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Gledfield Highland Estate is a walker’s paradise, and is situated within 5,000 acres of wonderful striking woodlands on the shores of the Dornoch Firth along the River Carron.
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Kessock Highland Lodges is part of our Autograph Lodge Holidays Collection, enviably set amidst lush rolling meadowland in the wild heart of Highland Scotland.
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Loch Ness Highland Lodges is an exclusive development of luxurious lodges, situated on the beautiful banks of Loch Ness, with its serene glens and lush forests with tumbling waterfalls and just a short drive away from the village of Fort Augustus.
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Nestled on the banks of the Caledonian Canal, far from the hustle and bustle of modern-day living.
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Wildside Highland Lodges nestling in idyllic woodland on the banks of the River Fechlin, deep in the heart of the Highlands. The best of traditional Scotland meets the ultimate luxury escape.
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Inverness-Shire Visitor's Guide

Venture into the heart of the Scottish Highlands with a trip to Inverness-shire, where the landscape is as rich in beauty as the local fare is in flavour. Picture yourself in a cosy lodge, the perfect base for exploring lochs and glens, or perhaps trying your hand at fishing and hiking. Inverness-shire is a haven for wildlife enthusiasts and those keen on water sports. Sample fresh, locally-sourced seafood, and don't miss the chance to sip on fine Scotch whisky straight from nearby distilleries. For a unique escape, whether it's a couple's retreat, a family outing, or a fun trip with friends, a cabin stay in Inverness-shire is unbeatable. Did you know? This region is home to the legendary Loch Ness Monster – so keep your eyes peeled!

Why Take Your 2024 Lodge Break in Inverness Shire?

Inverness Shire is a gem in the Scottish Highlands, offering a blend of breathtaking landscapes and vibrant culture. In 2024, the area is buzzing more than ever with the addition of new lodges and revamped local festivals. The Loch Ness Film Festival and the Inverness Highland Games are just a couple of events that showcase the region's spirit. Opting for a lodge over a hotel gives you that homey feel, with extra space and privacy to soak up the serene surroundings. It's the uniqueness of Inverness Shire – the chance to spot the elusive Nessie, explore ancient castles, and roam vast glens – that makes a lodge break here truly unforgettable.

If you're visiting Inverness Shire with kids

Absolutely, Inverness Shire is a playground for the little ones. They can embark on a monster hunt at Loch Ness, get hands-on at the Highland Folk Museum, or ride the Strathspey Railway. Lodges offer families the flexibility of a self-catered stay, often with outdoor space for kids to play. Plus, the comfort of a 'home base' to return to after a day of adventures is invaluable.

  1. Waterproof clothing and wellies – the weather can be unpredictable.
  2. Binoculars for wildlife spotting – eagles, deer, and maybe Nessie!
  3. Outdoor toys – frisbees or footballs for fun in the fresh air.
  4. Snacks for day trips – keep energy levels up while exploring.
  5. First-aid kit – for those little scrapes and bumps.
  6. Swimwear – for paddling in lochs or visiting leisure centres.
  7. Travel games or books – for cosy evenings in the lodge.

Pet Friendly Inverness Shire Adventures

Inverness Shire rolls out the green carpet for pets, especially dogs. You'll find several pet-friendly pubs and eateries, like The Dores Inn by Loch Ness, where your furry friend can join you for a meal. When booking, look for lodges with enclosed gardens to give your pet a safe space to explore. Always keep a lead handy for areas with livestock and wildlife, and remember to pack the poo bags!

Dog walking ideas in Inverness Shire

Route Distance (miles) Scenery Postcode
Plodda Falls Loop 1.9 Waterfall & Forest IV4 7LN
Nairn Beach Variable Coastal & Sand Dunes IV12 4NB
Affric Kintail Way 44 (total) Mountains & Lochs IV4 7LY
Reelig Glen 2.5 Ancient Woodland IV5 7PR
Culloden Battlefield Trails 3.1 Historic Site & Moorland IV2 5EU

Remember, Inverness Shire is more than just a place to visit; it's an experience that stays with you. Whether you're with family, friends, or your four-legged companion, this Scottish haven is ready to welcome you with open arms and unforgettable memories.

