Outdoor activities in the nearby area

One of the many good things about our location here at Pinewood, is the multitude of places to visit, mountains to climb and activities to pursue.  This month’s blog will focus on some of our recommended activities to do in the nearby area (watch out for a future blog specifically on walking and mountains).

So, where to start!  Do you like messing about on the river, do you like canoeing?  We are 10 minutes from the village of Beauly, which sits on the River Beauly – a great river for novice canoeists. The River Glass becomes the River Beauly – both riverbanks brimming with lush vegetation and wildlife. Paddling through the spectacular Aigas Gorge is like being in a scene from Lord of the Rings!  Or try canoeing on Loch Ness, this very famous loch and look out for Nessie, the Loch Ness Monster as you go.  While we’re talking about Beauly, there is some great fishing along the river too.

Back to Loch Ness – how about a cruise on this famous loch and visiting Urquhart Castle, or journey from Tomnahurich Bridge and cruise through the Calendonian Canal.  The Jacobite Cruises have many different tours on offer.

Seems like we have a water theme going on today – so how about dolphin watching? One of the most popular places to see dolphins is at Chanonry Point, between Fortrose and Rosemarkie on the Black Isle.  You can even go on a dolphin cruise. Chanonry Point is a good place to spot dolphins as it’s a favourite spot for them to find food. This part of the Moray Coast is not only famous for bottlenose dolphins, but also harbour porpoises and even whales, especially the Minke whale.

Back to dry land, a local company called In Your Element, offer many great outdoor activities in the Loch Ness & Inverness area, from abseiling to archery, bushcraft skills to climbing, gorge swimming and gorge walking.  The list is endless! Photo below courtesy of their website.

And why not bring your bike when you visit?  We have some super quiet, empty country roads around Pinewood which are great for taking your road bike on, with many routes giving excellent views over the Beauly Firth and Loch Ness.  Or bring your mountain bike.  Abriachan Forest just a few miles away has purpose made mountain bike tracks.

Just a wee taster of some of the many activities you can do during your stay!