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Nairn Lochloy Holiday Park in the majestic Northern Highlands of Scotland, provides an ideal setting for a family holiday.
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Beautiful countryside and fly fishing on a private loch – these are just some of the delights on offer for you at Delny.
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Located at the south end of Loch Lochy in the Great Glen, close to the Caledonian Canal in an excellent area for touring the Highlands, Gairlochy boasts some of the most spectacular views in Scotland.
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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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Grannies Heilan Hame, can be found in the Northern Highlands of Scotland in the quaint village of Embo, is a serene and family-friendly holiday park that offers a perfect blend of leisure activities and scenic beauty.
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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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Situated in the picture postcard village of Fort Augustus at the southern tip of the world-famous Loch Ness, our cosy glamping pods and spacious holiday homes are the perfect home away from home for the modern adventurer.
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Situated in the picture postcard village of Fort Augustus at the southern tip of the world-famous Loch Ness, our cosy glamping pods and spacious holiday homes are the perfect home away from home for the modern adventurer.
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Loch Ness Lodge Retreat is the gateway to the great outdoors and the premier destination for exploring the highlands of Scotland. Surrounded by majestic mountains, lochs and epic scenery.
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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 is part of our Evermore Lodge Holidays Collection, nestling in idyllic woodland on the banks of the River Fechlin, deep in the heart of the Highlands.
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Inverness-Shire Visitor's Guide

Embark on a journey to Scotland's Northern Highlands, where rugged landscapes meet serene lochs. Lodges and cabins here offer the perfect retreat, whether you're planning a cosy couple's escape, a family quest, or a fun trip with friends. Savour fresh seafood from coastal villages, and don't miss trying haggis for a true taste of Scotland. Get your adrenaline pumping with mountain biking or unwind with a spot of loch-side fishing. Did you know the Highlands are home to Britain's highest peak, Ben Nevis? So, lace up your boots for some of the UK's most breathtaking hikes. The Northern Highlands are an undiscovered gem, waiting for you to explore.

Why Take Your 2024 Lodge Break in Northern Highlands?

Thinking about a lodge break? The Northern Highlands is your go-to for breathtaking landscapes and a proper escape from the hustle. It's a land where rugged coastlines meet vast moorlands, and the history is as deep as the lochs. In 2024, the area is buzzing with new attractions and events, including the Highland Games and various food and drink festivals showcasing local produce. Lodges offer a homely base with the freedom to explore; they're a snug fit for families, groups, or couples. Unlike hotels, they give you a slice of seclusion and a dash of local living. Plus, the Northern Highlands is unique for its blend of culture, nature, and adventure – it's not just a holiday; it's an experience.

If you're visiting Northern Highlands with kids

Absolutely, the Northern Highlands is a playground for kids! The great outdoors is your ally here, with activities from spotting dolphins at Chanonry Point to exploring the fairy-tale Dunrobin Castle. Lodges are ideal for families, offering space for the little ones to play and a kitchen for fuss-free meal times.

Here's what to pack for a kid-friendly lodge break:

  1. Waterproof clothing and wellies – for those unpredictable Highland showers.
  2. Backpacks for each child – for their own adventure kit.
  3. Binoculars – for wildlife watching.
  4. Outdoor games – think frisbees or a football.
  5. Snacks and drinks – for energy boosts during explorations.
  6. First-aid kit – just in case!
  7. Camera or sketchbook – to capture memories.
  8. Swimwear – for beach days or a dip in a loch.
  9. Sturdy walking shoes – for all the family hikes.

Pet Friendly Northern Highlands Adventures

The Northern Highlands rolls out the red carpet for pets, especially dogs! You'll find plenty of lodges with enclosed gardens, perfect for your furry friends to roam safely. When it's time to eat, check out The Storehouse near Inverness, where pets are as welcome as their owners. For a pint, The Camerons Tea Room and Farm Shop in Foyers is a hit with dog owners. Remember to keep your dog on a lead around livestock and wildlife – it's crucial for everyone's safety.

Dog walking ideas in Northern Highlands

Route Distance (miles) Scenery Postcode
Loch an Eilein 4.5 Forest & Loch PH22 1QT
John o' Groats Trail Varies Coastal Path KW1 4YR
Dornoch Beach 3 Beach & Dunes IV25 3LX
Reelig Glen 1.5 Ancient Woodland IV5 7PR
The Fairy Glen, Rosemarkie 2 Waterfalls & Woods IV10 8SL

Remember, the Northern Highlands isn't just a place to visit; it's a place to live a little differently, even if just for a short while. Whether you're with family, pets, or on a solo adventure, it's a region that invites you to immerse yourself in its wild beauty and welcoming culture.

