Inverness is the gateway to the countless scenic and environmental delights of the Highlands of Scotland with a host of places to visit. Towering mountains, dark lochs, great forests and precipitous sea cliffs, are all within easy reach.
Of particular note is the legendary Loch Ness which is surrounded by some truly breathtaking scenery, although most visitors are usually are on the look out for something a bit more mysterious. The ruins of Urquhart Castle provide an atmospheric monster-hunting spot but Drumnadrochit with its two local exhibitions, Fort Augustus, the busy village at the southern end of Loch Ness, and Foyers with its famous falls are all worth a visit.
West of Inverness, Beauly is an historic village with the ruins of the 13th century Priory at its heart and a new Beauly Centre with connections to local Clans including the Frasers and Chisholms. Close by are a number of beautiful glens notably Strathfarrar and Glen Affric - one of the best places to see remnants of the ancient Caledonian pine forest that once covered much of Scotland.
To the East lies the town of Nairn, famous for its golf courses and venue for the 1999 Walker Cup. Nairn Beach is also one of the best beaches on the Moray Firth and local sites such as Fort George and Cawdor Castle help provide fun for all the family.
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