Things to do in Inverness

2013 Inverness Film Festival

For the last ten years, Inverness has welcomed all film makers and film lovers to experience the wonder of film in the beautiful Scottish Highlands. Each year, the festival seeks to balance the work of great film makers and up-and-coming film makers whilst adopting an innovative theme to run through the festival. To mark the 10th anniversary of the event last year, the Inverness Film Festival took a trip through the history of cinema and focussed on how cinema had changed over the last 120 years.  This year, however, the event is adopting a polar opposite theme with all eyes to be transfixed on modern day films. Interestingly, new Middle Eastern cinema is to be given special recognition in Inverness this year. The 2013 festival will run from Wednesday the 6th of November until Sunday the 10th at Eden Court and promises to be a most exciting event for any film enthusiast!

If this sounds like the kind of film festival you’d like to be a part of then why not check out the schedule and start planning your trip to the Scottish Highlands today. With such an impressive array of films to be enjoyed, why not extend your trip to Inverness to a couple of days, escape reality and get lost in the world of film. If that sounds like your perfect winter break then look no further. At Kingsmills Hotel, Inverness, we have a wealth of accommodation available to make sure your stay in the Highlands even more enjoyable. We have spacious suites suitable for families with separate rooms for the children and classic or deluxe rooms as well as luxurious retreat or cocoon rooms should you wish. Set within 4 acres of the beautiful Scottish countryside yet only 1 mile from the centre, our luxury four star hotel in Inverness has all the ingredients for a perfect stay in Scotland: easily accessible, peaceful and picturesque. After a day or evening of movie magic, continue the magic at our luxury highland hotel with a country walk around the grounds, a trip to the luxurious Kingsmills spa or a meal in one of our two onsite restaurants.

With the 2013 festival predicted to be a memorable, exciting and successful event, avoid any disappointment and book your trip with Kingsmills Inverness as soon as possible. Here at the hotel in the Scottish Highlands, we can’t wait for the film festival to begin.

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Highland Adventures around Kingsmills Hotel, Inverness

If you are looking for a destination that will give you thrills and chills, or if you prefer more peaceful pastimes, all set in an area of abundant beauty, then the Highlands of Scotland is most certainly worth a look.

Photo taken by Visit Scotland

Photo by Visit Scotland

As Ernest Hemingway says “anyone can be a fisherman in May” – well, we would go one step further and say anyone can be a fisherman in the Highlands!  Particularly on the Spey;   the jewel amongst Scotland’s finest salmon rivers.  From its source, it descends 1000ft, some 107 miles.  This descent creates a great flow all season which makes for some very exciting fishing with high expectations on every cast.  A river as vast and powerful as the Spey produces the Hulk Hogan of salmon!

If walking is your activity of choice then the Great Glen Way will lead you through some of the most staggeringly beautiful and dramatic scenery.  By lochs and rivers, your effort will be rewarded with visual splendour at every turn.  And of course if you are a Munro Bagger, then the highlands has plenty to offer.  But don’t be mislead that they are all a test of endurance; some have accessible routes with the focus being on the majestic panoramic views rather than the sweat and toil!

The Cairngorm Mountain range has enjoyed spectacular snow and snow activities over the past few years.  For the nay-sayers who think Scotland doesn’t offer real snow sports, visit this impressive national park and take another look.  The variety of terrain in this area is a big attraction for skiers and snow boarders of all capabilities.

And in the summer months these same mountains are a draw for mountain bikers.  Now mountain biking could never be considered a sport for the faint of heart, but the bonus after the hard work, is some of the longest single track descents in the UK.

Some might say that your opinion on hunting and shooting depends on which end of the gun you are at!  The Highlands of Scotland are famous the world over for their country sports and for the professional way in which the land is managed and conservation is practiced.  The sports take place on estates with professional gamekeepers and are located throughout the Highlands.

And let’s not forget the water based activities; the Great Glen Canoe trail is the first of its kind in Scotland and will take you over 60 miles following the Caledonian Canal from Corpach to Inverness.  Paddling and amazing scenery sounds the perfect way to pass 5 days!

Whichever adventure you decide on, you can be sure that the Highlands will deliver on a grand and majestic scale and Kingsmills Hotel in Inverness will be the perfect place to rest your head after your Highland Adventure! To view all Kingsmills Hotel’s Special Offers please visit the official website here.

August Bank Holiday Family Fun in The Scottish Highlands

Here at The Kingsmills Hotel in The Highlands of Scotland, we are continuing to enjoy the lazy hazy days of summer. And the forecasters (who we all know are never wrong about such things) tell us the sun will keep shining throughout August…here’s hoping!

 

There really is so much going on in The Highlands to keep you and your family entertained over the summer, with a wealth of activities for children on our doorstep. It really is a breath-taking part of Scotland in which to enjoy a family break over the August bank holiday weekend.

 

Discover Explore is a great online and offline game in which you and your family can become explorers.  You will discover hidden and extraordinary historical stories in and around the magical Great Glen.  You will uncover 400 million years of stories through a series of daring missions.  Click here to find out how you can take part.  There are so many iconic locations taking part in Discover Explore but you can equally visit them in your own leisurely time.

 

Culloden Battlefield is now restored to as close as it was on the fateful day when the two sides marched on it.  It takes on a whole new meaning with the exciting award-winning visitor centre now open.  Come and find out why this battle, which lasted only one hour, changed the way of life in The Highlands forever.

 

Merkinch Nature Reserve is a hidden gem in the heart of Inverness.  An area full of wildlife with roe deer, herons, cormorants, weasels and many colourful creatures, it will be a day well spent!

