Your family sled dog safari

Your family sled dog safari

Have you ever thought of spending your afternoon with your children a little differently? If the answer is no, but you are up for it, we have the solution for you! You will have a great time with your family, surrounded by nature with the help of amazing and qualified staff.

Situated in Aviemore, at the foot of the Cairngorm Mountain Range, the Cairngorm Sled dog Centre offers a wide range of activities for the whole family. From Kennel & Museum tours to Sled dog trips and safaris.

All trips and visits are strictly for 12-year olds and over, for obvious safety reasons.

Snow is not essential for your visit, but you must book in advance for any tours or visits you are planning.

We believe it’s a unique experience for any family and especially since this centre is family run, the staff know the importance of having an amazing time all together. We would like to share with you some activities they offer, as we think they will certainly make your day!

The sled dog safari will take you into some of the best scenic routes in the Cairngorms, with breath-taking panoramic views. The fun first begins when you arrive at the remote camp, you will be hands on helping the thirsty sled dog team with water.

You can also experience a real training session with your sled dog in the remote forests.

The Aviemore sled dog museum and kennel tour will let you meet the team - 37 sled dogs! You will get an insight into the history of the sport and the life of these amazing dogs in their fantastic home – the Cairngorms.

The Remote camp sled dog experience is one of their most popular tours. It starts with a walking, talking visit to the dog yard and mushing barn, followed by the chance to be hands on with the sled dogs. You will then start a remote forest training session using a 6X6 Sled dog ATV.

With plenty of choices, we are sure that you will have the best day out with your family at the Cairngorm Sled dog Centre.

Monster hunting tips for the family

Monster hunting tips for the family

Hunting our friend Nessie is always an adventure, especially if it’s the first time for your wee ones!

Needless to say, Nessie is a gentle wee lassie, amiable but very shy and you never know what part of the loch she is hiding in. This is why you need to gather as much information as possible for your hunt. We can help you get ready for this fantastic adventure, so buckle up!

We think that having a good knowledge of her habitat is the right starting point, so we suggest a trip to Urquhart Castle. From there you have a pretty good view of Loch Ness and you can also learn about its depth, length and other features that might give you a hint of Nessie’s favourite hiding spot.

 If you don’t fear the deep waters, you can also take a cruise with Jacobite and you will definitely become an expert on Loch Ness and all its inhabitants!

To continue your expedition, you can visit the Loch Ness Centre and Exhibition, opened by Sir Ranulph Fiennes (another fellow explorer!), in which you will see and touch the equipment of professional explorers, learn more about Nessie and much more! The interactive “water” floor will amaze you, the ancient vessels used to look for Nessie will mesmerise you and a lot of videos will let you learn while having fun!

Last but not least the fantastic Nessieland. There are a lot of activities waiting for you here, such as Nessie’s caves, Nessie Rover Adventure, the activity centre, the model railway and the screening room.

Now you are ready for your adventure! But always remember that you are not in the search of a monster (she doesn’t like to be called like this) to be captured, our wee Nessie just wants to be your friend!

Indoor family things to do in Inverness

Indoor family things to do in Inverness

Having time away from home with your family is always the best way to enjoy yourselves and make sure that the children have a great time as well.

But what if the weather is against you and an outdoor day trip is not a good option? Well, Inverness has plenty to offer for all of you. We have some options for you to consider, whatever age your kids are!

At the Inverness Leisure Centre you can find many things to do to keep you busy and healthy at the same time, from climbing walls to swimming pools, badminton and much more. The facilities are very well kept and with the long opening hours the fun is guaranteed for everyone. Check out their website, as they have a lot of great activities especially during the school breaks!

If your wee ones are Frozen’s fans, why not let them try ice skating? The Inverness Ice Centre is just few minutes from the Glen Mhor Hotel and you will be sure to have a great time with your family. You can hire lovely wee penguins as well, to help the most inexperienced with their balance. They also have a cafeteria, so if you can’t feel your legs anymore, you can have a rest and start again with your pirouettes!

Another great opportunity to enjoy yourselves while keeping fit is at the Infinity Trampoline Park, which is open for every age and need! They have different sessions during the day, such as toddler friendly, autism friendly and family friendly. The staff are helpful, qualified and they will guide you through the safety brief before hopping around. Every session is quite popular, so we suggest booking in advance on their website to avoid disappointment.

