Short Breaks in Fort Augustus
Inverness-shire is located in the North West of Scotland encompassing a varied landscape ranging from dramatic mountains and lochs to an extensive coastline with many islands. The county's numerous islands boast both sandy beaches and farmland, as well as rugged hills and moorland. This wild landscape offers many opportunities for outdoor pursuits including white water rafting, clay pigeon shooting, canoeing and kayaking, archery, abseiling and hiking. The county's several lochs, such as Loch Insh and Loch Morlich offer further scope for water sports, fishing, dinghy sailing, windsurfing and water skiing to name a few. Among its lochs is Loch Ness, the reputed home of the Loch Ness Monster. As with much of Scotland, Inverness-shire has its fair share of excellent golf courses, namely Torvean Golf Club, Kingussie Golf Club, Boat of Garten Golf Club, Spean Bridge Golf Club and the Fortrose and Rossmarkie Golf Club.
The City of Inverness is the capital of the highlands and is popular for its award winning floral displays. Inverness Castle, Invergarry Castle, Urquhart Castle are just some of the many castles that are well worth exploring. Foodies will find a wide range of high quality, locally produced food and drink in Inverness-shire. For example, country wines, liqueurs and preserves can be sampled at Moniack Castle, fine Scottish whisky at the Tomatin Distillery, the Dalwhinnie Distillery and the Talisker distillery, while locally produced meat and fish is widely available in a number of shops and restaurants.