Places to visit and activities

Loch Ness & Urquhart Castle

Just 3 miles from Torcroft House in Glenurquhart stands the Corrimony Chambered Cairn, a stone circle and passage grave dating back 4000 years. Drumnadrochit just 4 miles from Torcroft House has two contrasting Nessie exhibition centres, gift shops and a variety of places for eating and drinking. Urquhart Castle, just outside the village, steeped in history having been the site of a fort since the Bronze Age and rated as the second most popular visitor attraction in Scotland. Perhaps combine this with a boat trip on Loch Ness and discover the legend of the Loch Ness Monster. There are a number of walks for all levels of fitness in Drumnadrochit and the Loch Ness area. Drumnadrochit is the start/finish point for the Affric Kintail Way that extends from there to Kintail in the west (~45 miles) passing Torcroft House en route!

Strathglass & the Glens

Glen Affric, situated just a short drive from Torcroft House, is world renowned for its wild beauty, high mountains and wonderful wildlife, some unique to the glen. The glen has one of the largest remaining areas of ancient Caledonian Forest and is designated a National Nature Reserve. There are three forestry car parks in Glen Affric two of which have waymarked walks. The landscapes in neighbouring Glen Cannich and Glen Strathfarrar are also impressive and give a feeling of remoteness. The latter has restricted vehicle access. All three glens are popular with hill walkers tackling the numerous Munros and lesser hills in the area. Strathglass is steeped in history associated with two Scottish Clans - Clan Fraser of Lovat and Clan Chisholm. Many come here from all over the world to visit the home of their ancestors. Strathglass Heritage Association work to preserve the heritage and culture of the area and welcome contact from visitors. Also of historic importance is the conservation village of Tomich built by Lord Tweedmouth in the 19th century. A short distance from here is the spectacular Plodda Falls.

Around Inverness

The city of Inverness is the cultural capital of the Scottish Highlands. Its Old Town features 19th-century Inverness Cathedral, the mostly 18th-century Old High Church and an indoor Victorian Market selling food, clothing and crafts. The contemporary Inverness Museum and Art Gallery traces local and Highland history. For those researching familty history the Highland Archive Centre is an excellent resource.

On the outskirts of Inverness lies Culloden where the last battle on British soil was fought on 16th April 1746. This ended Bonnie Prince Charlie's attempt at restoring the Stuart monarchy and claimed the lives of some 1500 Jacobites in less than an hour. Fort George one of the most outstanding fortifications in Europe was built in the wake of the Battle of Culloden as a secure base for King George II’s army. Though still an active army base it has plenty to offer the visitor including a regimental museum. The Caledonian Canal connects the Scottish east coast at Inverness with the west coast at Corpach near Fort William. The footpaths along the canal are great for walking and cycling and the locks at various points are including two in Inverness are well worth a visit.

Other Activities

Pony trekking at Highland Trekking and Trail Riding.

Where to play golf throughout the Highlands Golf Highland.

Take in the scenery or watch for the Loch Ness Monster with Jacobite Cruises.

Take in the Glenurquhart Highland Games an annual event every August.

Take a tour and sample a dram at Glen Ord Distillery.

Learn new skills and crafts with Wild Rose Escapes.

Lots of walks of all grades in the area at Walk Highlands.