The city of Inverness combines the Victorian Style Market Arcade with the modern Eastgate Centre along the pedestrian high street. There are numerous places to eat and drink and so caters for a range of tastes. While you are here shop, visit the Museum and Art Gallery, walk along the Caledonian Canal or River Ness to Ness Islands.
To the east of Inverness is the Victorian Seaside resort of Nairn which offers a range of cultural and historic attractions. Explore the old fishing quarter; from the harbour you might be lucky enough to see dolphins, seals or porpoises. For the younger visitor the seafront offers crazy golf, play areas and a paddling pool.
For the golfer, you are offered the chance to play on the links championship course or other courses in the locality. The Nairn Golf Club is ranked 25 out of the top 100 golf courses in the world.
Explore the town and shops or visit Nairn Museum or Culbin Forest with its miles of forest walks where Bronze Age man occupied 4000 years ago. The Culbin shoreline is a RSPB nature reserve with salt marshes and mudflats ideal for spotting wading birds and winter migratory birds from the north.
Between Nairn and Inverness explore Fort George a mighty fortification, Cawdor Castle linked by Shakespeare to Macbeth or Culloden Battlefield which marks the end of the Jacobite Rebellion.
The Black Isle lies north of Inverness it is not an island, but a peninsula, on the Moray and Cromarty Firths. Its fertile farmland, forested hills and sandy beaches are a complete contrast to the Great Glen.
The area is home to the most northerly population of bottlenose dolphins if you are lucky they can be spotted from various viewpoints along the coast, including Chanonry point at Fortrose and Sutors at Cromarty where porpoise, whales and seals are also common. Red Kites and Ospreys are seen frequently in and around the area and Udale Bay Nature Reserve by the Cromarty Firth is very important for many species of wild duck, geese and waders. The sandy beach at Rosemarkie is recommended you could also visit Groam House Museum.
The golfers amongst you might like to play a round at Fortrose and Rosemarkie Golf Club designed by James Braid, it offers some super sea views and also the chance of spotting some dolphins, now how many courses can claim this?
The town of Cromarty at the tip of the Black Isle has a good range of traditional shops to explore, tearooms and restaurants whilst here visit Hugh Millers Museum and Birthplace Cottage. The Black Isle has many walking and cycling tracks and sea fishing is available too.