dram!
Ullapool - Lochinver
You can drive over to the West Coast of Scotland to discover hills and lochs. Enjoy majestic scenery and small villages.
Glen Affric is often known as one of the finest of all Scotland's glens. Popular with walkers, it features a variety of scenery from the wild mountains of Kintail in the west to the beautiful Loch Affric. The Glen Affric National Nature Reserve wooded with Scots Pine is one of the last remnants of the original Caledonian Forest. This "wee gem" is well worth a visit if you enjoy walking and scenic views.
The Moray Coast Trail
Along the East Coast, you can enjoy sections of the Moray Coast walking trail with sandy bays, clifftop walks and quaint fishing villages. It stretches from Forres through Findhorn to Cullen, the source of a traditional Scottish dish "Cullen Skink" (a sort of fish soup).
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