Dunvegan, Inverness, Highland
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Inverness has a long and distinguished history and a lively Gaelic cultural heritage expressed in music, dance and song, as well as a fine theatre which provides a year-round programme of drama and entertainment. You will find a wide variety of Scottish traditional music as well as contemporary styles to suit every taste at venues throughout the city - and don't miss the opportunity to take part in a ceilidh! The city is not short of churches, there are 9 along half a mile of riverbank, including the Old High Kirk and St Andrew's Cathedral. Several bridges span the River Ness, including 3 surviving Victorian cast iron suspension footbridges, charmingly described as 'shoogly bridges'. Also running through the city is the northern section of the Caledonian Canal which traverses the 60 miles of the Great Glen from Fort William to Inverness.
For the active visitor, there are plenty of opportunities to engage with the outdoors. Golfers are well served - in Inverness there are 3 courses (Kingsmills, Lochardil and Torvean) and a driving range, and there are championship links at Castle Stuart, Fortrose, Nairn, Tain and Dornoch. Fishermen won't be disappointed with the hill lochs and rivers around Inverness which are famous for salmon, trout and pike. Local tackle shops will give you information about licenses. For walkers, there are paths to suit all levels of interest and ability, from gentle strolls along the river or canal banks, to long-distance walks and serious hill-walking and climbing. Just as the Great Glen Way attracts long distance walkers, it challenges many cyclists too. Mountain bikers will find plenty of exciting tracks within easy reach of the city.
Whether you use the gym at Inverness Leisure Centre, choose a cross-country route or enter the Loch Ness Marathon held annually in October, there's plenty of scope for running. Curling, skating and ice hockey are available at Inverness Ice Rink and sailing and windsurfing are available at Loch Ness and on the Moray Firth. There is also a marina just at the harbour entrance. And for spectators, athletics, cricket, football, rugby and shinty matches take place in and around the city at appropriate seasons, as well as the annual Inverness Highland Games in July.
A word about the weather, Inverness is surrounded by mountains on three sides, so it tends to be sheltered from storms, and has a milder climate as a result. However, since Scotland can experience 'four seasons' of weather in one day, it's best to come prepared!
It would be a shame if you failed to sample the local produce while in Inverness. It has some of the world's finest quality food supplies on its doorstep; including salmon, trout, venison, game and seafood. There are traditional highland cheeses, oatcakes and other baked goods, award-winning locally-brewed beers, even a local winery. If you can't visit these sources yourself, there are first class provisions merchants in and around the city who will be pleased to advise you and take the time to help you choose and then of course there's the wee dram! Within striking distance of Inverness there are many fine distilleries which welcome visitors and will be delighted to show you how the 'hard stuff' is made and help you acquire an appreciation of it too!
- Sleeps - 6/8
- Bedrooms - 3 (1 king with en-suite dressing room and bathroom, 1 double and 1 twin, 1 double sofa bed in the sitting room)
- Bathrooms - 2 (1 ensuite, 1 family)
- 2 TVs, both with Freeview, 2 DVD players, 1 stereo sound system
- Free WiFi
- Real-flame gas fire in the sittingroom
- 1 wooden cot, 2 travel cots, 3 highchairs and 3 portable door guards
- One visitor's parking permit is available for your use during the day
- Sorry, no pets
- Short breaks - September to April
- Inverness - the property is less than half a mile from the city centre
- Inverness Airport - 10 miles
- Inverness bus and rail stations - less than half a mile
- Excellent city centre restaurants, cafes and pubs
- Golf: 3 courses and a driving range in Inverness, championship links at Castle Stuart, Fortrose, Nairn, Tain and Dornoch
- Land based activities: abseiling, airsoft, archery, bird shooting, clay pigeon shooting, climbing, stalking, Highland games, hillwalking, horse riding, laser tag, mountain biking, orienteering, paintball
- Snow based activities (in season): ski touring, skiing, snow and ice climbing, snowboarding, telemarking
- Water based activities: canoeing, fishing, gorge swimming, gorge walking, kayaking, sailing, sea kayaking
- Nature and wildlife: Black Isle Wildlife and Country Park (5m); Culbin Sands, near Nairn (18m); RSPB Loch Garten (33m); Highland
Wildlife Park, Kincraig (35m); Glenmore Forest Park, Aviemore (35m)
- Gardens: Abriachan Gardens (10m); Cawdor Castle (13m); Fairy Glen, Rosemarkie (15m)
- Drink: Black Isle Brewery, Munlochy (7m); Moniack Winery (8m); Glen Ord Distillery (13m); Tomatin Distillery (15m)
- Castles, Fortresses and Battleground: Culloden Battlefield (6m), Castle Urquhart (16m), Cawdor Castle (13m), Fort George (13m)
- Truly Awesome: Loch Ness (8m)
Situated in a conservation area around Inverness Castle, Dunvegan is a recently restored Victorian villa. The property has a modern, well-equipped kitchen where you can enjoy preparing food in a spacious kitchen. Have dinner in the light and airy dining room, then relax afterwards in the comfort of the sitting-room, or plan your next outing, or curl up with a good book in the study. You'll find a plentiful supply of paperbacks to read, and there are also board games and jigsaws available, as well as TVs with Freeview and DVD players.
Upstairs, there are three bedrooms. The master bedroom suite comprises a king-size bedroom with an en-suite dressing room and an en-suite bathroom. There is a large double bedroom and a spacious twin bedroom. In the event that you need more sleeping accommodation, the study downstairs also has a double sofabed.
Head for Inverness. From the north or south take the A9. From the east take the A96. From the southwest use the A82.
When you book, you'll be provided with fully detailed instructions about access and parking.
Heating is included in the price and bed linen and towels are provided.
Cancellation insurance cover is also included in the price (applies to UK residents only).
Cost and availability:
Dunvegan is rented out throughout the year. Change over day is Saturday for weekly lettings. Check-in is 16.00 hours; check-out by 10.00 hours the following Saturday.
Between September and April, short breaks are offered, except for the Christmas and New Year holiday weeks. These are either Monday to Friday, or Friday to Monday.
Access to the property is by steps up from pavement level. One visitor's parking permit is available for your use during the day. If your party has more than one vehicle you will need to use local on-street designated parking for which fees apply.
Dunvegan is a no-smoking and pet-free area.
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Dunvegan, 3 Culduthel Road, Inverness IV2 4AB Scotland