Inverness, from the Scottish Gaelic named Inbhir Nis meaning Mouth of the River Ness is regarded as capital of the Highlands of Scotland. The Scottish Term ‘fling’ translates to a short period of enjoyment or wild behaviour is actually the perfect description of an incentive program in the Inverness area! Here are just some of the Highland gems that are possible in this undiscovered part of Scotland, which is now easier than ever to get to, thanks to KLM’s new daily flight from Schiphol as of May 2016. The city is subject to a temperate sea climate.
In the midst of the Munros, in some of the wildest glens in Scotland, sits Eagle Brae. A selection of beautiful log cabins, unlike any other you’ve seen before. Enjoy the dramatic landscape of the Scottish Highlands and the wonderful array of outdoor activities. There are stunning 5* hotels, private castles and more unusual choices, like a 17th Century Abbey that’s been converted into luxury accommodation.
There is no-where better to experience the Scottish clan heritage than Inverness. From the ancient clan burial site of Clava Cairns, made famous by the Outlander series; to the near modern comparison of the last battle in Scotland, The Battle of Culloden, which took place in 1746. Its essence is captured by the Highlander Museum, where you can explore three floors of Scottish history. A Highlander shows up at a time and in a way that you could never guess!
It wouldn’t be a trip to Scotland without sampling some whisky and there is a plentiful supply of Old Gold in this area. Visit established local distilleries like Glen Ord, Glenmorangie, Glenlivet, or Dalwhinnie, the highest distillery in Scotland. Inverness is the gateway to Speyside, the most famous whisky-producing distillery in the world. Try a food and whisky pairing, with local cheeses, chocolates or Scottish tapas.
Everyone knows about Nessie, the world’s most famous monster that lives here in Loch Ness. For the adrenaline junkies, do a high-speed search for the monster in fast rib boat, take the eagle’s-eye view from a helicopter or get up close with kayaks. For the true explorer; what about a swim with Nessie? Set off and return to Dores Beach and warm up with some home made soup and a locally brewed beer in the characterful Dores Inn.
Visit the Crossbill Distillery, a celebration of juniper and rosehip, two bold and fresh Highland botanicals. Nestled in the forests of the Cairngorm National Park, this micro-distillery is not only an excellent producer of gin, but also an award-winning building. You’ll be treated to a ‘gin festival’, including local gins, beer, great food and local music.