Things To Do
Highland Farm Cottages sit in the heart of the Scottish Highlands on the beautiful farm of Mountgerald. We are only 1 mile from the market town of Dingwall, the birth place of Macbeth and the capital of Scotland to The Vikings. We are 20 minutes from the city of Inverness. There are walks, golf courses, and mountain bike trails. You will find the finest rivers for fishing, magnificent moors for shooting and wonderful distilleries producing the finest whiskies all within 30 mins of your front door.
The weather here is renowned as being dryer and warmer than most other parts of Scotland. As the majority of our weather comes from the West we are fortunate to be protected by a mountain range leaving us with a dryer, warmer climate. This combined with long summer days makes us a very popular holiday destination.
Play Park for the kids
At Mountgerald Farm
For the children we have our own play park where they can play whilst enjoying the unspoilt views of the Black Isle and the fresh Highland air. They can also see and learn about the animals that later provide us with a lot of the food we eat, whilst enjoying life in the Scottish outdoors.
Get here in style
For a really special occasion we can arrange for a helicopter transfer from Inverness Airport to the door here at Highland Farm Cottages. Another option is to see the Highlands as the eagles do by arranging a sight seeing flight of the local area.
We offer instruction on site
Clay Pigeon Shooting
Here at Highland Farm Cottages we offer clay pigeon shooting exclusively to our guests. It is available during the winter months when the animals are inside and out of harm's way. Whether a beginner or you just want to hone your skills we would be delighted to take you out with one of our qualified instructors.
Dolphin watching at Rosemarkie
Based in Cromarty on the eastern most tip of The Black Isle Ecoventures will take you to see a variety of wildlife, the most famous being the resident colony of Bottlenose Dolphins.
Home to The Dalmore Malt Whisky and a great history with the Mackenzies the Dalmore Distillery is well worth a visit. It has the added bonus of being only 15 minutes away from Highland Farm Cottages.
30 minutes away in the Historic Town of Tain you will find the beautiful distillery of Glenmorangie.
Why not make a day of it and visit Tain Pottery whilst you’re there.This is where we at Highland Farm Cottages find all the fine Scottish stoneware that we use in our cottages.
Glen Ord Distillery
A local distillery with a superb tour. Glen Ord is famous for producing The Singleton Malt Whisky.
A fine Whisky and well worth a visit. If driving to Highland Farm Cottages you will pass the Dalwhinnie Distillery on the A9 with about an hour to go on your journey.
Golf at Royal Dornoch
2011 Barclays Scottish Open
Castle Stewart Golf Club has just announced it will be the new venue for the 2011 Barclays Scottish Open. This famous event has been held at Loch Lomond for the last 15 years and will be held in the Highlands for the first time at the impressive Castle Stewart Golf Course on the 7th-10th of July.
Please see the press release for more.
Castle Stewart Golf course is just under 30 minutes drive from Highland farm Cottages. Why not book one, or for ultimate privacy, all six of our Four Star Holiday Cottages during this superb event.
Hugely famous as one of the best links courses in Scotland the Royal Dornoch is a must for any real golfing enthusiast.
The Fortrose course is a good value links course that doesn’t require advance booking.
Aigas Golf course is a nine hole course in the most beautiful setting. This course is generally pay and play and is perfect for someone that only picks the clubs up a few times per year.
Parkland course is only 15 minutes away from Highland farm Cottages. Generally flat and quite forgiving.
A well kept secret. Alness golf course is inexpensive, welcoming and the closest course to Highland Farm Cottages.
Challenging and hilly with some blind summits, Strathpeffer is described by Peter Allis as a jewel in the Highlands of Scotland.
Mountain biking on The Black Isle
Dedicated Mountain Bike Trails Close By: As well as the innumerable trails around the Highlands there is a dedicated mountain bike area on the Black Isle. The Red Rock trails at Learnie: 16km of trails for all skill levels, combined with some of the best views from any mountain bike trails, anywhere!
There are green, blue,and black graded trails, with a bike park and a dirt jump area (both graded orange). Even the green grade single track is not 'billiard table' smooth - it gives a sufficient challenge for those wanting more than just forest road mountain biking.
See the Forestry Commission website for more details.
Walking in the Highlands
Walking in the Local Area
As we are sure most of our customers are aware, walking in The Highlands of Scotland is amongst the best in Europe, if not the world. To help you find the walk that best suits your requirements please take a moment to click on one of the links below.
Loch Ness with Urquhart
Castle in the foreground
The journey time to Loch Ness takes approximately 25 mins from Highland Farm Cottages and it's a great place to visit during your stay with us.
Highland RIB – Rigid Inflatable Boat
See the beautiful Loch Ness close up in your own private high speed boat. All safety equipment is supplied and Highland RIB promises, “fun is guaranteed!”
Cruise Loch Ness at a more sedate pace. Why not choose from one of the various award-winning cruises?
Running from June until September the Cromarty Ferry is a great way to enjoy a trip to Cromarty from Highland farm Cottages. The ferry takes around 15 minutes and during your journey you might be lucky enough to see one of the many Bottle Nosed Dolphins, Grey or Common Seals or even the 10 metre long Minke whales that are spotted between May and September.
Whilst in Cromarty we recommend a visit to Hugh Miller's Cottage, a walk along the sea front followed by fish and chips in the Cromarty's Royal Hotel. Don't come home without visiting Cromarty Bakery for some locally baked goodies!
Drovers Exhibition (Dingwall & Highland Marts)
The Highland Livestock Heritage Society's Drovers Exhibition charts the important history of the Highland drover story. Opened by The Princess Royal in July 2008 the detailed exhibition incorporates an archive on the drovers in electronic form and hard copy as well as mounted wall displays tracing the era when drovers made journeys with cattle and sheep over vast distances to market.
Also a great place to see a real livestock auction or pick up a bargain at the antique auction held every Friday afternoon.
Visit Dingwall and Highland Marts on the outskirts of Dingwall or see their website.
Skiing in Scotland
Ski in The Highlands of Scotland
Highland farm Cottages are only a 45 minute drive from the Cairngorm National Park where in recent years there have been unprecedented levels of great snow. The modern funicular railway is open 12 months of the year and is a great way for all ages to get to the top of a breath taking mountain no matter what their fitness level. To find out more, visit their website.