Whether you are visiting for a holiday, shopping break or work, we offer a warm and friendly welcome at Ardgowan B&B. We are happy to help with sightseeing suggestions while you are here. Inverness is the capital of the Scottish Highlands and an ideal base for exploring the area.
This small city has plenty of restaurants and bars which are only 10-15 minutes walk from Ardgowan. You can often enjoy live music in local pubs or book to see a show at Eden Court Theatre.
You can visit the castle tower and climb to the top for panoramic views over the city, river and nearby Moray Firth. The cathedral, museum and Botanic Gardens are other places to visit within walking distance. There are also picturesque walks by the River Ness and Caledonian Canal.
Loch Ness is always popular on our guests' itineraries. You can take a boat trip from the outskirts of Inverness along the Caledonian Canal to the loch itself. Urquhart Castle is one of the most photogenic spots. There are also visitor centres at Drumnadrochit about the famous Loch Ness monster. The pretty bridge at Invermoriston, the waterfalls at Foyers and the village of Fort Augustus with its staircase of locks are all places you can visit within a day from Inverness.
Using Inverness as a base, you can explore the Highlands on excursions by car or join one of the organised guided day trips by minibus. Historic sites in the area include Culloden Battlefield, Clava Cairns, Fort George, Cawdor Castle, Brodie Castle and Castle Leod. If you are fans of the Outlander books or TV series, ask us about the connections in this area.
There are plenty of distilleries to visit if you like whisky - Glen Ord, GlenWyvis, Dalmore, Tomatin, Dalwhinnie, Glenfarclas and Glenfiddich are just some of the places where you can get a guided tour with a dram.
Inverness is the gateway to the North Coast 500 which has become popular as Scotland's answer to Route 66. This 500-mile circuit starts and finishes in the Highland capital. Along the journey you will see some of the country's best coastal scenery. Join the NC500 club for discounts and special deals, plus a guide book and map.
If you like the great outdoors, there are plenty of opportunities for hill walking, mountain biking and watersports in the Highlands whether you want to hire equipment or bring your own.
The Great Glen Way finishes in Inverness and this is a 79-mile long distance trail which follows much of the Caledonian Canal all the way from Fort William. The South Loch Ness Trail uses footpaths from the outskirts of Inverness to Fort Augustus and can be completed on foot or by bike.
Various companies operate boat trips from Inverness and the Black Isle to see the Moray Firth dolphins - often the highlight of your holiday!