City of Inverness
Whether you are happy settled in a wee nook by the river with a good book and a glass of wine, or sunbathing on one of the two lovely beaches at Nairn or Rosemarkie, a small fishing village on the mysterious Black Isle, it is still nice to enjoy a bit of City life.
The thriving city of Inverness is just 7 miles from Clava Lodge and offers all the usual city activities from shopping to a vivacious nightlife.
Take in the latest film at Vue Cinemas. Vue has 5 screens, so there is sure to be a film showing that is to your taste, or enjoy live drama, comedy and music at Eden
Feeling even more energetic or just fancy a bit of pampering then pop into Inverness Leisure Centre where you can join in and enjoy the Gym, Studio Classes, Climbing Wall, Sports Hall, Leisure & Competition Pools and Health Suite.
Images: Inverness Town Centre and Down by the River Ness
Inverness has a number of galleries, but the excellent Castle Gallery in Castle Street should not be missed while visiting Inverness. Further afield there is lovely Gallery 48 in Cromarty, wonderful 1896 Gallery in Boat of Garten, treasure trove in Tomintoul Gallery, quaint Loch an Eilein Gallery in Rothiemurchus and exciting Logie Steading Gallery near Forres.
Image: 'Sunshine After the Rain' a watercolour by Miriam Smith
Nairn has two lovely beaches – West Beach, with children’s play area, paddling pool and tea/ice cream shop and East Beach which is generally quieter, but great for flying kites. Rosemarkie, a small fishing village on the Black Isle, also has a lovely beach. Nearby Chanonry Point is an excellent place to get a close up view of the Moray Firth Dolphins. There is also dolphin boat trips available from nearby Avoch.
Images: Rosemarkie and Nairn East Beach
Restaurants & Pubs
There are many fine restaurants and cafes in Inverness and the surrounding area. Nearest to ourselves is the Culloden Moor Inn (3/4 mile), admittedly not the most picturesque of buildings, but inside you will be met with a warm welcome and an excellent meal.