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Four ways to entertain the body and mind during your stay at Tangle Tower.

As autumn draws in, the nights gradually get longer and the temperatures begin to cool off we are looking for ways to entertain ourselves, so here I am again, back to make a few quick suggestions….

 

Fasgadh Festival – Sept 17th 11am – 11.59pm, Cost £5

A Celebration of Community & Woodland as part of the Fasgadh project at Dunain Community Woodland. (Woods above Craigdunain)

This all-day and night event is a sure crowd pleaser – a family friendly  experience which includes a foraging walk with Outlander herbal;ist Claire Mackay – storytelling – live music- woodland crafts and much, much more! Ensure you wear sensible shoes and bring additional layers and torches.

 

Baxters Loch Ness Marathon and Festival of Running – Sept 25th 10am -4pm, FREE ENTRY

Bught Park, Inverness.

Enjoy the striking scenery along the shores of Loch Ness whilst taking in the festival atmosphere. This event appeals to one and all, with over 8000 runners expected in 2016 taking part in varied distances it’s a great place to spend a week-end. You will discover Sports expo and Baxters Food and Drinks fayre kids’ activities, pipes & drums, live bands and lots more.

 

The Scotch Malt Whisky Society Preview and Tasting

Kingsmill Hotel, Inverness- 25th Nov, Cost £44 per ticket.

Enjoy and exclusive whisky tasting session led by an ambassador of the Scotch Malt Whisky society.

The first Friday of the month is always a cause for celebration at the Scotch Malt Whisky society because that is when their monthly out-turn of new single cask bottling hits the shelves. But what if you could sample and buy them before then? Interested?

Then this is a prime opportunity for whisky enthusiasts to take an exclusive first taste of five new whiskies at an entertaining, informative evening with a society ambassador.

You will be led through a sensory adventure by the ambassador, exploring each whisky’s unique character, flavour, style and age, alongside a one course meal.

 

Charity Garden Opening – Glenkyllachy Lodge – Sept 17,24 – Oct 1,8,15,22,29. Various times.

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Many spectacular Highland gardens open during the year and this remote garden situated in a Highland Glen and an altitude of 1150 feet is a glorious garden of shrubs, herbaceous, rhododendrons and trees, planted around a pond. You will discover various sculptures, a poly-tunnel and vegetable garden and oriental bridges and ornamental ducks against a backdrop of Juniper and Birch. Autumn will provide some jaw dropping colours.

 

Go along and have fun!

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Four Hidden Gems in and around Inverness.

Being the only city in the Highlands, Inverness has a number of visitor attractions in and around the area. If you’re tired of the hotspots and are looking for somewhere a little out-of-the-ordinary to visit, perhaps you should give one, or all of these places a try…….

 

clootieMunlochy, Clootie Well.

The “Clootie Well” a healing well at Munlochy on the Black Isle may bemuse travellers who pass it on their travels along  the A832 from Fortrose to Cromarty, an eerie sight will catch your eye. If you know nothing of this magical place it’ll definitely take you by surprise, it is well worth a stop.

In Scot’s “Cloot” means a rag, strip of material, patch or garment.

Clootie wells are relatively rare, usually only found in Celtic nations. They are wells or springs, usually with a tree growing alongside, you will find an assortment of garments or rags left, tied to the branches of the trees surrounding the well, unmissable as you drive past this particular well.

In pre-Christian times is it said that a goddess or local nature spirit inhabited the well, they possessed special healing powers. Later in Christian times these where replaced by a Saint, in this case the well is dedicated to St Boniface (he is the patron saint of Germany and the first archbishop of Mainz. He was born in the kingdom of Wessex, today Devon, England and was killed in Frisia, Germany in 754).

There are many traditions relating to the rags being tied to the trees surrounding the well, but the most popular belief is that if you or a relative are ill you must tie a piece of rag to one of the trees after dipping it in the water of the well. It is said it will aid the recovery of the ailing individual.

There is an ample sized car park with a short walk up to the well, can be wet underfoot.

 

 

 

Leakey’s Bookshop

If it is a bit miserable outside, or perhaps you fancy a bit of retail therapy or maybe just sometime out to relax, a must to visit is this wonderfully quirky bookshop, I’m sure you wouldn’t be surprised to bump into Harry Potter or one of his companions there; he certainly wouldn’t seem out of place!

Found on Church Street, Inverness, Leakey’s has been housed in the old Gaelic church for the last 20 years. Est. in 1979 it is Scotland’s second largest second-hand bookshop with 100,00 selected volumes. The enviable collection has been built up from all over the Highlands taking over 30 years to accumulate.  It is a building full of atmosphere and character, a great place to lose an afternoon.