Romantic Breaks for Couples

If you're looking to fan the flames of love, the Northern Highlands is your go-to. Picture this: you and your partner snuggled up in a cosy lodge, surrounded by breathtaking landscapes. For couples, there's plenty to do, from scenic walks to exploring quaint villages. Look out for lodges offering pamper packs for that extra touch of romance.

Many lodges in the Northern Highlands come with hot tubs, perfect for a relaxing soak under the stars. For a touch of indulgence, seek out lodges that provide spa experiences. Dining out is also a treat, with local eateries serving up fresh, locally-sourced dishes in intimate settings.

Local Cuisine and Dining Experiences

The Northern Highlands is a treasure trove of culinary experiences. Famous for its seafood and game, you can't leave without trying dishes like Cullen Skink or venison stew. For a hearty meal, head to The Applecross Inn known for its local catch.

Families will love The Storehouse for its relaxed vibe and tasty menu. For couples, The Kylesku Hotel offers a romantic setting with stunning loch views and exquisite dishes. Each venue brings something unique to the table, ensuring a memorable dining experience.

For a good night out

The Northern Highlands may be serene by day, but it offers a variety of evening entertainment. For a laid-back night, try The Alexander Bain in Wick, a favourite among locals for its welcoming atmosphere. If you're after live music, check out MacGregor's Bar in Inverness, where the tunes and brews keep flowing.

Fishing

Anglers, rejoice! The Northern Highlands is a fishing haven. Here's a list of prime spots:

  • Lake Awe - PA33 1BJ
  • River Spey - AB38 7AB
  • Loch Ness - IV63 6TU
  • Loch Maree - IV22 2HL
  • Loch Assynt - IV27 4HL

Each location offers a unique fishing experience, from serene loch-side settings to the rush of river fishing.

Outdoor Adventures

For thrill-seekers, the Northern Highlands is a playground. At Torridon Activities, you can immerse yourself in everything from kayaking to mountain biking. Prices vary, but a day of activities could set you back around £70 per person. Seasonal opening times apply, with most centres operating from April to October.

Shopping and Souvenirs

Name Type On Offer Postcode
Beauly Gallery Art & Gifts Local crafts, art IV4 7DY
Loch Ness Gifts Souvenirs Nessie memorabilia, Scottish products IV63 6TU
Inverness Victorian Market Shopping Centre Various shops, local produce IV1 1PJ
Strathpeffer Pavilion Artisan Market Handmade goods, food IV14 9DL
John O'Groats Gift Shop End of the road souvenirs KW1 4YR

These are just a few highlights for shopping in the Northern Highlands, where you can find everything from local crafts to traditional Scottish keepsakes.

Top lodge breaks for 2024 in Northern Highlands

Wildside Highland Lodges, Inverness-Shire

Driving Distance: About 0 hours | Sleeps: 4 | Pet friendly? Yes

What to expect: Wildside Highland Lodges offer a quintessential Scottish escape, combining traditional charm with luxury living in the heart of the Highlands, complete with hot tubs and stunning mountain views.

Who will love these lodges? Ideal for families, couples, and wildlife enthusiasts, these lodges provide a serene retreat with the chance to create cherished memories amidst Scotland's natural beauty. The lodges are a nature lover’s dream, with red deer sightings common and plenty of outdoor activities to enjoy.

What can you do here? Anything onsite? Onsite, guests can indulge in fishing, explore the outdoor adventure playground, or simply relax in the hot tub. The local country hotel serves delicious food and takeaway for those nights you don't feel like cooking.

What's nearby? The lodges are a stone's throw away from the South Loch Ness Trail and within driving distance to Fort Augustus and Inverness, offering great family days out. The area is rich in panoramic views and hiking trails, perfect for outdoor enthusiasts.

Accommodation options: The accommodation caters to couples and families, with options ranging from the spacious Wildcat Lodge to the luxurious Tomatin Lodge, all pet-friendly and equipped with outdoor hot tubs.


Delny Highland Lodges, Argyll

Driving Distance: About 0 hours | Sleeps: 7 | Pet friendly? Yes

What to expect: Delny Highland Lodges are nestled in a woodland setting near Loch Katrina, offering a peaceful retreat with free rowing boats, a children's play area, and a cosy pub serving meals.

Who will love these lodges? Families and fishing enthusiasts will find Delny Highland Lodges irresistible, with weekly fly fishing available and a child-friendly environment.

