The Local Area
Nearby on the Black Isle as this area is known there is a small wildlife park, a brewery, an orienteering course and an off road bike course.
North Kessock is one of the many charming small villages around this coast. We can recommend the local hotel for both its regular pub grub and it’s more extensive evening menu. You can see our famous pod of Moray Firth dolphins here at certain times of the year.
Inverness, just a few minutes south over the Kessock Bridge is a thriving city with a large range of shops, hotels, cafes, restaurants and supermarkets you’d expect. There is a public swimming pool. Inverness sits around a hill at the top of which is a red sandstone castle overlooking the River Ness, views of which make popular holiday souvenirs.
Loch Ness and its famous monster Nessie is an easy scenic drive from your base at Kessock Highland Lodges and here you can spend the day at the Visitor Centre (www.lochness-centre.com), cruise the loch (Jacobite Cruises and Caley Cruises) or just watching the water. You might eat at Dores Inn at the head of the loch next door to the annual home of Rock Ness.
Castles and history abound (Visithighlands.com) our favourites are Urquart Castle at Loch Ness, Culloden Battlefield, Dunrobin Castle and Cawdor Castle (made famous by Shakespeare’s Macbeth) to name a few, all within easy driving distance of Kessock Highland Lodges.
You don’t have to do any of these things, simply relax here in the hot tub, picnic by the pond, wander into the woods behind you or walk down to the shore.
Aviemore, 30 minutes to the south is a popular ski resort in the winter months (Visithighlands.com)
Climbing, walking, rambling, horse riding/pony trekking are also available nearby. Details can be found at www.visithighlands.com
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