Aigas lies beside the peaceful river Beauly at the foot of Strathglass, a wide valley with a flat fertile floor met by steep heather-clad and wooded hillsides. The river meanders gently along the length of the valley from Fasnakyle, passing the villages of Cannich and Struy on the way. Five miles west of Aigas near Struy, you can explore the National Nature Reserve of Glen Strathfarrar. Here, one of the largest remnants of ancient Caledonian Pine forests can be found and some of the huge population of Red Deer may be seen.
From the village of Cannich, remote Glen Cannich may be explored leading to Loch Mullardoch, which has one of the largest dams in Britain. A few miles further west of Cannich lies Glen Affric, another National Nature Reserve, internationally renowned for its outstanding natural beauty.
Loch Ness Accommodation Attractions and Holidays
Travel in the opposite direction from Aigas through Beauly and Muir of Ord and a short drive will take you to Strathconon, which featured in A Glen for all Seasons on ITV. All the local glens have a beauty of their own and have much to offer the visitor.
Five miles away, Beauly lives up to the origins of its name – it really is a beautiful small town, former winner of Britain in Bloom and it boasts a wide range of good quality shops, crafts, restaurants and hotels.
The 13th century Priory on the eastern edge of the village, along with the floral displays, provide the old market square with a stunning backdrop. The new ‘Old school restaurant’ overlooks the Priory which also houses a new craft shop and ‘Highlander music’ another popular restaurant for watching the world go by is ’corner on the square’
Pipe bands and Highland dancing can also be enjoyed on Thursday evenings during the summer months.
At the other side of the village you will find ‘House of Beauly’, a superb centre for a wide range of products, Scottish arts, crafts and food products.
The newly reinstated railway station has the shortest platform in the UK. Scenic rail trips can be taken from here to the north and west coast (Kyle of Lochalsh).
The new Millenium city and Highland capital is 17 miles away and has a generous range of specialist shops that sell all the traditional products – tartans, tweeds, whiskies etc.
Superb city centre shopping can be found in the newly extended Eastgate shopping centre, Victorian style Market Arcade and the pedestrianised High Street. One feature of Inverness that all visitors love is the fast flowing River Ness with its dark waters running through the middle of the city. There is a good range of visitor attractions here in the form of art galleries, a Sports Centre (with climbing wall) and Aquadome (with flumes and wave pool), cinemas, museum, theatre and the Bught Floral Hall. On the western edge of the city you can take a boat ride with Jacobite Cruises along the Caledonian Canal to Loch Ness.
Coastline and beaches
On the east coast, boat trips can be taken from Inverness Harbour (and Cromarty on the Black Isle) to spot the Moray Firth Dolphins. Good beaches can be found within an hours drive at Nairn and Dornoch. Some of the more remote west coast beaches are also easily accessible – Gruinard, Gairloch and Redpoint (90 minutes drive)