Staycations have been growing in popularity recently. By saving on travel costs, you can treat yourself to a more luxurious experience right here! So, let’s take a look at some of the benefits of taking a staycation in Scotland …
Benefits of a staycation in Scotland
- Save time and money – Taking a holiday closer to home will save you money on travel costs. That means more spending money for your trip, so you can upgrade to a luxury hotel, enjoy a night of fine dining, or spend an extra day exploring. You’ll probably also have a shorter journey, saving you valuable time on holiday.
- More eco-friendly – Avoiding flights makes your holiday far more eco-friendly. Travelling by public transport, for example train or bus, is an excellent way to reduce your carbon emissions.
- Support local – Staying in Scotland also allows you to support the local economy. By visiting local attractions, hotels and places to eat and drink, you’ll help the area to thrive.
- So much to see and do – Taking a staycation is the perfect way to get to know your own country. Scotland is the most beautiful, friendly, fun and fascinating place. Why go anywhere else?
Luxury staycations at Ness Walk
Inverness is a fantastic destination for a staycation in Scotland! A vibrant, yet compact city, full of culture and history there is so much to explore. And, it’s right on the doorstep of the spectacular Scottish Highlands, one of the most beautiful places on earth! Here you can enjoy the great outdoors and soak up the breathtaking scenery with a variety of superb things to see and do on the doorstep. So read on and take a look at our itinerary of things to do when you stay with us on your holiday in Inverness.
If you fancy that little something special then why not explore this spectacular area from the water? Explore Highland offer some great canoe experiences including Paddle Loch Ness and Paddle Aigas Gorge. Both offer a sensational experience and in the most breathtaking surroundings. With rolling hills falling into the waters of Loch Ness and steep rugged cliffs cocooning you in the Aigas Gorge you will create everlasting memories on an unforgettable day out.
Fancy a local tipple?
If you fancy a local tipple then why not enjoy a visit to Loch Ness Spirits? Here you can visit their shop and explore their range of delightful spirits including their Award-Winning Gin. And they also make Absinthe! This wonderful place was born when a local GP and retired detective decided to have a go at making Gin. They combined Wild Juniper Berries and Botanicals from their small estate, with Loch Ness water to create a truly divine Scottish Gin. After much hard graft and finding the right recipe they entered the Global Gin Masters blind tasting contest in London in 2016. And won Gold in the Ultra-premium Gin category and Silver in the London Dry Gin category! So Loch Ness Spirits were born. You can see more about their story here.
Explore Ness Islands
Our Ness islands are a truly magical place and well worth a visit when on your holiday in Inverness! And if you are here as a family the children will love it. Furthermore, they are located just across and along the river from Ness Walk. Here you will cross an exciting mix of bridges of all shapes and sizes. Each of them taking you to another island cocooned by the river and shaded by lush mature trees. Access to a variety of banks allows you to see the River Ness from an array of angles. And this is always spectacular and exciting no matter what time of the year it is!
Follow in the footsteps in Harry Potter
For those Potter fans amongst you, it is well worth planning a visit to the Glenfinnan Monument when on your Staycation in Scotland. Erected in 1815, in tribute to the Jacobite clansmen the Glenfinnan Monument towers 18 meters off the ground. Here you will not only see this spectacular monument but also the Glenfinnan viaduct famous for its exciting scenes in Harry Potter. And the visitor centre is also worth heading along to. Here you can find out all about the history surrounding this fascinating area. Additionally, you and the family can enjoy spotting all the Harry Potter locations along the way, such as the Viaduct and the island where the Triwizard Tournament was held.
7 miles north of Fort Augustus lies the famous Invermoriston Bridge. This spectacular structure built in 1863, arches across the swirling waters of the River Moriston. Also known as the Thomas Telford bridge, it was used as a link between Drumnadrochit and Fort Augustus. However, since a new bridge has been built the public can now walk across it and admire the stunning views of the river and gorge beneath. And this is a place which offers something for every season. Here you can see the salmon leap in the Autumn, the lush greenery of the gorge in the Spring and Summer, and the thrilling waters beneath on a wet Winters Day!
Cruise Loch Ness by speed!
If you fancy something to get your adrenaline going, then why not book a cruise on a 12 seater RIB with the Beastie Boats? Here you will have 80 minutes of sheer joy and excitement on the deep waters of Loch Ness. Designed to get you ‘as close as you’ll get’ this action-packed adventure will allow you to take in some of Scotlands most spectacular scenery on this famous Loch. And at speed! Hear captivating stories of the local history, enjoy some fresh air and Scottish music all while having some superb fun! And maybe you will spot a monster along the way!
Cruise Loch Ness slowly!
If speed and adrenaline are not for you then you can enjoy a more leisurely Cruise when on your Staycation in Scotland. Jacobite offer a range of tours and cruises for you to embark upon. Here you can sail back in history, learn how to spell Urquhart Castle, take in the spectacular scenery and maybe spot Nessie. With 40 years of experience and award-winning adventures, it is well worth a visit when on your holiday in Inverness. Tours can last anywhere from 60 minutes to seven hours so there is something to suit everyone.
East Inverness Heritage Trail
Being steeped in so much Scottish history why not step back in time when on your holidays in Scotland? Here our East Inverness Heritage Trail takes in many fascinating sites. Being 32 miles long this can be undertaken in a day. Explore Culloden Battlefield, see the fascinating Clava Cairns and be amazed at the architectural beauty of the Nairn Viaduct. From castles and forts to dolphins there is much to see and do on this fascinating journey.
So get booking your Staycation in Scotland today!
Join us at Ness Walk for a truly 5-star experience! Located in the heart of Inverness, our stunning hotel makes the perfect base for a luxury Highland holiday. You’ll find us on the banks of the River Ness, secluded by a canopy of trees, in our historic 19th-century building. Recently opened in 2019, Ness Walk offers the very best in sumptuous accommodation, opulent fine dining and exceptional service. Plus, our concierge team is on hand to arrange transfers, make reservations and help you with your itinerary. In fact, anything you need … just ask! Call us on 01463 215215, contact us here for more information or book your stay today
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