We are ideally placed for visitors to the Scottish Highlands who are looking for a peaceful base from which to tour this beautiful area of Scotland.
Inverness is a great place from which to explore the local shops, restaurants and countryside. How about a weekend or short break to enjoy some walking, golf, sightseeing or shopping?
Explore Loch Ness on a boat trip or drive around its shores visiting the pretty villages of Dores, Fort Augustus and Drumnadrochit (home to the Nessie visitor centres). Nearby Urquhart Castle overlooking the loch is well worth a visit and can also be seen from a loch cruise.
We are situated close to the famous Moray Firth dolphins. You can take a boat trip from Cromarty or Avoch (on the Black Isle) or from Inverness. Or try your luck spotting them from Chanonry Point, or the Dolphin and Seal Visitor Centre at North Kessock - an excellent vantage point which has binoculars and special underwater microphones.
If you would like to drive (or cycle) around the new North Coast 500 route (known as Scotland's Route 66), you can start and finish here. It will take you as long as you like to complete the circle across to the west coast, up to the far north and down the A9 coastal road. It's becoming a popular way to explore the North Highlands and is highly recommended.
This page highlights some of the many day trips you can take while staying at Roadside Croft.
See below for details about castles, gardens, visitor attractions, historic sites and that's not to mention the beautiful scenery which surrounds us here in the Highlands.
Within a short drive you can visit historic castles such as Urquhart on Loch Ness, Cawdor Castle near Nairn and Brodie Castle near Elgin.
Just under an hour north of Roadside Croft sits Dunrobin Castle near Golspie. Ancestral home of the Duke of Sutherland, this fairytale castle overlooking the sea and contains a magnificent collection of furniture, silverware, and tapestries. The castle is surrounded by some outstandingly beautiful formal gardens where falconry displays are given.
Travel further north up the A9 coast road into Caithness and you can visit the Castle of Mey, former home of the late Queen Mother and now open to the public during the summer months.
There are many buildings of interest within our local area including Beauly Priory, Fortrose Cathedral and Castle Leod (home of the chief of the clan Mackenzie),
Cromarty Courthouse Museum, as well as
Hugh Miller's Cottage and Nigg Old Church.
Groam House Museum in Rosemarkie is the centre for Pictish and Celtic Art in Ross-shire. Located in the fishing village of Portmahomack, the Tarbat Discovery Centre is on the site of the only Pictish monastic settlement excavated in Scotland to date. Further afield is the local museum called Tain Through Time which also incorporates the Clan Ross Centre.
Fans of Diana Gabaldon's books and the new US TV series Outlander will enjoy retracing the steps of her characters Claire and Jamie Fraser in the clan lands of the Scottish Highlands. Popular sites to visit just outside Inverness include Culloden Battlefield and the mysterious ancient Clava Cairns (more info).
The Battle of Culloden was the final confrontation of the 1745 Jacobite Rising with Bonnie Prince Charlie. There is an excellent visitor centre and restaurant.
There are numerous Whisky Distilleries situated in the Highlands including the following which are regularly open to the general public for tours and tasting.
Glenmorangie Distillery can be found on the outskirts of Tain, about 25 miles from our B&B. Situated by the shores of the Dornoch Firth, the famous Glenmorangie distillery has been crafting unique single malt whiskies for centuries from the 'Glen of Tranquillity'.
Glen Ord Distillery near the village of Muir of Ord (5 miles from our B&B) dates from 1838 and produces a Highland Malt which is regarded as the 'Whisky from the Black Isle'.
Tomatin Distillery (just off the A9 midway between Aviemore and Inverness) comes from the Gaelic meaning 'the hill of the Juniper bushes'.
The Clynelish Distillery at Brora is about 50 miles from Roadside Croft heading North-East up the A9 coast road. As well as producing its own labels, it provides the malt whisky at the heart of the Johnnie Walker Gold Label blend.
The Speyside Malt Whisky Trail is home of over half to Scotland's distilleries and is well worth a day trip. It starts at Forres (32 miles from Roadside Croft).
A day trip to Isle of Skye is always a must if you have time. There are many things to see including Dunvegan Castle, Talisker Distillery and the unforgettable Cuillin mountains which dominate the Island. Before crossing the bridge to Skye, make a stop at picturesque Eilean Donan Castle.
Another day trip to the west can follow the Wester Ross Coastal Trail through Gairloch and Poolewe. Inverewe Gardens are a very popular day out for anyone visiting the area. The gardens are hugely impressive with many unusual plants, restaurant and many lovely walks around the grounds.
For those who like travelling further afield, the small community of Durness in the North West corner of Scotland is the most northerly village in mainland Britain. Durness is the centre of the ancient lands of Clan MacKay.
The spectacular mountain scenery is formed from some of the oldest rocks in the world, Lewisian Gneiss. The coastline is fringed with spectacular beaches of silver sand, soaring cliffs and deep caves.