What can you do here? Anything onsite? Besides fishing and boating on Loch Katrina, guests can enjoy the children's play area or hire cycles to explore the surrounding countryside.

What's nearby? The lodges are conveniently located near the NC500 Route, with easy access to dolphin spotting on the Black Isle, Inverness, and the mysterious Loch Ness.

Accommodation options: From the Highland Ranch Lodge, which sleeps 7, to the cosy Burnside Lodge for 4, these lodges offer a range of options for groups and families, with pet-friendly choices available.


Gairlochy Park, Perthshire & Kinross-shire

Driving Distance: About 0 hours | Sleeps: 4 | Pet friendly? No

What to expect: Gairlochy Park boasts spectacular views of Ben Nevis and is an excellent base for exploring the Highlands, with comfortable, centrally heated lodges and no pets allowed.

Who will love these lodges? Perfect for families and couples looking for a tranquil setting with awe-inspiring landscapes, Gairlochy Park offers a peaceful getaway.

What can you do here? Anything onsite? The park features a children's play area and a launderette, with the focus on enjoying the natural surroundings and the nearby Caledonian Canal.

What's nearby? The park is close to the Great Glen Way, ideal for hiking and cycling, with the iconic Loch Ness and the bustling town of Fort William within driving distance.

Accommodation options: The Gairlochy Lodge provides a homely space for up to 4 guests with stunning views and a verandah to enjoy the Highland air, though it is not pet-friendly.


Gledfield Highland Estate, Inverness-Shire

Driving Distance: About 0 hours | Sleeps: 6 | Pet friendly? Yes

What to expect: Gledfield Highland Estate offers a secluded retreat within 5,000 acres of woodlands and riverbanks, perfect for walkers, wildlife enthusiasts, and fishing lovers.

Who will love these lodges? Those seeking a rural escape will be at home here, with the estate's extensive grounds providing a haven for tranquillity and outdoor pursuits.

What can you do here? Anything onsite? The estate is a paradise for fishing, with salmon fishing and trout ponds available, as well as endless walking trails through the scenic landscape.

What's nearby? The estate is set along the Dornoch Firth, offering guests the chance to explore the northern coastlines and nearby attractions such as the picturesque town of Dornoch.

Accommodation options: From the spacious Carron Cottage with its own sauna to the traditional Gledfield Gate Lodge, the estate offers a range of pet-friendly accommodations for groups and families.


Don't Miss These Fantastic Days Out In Northern Highlands

John O'Groats

  • Opening Times: Open year-round, daylight hours
  • Prices: Free
  • Postcode: KW1 4YR
  • Est. time required: 1-2 hours
  • Nearest parking: Available on-site

John O'Groats is iconic, marking one end of the longest distance between two inhabited British points. It's a rite of passage for many, and the signpost photo op is a must. The area's been spruced up recently, with local crafts and tasty food spots. It's a hit with road-trippers and nature lovers. Best visited during summer for the midnight sun phenomenon.

Web: visitscotland.com/john-ogroats


Smoo Cave

  • Opening Times: Always accessible; guided tours seasonal
  • Prices: Free; small fee for tours
  • Postcode: IV27 4QA
  • Est. time required: 1-3 hours
  • Nearest parking: Car park above the cave

Smoo Cave is a dramatic mix of sea and freshwater caves. It's a natural wonder that'll wow geology enthusiasts and adventure seekers. The guided tours are ace, taking you deeper into the cave system. The waterfall inside is a highlight, especially after rain. Visit in spring or autumn to avoid crowds and see the waterfall at its best.

Web: smoo-cave.org


Dunrobin Castle

  • Opening Times: April to October, daily
  • Prices: Adults £12, Concessions £10.50, Children £7.50
  • Postcode: KW10 6SF
  • Est. time required: 2-4 hours
  • Nearest parking: On-site

Dunrobin Castle is like something out of a fairy tale with its spires and stunning gardens. The castle has a museum with unusual artefacts, and the falconry displays are top-notch. It's perfect for families and anyone into their architecture or history. The best time to go is late spring when the gardens are in full bloom.

Phone number: 01408 633177 | Web: dunrobincastle.co.uk


Cairngorms National Park

  • Opening Times: Open year-round
  • Prices: Free; charges for activities vary
  • Postcode: Varies by entrance
  • Est. time required: Full day
  • Nearest parking: Depends on the entrance and activity

The Cairngorms National Park is a playground for outdoor enthusiasts. Whether you're into hiking, wildlife spotting, or just fancy a picnic with epic views, this place has it all. The park's always adding new trails and activities. Winter is magic for snow sports, while summer offers the best conditions for hiking and biking.

