Craigdarroch House Hotel

4 out of 5 stars4 Stars

South Loch Ness Side, Loch Ness, IV2 6XU, United Kingdom
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Cawdor Estate - Inverness

by McGeachyN

Susan and I are planning our honeymoon for July 4-11, 2005 here. We would appreciate any advice on other activities and must see attractions in the area & if Cawdor is as fabulous as presented.
Thank you in advance,

Re: Cawdor Estate - Inverness

by CliffClaven

Mind you don't fall through the trap door in the drawing room - and watch out for the two ghosts which are reputed to haunt the castle.

Perhaps it is appropriate to quote the play in which Cawdor is mentioned: "The Thane of Fife had a bed, to bed, to bed!"

Apart from that, congratulations to both of you - have a long and happy life together!

Re: Re: Cawdor Estate - Inverness

by galy

Rent a car and go north to Cape Wrath. The place, as well as the way up there is cery beautiful and romantic

Re: Re: Cawdor Estate - Inverness

by Celticfawn

You'll leave wishing that you could see more of the castle. The gardens are just superb.

Do try to get more time. 7 days just isn't enough! Then head to the west. Anywhere on the west coast is just gorgeous! The isles beautiful, the mountains fantastic, the lakes so incredibly blue, the colors mind bogeling, the waterfalls and rivers plentiful, and so very few people. Perfect place to get to know each other as husband and wife in the center of one of God's greatest masterpieces.

Re: Cawdor Estate - Inverness

by scotlandscotour

My Wife and I (married Sept 2003 - met in Scotland in May!!!) recently explored Cawdor area, though castle was closed.
We found the village very romantic - my best wishes to you both!
I would guess you wont feel like driving for many hours - so all though the others replies mean well, I can't see heading for the North (Cape Wrath) or the West Coast on the cards. Avoid Loch Ness if you can. Remember, in July there'll be lots of tourists, roads full of cars, midgies when the air is still (esp West Coast).
I think you want wild, windswept beaches, cliffs, waterfalls, meandering mountain streams, cosy bars, woodland strolls with birds singing, ... places close by to have fun and be happy.
There is lots like this along the coast north of Cawdor, (more info if you wish - email me) and just inland in the Cairngorms National Park.
What are your interests?

Re: Cawdor Estate - Inverness

by McGeachyN

Thank you for all the great suggestions and wishes.

Re: Re: Cawdor Estate - Inverness

by JohnBaillie


I live in Inverness and you will have a great time. There is one place I would recommend to you if you have a spare 24 hrs and thats the village of Ullapool on the West coast (beautiful, as already mentioned). The route is fantastic and the road to Ullapool does not really go anywhere else very populated so there is no through traffic (hope that made sense??) it will take you about 1hr 30 mins......try to spend the night there as the sun setting is amazing. We go through there quite a lot.

Down on the sea front on a thursday evening, there is a pub (cant remember its name) but the locals gather there to play music, guitars, violins, drums and singing etc... youd be surprised how good they are.

Anyway..............I know youll have a great time

John & Sue

Travel Tips for Inverness

We were lucky.

by daarth

The first Locks were easy handling, as we were lucky to be almost alone. This gave us good time to get used to things. Usually the locks are full, and there can be 3 rows of boats inside at a time. With the turbulence as the water is let in (or out) you have to be quite vigilant not getting your boat scratched or banged up. Good large fenders and a fender plank is a must. Also plenty of solid rope.

Loch Ness

by Krumel

Loch Ness is the largest fresh water lake in Britain It is only about 2 km wide but 36 km long, and as we all know, is inhabited by Nessie, the sea monster. It is a strange lake alright, very deep (240 m) with water so murky towards the bottom that it has not been possible yet to fully explore it. Scary, huh? Allegedly if a dead body is thrown into the lake it will not come back to the surface, but as my friend was unwilling to participate in an experiment I could not verify this.