Romantic Breaks for Couples

If you're looking to spark some romance, Inverness Shire is a gem. Picture this: you're chilling in a hot tub, under the stars, with your significant other, surrounded by the tranquil beauty of the Scottish Highlands. Now, that's a scene straight out of a romance novel. Lodges in Inverness Shire often come with those extra touches like pamper packs to make your stay special. For a truly indulgent experience, check out lodges that offer spa facilities, so you can unwind and reconnect. Dining out here is also a treat, with local restaurants serving up fresh, Scottish fare in cosy, intimate settings perfect for couples.

Local Cuisine and Dining Experiences

Inverness Shire's local cuisine is a celebration of Scottish heritage, with dishes like haggis and Cullen skink on many menus. For a hearty meal, you can't beat the pubs here. The Dores Inn is a hit for its loch-side location and traditional dishes. Families looking for a welcoming spot should try The Snow Goose, known for its friendly service and diverse menu. For couples, Rocpool Restaurant offers a more refined dining experience with its contemporary twist on Scottish classics.

For a good night out

Nightlife in Inverness Shire can be as laid-back or lively as you like. For a traditional pub vibe, Hootananny is a must-visit; it's got live music and a great selection of whiskies. If you're after a more modern scene, The Malt Room offers an extensive cocktail menu and a chic atmosphere. Both venues come highly recommended by locals and visitors alike.


Inverness Shire is a haven for anglers, with its rivers and lochs teeming with fish. Here's a quick list of top spots:

  • Loch Ness - Yes, you can try to spot Nessie while fishing! (IV63 6TU)
  • River Spey - Renowned for salmon fishing. (AB38 7AG)
  • Loch Morlich - A beautiful setting for a day's fishing. (PH22 1QY)
  • Loch Alvie - Peaceful and perfect for trout. (PH21 1NE)
  • Loch Insh - Offers boat hire and fishing facilities. (PH21 1NU)

Outdoor Adventures

For adrenaline junkies, Inverness Shire doesn't disappoint. Loch Insh Outdoor Centre is a hotspot, offering everything from kayaking to windsurfing. Prices vary, but you can expect to pay around £40 for a half-day activity. They're open year-round, but it's best to check in advance as some activities are seasonal. Aviemore Adventure is another great choice, with activities like quad biking and clay pigeon shooting on offer.

Shopping and Souvenirs

Name Type On Offer Postcode
Eastgate Shopping Centre Shopping Centre High-street brands, food court IV2 3PP
Victorian Market Historic Market Local crafts, gifts IV1 1PJ
Leakey's Bookshop Second-hand Bookshop Rare finds, antiques IV1 1EY
Highland House of Fraser Kiltmaker & Souvenirs Scottish attire, gifts IV1 1LD
Logie Steading Artisan Shops Local food, art, books IV36 2QN

Inverness Shire is a treasure trove for those seeking a romantic getaway, local cuisine, vibrant nightlife, fishing adventures, outdoor thrills, or just some unique shopping experiences. Whether you're cosying up in a lodge with a hot tub or exploring the great outdoors, there's something here for everyone.

Top lodge breaks for 2024 in Inverness Shire

Eagle Brae, Strathglass

Driving Distance: 30 minutes (18 miles) | Sleeps: up to 6 | Pet friendly? Yes

Eagle Brae Lodges

What to expect: Eagle Brae is a unique blend of traditional Highland aesthetics and modern eco-conscious luxury, offering hand-crafted log cabins with bespoke interiors, set amidst the stunning backdrop of the Scottish Highlands.

