Below are a list of local links we thought you might find useful.
Local bike hire in Strathpeffer at Square Wheels Cycles, specialists in Cube cycles. Also organisers of the Strathpuffer (www.strathpuffer.co.uk)24 hour endurance race.
"Space, freedom & adventure - mountain biking with no boundaries!" The Highlands of Scotland has some of the best mountain biking in the United Kingdom. From man-made trails Witches Trail in Fort William, Wildcat in Golspie and Wolftrax in Laggan to natural trails hidden behind every hill there is no end to quality mountain biking in the Highlands.
Outdoor Activities in the Highlands. Offers the following: Whitewater Rafting, Mountain Bikes, Water Sports, Target Sports, Clay Pigeon Shooting, Abseiling, Archery and many more.
Steven is a qualified Mountain Leader. Whether you are a first timer or experienced mountaineer Steven will be able to help.
Skye Guides specialise in providing high quality professional mountain guiding and climbing instruction on the Isle of Skye.
Yes, you can surf in Scotland! Thurso East in Caithness is another great area for surfing. It is know as one of the best reef breaks in the UK, holding waves over 10 feet.
Belgian Chocolate Shops
Belgian Caledonian Chocolate
Located in Victorian Market, Inverness and High Street, Fortrose, Black Isle. Lucas and Ingrid Storey's handmade Belgian chocolates are truly something special.
Campsites in the Highlands
All our campers are Privilege Members of the Camping and Caravanning Club and as such get discounts on any stays you have at their sites.
Situated on the pebble beach overlooking the spectacular view over the Moray Firth, It's the perfect place to relax and unwind.
Enjoy a beach campfire and BBQ whilst watching the sun set over the distant mountains.
Fortrose is an historic seaside village. It lies 15miles NE of Inverness and is a great base to explore the rest of the Highlands. The Black Isle benefits from its own micro climate, often having better weather than other parts of Scotland. It is virtually midge free !! which makes it a great place to camp.
The Black Isle is actually a peninsula, rather than an island, running from Beauly to Cromarty at the tip. It is flanked by the Moray and Cromarty firths. It isn't certain where it gets its name from, some say its because the soil is so dark, others because the snow rarely settles on the Isle. Chanonry point is a large natural sand bar and lies between Fortrose and Rosemarkie village. It has a very scenic golf course and lighthouse and is famous for being the best place to spot the UK's most northern colony of bottlenose dolphins.
This link will take you to a wide range of campsites in the highlands. A few of our favourites are situated in Ullapool, Dornoch, Gairloch and Achmelvic. All family friendly, fantastic beaches and stunning scenery.
Favourite food stops
Some of our kids favourite beach cafes can be found at Nairn and Rosemarkie. These are seasonal, open between April and October. Both beaches also have playparks for the kids.
Sup on local ale while you trade tales with walkers and cyclists, before settling down to eat seafood so local it practically swam in the door.
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We love this place. Great savoury and sweet pies and yummy deserts.
Peetâ€™s Restaurant knew what they wanted from a restaurant; a friendly welcome, fine food, great value, and a relaxing atmosphere. If thatâ€™s what you want too, in the quiet fishing village of Lochinver you can enjoy delicious, locally produced food in an area of outstanding natural beauty.
The area offers some beautiful cycling routes and biking roads, so if youâ€™re passing after a long day in the saddle, or you just want to take a rest and quench your thirst, pop in and enjoy the stunning views of the river and Lochinver Harbour.
Peetâ€™s Restaurant has a splendid harbour-side setting that not only offers spectacular views over the clear waters of the loch, but it also gives us access to the finest Scottish produce, right on our doorstep.
A great pit stop on the A9 on your way to Inverness between Kingussie and Newtonmore. Toilets open 24 hours. Their web site is also worth a visit.
One of our favourite weekend coffee and cake stops.
The Highland's only wood-fired pizza cafe and restaurant. Situated by the harbour in the historic town of Cromarty.
Great for take away fish and chips to eat by the harbour, good value pub food or if you are feeling a bit more exotic try the Bistro upstairs.
CalMac has recently been named the "Best Ferry Company" in the 24th prestigious Guardian and Observer Travel Awards.
Caledonian MacBrayne sail to 24 destinations off Scotlandâ€™s west coast, through some of the most spectacular coastlines and landscapes in the UK.
"Sail to the misty Isle of Skye the historic and adventurous way". Before you board the ferry you may also want to stop for a bite to eat in the Glenelg Inn - know as the "Gateway to Skye".
Find out about the local area
This link outlines a list of Highland Games taking place across Scotland during the season. One of our favourites, which is not listed is the Strathconnon Highland Gathering. The best family friendly event we have found in the Highlands. The Gathering takes place at the end July.
Well worth a visit with young children. Lovely local cafe next door and the Green Kite Fair Trade shop.
A great family day out in our local village.
Step across and discover the magic of Skye. Quiet roads great for Campervan. The Cuillin ridge awaits you.
Local Gift Shops
EMBRACE is the boutique gift shop down at The Old Station in the Victorian Spa village of Strathpeffer in the Highlands of Scotland. In this cutest of little shops, Janice Urquhart has brought together a wonderful collection of lovely things.
A great family friendly music festival.
"Always one for the most fun and family friendly festivals, Loopallu punches above its weight" The Sunday Times.
The Orkney Folk Festival is a great May Bank Holiday event. Fun for all the family and fantastic location, only a ferry ride away.
The Shetland Folk Festival is a non-profit, volunteer driven organisation dedicated to presenting the best folk music from around the globe to the local community and visitors alike.
Our local VW club. Includes links to camp sites across Scotland.
If we have wetted your appetite for VW Campervans, whatever model, then this site has lots of useful information on how to buy your own!
VW Parts Suppliers
The UKâ€™s largest air-cooled & water-cooled Volkswagen replacement parts VW parts supplier!
NMYC offer excellent, comfortable sailing charters, self sail or skippered, for the Loch Ness, the Caledonian Canal and out to sea on the Moray Firth as far as Shetland if youâ€™re capable!