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Here at Balblair Farm we have 3 self catering cottages which are converted farm buildings and therefore all cottages have their own character. The Bothy sleeps 2, the Byre sleeps 4 and the Barn sleeps up to 7. All properties are 3 star and fully equipped to make your holiday as relaxing and stress free as possible. Many of our guests come back to enjoy the cottages, scenery and attractions time after time.
Situated in the countryside, 10 miles east of Inverness, Balblair is an ideal base from which to explore many places of interest. The local attractions include Cawdor Castle, Culloden Battlefield, Fort George and Clava Cairns. Also, the Cairngorms, Loch Ness, the Isle of Skye and even John o’ Groats are all within a day’s car journey. Dolphins can be watched along the Moray Firth coast and cycling, walking and bird watching can all be enjoyed in the Croy area. There are three golf courses in Inverness, two in Nairn and many more within an hour’s drive. There are tennis courts, putting greens and swimming pools in Inverness and Nairn. Nairn's beaches are close by.
Things to see and do in Highland
Loch Ness is one of the most visited areas in Scotland and along with spectacular scenery there is also the mystery of the Loch and in particular the Loch Ness Monster. This has caused much debate over the years as many people have tried to prove or disprove the Loch Ness monster. The area also has many hidden gems around though including a visit to the popular village of Fort Augustus or the panoramic views from Urquhart Castle.
Highland Wildlife Park
Enjoy a fantastic winter's day out! Discover Scottish wildlife and endangered animals of the world's mountains and tundra in the spectacular setting of the Highland Wildlife Park.
The exciting new Culloden Battlefield visitor centre and exhibition opened in December 2007. Through recent archaeological and historical research the National Trust for Scotland discovered that the previous centre was sited on the third Government line of the battlefield. With the Trust's resolve to return the battlefield to as close as we know it on 16 April 1746, the centre was moved. The previous facilities had struggled to cope with visitor numbers at peak times and its site will be returned to being part of the battlefield. The new centre and exhibition allows the whole Culloden story to be told in an innovative and interactive way which appeals to all the family.
As one of the most iconic images of Scotland, Eilean Donan is recognised all around the world. Situated on an island at the point where three great sea lochs meet, and surrounded by some majestic scenery, it is little wonder that the castle is now one of the most visited and important attractions in the Scottish highlands. Although first inhabited around the 6th century, the first fortified castle was built in the mid 13th century and stood guard over the lands of Kintail. Since then, at least four different versions of the castle have been built and re-built as the feudal history of Scotland unfolded through the centuries.
Calanais Standing Stones
It is thought that the alignments of the various stones were used to mark significant points in the lunar cycle. The stone circle and the north avenue were probably built before 2000BC, while the three single lines and the tomb added around 1500BC.
Inverness Museum and Art Gallery
Explore the art, history and heritage of the Highlands Explore Scottish history and discover how the highlands are linked with the rest of the world. Have the opportunity to get face to face with a pine marten and scratch a badger's belly. Experience Highland contemporary art and crafts and unlock a medieval chest - or just have a cup of tea.
Kilchurn Castle evolved in a slightly different way. It was built in about 1450 by Sir Colin Campbell, first Lord of Glenorchy, and it started life as a five storey tower house with a courtyard defended by an outer wall. By about 1500 an additional range and a hall had been added to the south side of the castle. Further buildings went up during the 1500s and 1600s. Not often appreciated today is that when built, Kilchurn was on a small island in Loch Awe scarcely larger than the castle itself: you can see this on part of a map drawn by Timothy Pont in the late 1500s here. Most sources suggest it was accessed via an underwater or low lying causeway: you only have to look at the castle today to see that when water levels were lowered by clearance of the loch's outflow in 1817, they didn't drop by far.
Highland Folk Museum
The Highland Folk Museum brings to life the domestic and working conditions of earlier Highland peoples. Visitors to this living history Museum can learn how our Scottish Highland ancestors lived, how they built their homes, how they tilled the soil and how they dressed, in a friendly and welcoming environment. An award winning visitor attraction, the Museum not only encapsulates human endeavour and development in Highland life from the 1700s to the present day, but offers an opportunity to explore a beautiful natural setting, home to red squirrels and tree creepers. A great day out for everyone!
Ben Nevis is the highest mountain in the British Isles. It is located at the western end of the Grampian Mountains in the Lochaber area of the Scottish Highlands, close to the town of Fort William.
The picturesque ruins of Urquhart Castle are situated 2 miles from Drumnadrochit on a rocky peninsula on the banks of Loch Ness. After a chequered history, the building was blown up in 1692 to prevent it becoming a Jacobite stronghold. The castle was purchased by a Mr Chewett in the 1930s and in 2003 was gifted by his widow to The National Trust for Scotland.
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