 

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The spectacular Plodda Falls

Equally, Plodda Falls is the highest and most spectacular waterfall in the area at over 40 metres high.  Set within beautiful walks and trails you will enjoy both the scenery and the wonders of nature. Take a picnic and enjoy an unforgettable family day out.

 

For more active pursuits, Experience 4×4 offers off road and all terrain vehicle trails.  Hilarity from start to finish and suitable for kids too!  Sharing in this family adventure is sure to result in lots of laughter – both from nerves and the fun!

 

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Landmark Forest Adventure Park – great fun for all the family!

 

A firm favourite in The Highlands is a day at Landmark Forest Adventure Park, with its many great attractions and family friendly activities – some not for the faint-hearted! Water rides, high rope trails, sky diving and a maze is just some of the feats you will endure!

 

The Kingsmills Hotel has some amazing deals on over the August bank holiday, making sure that you make the most of the family break.  Why not take a look at our Family Breaks offer, in which kids stay free! This includes 2 night’s accommodation in one of Kingsmills Hotel’s beautiful family rooms, breakfast for the whole family each morning, complimentary use of our leisure club AND entry tickets to Landmark Forest Adventure Park for 2 adults and 2 children. Alternatively, book at least 7 days in advance to take advantage of our Summer Saver offer, saving a minimum of 10%.

 

Whichever option you choose, you are guaranteed an unforgettable August bank holiday weekend in The Highlands of Scotland.

 

Planning the Perfect Stag Weekend in Inverness

More often than not, these days the stereotypical stag weekend tends to involve groups of rowdy lads jumping on a plane to Prague and trekking through the city in morph-suits drinking their body weight in beer! Here at The Kingsmills Hotel and Kingsclub & Spa, Inverness, we offer more traditional and cheaper stag weekend options in beautiful Scotland, designed for the more sophisticated gentleman.

 

Our stag packages include activities such as mountain climbing, distillery tours and sailing, whilst our leisure club is the ideal place to unwind. We offer fantastic room rates in a wide selection of beautiful bedrooms, all with full access to The Kingsmill Hotel’s excellent facilities.

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If golf is your game, Inverness offers an incredible selection of idyllic courses, whilst the surrounding scenic Highlands offer exciting golfing challenges in some of the world’s loveliest and most diverse landscapes. The Kingsmills Hotel is proud to have special partnerships with some of the best Scottish golf courses, offering a selection of fantastic golf breaks at courses including Castle Stuart Championship Golf Course, Royal Dornoch Golf Club, The Nairn Golf Club, Nairn Dunbar Golf Club and Inverness Golf Club. Have a look at our golf packages here.

 

Whatever you are looking for from your stag weekend, our dedicated team of golf specialists can work with you to create a tailor-made golfing weekend in Scotland. We can organise tee times on multiple courses throughout your weekend, and will cover off practical planning elements such as sorting transportation, meaning that all you have to worry about is not being out-done by the Father-of-the-Bride in the golfing stakes!

 

scotch whisky, luxury hotel inverness, stag weekend scotland, malt whiskyAfter all that time spent outdoors, you will be ready for some of the very finest Scottish cuisine. Look no further than our selection of on-site restaurants, including the elegant Inglis Restaurants, and the airy Conservatory Brasserie. We also offer exquisite private dining rooms for group dining, which are perfect for stag celebrations. Why not wash down all that delicious grub with a night-cap of the finest Scotch whisky – we can even arrange a whisky tasting as part of your evening.

 

 

The choice is yours – this is your stag weekend. Give us a call on 01462 257 100 to get the ball rolling…

Inverness: The Place to be this Summer!

Summer holidays are fast approaching and even the weather seems to be in agreement about that!  There are so many good reasons to visit the Highlands of Scotland – majestic scenery, inspiring history, grand castles and, of course, our world renowned whisky distilleries.  Here at Kingsmills Hotel, we’ve put our heads together and come up with a few more great suggestions of things to keep you and the family entertained this summer…

 

Belladrum Festival, Beauly: August 2nd and 3rd

 

An eagerly anticipated landmark event in the Scottish festival calendar, this family friendly event includes over 90 acts across 5 stages featuring local and internationally renowned artists. Why not combine some high-octane action with a relaxing stay at Kingsmills Hotel? We have a fantastic range of luxury hotel rooms to suit everyone, check out our availability here.

 

Scottish Open, Castle Stuart: July 11th – 14th

 

The 2013 Scottish Open returns to Castle Stuart where, once again, the spectators will enjoy great viewing perspectives made possible by the unique topography of this much heralded links course over looking the Moray Firth in Inverness, Scotland. Golf in Scotland is among the best in the world, and if golf is your thing, Kingsmills Hotel offers a fantastic selection of good value golf breaks.

 

Moscow State Circus, Bught Park: July 6th – 13th

 

The Moscow State Circus returns to the UK with its latest and greatest production to date – Gorky Park. If you’re looking for ideas for inspiring breaks with children, this guarantees fantastic fun for all the family!

 

Inverness Highland Games, Northern Meeting Park: July 20th

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Treat your family to an action-packed day of Highland delights at the Inverness Highland Games 

 

The Annual Inverness Highland Games features a mix of track and field events, displays and family entertainment.  Founded in 1822, the games are one of the most spectacular traditional gatherings staged in Scotland and are a highlight of any trip to the Highlands. After a busy day at the games, we’d love to welcome you to enjoy a slap up meal in one of our wonderful onsite restaurants. Our childrens menu options are far more extensive than most hotel restaurants in Scotland, helping you enjoy a stress-free family break.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For discount hotel rates whilst exploring the Highlands, visit our website. With so much to see and do in Inverness this summer, our friendly team would love to welcome you at Kingsmills Hotel.