There is so much to do in and around the Ben Wyvis Hotel in the beautiful Ross-shire Highlands. Whether you are after a relaxing break or an intrepid adventure, it's easy to lose track of time when you stay with us. Below we've listed just a few of the highlights available to you in the area.
Ben Wyvis is currently closed for the winter season, the hotel will re-open in March - book a great break now for 2015.
The Moray Firth is home to an abundance of sea life including bottlenose dolphins, harbor porpoise, grey seals and minke whales. There is also a bird colony at the North Sutor Cliffs including black guillemot, guillemot, razorbill and kittiwake. The Moray Firth is famously home to the most northerly colony of bottlenose dolphin, the largest in the world, growing up to four meters in length and sometimes living for over 40 years. Ecoventures Tours run daily boat trips in The Moray Firth where you can witness this wonderful sea life in their own habitat.
Golf - Royal Dornach Golf Club & The Muir of Ord Golf Club
Formed in 1877, the championship course at Dornoch was designed by the legendary Tom Morris who used the unique links-land features to create a magical golfing experience. Royal Dornoch is only 45 miles from the bustling city of Inverness, but is a true haven of peace, tranquillity and, of course, world class golf. The Muir of Ord Golf Club is one of the oldest in Scotland and with tight fairways and tricky greens and is likely to appeal to more skilled golfers. These are just two of the courses in and around Strathpeffer and Ross-shire; within an hour's drive of the Ben Wyvis there are a further 30 or so waiting to challenge you.
Walking - Strathpeffer to Garve Walk
Starting off in Strathpeffer, this spectacular walk through a pine forest takes you along Loch Garve to Garve, with the flat level allowing for a relaxing walk. The trail goes along the side of Loch Kinellen then through Forestry Commission land, keep a look out for the wildlife on land and magnificent birds in the air. If you have the time, we would highly recommend a short detour to take in Rogie Falls, an impressive waterfall.
Whisky - Glen Ord Distillery
Visitors at the Ben Wyvis Hotel should seek out a whisky tour of the nearby Glen Ord Distillery on the edge of the Black Isle in the Highlands west of Inverness, whose malt whisky which is sweet, malty and dry on the palate. The distillery is open to visitors all year round and is well worth a visit. Please check distillery website for opening times.
Fishing Salmon and sea trout fishing on the River Conon is available. Dingwall Angling Club has two miles of the lower river, which can be good for sea trout on the tidal water, the best of the fishing being from June to September. Above this stretch are the best beats of Upper, Middle and Lower Brahan and, further upstream, the Fairburn and Coul beats, below the Torr Achilty Dam and Loch Achonachie. Permits are available from the Sports and Model Shop, Tulloch Street, Dingwall.
Please feel free to contact us on 01997 423387 for any Highlands tourist information you need - we will always do our utmost to help.