Sightseeing

Clava Lodge is the ideal base from which to tour the wealth of historic sites, outstanding scenery and varied wildlife of the Highlands. Here are just a few of the highlights....

Monster Hunting & Loch Ness

No trip to Inverness-shire would be complete without attempting to spot the world famous Loch Ness Monster. Capturing the monster on camera would no doubt make headlines, so don’t forget to take your camera with you and make sure your batteries are fully charged.

There are numerous pleasure Cruises along Loch Ness which offer a relaxing trip on the water. There is also the Loch Ness Monster Exhibition at Drumnadrochit and the imposing ruins of Urquhart Castle on the banks of the Loch. You can also hire various boating craft from Caley Cruisers including canoes, sailing and powered boats so you can enjoy the Loch at your own pace away from the madding crowd.

Clava Cairns

There are many monuments and burial cairns all over the Highlands and indeed in Strathnairn itself. The pre-Neolithic Chambered Burial Cairns at Clava however are considered to be the best example of their kind and this atmospheric site is well worth a visit. More info...

Culloden Battlefield

This is the Site of the Battle of Culloden which took place in 1746 between the forces of King George and the Jacobite forces led by Bonnie Prince Charlie. Enjoy a walk round the heather clad site or visit the newly re-vamped interpretive centre, gift and coffee shop. More info...

Museums

If the visit to the battlefield has sparked your interest in Highland Culture then a trip to one of the excellent local museums is a must. Inverness Museum has a wide ranging exhibition from the prehistoric to the present day. Find out more about the wonderful art of the Picts at Groam House Museum and Tarbat Discovery Centre or the hardy fisherfolk at Nairn Museum

Dolphin and Seal Visitor Center & Viewpoint (8.5 miles)

The Moray Firth has a resident group of bottle-nosed Dolphins, which visitor and locals alike delight in spotting. This small but informative center is perched high above the Firth at North Kessock and is an excellent viewpoint.

The lighthouse at Chanonry Point, Fortrose,(18 Miles) is another good viewing spot, at change of tide, the dolphins can often be seen feeding and playing in the strong undercurrent. There are also boat trips available from Inverness, Avoch, Nairn and Cromarty. More info...

Clava Viaduct

Built in 1847, of the local red Leanach sandstone, by Murdoch Paterson, chief engineer of the Highland Railway, the viaduct is 700 yards long and has 29 arches, making it the largest railway viaduct in Scotland. More info...

Castle Stuart

Built by James Stuart, 3rd Earl of Moray in 1625. The castle consists of a 5 storey tower with square wings, crowned with corbelled angle turrets. The castle had links with smuggling in the past and features like the ‘laird’s lug’, listening hole, can still be seen.

Cawdor Castle

Here's a name that readers of Shakespeare’s MacBeth will recognise this name. The castle has been the home to the Thanes of Cawdor for 600 years. The Castle is open daily to the public and with the many portraits, furnishings tapestries and flower gardens is well worth a visit. More info...

Rait Castle

The ruins of the ‘haunted’ Rait Castle (13 miles) are situated just past Cawdor. The Duke of Cumberland is reputed to have stayed here before the Battle of Culloden in 1746, I wonder if he saw the ghost of the young woman that’s said to inhabit the castle. Do you dare visit? More info...

Burghead Headland Visitor Centre

Explore the history of Burghead from Pictish times to the present day. More info...

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