Events & Attractions in the area

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WDCS Wildlife Centre

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Based at the mouth of the River Spey on the southern side of the Moray Firth on the east coast of Scotland, our centre is about an hour’s drive from Inverness. Set on a 450 hectare nature reserve with exhibitions, café and shop, it’s a fantastic day out! 
The Centre is based in a wildlife haven that is home to ospreys, grey and harbour seals, otters, wildfowl and waders. Part of a 450 hectare nature reserve, it is a breathtaking and truly unique part of Scotland. 

Attractions include:

Our Underwater World experience, in the biggest Ice House in Scotland.
Walking on the beautiful Scottish Wildlife Trust Reserve.
Watching otters, ospreys, seals and other local wildlife.
Café Wild; relax and unwind with delicious home made cakes and a cup of tea.
Gift shop with a fantastic selection of souvenirs.
Spot some of the biggest bottle nose dolphins in the world using our binoculars and telescopes.

WDCS Dolphin & Seal Centre

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Based at North Kessock, a short journey from Inverness, it’s a great place to see and hear dolphins!  With lots of exciting things to do, the centre is a great place to visit. Watch out for dolphins from our viewing window. Enjoy spectacular views across the Firth. Follow the Dolphin Trail and look out for seals, bottle nose dolphins, harbour porpoise and lots of other wildlife. Listen to the fascinating whistles and clicks of dolphins through our underwater microphones.

Plockton & Surrounding District

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In the North West Highlands of Scotland, an untamed land of sea and loch, mountain and glen — magnificent in its grandeur and remote tranquility . . .
. . . and on the western seaboard, our village of Plockton, in an incomparable location on a sheltered bay of Loch Carron, surrounded by a bowl of hills. 
This peaceful Highland community in the Gaelic heartland was once based on fishing and crofting. It now draws artists and photographers from all over the world, and those who seek something different, something less packaged.

 

The Island of Skye & Lochalsh

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Descend Glen Shiel, one of the most breathtaking experiences in the Highlands, to beautiful Loch Duich, the gateway to a unique and inspiring landscape.
Welcome to Skye, the Island and Lochalsh – Eilean a’ Cheò. Here the stark rise of the jagged Cuillin ridge drops to the gentle white of a soft sand beach. Inlets, bays and islands create a complex lacework pattern with the sea. Tiny villages and historic keeps are familiar and fascinating. A place where time means nothing, and beneath every footstep lies 500 million years of history. Discover the compelling past, the vibrant future and, through the essence of this remarkable land, capture memories to live with you forever. Unforgettable…

Cawdor Castle & Gardens

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Discover the romantic Highland castle, the 14th century home of the Thanes of Cawdor. Located about 5 miles south west of Nairn, Cawdor Castle was built around a 15th century tower house which originally belonged to Clan Cawdor before passing into the hands of Campbells in the 16th century. Although famed for its literary connection to Shakespeare’s Macbeth, the actual 11th century events upon which the play is based to place many years before the castle was built. However the castle does boast its own unique tale surrounding its construction. According to legend, the castle is built around a thorn tree, which has since been identified as a holly dating from 1372, which visitors can still see today in the dungeon. 
Experience the castle’s sumptuous interior and see the impressive Drawing Room, its wall adorned with portraits of generations of Campbells, the Tapestry Bedroom with its precious wall hangings, the Dining Room with its magnificent stone fireplace and the Old Kitchen which retains its 19th century range and an array of antique cooking implements. The castle’s carefully manicured grounds encompass three beautiful gardens, the Cawdor Big Wood and a 9-hole golf course. The castle also has a gift shop, book shop and wool shop, in addition to a restaurant located in the castle itself and a snack bar near the car park.

The Loch Ness Centre & Exhibition

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An insight into the loch’s wider significance. Designed and narrated by Loch Ness Project leader, the naturalist Adrian Shine. 
Whilst keeping the mystery centre stage, it is placed firmly into the context of a loch with rare & unusual properties: some still motivate expeditions while others can “create” monsters. Here are the results of that exploration, using the very latest multi-media system, original research equipment and authentic underwater films. 
On one hand, the loch’s famous “Jurassic Park” reputation, 1000 reliable eye-witnesses and some classic photography. On the other hand, hoaxes and illusions, Scotland’s journey and the legacy of the ice, life in the abyss and a possible underlying truth. 
Using a highly effective mix of lasers, digital projection and special effects Loch Ness charts the history of the monster by exploring Scotland’s geological past, its folklore and the various research projects carried out on the loch. It also reveals the discoveries of some of that research including the environmental fingerprints left in the loch’s layers by both nature and mankind.

City Sightseeing Inverness

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City Sightseeing bus tours are the perfect way to see Inverness. On these pages you will find information about our tours including leaflets, maps and timetables. Inverness is the Capital of the Highlands of Scotland. Recorded history goes back to 565AD. Let us take you to see the historic buildings of Church Street, through the shopping area and along the River Ness to the leisure facilities at Bught Park. We continue to see the Caledonian Canal Locks and visit Holm Mills shopping village.