A day, a week or even a year would not give you time to see all of the numerous attractions throughout Scotland – there is something to suit everyone’s taste. Pottery, weaving, theatre, landscapes, photography, wildlife are just a few of the attractions to sample on your journey through this magical country.
The Caledonian Canal connects the North Sea and the Atlantic Ocean and four fresh-water lochs, Lochs Dochfour, Ness, Oich and Lochy and is the only canal capable of carrying ships of up to 500 tons from one side of the UK to the other. Built between 1803 and 1822 it was planned and supervised by Thomas Telford. Hire a motor cruiser or a yacht and travel along the 60 miles of the Great Glen, through fantastic scenery, superb fishing, under swing bridges, numerous locks culminating at Neptune’s Staircase, a flight of eight locks at Banavie, Fort William. Hunt for Nessie around the deep waters surrounding Urquhart Castle, visit the Falls of Foyers, Cherry Island - a Crannog – at Fort Augustus, the ruins of Invergarry Castle, the Well of the Seven Heads and look for Golden Eagles along Laggan Avenue between Loch Oich and Loch Lochy. As you arrive at Banavie you will see the majestic Ben Nevis. Shops, Restaurants, Inns can be found along the length of the canal.
Lying between Aviemore and Kingussie lies Leault Farm where Neil Ross holds his Working Sheepdog demonstrations. Watch around 12 dogs herding the sheep and ducks, try your hand at shearing, bottle feed the orphan lambs, cuddle the puppies. Neil has appeared several times on “One Man and His Dog” and in the Scottish Sheepdog Trials”. This could be the highlight of your holiday. Souvenirs. Demonstrations - May to October daily.
This Grade 111 listed building houses an exhibition, interpretive displays and life sized models giving an insight into how the Victorians experienced the Spa treatments provided by the Pump Room in Strathpeffer. From 1870 to 1939 it was one of Europe’s most popular health resorts and the high society of the day flocked to this pretty Highland village to experience all it had to offer. Enjoy the restored adjacent gardens and the nearby spa pavilion which is now home to art exhibitions. Bring back childhood memories by treating yourself at the Victorian sweet shop to some delicious old fashioned sweeties. Tourist Information point and shops all in a village setting. Free entry.
Roger and Andrea moved from Mull in 2012 to set up Skye Weavers in the old family croft house in Glendale on the Isle of Skye. The colours and textures of mosses, grasses, rocks etc., feature in and give them inspiration for their designs. All woven products are 100% wool and range from scarves and throws to home wares and a small range of women’s clothing. Visit the weaving shed and see the fantastic array of colours come to life on their bicycle pedal-powered loom. Everything is woven and sewn in house. Follow the winding of the warp threads onto a home-built warping mill, made from a derelict Massey-Harris tractor rake and numerous bits and pieces. In the sewing room Andrea works her magic on her dressmaking creations. You will definitely be inspired by every item in their shop.
Explore the history, wildlife and dramatic landscapes of Scotland’s most famous Glen at the National Trust for Scotland’s Visitor Centre. Interactive exhibition, audiovisual presentations, children’s activities, shop and café can all be found in the centre. Enjoy walking or climbing one of the 8 munros in what is now regarded as one of the best ‘wild’ landscapes in Scotland. See the development of Glencoe over millions of years of geological and geomorphologic processes. Visit the site of the infamous massacre of 1692, feel the drama of its many myths, whilst keeping an eye out for golden eagles, red deer and pine martens. See how The Trust continually works on the habitat, footpath erosion, monitoring of species and maintains this wild landscape for your enjoyment. Open all year.