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Mentioning mountain biking here without mentioning the 24-hour “Strathpuffer” endurance event that takes place every January only 10 mins away would be negligent!
There is only one day in the year when the roads of Loch Ness are closed to the public and it’s the day of the Loch Ness Etape! This is a cycle sportive taking place around iconic Loch Ness on the last Sunday in April offering the chance to cycle 66 miles (106 km) on traffic free roads. The 360° closed-road route around the loch starts and finishes in the Highland capital of Inverness, offering 900 m of ascent. There is a timed King of the Mountain stage, with a 4.8-mile (9 km) climb gaining 380 meters in height with a gradient reaching 12% at times.
We can arrange transport for you and your bike to the start line, so be sure to book ahead for this great event.
The UCI World Cup will be held again in Fort William and it’s only 70 miles away. It’s such an important event in the mountain-biking calendar, it’s well worth the travel. Best of all, the drive there is sublime!
Moy Game Fair is a two-day field sport event held at Moy, just south of Inverness. It’s very well supported locally, and also popular with tourists too. Go for the day and you’ll find outstanding foods on offer, as well as clay pigeon shooting, target shooting, archery, country clothing, and more. There’s a lot going on!
All the fun of the farm at the largest agricultural show in the North of Scotland! Held on the first Thursday of every August this is a show not to be missed if you’re staying at Highland Farm Cottages! Prize-winning Highland cattle, sheep, goats, chickens, guinea pigs. . . coconut-shy, ice cream, pipe band, stalls and stands selling almost anything you can imagine. Quite frankly, there is simply too much to see during the one day per year this show is on. Our tip is to “go green”: take one of our hire bikes and you’ll avoid monumental traffic and parking congestion.
One of the UK’s most popular music festivals is only 30 minutes away. This weekend festival is a festival for all the family, and for all music tastes. It’s just 15 miles from Highland Farm Cottages, so you’d been foolish to camp in the mud when you can stay in luxury and tranquillity at Highland Farm Cottages! ES
Live music and local beer at Black Isle Brewery, this annual event is a big hit in early September each year. See their website for details
The Baxters Loch Ness Marathon is quite possibly one of the most stunning marathons in the world. With spectacular scenery, fantastic atmosphere and a truly memorable experience, it’s no wonder it was voted one of the “top 10” UK marathons by Runner’s World readers in 2016, and is on the bucket list for many runners around the world.
Similar to the Loch Ness Etape, we can help arrange transport to the start as one of our team will no doubt be taking part! Just get in touch and we’ll work with you to get you to the start on time.