Dunrobin Castle, The Mound & Dornoch
Set high on the cliffs just north of the village of Golspie, Dunrobin Castle is a beautiful 189 room historic house inspired by the design of the classic French Chateau. It is one of the oldest constantly inhabited houses in the UK, dating back to the 1300s, and is the seat of the Earls, and latterly the Dukes of Sutherland.
It will take you about an hour to drive north to Dunrobin Castle from Inverglen Guest House, but it really is worth taking the trip if you have time whilst you are staying at our Inverness B&B. The castle is open daily from early April until early autumn, but please check the website at Dunrobin Castle for current opening times and entry prices. The entry cost includes a self-guided tour of the castle, although there are a lot of knowledgeable volunteers available throughout who are happy to answer your questions and point out interesting artefacts. You also have access to the castle gardens and a museum in the grounds, but you should time your visit to be able to attend one of the two daily falconry shows (at 11.30 am and 2 pm) which are included in the ticket price. Allow at least an hour for the tour of the castle itself, and longer to take in the falconry and beautiful gardens.
Just off the A9 north of Dornoch, you can stop and take in the fabulous views across Loch Fleet from The Mound, where you may see anglers in the sluice basin, or during the summer, you may see ospreys fishing in the Loch. On the return journey to Inverness, take the scenic route to Dornoch (signposted via Embo), where you will take a short detour along Loch Fleet past a ruined castle on the hilltop. At low tide you may see a colony of seals basking on the sandbanks, and you can stop in the historic town of Dornoch to visit the cathedral, for a spot of shopping at the Jail, or maybe to pop into Cocoa Mountain for a delicious hot chocolate made with chocolate handmade in the far north of Scotland.