Local Activities

Fishing – StalkingClay PigeonEquestrianGolfWalkingWildlifeHistoric Attractions – Loch Ness – Distilleries, Wineries, Breweries – Shopping – Children

There are a wide range of other activities on offer nearby to suit everybody. But there may be no need to leave the grounds of the hotel if you wish for a relaxing day with a few calm activities. We have an abundance of wildlife in our grounds including rabbits, foxes, pine martins, wild ducks and more bird species than we could count. On the back lawns of the hotel we also have a croquet lawn which always guarantees a fun and amusing game.

Other activities nearby include some of the following:



We have 2 of the most prolific salmon fishing rivers, the Beauly and the Conon flowing a few miles each side of the house. These rivers are predominantly time-share so day fishing can be difficult to organise. We recommend that you still go walking along the banks of these rivers and enjoy the beautiful surroundings.
We also have multiple trout lochs in the surrounding area where you may fish from a boat or from the bank. Day fishing on these lochs can be easily organised and we will be more than happy to help you out with this.
One we recommend is Tarvie Lochs. It consists of three natural lochs set amidst the hills and beautiful highland scenery of Scotland midway between the villages of Contin and Garve.
Visit their website for details: http://www.tarvielochs.co.uk/

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Stalking is also a popular sport in the Scottish Highlands, many surrounding estates offer this and we will be more than happy to help organise a trip for you. Just one of the many places doing stalking locally is:




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Clay Pigeon

Just outside Inverness you may wish to go and try your hand at some clay pigeon shooting. Quick reflexes and good eye sight is recommended for those wishing to try their hand at this laird’s sport.


(This local company also do Archery is you are interested in trying your hand…)


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Our local equestrian center is situated just 1 mile away and will do their best to cater for whatever your requirements may be (riding lessons, trekking etc.).




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We have a over a dozen golf courses within an hour’s drive from Ord House Hotel. The golf courses vary from family friendly courses to championship courses such as Royal Dornoch and Nairn. To avoid disappointment in the summer months, we highly recommend that you reserve your round of golf prior to your arrival. We would be more than happy to help you with this, just ask.

Muir Of Ord Golf Club (1.3 miles – 4 minutes) – http://www.muirofordgolfclub.co.uk/

Strathpeffer Golf Club (8.7 miles – 20 minutes) – http://www.strathpeffergolf.co.uk/

Aigas Golf Club (9 miles – 19 minutes) – http://aigas-holidays.co.uk/

Torvean Golf Club (14.5 miles – 28 minutes) – http://www.torveangolfclub.co.uk/

Fairways Golf Club (16.2 miles – 32 minutes) – http://www.golflochness.com/

Fortrose Golf Club (15.9 miles – 34 minutes) – http://www.fortrosegolfclub.co.uk/

Alness Golf Club (18.3 miles – 34 minutes) – http://www.alnessgolfclub.co.uk/

Castle Stuart Golf (19.2 miles – 35 minutes) – http://www.castlestuartgolf.com/

Invergordon Golf Club (21.4 miles – 41 minutes) – http://www.invergordongolf.co.uk/

Tain Golf Club (30.7 miles – 49 minutes) – http://www.tain-golfclub.co.uk/

The Carnegie Club (37.5 miles – 58 minutes) – http://www.carnegieclub.co.uk

Nairn Dunbar Golf Club (28.4 miles – 46 minutes) – http://www.nairndunbar.com/

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One of the most popular activities for those wishing to make the most of the beautiful Scottish country is walking and hiking around our local area. There a dozens of lovely walks to be taken advantage of ranging from easy afternoon strolls to quite intense hikes to the summit of a Munroe (mountain over a 1000 feet).




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© Charlie Phillips/WDCS


Only a few miles from Ord House is the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Centre (WDCS). The dolphin centre has excellent views looking south over the Beauly Firth and they have regular dolphin sightings. It’s a great place to learn about the Moray Firth Dolphins with information boards, complimentary binoculars, dolphin video and knowledgeable staff. Boat tours are also organised regularly for those wishing to get a closer glimpse at these amazing animals.


We have spectacular birds of prey in the surrounding woodlands and hills. These incredible birds can easily be viewed at a nearby specialized centre. With stunning views across Easter Ross to Ben Wyvis, Tollie Red Kites provides close-up views of our most graceful bird of prey. A team of volunteers feed the birds every day and you can watch them feed from the comfort of a specially-converted farmstead building.


We recommend visiting other wildlife reserves in the local area such as Fairy Glen. This beautiful place is only a 20 minute drive from the hotel. Located a short distance from Beaver bridge, a combination of rapids and cascades on the Conwy river are channelled into a narrow ravine presenting an impressive and dramatic scene. Wooded banks and rock walls clothed with vegetation add to the charm. It is a great spot for observing dippers and grey wagtails amongst many other species.