Who will love these lodges? Eagle Brae is perfect for those seeking a tranquil retreat. Nature lovers, families, and couples will all appreciate the serene setting and the opportunity to disconnect from the hustle and bustle of daily life. The best thing about Eagle Brae is its commitment to sustainability without compromising on comfort or style, making it a truly unique destination.

What can you do here? Anything onsite? Onsite, guests can indulge in wildlife watching, fishing, and hiking. The nearest place to eat and drink is the cosy Struy Inn, just a short drive away. While there isn't traditional entertainment, the natural surroundings provide a peaceful alternative.

What's nearby? Nearby attractions include Glen Affric, often described as the most beautiful glen in Scotland, just a 30-minute drive away. Loch Ness and the Urquhart Castle are about 40 minutes away, with entrance fees around £9.00 for adults. Visitors can enjoy boat tours, historical exploration, and monster hunting!

Accommodation options: Eagle Brae offers cabins suitable for couples, families, and groups. The lodges are pet friendly, so you don't have to leave your furry friends behind.

Wildside Highland Lodges, Whitebridge

Driving Distance: 40 minutes (25 miles) | Sleeps: up to 4 | Pet friendly? Yes

Wildside Highland Lodges

What to expect: Wildside Highland Lodges provide a rustic escape with modern comforts, nestled on the banks of the River Fechlin, in the heart of the Scottish Highlands, offering a range of lodges with hot tubs and stunning views.

Who will love these lodges? Ideal for romantic getaways or family adventures, Wildside Highland Lodges cater to those who love the great outdoors. The secluded setting and private hot tubs make it a hit for couples, while families enjoy the spacious accommodation and wildlife spotting opportunities.

What can you do here? Anything onsite? Onsite activities include fishing, canoeing, and exploring the surrounding woodland. The nearest dining option is the Whitebridge Hotel, offering hearty meals in a traditional setting. The lodges themselves are a haven for relaxation, especially with the private hot tubs.

What's nearby? The famous Loch Ness is just a 20-minute drive away, with boat tours available for around £15.00 per adult. For a cultural experience, the Culloden Battlefield is within a 45-minute drive, with adult tickets priced at about £11.00.

Accommodation options: The lodges at Wildside cater to couples and small families, with some lodges offering the luxury of a private hot tub. Pets are welcome, ensuring the whole family can enjoy the Highland experience.

Loch Ness Lodge Retreat, Fort Augustus

Driving Distance: 50 minutes (32 miles) | Sleeps: up to 2 | Pet friendly? No

Loch Ness Lodge Retreat

What to expect: Loch Ness Lodge Retreat offers an exclusive and intimate setting with contemporary Scandinavian-style lodges, providing a peaceful sanctuary with panoramic views of the legendary Loch Ness.

Who will love these lodges? This retreat is tailored for couples seeking a romantic and secluded getaway. The minimalist design and stunning loch-side location make it an ideal spot for those looking to unwind and reconnect in a luxurious setting.

What can you do here? Anything onsite? The retreat is focused on relaxation and privacy, with each lodge designed to maximise comfort. The nearest dining is in Fort Augustus, where a variety of restaurants offer local Scottish cuisine. The retreat itself does not offer traditional entertainment, emphasising the natural beauty and tranquillity of the area.

What's nearby? The picturesque village of Fort Augustus and the Caledonian Canal are only a 10-minute drive away. Loch Ness cruises start at around £14.00 for adults, offering a chance to explore the loch and its mysteries.

Accommodation options: The lodges at Loch Ness Lodge Retreat are designed exclusively for couples, providing a romantic and serene escape. Note that this retreat is not pet friendly.

Kiltarlity Lodges, Beauly

Driving Distance: 20 minutes (12 miles) | Sleeps: up to 6 | Pet friendly? Yes

Kiltarlity Lodges

What to expect: Kiltarlity Lodges offer a family-friendly atmosphere in a woodland setting, with comfortable lodges that provide a great base for exploring the Highlands and the chance to spot local wildlife right from your doorstep.