The fact that all the evidence that has been produced so far turned out to be fake only seems to be a minor obstacle to the belief that Nessie exists and certainly does not stop the big Nessie-hype around the lake from growing. There is a Nessie-centre in Drumnadrochit with a Nessie exhibition and a mini-cinema which shows the “Loch Ness” movie with Ted Danson a couple of times each day. Or you can book a Loch Ness cruise on a ship fully equipped with underwater cameras and video recording equipment.

Oh, and do make sure you watch out for the campervan of Steve Feltham who in 1991 gave up his job and sold his house to become full-time Nessie hunter. He makes a living by making clay Nessie models and devotes the rest of his time to his “Nessie-sery Independent Research”.

And then again, you might just want to enjoy the beautiful landscape around the lake. There is a walkway from Drumnadrochit to Invermoriston that goes up into the mountains from where you will get the most stunning views down onto Loch Ness.

A curious sign

by shivan

Still inside the chapel, that is nice but not particularly impressive, I found the way to take this curious picture.
This is a sign attached by the wall, at the left side of the altar.
In it there is written, very precisely and using an elaborated calligraphy, the correct disposition that the various platoons of the army should take while attending inside the chapel.
A clear sign of discipline. I have never been under the army, and these things always appear curious to me

Inverness Travel Tips - Loch Ness - Worth One Day

by scotlandscotour

"Inverness Travel Tips - Highlands ... But A Mess!"

I like Inverness, now after years, and having lived there for a year. Yet I can still remember my disappointment - no "shock" at how dirty, drab and unattractive it was.

It has its really wonderful spots (the Ness Islands Walk with suspension footbridges joining wooded islands across the River Ness) but in general it is a bit of a let down.

Inverness is the main town supplying the Highland region, so has large industrial parks and a very practical feel, not beauty. This is compounded by its recent growth and by horrendous concrete architecture by the River.
Sad but true.

It is also busy with tourists, and the B&B, hotel and hostel trade is busy, so I have not detected "the laws of competition" bringing about value for money.

Use Inverness for what it is - a refueling and provisions stop and a base for resourcing better areas.

"Tourist Attractions ?"

Ignore the "castle" - it is new. The original castle has long gone. Good for photographs of the River - but have no misconceptions about castles - this is not one of them!

If you are to look at Loch Ness, drive on the "south side". Only drive the north side if motoring to Fort William or Skye. Even then, consider the quiet south side.

Culloden Battlefield. Very popular because of its significance, NOT because of beauty! Good cafe and visitor stuff there (National Trust of Scotland) but unless you are really into historical battles / tracing ancestors, its not that impressive.

The small (and free) museum behind the Tourist Infomation Office is worth an hour for sure - its a good, bite sized intro to Highland life and natural history.

If staying in Inverness, its worth checking out whats playing (independent film cinema and theatre / music etc) at the Eden Court Theatre. Also close by there is the good Swimming Pool and Leisure Centre with Climbing Wall.

A number of bars now have live bands - responding to the huge influx of tourists. Inverness is well provided by hostels, so is popular for a "night out" / heavy drinking.

"A Delightful Walk Around Inverness - 1 hour"

This is the best way to see Inverness, on foot:

From the Town Hall (look up at the lovely architecture and ignore the gaudy MacDonalds opposite) and nearby Tourist Information Centre (particularly friendly staff in this one) walk downhill to the River, but don't cross.

Turn left and walk upstream, with the water on your right hand side. Pass the white suspension bridge and continue to a second, smaller bridge, which then takes you via lovely wooded islands across the river.

Once across the river, turn right and head downstream (river still to your right). Again ignore the white suspension bridge. Optional stop in Eden Court to check out events for evening, and or a cup of tea!
Continue alongside river past the main bridge (traffic) and carry along until you reach another footbridge, which you cross to get back to City Centre.

Note: There are a number of tasty restaurants, tapas bars and a lovely second hand book store in an old church - with cafe, spiral stairs and wood burning stove).
*More about this in My Inverness Tips* and see Bluewoad.


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Address: South Loch Ness Side, Loch Ness, IV2 6XU, United Kingdom