Monthly Archives: September 2019

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chanory point

Travel to Chanonry Point

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Would you reveal a truth to someone no matter how painful or inconvenient that truth may be? At what cost would it be to reveal this troublesome truth? These very quandaries were what Kenneth Mackenzie, otherwise known as Coinneach Odhar or the Brahan Seer, had to face. As a Brahan Seer Coinneach was tasked with foretelling and providing psychic assistance for the local town’s folk and in around 1675 Isabella, 3rd Countess of Seaforth, sought the seer out for his services. Seeking information as to why her husband had not arrived home on time, the countess pressed Coinneach until he ultimately professed that her husband was too busy canoodling in Paris with another woman whom he states was far more physically attractive than the countess herself. The countess did not like what she was hearing and was completely displeased with the seer’s prophesying. Because of this Coinneach Odhar was ordered to be burned to death in a barrel of tar at Chanonry Point. A stone memorial was erected in remembrance of his horrific death. The tale of Coinneach Odhar is only one of the numerous features and qualities that make Chanonry Point so fascinating to the droves of people that continue to flock there proliferating Chanonry Point’s popularity. Located at the end of Chanonry Ness, ness of course being the Scottish terminology for headland point or promontory, Chanonry Point boasts an astounding view of the coast that shows off the stunning and vast expanse of the Moray Firth. The gritty, grey, and foreboding walls of Fort George can be seen from the point as well, with its 18th century partitions still functional to this day. If a structure erected specifically for warfare is far too grim and bleak for your liking then perhaps the fact that Chanonry Point is known as the best place in Sctoland to view dolphins swimming gleefully and gracefully along the sea is exactly what you need to know. Around 200 dolphins call the Moray Firth home, and you and your family and friends can watch these cheerful sea creatures fish and play along the blustery waves of the Moray. The best part is that the viewing area to watch the dolphins is easily accessible even for those on a wheelchair. It just goes to show that everyone deserves to feel the childlike joy of dolphin watching.

Chanory Fishing

Chanonry Point is jam packed with remarkable locations and landmarks that add an indelible and evocative character and sense of personality to Chanonry. These places emphasize the aspects and facets of the point that make it so uniquely special. You can find two caravan/camping sites perfect for vacationing, or a couple’s getaway, or even for long overdue family get-togethers. Close by the camp sites is the extravagant Fortrose and Rosemarkie Golf Club which was founded way back in 1888. There’s a ferry pier in Chanonry Point with a rich history that dates all the way back to the 1700’s. Last but not least there’s an absolutely ominous and breathtakingly gorgeous lighthouse designed by famed Scottish civil engineer Alan Stevenson. The lighthouse was first lit 1846 and to this day it is a shining beacon signifying the opulent legacy of Chanonry Point.


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Inverness Castle

Touring Around Scottish Highlands – Why Visit Inverness Castle?

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Inverness is often referred as the “Gateway to the Highlands” since it has the biggest international airport in the Scottish Highlands. For that reason, it serves as the start off point of any tour to the North and towns near the city like the world famous Loch Ness.

But did you know that Inverness has a lot of jewels it can boast about? Among the Scottish castles, there’s one architectural piece that holds a precious record of the country’s history. This is the Inverness Castle.

Talk about a medieval castle that’s still standing firm after being obliterated, then rebuilt, and now beaming with pride from its centuries of survival. A tour at this historic site will give you chills and shivers as you walk down through the castle grounds where a lot of important Scottish history went down.

Touring the Inverness Castle

The Inverness castle is perched atop a hill by the River Ness. There, you’ll get one of the best views of the famed river as well as the whole of Highlands.

The castle is strategically located in Inverness city center so anyone can reach it easily on foot if they don’t want to join bus tours. Enjoy spectacular views of Inverness from the lawn of this famous castle.

This Victorian-era red sandstone castle is not the original as the first structure was blown up by the Jacobites in 1746. The castle that you see today was designed by Architect William Burn and was built over the ruins of the first building in 1836.

Today, the Inverness castle serves as the Sheriff’s Court and is not open to the public. Tourists can, however, wander around the grounds and there’s the Castle Viewpoint too that accommodates guests who want to see the Highlands from a gorgeous angle.

Things to See and Do at the Inverness Castle

Whether they come in groups or solo, most tourists explore the castle grounds independently. One of the striking features of the castle that will welcome you is the statue of Flora MacDonald who’s probably the most romantic character in Scottish history.