Who will love these lodges? Families and groups looking for an active holiday will find Kiltarlity Lodges ideal. With facilities like a swimming pool and tennis courts, there's plenty to keep everyone entertained. The woodland setting is perfect for nature walks and outdoor activities.

What can you do here? Anything onsite? Onsite, guests can enjoy the heated indoor swimming pool, tennis courts, and children's play area. The nearest place to eat is the Lovat Arms Hotel in Beauly, offering a selection of local dishes. The lodges provide a relaxed environment with plenty of outdoor activities to enjoy.

What's nearby? The historic town of Beauly is just a 10-minute drive away, with its lovely abbey and local shops. For a day trip, Inverness is 30 minutes by car, offering a range of attractions including Inverness Castle and the Eden Court Theatre.

Accommodation options: Kiltarlity Lodges cater to families and groups, with various sized lodges available. The site is pet friendly, so your pets can join in the Highland adventure.

Don't Miss These Fantastic Days Out In Inverness Shire

Loch Ness Centre & Exhibition

  • Opening Times: 09:30 - 17:00 (Apr-Oct), reduced hours off-season
  • Prices: Adults £9.95, Children £4.95
  • Postcode: IV63 6TU
  • Est. time required: 1-2 hours
  • Nearest parking: On-site

If you're staying in lodges in Inverness Shire, you've got to check out the Loch Ness Centre & Exhibition. It's a hit with families and anyone keen on unraveling the mystery of Nessie, the Loch Ness Monster. They've recently updated their exhibits to include more interactive elements. To beat the crowds, aim for a morning visit. Tip: Grab a combo ticket for a boat tour on Loch Ness to potentially spot Nessie yourself!

Phone number: 01456 450573 | Web:

Urquhart Castle

  • Opening Times: 09:30 - 18:00 (Apr-Sep), shorter hours in winter
  • Prices: Adults £12.00, Children £7.20
  • Postcode: IV63 6XJ
  • Est. time required: 1.5-2 hours
  • Nearest parking: On-site

Urquhart Castle is a must-see for its stunning views over Loch Ness. It's perfect for those who love exploring historic ruins and imagining the past. The castle has a great visitor centre with loads of info on its storied past. For the best experience, visit on a clear day. And don't miss the trebuchet – it's a medieval war machine that's pretty cool to see up close.

Phone number: 01456 450551 | Web:

Cairngorms National Park

  • Opening Times: Open 24/7
  • Prices: Free, charges for some activities
  • Postcode: Varies by entrance
  • Est. time required: Varies
  • Nearest parking: Depends on where you're heading

The Cairngorms National Park is an outdoor enthusiast's dream. Whether you're into hiking, wildlife watching, or just soaking up breathtaking landscapes, this place has it all. There's always something new to discover, from hidden lochs to ancient forests. For a unique experience, try a guided Land Rover tour. Remember to wear comfortable shoes and pack for the unpredictable Scottish weather!


Fort George

  • Opening Times: 10:00 - 16:00
  • Prices: Adults £9.60, Children £5.80
  • Postcode: IV2 7TD
  • Est. time required: 2-3 hours
  • Nearest parking: On-site

Fort George isn't just for history enthusiasts; it's a fascinating day out for anyone. This 18th-century fortress offers amazing views and a chance to learn about military life. The Highlanders Museum within the fort is a highlight, showcasing local history. The best time to visit is during one of their reenactment events – it's like stepping back in time!

Phone number: 01667 460232 | Web:

Landmark Forest Adventure Park

  • Opening Times: 10:00 - 17:00 (varies by season)
  • Prices: Adults £23.75, Children £18.50
  • Postcode: PH23 3AJ
  • Est. time required: Full day
  • Nearest parking: On-site

For an action-packed day, head to Landmark Forest Adventure Park. It's a hit with kids and adults alike, thanks to its mix of rides, climbing walls, and a treetop trail. They've got a new butterfly house that's worth checking out. To make the most of your day, arrive early and wear comfy clothes. And if you're up for a thrill, don't miss the roller coaster!