Top trips near Inverness

Top trips near Inverness

Inverness-shire is known for its beautiful landscapes and views and if you have been before, we are sure you would agree. There are some trips in the area that you definitely have to visit, or visit again! Because sometimes one time is simply not enough to see everything.

If the weather permits it, a lovely walk around Nairn Beach or Lossiemouth Beach are great day trips that you can transform into something even nicer. Why not go there in the warmest hour, around lunchtime and take a packed lunch with you and have a lovely time on the beach? If you continue walking along the seafront you will find some cafes as well, where you can have an ice-cream while looking at the waves.

On the way back to Inverness, you can stop off at Fort George, the mightiest fortification in Britain with its unbeatable view over the Moray Firth and the North Sea. An amazing building that will give you an open view of land and water, it also provides a fascinating insight into 18th century military life.

Heading south of Inverness, there is one of the most famous lochs in Scotland. We imagine that you have probably been there before, but we think that Loch Ness is always worth another visit. The Jacobite Cruises are sailing all year round and they offer all kinds of trips. These are very informative and if you want you can include tickets for Urquhart Castle as well, which will give you an amazing view over Loch Ness. If you start your visit to the castle from the shop, you can watch a very interesting short movie of the history of the area, it also explains what happened to the castle and how many owners it had during the past centuries

Top romantic sights around Inverness

Top romantic sights around Inverness

Coming to Inverness doesn’t just mean that you have to spend your afternoon in the city centre. There are a lot of romantic places to see in the outskirts and we are sure you will have a great time with your loved one. Many great opportunities to take lots of selfies and if you like these suggestions on your winter visit, we encourage you to visit them again during the summer!

Just after Nairn, the lovely Brodie Castle will enchant you with its tower house and grounds. It’s a 16th century building full of history, reflected in the many rooms and paintings, also there is a lovely tea room with delicious homemade cakes to recharge your batteries! In March you can also admire the amazing gardens with over 400 varieties of daffodils.

If you would like to take a stroll after lunch, why not visit the Ness Islands? They are just few minutes’ walk from the Glen Mhor Hotel and you can see the lovely River Ness slowing down while it weaves its way through the rocks and bends, with a series of suspended Victorian bridges connecting the little islands. It’s definitely a lovely walk to take if you want a quiet afternoon immersed in nature with your loved one.

On the way back to the hotel, you can stop off at the Botanic Gardens. They have a wide selection of plants even during the winter months and the impressive glasshouses reveal an explosion of colours and textures which are different in every season. A waterfall cascades into a pond filled with friendly Koi carp, surrounded by showy tender plants such as bougainvillea, bird of paradise plants and orchids.

If you came to Inverness by car or train, either way you have your afternoon sorted. So, head out and experience the amazing Scottish countryside!

Romantic restaurants in Inverness

Romantic restaurants in Inverness

Are you coming in Inverness for some time away with your better half and you would like to celebrate a special occasion in the best possible way?

Going out for dinner may sound cliché, but we believe there is no better way to give yourselves some privacy and time to talk, especially when life back home is so frantic!

If you choose the right restaurant with good atmosphere and impeccable customer service, your day will certainly end in the perfect way.

The Waterside Restaurant is one of the best in town. In one of the quieter areas of the city, the Waterside will offer you amazing local food and the friendly and attentive staff will be happy to help you with every request. The glass windows will give you one of the best views you can find in the city centre - the River Ness.

The Kitchen Brasserie is located on the opposite side of the water, between the Ness Bridge and Greig Street Bridge. It’s a well-known restaurant in Inverness and with its glass walls, it’s a delight for the eye. Although, not all tables have a river view, so we suggest you request one at the time of the booking, to avoid disappointment. Fora romantic dinner, you definitely need a romantic view!

Last but not least, we suggest the River House. It’s a small family run restaurant right in front of the Greig Street Bridge. They specialize in fish, oysters and mussels and you won’t find their unique dishes anywhere else in Inverness. We highly recommend that you book in advance, as this wee place is usually very busy and you don’t want to miss out!