For those who’s not familiar with Flora, she was the one who helped Prince Charles Edward Stuart escape from the Scotland after defeat of Jacobites at the Battle of Culloden. But her adventures didn’t stop there as she was witness to some more fights and during her death, the celebrated poet and critic  Samuel Johnson engraved on her bronze memorial:

“Flora Macdonald. Preserver of Prince Charles Edward Stuart. Her name will be mentioned in history and if courage and fidelity be virtues, mentioned with honour.”

There are also informational plaques on the castle grounds, detailing the historical events that happened on the site. It’s definitely a good starting point of a historical day tour before you head on to nearby sites with Jacobite connections like the Culloden Battlefield and Urquhart Castle.

The guided tours to the Inverness castle usually include the viewing of the castle exterior and photo ops with the River Ness as backdrop. Apart from that, there’s nothing really much to do at the Inverness Castle so you can finish the tour for an hour or two. It will be a great addition to a whole day Inverness city tour or a historical tour like I mentioned earlier.

The castle also serves as the starting point for an enjoyable walk along the banks of the River Ness (more famously known as the Loch Ness 360), the Caledonian Canal, and the Beauly Firth coastline.

Take a leisurely stroll past St. Andrew’s Cathedral and the Ness Islands, where you may spot anglers standing in the river and fishing for Atlantic salmon.

Inverness Castle Viewpoint

Can’t get enough of the view from the castle grounds? Wait ‘til you reach the Castle Viewpoint!

This side of the Inverness Castle boasts a glass viewpoint where you’ll get a fabulous 360 degree view of the Highland Capital and the surrounding scenery. The view highlights many interesting landmarks but what’s more interesting is the intriguing myths and legends you’ll learn as you climb up this tower.

Discover the tale of the Brahan Seer, the legendary 17th century Highland mystic who made many a prediction that came to pass, and learn how St. Columba met and banished the monster Loch Ness through this interesting 94-step climb to the viewdeck.

Things to Know Before Visiting the Inverness Castle

  • The castle grounds are quite vast so you might want to wear comfortable clothes and closed-toe shoes.
  • Bring cameras to capture the scenic views and limitless photos ops.
  • The castle grounds are wheelchair accessible but not the viewpoint.

How to Get to Inverness Castle

Inverness Castle is located on the east side of the River Ness in Inverness city center. The castle is a 15-minute walk from Inverness rail station. Local buses stop at nearby Castle Street and on Castle Road. You can also hire a taxi service at Inverness Taxis to reach the castle without any hassles. Get a chance to explore the nearby tourist spots too when you hire the Inverness Taxis for a whole day tour.

When to Visit Inverness Castle

You’ll enjoy your visit at the Inverness Castle best on a clear, sunny day. So if you are planning to see this famous castle, summer is the perfect timing. The Castle Viewpoint is also open during the months of April to October from 11am to 6pm which is much longer than the rainy season where it is only open from 11:30am to 4:00pm.

The grounds are busiest during warm summer weather, but even then, crowds are rare. The setting is romantic at sunset, when the sun’s soft rays hit the surface of the River Ness.


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Highlands

Our Guide to The Highlands

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our beautiful scenery, renowned hospitality and iconic attractions such as the mesmerizing Loch Ness and it’s illusive lady, Nessie.

 

So you’ve booked your once in a lifetime holiday to the Highlands, but how do you make sure you don’t miss anything? Well we’re here to share with you our top attractions to visit to make sure your trip is one to remember!

 

  • The Isle of Skye (Linked to Tour) is a hub of rural landscapes and hidden gems, it’s no surprise that visitors can’t get enough of its magic. Make sure to drift off the beaten path to explore all this beautiful island has to offer.

 

  • Cawdor Castle (Linked to Tour) is full of culture and patriotic heritage. The estate covers an impressive 42000 acres, dating from the 14th century, this medieval tower is definitely not one to miss!

 

  • Loch Ness (Link to Tour) – Of course we couldn’t miss out Loch Ness! Approximately 37 miles long with more fresh water than all of the lakes in England and Wales combined! The banks are the perfect location for taking mesmerising photos that last a lifetime!

 

  • Chanonry Point (Link to tour) – Another spectacular sight, with views across the beautiful landscapes of Moray Firth and Fort George. Make sure to take your camera as Chanonry point is considered the best location in Britain for dolphin spotting!

 

  • Clava Cairns (Link to Tour) – A bucket list destination for all Outlander fans! If you haven’t seen the Patriotic series however, with Clava Cairns’ incredible insight into our ancestors, the site is still a must-see for any history lovers!

 

Remember we also provide Bespoke tours for those who are looking for a more personalised experience. Click here (Link to Bespoke Tours) for more information on how you can create your own tour with us!

 

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