Phone number: 01479 841613 | Web:

Strathspey Railway

  • Opening Times: Timetable varies, check online
  • Prices: From £15.75 for adults, £9.00 for children
  • Postcode: PH22 1PY
  • Est. time required: 1.5-2 hours
  • Nearest parking: At Aviemore station

The Strathspey Railway offers a charming and nostalgic journey through the Scottish Highlands. It's ideal for those who appreciate vintage trains and scenic views. They often host special events like themed dining experiences. To snag the best seat, book in advance and aim for the right-hand side of the train for the most picturesque views. Don't forget your camera!

Phone number: 01479 810725 | Web:

Remember, when you're planning your trip and looking for lodges in Inverness Shire, these attractions are just the tip of the iceberg. There's so much to see and do, you'll be spoilt for choice. Happy travels!


This is our first lodge break, what will it be like?

Expect a blend of comfort and adventure. Lodges in Inverness Shire often come with modern amenities set against the backdrop of stunning natural landscapes. You'll have the privacy of your own space, often with features like a hot tub or a wood burner, and the freedom to explore the Highlands at your doorstep.

What should I pack when visiting Inverness Shire?

Pack for all weathers – a waterproof jacket and walking boots are essential. Don't forget your swimwear for hot tub lodges and a good camera to capture the scenery. If you're planning to dine in, some lodges have fully equipped kitchens, so bring your favourite recipes and ingredients.

Can you park outside the lodge?

Most lodges in Inverness Shire offer parking facilities, often right outside your accommodation. It's convenient for unloading your gear and perfect for those planning to explore the region by car. Check with your specific lodge for any parking restrictions or fees.

What if it rains during my lodge break?

Rain can't spoil the fun in Inverness Shire! Many lodges come with cosy interiors, board games, and on-demand TV. Nearby, you'll find indoor attractions like the Inverness Museum and Art Gallery or the Loch Ness Centre & Exhibition for a dry day out.

Can I get food delivered to my lodge?

Yes, some local restaurants and takeaways in Inverness Shire offer delivery services to lodges. Additionally, services like Just Eat or Deliveroo might operate in the area. For a more local flavour, consider ordering from nearby farm shops or delis that offer delivery.

Is Inverness Shire a good place to visit ‘off-season’?

Absolutely! Inverness Shire is stunning year-round, and visiting off-season means fewer crowds. Enjoy brisk walks, witness the dramatic change in landscapes, and take advantage of lower prices. Plus, many lodges offer cosy features like hot tubs that are perfect for cooler weather.

Will my hot tub be cleaned before we arrive?

Definitely. Lodges with hot tubs in Inverness Shire maintain high standards of hygiene. Your hot tub should be cleaned and balanced before your arrival for a safe and relaxing experience. If you have any concerns, lodge owners are usually on hand to assist.

Are there any pet-friendly lodges in Inverness Shire?

Yes, many lodges welcome pets, so your furry friends can join the adventure. Places like Eagle Brae and Loch Ness Highland Lodges cater to pet owners. Always check the pet policy before booking, as some may charge a small fee or have specific rules.

What local attractions should we not miss?

Don't miss the iconic Urquhart Castle on the shores of Loch Ness or the breathtaking Cairngorms National Park. For a unique experience, try the Strathspey Railway for a scenic journey through the Highlands. There's something for everyone, from history enthusiasts to nature lovers.

How accessible are the lodges for those with mobility issues?

Accessibility varies, so it's best to check with individual lodges. Some offer ground-floor bedrooms and bathrooms, ramp access, and wider doorways. Establishments like The Lovat Loch Ness provide accessible lodge options, ensuring everyone can enjoy their stay in Inverness Shire.

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