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We have some great ideas for your break away with the kids this Autumn.

 Read on for some super Autumn Inverness activities and adventures with the family. Whether its only for a weekend or you are escaping to the Highlands for the October Holidays there are plenty of things to keep your kids BUSY! Book your Early Bird Autumn Escape at the Inverness Palace Hotel & Spa an ideal location for your next family break.

Top Family Autumn Inverness Activities & Adventures

Days Out on & Around Loch Ness

Loch Ness, the story of the Loch Ness Monster or as we prefer Nessie is one of the biggest myths or legends in our folklore or is it?  Get ready for an adventure your chance to do some Nessie spotting first hand.

1. Cruise Loch Ness with Jacobite

Try the Jacobite Boat Tour on Loch Ness.  You can take in the sights from the warmth of a cabin, appreciate a more sedate pace and even a wee dram or maybe even just a bathroom. Jacobite are sure to have a cruise to suit your needs. Taking in Loch Ness from the water is a very memorable experience, it provides a whole new aspect to Loch Ness.

2. Beastie Boats on Loch Ness

If you are after a more exhilarating option, then try the Beastie Boats on Loch Ness!   Whether you are on your own, with your partner, escaping as a family or perhaps a luxury weekend escape with the girls make sure you make time to experience the BEASTIE BOAT, on Loch Ness, one of our top tips for wow days out on Loch Ness. The Beastie Boat is a fabulous new addition to a day out in Inverness, brought to you by the much loved and trusted Jacobite Cruises!!  Your fabulous adventure begins on the shores of Loch Ness at the Clansman Hotel. Park your car at the hotel, it it’s full you will be directed a few 100 meters further along to a private car park.  Just plan to be in slightly further away and you wont be late, it’s only an extra 5 minute walk. Don’t worry, you will cross the A82 via the underground walkway. The Beastie Boat is new to Loch Ness and many visitors aren’t aware of the option of speeding your way down the vast Loch Ness, taking in some truly special historical sights but at a much more exciting pace.  You will want to go back on the Beastie Boat, you will tell your friends, although you may not have too many pictures, it will be one of the highlights of your trip!

Top Tip – combine both of these activities, stop at Urqhuart Castle then you will appreciate it‘s history and then see its majesty from the water on your Beastie Boat or Jacobite cruise!

3. Nessie & Loch Ness 

A trip to Loch Ness wouldn’t be complete with some Nessie spotting!  Nessie is one of the biggest myths or legends in our folklore or is it?  Get ready for an adventure, your chance to do some Nessie spotting first hand.  Get started with Visit Loch Ness then there is the Loch Ness Exhibition to find the magic in the water.

Discover Highland History

4. Explore Urquhart Castle

Urquhart Castle is magnificently situated on the banks of Loch Ness, it still resembles an impressive stronghold. Urquhart Castle was one of Scotland’s largest castles.  Whilst a significant portion of the Castle was destroyed it still has huge presence.  Make time to climb the steps up the Castle Tower and be rewarded with stunning views of Loch Ness.  The castle has witnessed considerable conflict throughout its 500 years, its history from the 1200s to the 1600s was particularly bloody. In the new visitor center there is a new informative audio visual display which tells you all about the castle’s history. There are plenty of places to take in the view, the castle is surrounded by a sloping grass field. The field runs to the edge of the Loch and is a great place to take in the view of the Castle and Loch Ness.

5. Culloden Battlefield

Is a must see in Scottish history! The battle lines have been redrawn at the new Culloden battlefield experience, with the site restored as closely as possible.  The whole family has the opportunity to imagine that fateful day of April 16th 1746 the bloodiest battle fought with 1,200 men dead in the first hour and the final confrontation of the Jacobite Rising. You can enjoy an interactive exhibition, take a battlefield tour, listen to the sounds of battle, see the grave sites of the many who died on that fateful day.  Watch the daily living history presentations which bring the battle to life.  Its impossible not to feel the pull of the past.  For all the information on opening times, tours and entrance fees please see the following website:

6. Cawdor Castle

A visit to the Highlands wouldn’t be complete without experiencing a trip to at least one of our many Scottish Castles. Discover the romantic Highland castle at Cawdor, famed for its literary connection to Macbeth. Make a day of it, take the time to discover the sumptuous interior of Cawdor Castle, a hiding place of Bonnie Prince Charlie. Explore the castle’s manicured gardens, get lost in the maze and enjoy adventuring with the children in the Cawdor Big Wood! If golf is your thing you can enjoy nine holes or the putting green and if that’s not enough and you can arrange fishing.  Make a day of it pack a picnic or enjoy lunch at the Courtyard café.  Check out Cawdor’s website for all up to date information. Please note the castle closes on October 7th for the season, you can arrange private visits for groups.

7. Fort George

Is the mightiest artillery fortification in Britain and it is still in use today.  The majority of the grounds are open to the public. Following the 1746 defeat at Culloden, King George 11 created the ultimate defence against further Jacobite unrest and the result was Fort George. The garrison buildings contain a superb collection of military equipment providing a fascinating insight into 18th Century military life.  This fantastic Fort is open daily throughout the year.

Forest Adventures with the Family

8. Landmark Forest Adventure Park

Is only a short drive from Inverness and is a fantastic adventurous day out. The winner of Visit Scotland’s Perfect Family Day out award.  A huge range of activities for all ages including: WildWater Raft Slide, Ropeworx, Tree Tops Walks, The Runaway Train family coaster, Steam powered Sawmill and the Butterfly House!  See their website for all the info:

9. Ness Islands

Only a short walk from the Inverness Palace Hotel & Spa you will discover the Ness Islands.  These little wooded gems sit in the middle of the River Ness, reached through a series of beautiful bridges. These islands are an oasis for wildlife and people alike.  A lovely wooded habitat, nestled in the river a hidden escape in the city. At Halloween the islands become the star attraction.  People from all over the area and beyond come to experience the Ness Island Halloween show.  This fab event runs every year for 2 fun filled nights.  These little island gems are great all year round.

Stay With Us 

For your Autumn adventures in the Highlands bring the family & book your Early Bird Autumn Escape at the Best Western Inverness Palace Hotel & Spa and make some fab memories with the kids. You can look forward to a warm welcome, ideally located on the banks of the River Ness, opposite the castle.  It is only a few minutes walk to the Inverness Castle viewing platform, the lovely Ness Islands and the city center. Make Your Escape to the Highlands this Autumn with your Early Bird Autumn Escape Offer!

Stay from only £84.95 per person per night in September, £ 64.95 in October, £49.45 in November and only £44.45 per person per night in December. Includes Red & White mini wine waiting in your room for your arrival, a delicious Scottish buffet breakfast.  Upgrade your stay to a luxury Castle and River view room only £25 per room per night. Plus children under 12 stay free, room only, when sharing with 2 adults. All prices are based on 2 adults sharing a classic room. Don’t forget we offer parking, free wifi to our guests and free access to the luxury Leisure Club & PoolRemember #bookdirect for your best offers. Call our reservations team on 01463 22 32 43 or email us at Palace and let the fun begin.


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