Activites | We are ideally situated for all kinds of outdoor experiences

The Gun Lodge Hotel truly provides a fantastic base for experiencing Scotland in all its glory. Inverness and the surrounding highlands are filled with endless activities to satisfy the young and old alike. Here we have handpicked a selection of our favourite activities in the surrounding area to get you started. More information can be provided by contacting us directly.

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Fort George

A great vantage point for Dolphin Sighting

With historic links to the hotel, Fort George is the finest example of 18th century military architecture anywhere in Britain. The Fort's Point makes an excellent vantage point for the views of the popular Moray Firth dolphins.

Culloden Battlefield

A historic Scottish Battlefield

The site of the last bloody battle of the Jacobite uprising, Culloden battlefield and visitor centre chronicles the battle which had a huge impact of Scottish history.

Cawdor Castle

A historic Scottish Castle

Dating from the late 14th century, Cawdor Castle is a must see. Originally built as a private fortress by the Thanes of Cawdor, the building is steeped in history. Visit the ancient medieval tower built around the legendary holly tree, or learn about the Cawdor family name which is linked to Shakespeare’s Macbeth.

Dunrobin Castle

A historic Scottish House

Dunrobin Castle is the furthest north of all of Scotland’s great houses, and the largest in the highlands with 189 rooms. The castle resembles a French chateau with its conical spires and dates back to the early 1300’s. The castle was home to the Earls and later the Dukes of Sutherland. Don’t forget to catch the fantastic falconry display.

Loch Ness & Urqhuart Castle

A famous Scottish Lake

Book a small boat cruise on the loch and search for the elusive loch ness monster then beach on and explore the much fought over Urquart Castle, which saw many bloody feuds from the 1200s- 1600s. The castle was a prominent figure in the Scots’ struggle for independence and came under control of Robert the Bruce when he became King of Scots in 1309


Enjoy one of our more historic past-times

Fishing in the highlands is second to none, whether you are looking for wild brown trout salmon or sea trout there is plenty on offer in the local area. If you are looking for an easier day why not visit one of the local fisheries and break out the fly rod.


Enjoy one of our most well known past-times

Inverness is undoubtedly a fantastic destination for those who love to golf. Travel to any of the 33 courses within an hour’s drive or visit the nearby Royal Dornoch, Nairn or the new Castle Stuart Links located under 5 minutes from the hotel.

Whisky tours

Enjoy our famous Scottish Drink

It wouldn’t be a trip to Scotland without a visit to one of our many wonderful distilleries. Pick up the whisky trail or track down your favourite malt. Not sure which ones to choose? Simply sample the whisky in our whisky bar before you go!

Mountain biking

Ride across the Scottish Highlands

One of the best ways to experience the mountains of Scotland is by bike, within an hour’s drive of the hotel exists endless amounts of forestry trails to suit all levels. Looking for something more challenging? Ask us about the lesser known local trails you won’t find on the maps.

Skiing & snowboarding

Access Winter sports on our doorstep

Cairngorm Mountain is situated around 40 minutes from the hotel. In the peak of winter this offers some of the best snow sports in the highlands. Snowboard and ski hire available from Aviemore and the mountain uplift station.