 

 

money treeThe Fairy Glen

The fairy Glen is located in a beautiful wooded area in Rosemarkie, easily found if taking a trip over to the beach.

The glen is wooded with Beech, Rowan, Ash and Oak and is at its prettiest during the spring when you will be met with a carpet of bluebells and primroses.

The walk is a two mile track and is fairly easy underfoot though there are some steep parts. You will take a relaxing trail past an old mill pond which is at least 200 years old and you will view two waterfalls. The trail is maintained by the RSPB so keep a keen eye open for some of the native birdlife, including Grey Wagtails, Dippers and Buzzards.

As with many of the Highlands natural attractions Fairy Glen is steeped in local folklore. An old tradition during the spring was for local children to decorate a pool with flowers – this was said to ensure the fairies kept the water clean. There is also a “money tree” which has a number of coins hammered into it, meant as an offering to the fairies.

From the Inverness direction, proceed through Rosemarkie village, passing the Plough Inn on your right and round the sharp left bend. After approx 150 m, you will see the car park on the right.

 

Clava Cairns

Clava Cairns was built around 4,000 years ago and were built to house the dead.

Located only a short distance from Culloden battlefield this astounding prehistoric burial site would have once been part of a larger complex, now only three parts remain, only two are accessible to the public and are open all year round.

 

There little is known about who the cairn builders were, as no documentation was left at the site, it is however clearly Bronze. This is a profoundly atmospheric place that does not receive as much attention as it deserves.

Set within a beautiful spot within a small wood, Balnuaran of Clava comprises:

  • two passage graves
  • a kerb ring cairn
  • a central ring cairn and standing stones
  • Milton of Clava, a short distance to the south-west, includes:
  • the remains of a medieval chapel
  • the remains of another cairn and possible standing stonesFind Clava Cairns 6 miles east of Inverness, signposted from the B9091, approx 300 yards east of Culloden Battlefield.
  • Car park available.
  • The three well preserved cairns at Balnuaran each have a central chamber but only two have entrance passages. Each cairn is surrounded by a ring of standing stones, and look closely at these stones, you may notice many have cup marks on them, suggesting they have been reused, perhaps from another earlier sacred site.

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Inverness Highland Games

 

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The Inverness Highland Games will take place at Bught Park, Inverness on Saturday 16 July 2016 commencing at 11am.

Founded in 1822 the Inverness Highland Games is one of the most spectacular traditional gatherings staged in Scotland and is one of the highlights of any visit to the Highland capital city of Inverness.

The 2016 Inverness Highland Games looks set to be one of the most memorable ever seen in the Highlands as Inverness celebrates the very best of Scotland’s traditional heritage at Bught Park in the middle of the biggest party of the year in the Highland Capital.

Situated at the west end of our city, our huge Bught Park field is an enjoyable 15 minute walk from Inverness City Centre; and will be packed with so much for you to enjoy during your visit as part of our City’s exciting Gala weekend.

The list of new activities for this year’s event guarantees visitors of all ages an interesting visit; so without further ado we are pleased to announce that 2016 will see the Gala expand to include TruckNess (Saturday and Sunday Morning);Boxing Tournament and Traditional Music Show (Saturday Night) Inverness Wheelbarrow Grand Prix (Sunday afternoon); Inverness Gala Shinty Sixes (Sunday), Highlands Strongest Man & Highlands Strongest Women(Sunday) and the first Inverness Women’s Aid Tipsy Tea Party(Sunday Afternoon Sold out fundraising show). We will also have a Funfair, Traders Village and Craft Fair as well as loads of community stall for you to explore on both days.

More details and ticket information here: http://www.invernesshighlandgames.com/

 

The Black Isle Show , Wednesday 3rd August – Evening Preview from 4pm and all-day Thursday 4th August 2016.

The Black Isle Farmers’ Society was formed at a meeting in Avoch on 22nd March 1836 and the first Black Isle Show was held at Fortrose on 6th October of the same year.

The Society exists to promote the Interests of Agriculture and meets regularly throughout the year. In addition, the Society holds its Presentation of Show Trophies in November, a Bonspiel in January, a Ploughing Match in February and as the Main Event of the year, The Annual Black Isle Show on the first Thursday in August.

The show is a grand family day out with lots to see and do. Livestock make up a huge amount of the visitor experience with competitions taking place through-out the day. An abundance of art and craft and local produce stalls will keep you milling around the grounds and with an education area, vintage tractors and implements and a fun fair there really is something for everyone.

Visit their website for more information: http://www.blackisleshow.info/index.asp?PageID=13

 

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