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GOLF

The Highlands of Scotland provide some of the best championship golf courses in the country, to suit every budget and all abilities. From accessible clubs at Fairways in Inverness,challenging links courses at Nairn Dunbar, world class championship courses at Dornoch, and in the Spey Valley brand new courses at nearby Castle Stuart, picture-perfect views come as standard.

Inverness Fairways has gained a reputation as an excellent test of golf for players of all abilities. With generous fairways and large greens you may be fooled into thinking that the course was easy but the putting surfaces are some of the best in the Highlands. Special golfing and accommodation packages available please contact Alison on 01463 772975 for more information.

Nairn Dunbar is a formidable Championship links course, renowned for its openness and friendliness as for its technical challenge. Situated close to the shores of the Moray Firth and only 20 minutes from The Dairy makes it an ideal choice. During the summer months we offer a combined accommodation and green fee package. Please contact Alison on 01463 772975 for availability and cost.

Spey Valley Golf Course located on the outskirts of Aviemore, opened during the spring of 2006 and is one of Scotland's newest championship golfing venues. With the Cairngorm Mountains as a backdrop it is easy to see why the Spey Valley Golf course will prove to be a must play golfing venue.

Royal Dornoch, located 45 miles north of Inverness, continues to be one of the most popular golf courses in Scotland. So highly is it regarded that magazine polls across the world regularly have it in their top twenty and is well worth the extra miles it takes to get there. Special golfing and accommodation packages available please contact Alison on 01463 772975 for more information.

Castle Stuart is the most recent addition to Highland golf clubs. Opened in 2009, the championship links course overlooks the Moray Firth. It is aesthetically fantastic and from a player's point of view it offers constant engagement, variety and interest.

For a full list of golf clubs in the Highlands please visit www.golfhighland.com

LANDMARK

2010 Scottish Thistle Awards Winner – “Perfect Family Day Out”

With so much to see and do Landmark really is the “Perfect Family Day Out”. From tiny tots to teens, grown-ups to grandparents there is something for everyone.

There really is no place like it anywhere...

Where else can you rock climb, ‘skydive’, flume ride, explore the treetops, tackle a high-wire challenge course, ride a coaster, investigate a ‘Bamboozeleum’, try a cross cut saw, get lost in a maze, learn about the secrets of the ancient pine wood and much more all in one day?

TICKET TO RIDE HIGHLANDS

Cycling in the Highlands

Whether you're planning a Scottish cycling holiday or just a Great Day Out, Ticket To Ride Bike Hire is dedicated to providing you with the quality equipment and friendly advice you need to enjoy your trip. We've got some excellent route suggestions through the forests, along the glens and around the coast to inspire you.

JACOBITE - EXPERIENCE LOCH NESS

For the finest way to see Loch Ness and the Caledonian Canal, enjoy a luxury cruise with Jacobite - Experience Loch Ness. Jacobite offers not just cruises but a wide selection of tours, from one hour to a full day, available throughout the year. With options to visit Urquhart Castle and the award winning Loch Ness 2000 Monster Exhibition, Jacobite invites you to truly experience Loch Ness.

ECOVENTURES

Located at the heart of the Moray Firth Special Area of Conservation, EcoVentures offers an exhilarating and memorable boat trip experience, accompanied with the chance to catch a glimpse of the resident Bottlenose Dolphins. Experience the thrill aboard the high speed, offshore RIB (Rigid Inflatable Boat) and share firsthand the unique scenery, wildlife and history of the area.

ARTS AND CULTURE

With outdoor music festivals, lively comedy and music venues, exciting book festivals, independent film festivals, festivals celebrating local food and drink, agricultural and game fairs, a network of art galleries and a newly refurbished theatre, the Highlands has a vibrant and dynamic arts and cultural scene.

EDEN COURT THEATRE

Eden Court Theatre is a large theatre, cinema and arts venue situated in the centre of Inverness. The theatre has recently undergone a complete refurbishment and is now the largest combined arts centre in Scotland. With the reconstruction complete the theatre now has two auditoriums, two cinemas and two performance/dance studios. The theatre's restaurant and bar facilities have also been totally overhauled and improved.

ART GALLERIES

Visit Kilmorack Gallery near Beauly which specialises in sculpture, paintings and ceramics by leading contemporary Scottish artists. Inchmore Gallery, located in Kirkhill is claimed to be the most progressive and stimulating art gallery in the Highlands. Tore Art Gallery is the largest gallery in the Highlands of Scotland and the Castle Gallery in Inverness was described in the 'Independent' newspaper as one of the best reasons to visit Inverness.

FESTIVALS

There are festivals for almost everyone's taste: books, film, food and drink, visual arts and crafts, and music of all styles - jazz, classical, folk, traditional, rock, pop and dance.

In recent years, the Scottish Highlands have firmly established their position on the UK festival circuit. Music festivals include Rockness, a festival of alterative rock, indie rock, dance, electronic music and hip hop, all taking place on the shores of Loch Ness. Belladrum is a smaller festival featuring an eclectic mix of music and performing arts whilst Blas focuses on Gaelic music and Highland culture.

Other festivals include the Inverness Book Festival, the Inverness Film Festival, the Nairn Book & Arts Festival, the Aviemore & the Cairngorms Walking and Mountain Festival and much more.

For a full list of festivals please visit www.hi-arts.co.uk/festivals

STRATHSPEY RAILWAY

Travel back in time........from Aviemore to Broomhill in the heart of the Scottish Highlands. Enjoy two hours of historic steam travel through the beautiful Cairngorm National Park in the shadow of the Cairngorm Mountains on the longest most scenic steam heritage railway in Scotland.

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