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Historic Attractions

Many famous historic attractions are nestled in the surrounding area. These can make for a fabulous day trip while bringing a cultural side to your holiday.
Places we recommend visiting while staying with us are:

Dunrobin Castle: Dunrobin Castle is a stately home in Sutherland, in the Highland area of Scotland, and the family seat of the Earl of Sutherland and the Clan Sutherland. It is located 1 mile (1.6 km) north of Golspie, and approximately 5 miles (8.0 km) south of Brora, overlooking the Dornoch Firth. (48.9 miles, 1h12)


Brodie Castle: The original Z-plan castle was built in 1567 by Clan Brodie but destroyed by fire in 1645 by Lewis Gordon of Clan Gordon, the 3rdMarquess of Huntly. It was greatly expanded in 1824 by the architect William Burn who turned it into a large mansion house in the Scots Baronial style. (34.5 miles, 56 minutes)


Culloden Battlefield: The Battle of Culloden (Scottish Gaelic: Blàr Chùil Lodair) was the final confrontation of the 1745 Jacobite Rising. On 16 April 1746, the Jacobite forces of Charles Edward Stuart fought loyalist troops commanded by William Augustus, Duke of Cumberland near Inverness in the Scottish Highlands. (18.3 miles, 37 minutes)


Inverewe Gardens: Inverewe Garden is a botanical garden in the Scottish Highlands. It is located just to the north of Poolewe in Wester Ross. The garden was created in 1862 by Osgood Mackenzie on the 850 hectares (2,100 acres) estate. (64.2 miles, 1h58)


Cawdor Castle: The Castle is set amid gardens in the parish of Cawdor, approximately 10 miles (16 km) east of Inverness and 5 miles (8.0 km) southwest of Nairn in Scotland. The castle is built around a 15th-century tower house, with substantial additions in later centuries. (26 miles, 48 minutes)


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Loch Ness

Within a quick 20 minute drive you will find yourselves on the banks of the world famous Loch Ness. Over 20 miles long, a mile wide and 700 feet at its deepest, it is the largest lake in Scotland by volume. The surrounding area is filled with historic attractions, natural wonders and superb eateries. The Loch Ness Monster is just one of the many myths and legends to be discovered in this particularly beautiful part of Scotland.
There are cruises along the Loch that depart every day with Jacobite Cruises and probably give you the best chance to spot Nessie: http://www.jacobite.co.uk/
These day trips on a boat will take you part of the way along the Loch until you reach Urquhart Castle, where there is a visitor center, shop and café.


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Distilleries, Wineries, Breweries

With Ord House Hotel being located in the heart of the Scottish Highlands there are a tremendous amount of distilleries nearby. The closest is the Singleton of Glen Ord which is situated only half a mile from the front door of the hotel. If whisky isn’t your cup of tea then there are a variety of wineries, breweries and other establishments within driving distance to keep your taste buds amused.
The Singleton of Glen Ord: A visit to Glen Ord, our neighbouring distillery is a delight to both the eye and the palate. Feel free to go and join the staff there for a tour of the distillery and watch the distillers at work creating a magical malt whisky which is sweet, malty and dry on the palate.


Moniack Castle: Their traditional Scottish products are made using time old Highland family recipes and are full flavoured, beautifully packaged and produced from the best ingredients available. At Moniack they not only make wines, they also produce a grand selection of liqueurs and preserves. Only a 5 minute drive from Ord House Hotel.


Black Isle Brewery: This lovely brewery is located only 10 miles from the hotel and is the UK’s premier organic brewery. They produce world class beers from the finest organic malt and hops grown on farms without chemicals, as nature intended. They have their own farm where they grow malting barley for brewing.


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There are a multitude of local art and craft shops in the local area to be taken advantage of. Beauly has the lovely and famous Campbells, here you may purchase some of the finest cashmere and woollen products from Scotland. Inverness (only 10 minutes away) also has a variety of shops to choose from.



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Many different forms of activities are on offer to suit children of all ages, and all within easy driving distance. Most of them are situated in or around Inverness. These include activities such as swimming and spa at the new state of the art aquadome and ice skating at the ice rink (next to the aquadome). Inverness also has a 10 pin bowling alley that will always turn into a fun family day.
A little further on is the Landmark center which is set in 30 acres of native pinewood within the Cairngorms National Park, Landmark offers a host of adventurous activities and fun things to see and do for all ages. There are no less than 17 great attractions covered by one great value admission ticket, great value for the family!

http://www.invernessleisure.co.uk/ (15.4 miles, 28 minutes)

http://www.inverness-ice-centre.co.uk/ (15.4 miles, 28 minutes)

http://www.rollerbowl.org.uk/ (15.7 miles, 30 minutes)

http://www.landmarkpark.co.uk/ (36.8 miles, 58 minutes)

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