The ‘wrong’ [south-eastern] side of Loch Ness seems to me by far the nicer. Foyers has particularly attractive woods and waterfalls. Then Fort Augustus at the end of Loch Ness is worth seeing – where the boats coming up the Caledonian Canal from Fort William climb up a flight of locks to Loch Ness.
East of Inverness you shoul;d try to see Cawdor Castle where I’m glad to say nobody mentioned Shakespeare or his Scottish play.
A trip to the Cairngorms is easy from Innverness. Going West or north-west it’s simply a question of how far you want to go. You can, in a long day, get to Skye and back or to Toridon area or Inverewe gardens or Ullapool and Achiltibuie or – -
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Thanks so much for all the info David. Much appreciated! You say that we can get to Skye “in a long day” – how many hours roughly would you say it is from Inverness? And would a day be enough to take it in? I’ve heard it’s absolutely beautiful, so I’d really like to work a day trip in to there.
It’s 90 miles roughly from Inverness to the Skye bridge at Kyle of Lochalsh – but travel in Scotland is not particularly fast north of the Highland Line so I should allow 2 hours each way – you should not need more.
It’s not a pretty bridge and you have to get as far as Broadford before you approach the really great stuff. If you are really only going to give it a day – it deserves much more – my own suggestion s that you drive to Elgol and get a boat trip to Loch Coruisk, a true loch but only a short walk from sealoch Scavaig. It’s amazing – with the sharp peaks of the Cuillin rising all round.
Then you could keep on the Portree road from Broadford and turn left towards Dunvegan at Sligachan and left again to Glenbrittle, where you could walk to Corrie Lagan.
There is much else on Skye but the Black Cuillin are the most spectacular and you will find ore than a day’s worth there. How long you stay depends solely on how late you are prepared to get back to Inverness.
If you are having difficulty following this, you can get help with maps from http://www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/oswebsite/getamap/
Click in the pink circle, put Broadford in the search box and choose the ssale you want.
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I really appreciate all your thoughtful input David. You’ve been an absolute star – thank you so much. I’ve done quite a bit of googling around your posts, and the Black Cuillin trip is definitely on the cards – it looks incredible! There are so many others that you have mentioned that I’d love to see too – it’s going to be very hard to choose.
Many thanks to you!