5 star hotel breaks and activities in Inverness

If you are looking to stay in the best 5 star hotels in the UK, you’ve come to the right place. But, what does one do when enjoying a boutique Scottish hotel experience? Well, there’s plenty here in Inverness and surrounding areas fit for even the most glamorous of us. So, let’s explore the Scottish Highlands in the lap of luxury with a little exuberance…

The Great Outdoors

Of course, we are renowned here in the Scottish Highlands for our golf courses…. but if golf is not for you, there are plenty of other outdoor activities to enhance your stay. For example, for those looking to strike out and see some of Scotland’s wild countryside, you might enjoy a day of camera stalking. This is a spectacular way to engage with the hidden Highlands and its beautiful beasts. But you may not have heard about it…

Camera Stalking

Here, you are taken out into the natural glens and wilds, armed only with a camera. Your guides will take you out (by landrover, polaris or even horseback) to find some of the best examples of Scottish wildlife. These include stags, red squirrels, wildcats, and golden eagles. The aim is to shoot spectacular photographs of them in their natural habitat. This is a perfect adventure for those who love the outdoors and wish to try something a bit different. Contact us and we will organise all for you on a spectacular trip into the wilderness north of Loch Ness.

a man crouches down to take a photograph of a nearby stag with his camera
Softly softly catchee…stag. Imagine getting the chance to photograph one!

Scottish Fishing and Shooting Parties

Highland fishing and shooting parties can also be arranged via reception in shooting season upon request. Plus we have fishing rights for the famous River Ness Salmon pools, situated right outside our hotel overlooking Inverness Castle. The Scottish Highlands boast some of the best fishing and shooting holidays. Here we are surrounded by vast glens, flanked by the Moray Firth, and spoilt for a choice of rivers flowing into Loch Ness. As such we have no shortage of country pursuits and outdoor activities. Our concierge are experienced in caring for both large and small private shooting and fishing parties.

High End Scottish Shopping

And if the great outdoors is not your style, maybe we can entice you with our high-end shopping breaks? Royalty fly in especially to visit our shops, such as Campbells of Beauly and Johnstons of Elgin. Here you can enjoy a tailored trip and measure up for your own set of tweeds or luxury garments, hand-made to your requirements.

Cruise Loch Ness and Boutique Shopping

And then you can head on to the home of Jacobite Cruises on Loch Ness and enjoy the latest Loch Ness Boutique, An Talla. This luxurious shopping experience offers a range of Scottish craft goods, such as locally-designed jewelry and clothing. As well as high-end home ranges you can pick up plenty of other top-quality gift ideas. And their on-site cafe offers delicious, locally sourced delights to keep hunger at bay. This is also the perfect place to step onto a Loch Ness cruise and see this legendary body of water from a different perspective. Take in the fresh air, the Highland scenery, and perhaps – if you are very lucky – a visit from the loch’s rather shy inhabitant…

A cruise on Loch Ness is a must for nature, wildlife and history lovers. Jacobite Cruises will take you on a voyage of discovery on Scotland’s most famous loch. They have departure points with free parking close to Inverness city centre, so the cruises are easy to access. On the water is a fantastic way to explore this vast and legendary Scottish loch, as you take in the sights and learn more about the area.

A boat trip on loch ness
Boat Trips On Loch Ness, Passing Urquhart Castle

Go Wild Outdoors

And for the adventurers and thrill-seekers, there are so many outdoor activities on offer within our magnificent and rugged Highland landscapes. Check out these wonderful walking routes and cycling trails near Inverness. Enjoy a guided fishing trip with You Fish Scotland. Or take to the water for canoeing, kayaking and paddleboard adventures with Explore Highland.

Relax back at Ness Walk

After time exploring the great outdoors, return to Ness Walk for some fine dining. Our restaurants cater for those with sophisticated palates, using local and seasonal ingredients where possible. Torrish is our indoor restaurant, serving breakfasts, lunches, afternoon teas and à la carte dinners. Dine in style in our original drawing room resplendent with original 19th-century features. Alternatively, enjoy eating in the fresh air in Bruach, our outdoor bistro. Offering the same dedicated levels of service as indoors, this heated area is a luxurious way to have a meal and end the day in style. Take part in a whisky tasting at the bar or try something from the delicious cocktail menu. And perhaps enjoy some freshly-caught langoustines with the sound of the River Ness flowing in the background. Perfection!

Exterior view of Ness Walk Hotel and Bruach Bar on a sunny day
Outdoor dining at Bruach Bistro & Booze, Ness Walk Hotel

For more ideas of things to do in and around Inverness, see our Discover the Highlands guide and Highland Holiday Itineraries.

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