Holiday Activities

Scottish Holiday Activities near Beauly and Inverness in the Highlands of Scotland.

Walking
While discovering the farm tracks/forest trails at Aigas or simply taking the time to relax and absorb the peace and tranquility that this beautiful glen has to offer, the visitor will be rewarded with frequent sightings of Buzzard, Red Kite, Peregrine Falcon and Osprey. Aigas is probably one of the best places in Scotland for viewing birds of prey in their natural habitat.

One of the tallest trees in Britain can be found while walking in nearby Reelig Glen. Abriachan community wood above Loch Ness also offers a good range of forest trails with exciting features to keep the family amused.
The annual Glen Affric Walking Festival (3 days, first week June) is also an interesting local event.                                                                             Within 30 mins drive you can see the spectacular Plodda falls near Tomich and also the Dog falls enroute to glen Affric. The falls of Foyers on the South side of loch Ness are also worth a visit.

For the more adventurous hill walker, several ‘Munros’ an ‘Corbetts’ can be found in the mountains of nearby glens: Affric and Strathfarrar (both have National Nature Reserve status), Cannich and Strathconon are another two glens well worth exploring.

Golf
Aigas is a great base for golfers.
Aigas holiday clients enjoy 50% off green fees all year on our own challenging 9 hole parkland course a few minutes from your cottage doorstep, Visitors can enjoy a game here at almost any time. A round here with the superb views and abundant wildlife can make you feel at one with nature. Within an hour’s drive, another 25 courses can be enjoyed including Castle Stuart (Scottish Golf Open 2010+2011), Royal Dornoch, Nairn and Spey valley. For more information on the 44 courses found in the Scottish Highlands visit www.scottishgolfcourses.com

Fishing
There is some limited trout fishing available at Aigas (River Beauly) a short walk from the holiday cottages. Trout and Salmon fishing can be arranged by permit on nearby hill lochs and the River Beauly. Also on the river Beauly is the ever popular Aigas power station fish ladder where the salmon can be viewed completing the final leg of their long homeward journey.

Canoeing
Relaxing canoeing trips on the River Beauly at Aigas, or on the River Conon, with a qualified adventure guide can be organised for families/groups through ‘Boots n paddles’. Holiday guests are welcome to launch their own canoes from our launch site on the river Beauly.  For more information on  weekly summer programmes  go to                 http://www.boots-n-paddles.co.uk/     Early booking is advised.

Cycling
There are many quiet roads and hill tracks ideal for cycling in the area. Cycle hire is available at Square Wheels bike shop in Strathpeffer. Here you will find a huge variety of mountain bike tracks (30 mins from Aigas). Cannich Campsite in Strathglass (20mins from Aigas) also have bikes for hire. Both locations have a variety of routes ideal for a pleasant day’s cycling. Storage of bikes can be arranged at Aigas.

Pony Trekking
Borlum Farm by Drumnadrochit have well-schooled horses for trekking through magnificent scenery overlooking Loch Ness. Other pony trekking centres are also within easy reach.

Skiing
The Cairngorms near Aviemore (50 miles drive) has a new vehnicular mountain railway which can take the winter enthusiast or summer visitor to the top of the mountain in comfort. Aonach Mor near Fort William (60 miles drive and adjacent to Ben Nevis) also offers a year round uplift system and is the most recently developed ski centre in Britain.

Whisky Distilleries
Glen Ord (7 miles from Aigas) can be visited by prior arrangement as can Glenmorangie near Tain Moniack Castle Wineries, also a short drive from Aigas, are well worth a visit.

Castles
Visit Glen Urquhart Castle (once one of Scotland’s largest castles), and Cawdor Castle with gardens and Fort George (the mightiest artillery fortification in Britain). Culloden ‘the last battle to be fought on British soil’ now welcomes visitors with an impressive new modern visitor centre and exciting interactive exhibition.

Traditional Music
Hootananny (Church Street, Inverness) the best pub in the Highlands for traditional music regularly features star performers from near and far. Live music most days. E-mail Hootananny for more information or telephone 01463 233651

The Ceilidh Place, Ullapool is another great venue for traditional music.
The Ironworks is a new purpose-built music venue which opened in 2006. It is already attracting an exciting variety of bands to Inverness.

Two major local  music festivals that are now well established and very popular in Scotland are ‘Belladrum’ (10mins from Aigas) and ‘Rock Ness’ (50mins from Aigas)

Theatre and Cinema
The newly refurbished and enlarged Eden Court, Inverness theatre and cinema, is now the largest Arts Centre in Scotland. It is well worth checking what’s on during your stay at Aigas.

Popular tours from Aigas
We are always delighted to recommend various tours to our visitors depending on what they wish to see along with any other visitor information that they may require.

Some popular trips involve:

Drumnadrochit, Glen Urquhart Castle and Loch Ness (20 minutes)
Dornoch Beach and Dunrobin Castle (60 minutes)

Aviemore, Spey Valley and Monarch of the Glen country (60 minutes)
Cromarty, on the Black Isle (birth place of Hugh Millar) (50 minutes)

Local Glens – Affric , Strathfarrar, Cannich and Strathconnon
Savour the solitude and wild beauty that these Highland gems have to offer all within (40 minutes)

Isle of Skye – Take a trip over the sea to this world famous island and marvel at its variety of stunning landscape (day trip)

For day trips, Mains of Aigas is ideally located for exploring the north, east and west coasts.

 

Local Events and Activities
For a good overview of local events which can be visited during your stay at Aigas go to http://www.visithighlands.com/events/

For information on Highland games, shows, dancing and traditional music etc throughout the Highlands of Scotland go to www.visithighlands.com