Web: cairngorms.co.uk


Bealach na Bà

  • Opening Times: Open year-round; weather-dependent
  • Prices: Free
  • Postcode: IV54 8XE (Applecross)
  • Est. time required: 2-3 hours for the drive
  • Nearest parking: Various spots along the route

Bealach na Bà is a legendary road, with hairpin bends and steep climbs, offering breathtaking views. It's a must for confident drivers seeking a thrill. The route is best tackled in good weather, ideally between late spring and early autumn. Make sure your vehicle is up for the challenge and take your time to enjoy the vistas.

Web: visitscotland.com/bealach-na-ba


Loch Ness

  • Opening Times: Open year-round
  • Prices: Free; boat tours vary
  • Postcode: IV63 6TU (Drumnadrochit)
  • Est. time required: 2-4 hours
  • Nearest parking: Available in Drumnadrochit

Loch Ness is world-famous, not just for Nessie, but also for its serene beauty and the ruins of Urquhart Castle. Boat tours are a hit, giving you a chance to spot the elusive monster and learn about local legends. Visit any time, but for a bit of extra atmosphere, try a misty autumn morning.

Phone number: 01456 450573 | Web: visitlochness.com


Remember, when you're planning your trip to the Northern Highlands, consider staying in one of the many cosy lodges dotted around the region. They offer a unique and intimate experience, allowing you to immerse yourself in the stunning natural landscapes that this part of Scotland is famed for. Whether you're after a tranquil retreat or an adventurous basecamp, lodges in the Northern Highlands provide the perfect accommodation for your Scottish getaway.

FAQs

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

Expect a cosy retreat with stunning views of rugged landscapes. Lodges in the Northern Highlands often come with modern amenities, like fully-equipped kitchens and comfy living spaces. Many have decks or patios, perfect for sipping your morning coffee while soaking up the tranquillity. It's a slice of heaven for those looking to escape the hustle and bustle.

What should I pack when visiting Northern Highlands?

Pack layers – the weather can be unpredictable. Waterproofs are a must for exploring, and don't forget sturdy walking boots for those scenic trails. Binoculars are great for wildlife spotting, and if you're into photography, bring your camera – the vistas are breathtaking. For cosy evenings, some good books or games wouldn't go amiss.

Can you park outside the lodge?

Most lodges in the Northern Highlands offer parking spaces right outside or very close to your accommodation. It's super convenient for unloading your gear and perfect for those planning to explore the region by car. Just check with your specific lodge beforehand – they'll give you the lowdown on parking.

What if it rains during my lodge break?

Rain is part of the charm here! Many lodges come with board games, books, and sometimes even a log burner to cosy up beside. If you're feeling adventurous, embrace the weather and hit the trails – waterfalls are especially impressive in the rain. Afterwards, warm up in a local pub with a hot drink.

Can I get food delivered to my lodge?

While you might be off the beaten track, many local eateries and supermarkets offer delivery services. Apps like Just Eat or Deliveroo might be limited, but local businesses often step up. For a real treat, check out services like Highland Hampers for a taste of local produce delivered to your door.

Is Northern Highlands a good place to visit ‘off-season’?

Absolutely! Off-season visits mean fewer crowds and a different kind of beauty. You'll see the landscapes transform with the seasons. Plus, you might snag a deal on a lodge. Just be aware that some attractions and restaurants may have reduced hours, so it's worth checking in advance.

Will my hot tub be cleaned before we arrive?

Definitely. Lodges with hot tubs pride themselves on hygiene. Your hot tub will be cleaned and treated before your arrival for a worry-free soak. Imagine unwinding under the stars after a day of hiking – bliss!

Are there any pet-friendly lodges in the Northern Highlands?

You bet! Many lodges welcome furry friends, making them ideal for a family getaway. Just check the lodge's pet policy when booking. With endless trails and beaches, your pooch will be in doggy heaven.

How accessible are lodges for those with mobility issues?

Many lodges are designed with accessibility in mind, offering ground-floor bedrooms and walk-in showers. Some even have ramps and wider doorways. It's always best to discuss your needs when booking to ensure the lodge is a perfect fit for your requirements.

What local attractions should we not miss?

Don't miss out on Dunrobin Castle for a fairytale experience or Loch Ness for some monster hunting. For a dram of whisky, swing by Glenmorangie Distillery. Nature lovers should hit up Cairngorms National Park – it's a bit of a drive but totally worth it for the stunning landscapes and wildlife.

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