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Inverness Marina
Wick Marina
Orkney Marina
Shetland Marina

Things to see and do near Inverness

Apart from the excellent sailing in and around the Moray Firth there are many other, shore based activities easily accessible from Inverness Marina.

Inverness Marina is at the entrance to the Caledonian Canal giving easy access to the World famous west Coast sailing.

What is not so well known is the easy access to the Orkney and Shetland Islands via the new marina at Wick.New pontoons are being fitted during May in the inner,sheltered harbour making a perfect stopover when on passage to Orkney and onwards to Shetland and Scandinavia.

Wick Marina welcomes visiting yachts

Orkney Marinas welcomes visiting yachts

Shetland Marina welcomes visiting yachts 

Inverness Marina can arrange  berths at all three destinations before departing 

Located at the top of the Great Glen a great variety of different kinds of landscapes lie within easy reach. Loch Ness is only a few miles away.To the south and west lie the hills and mountains in the heart of the Highlands notably Glen Affric.West of Inverness and with the small town of Beauly at its northern gateway, the long glen of Strathglass leads into these heartlands.

East of Inverness,the hills gradually give way to the narrow and sheltered lowland strip around the edge of the Moray Firth,where there is the  town of Nairn,a long established resort notable for its golf and long sandy beaches.

North of Inverness,over the Kessock Bridge leads you to the Black Isle which has many small harbours and wonderful soft scenery

Overall,this area offers plenty of Scottish strands to follow with good range of historic sites and castles,as well as Europe`s best preserved 18th century fort at Fort George.The sport and activity choice is also wide-ranging and includes both cruising on Loch Ness(monsters maybe!)and also the Moray Firth(dolphins almost definitely).

Shopping for Scottish crafts together with all the usual high street chains are only a short walk from the marina.

The nightlife and cultural programmes of Scotland`s most northerly city are also easily accessible from the marina

Car hire can be arranged and public transport is readily available to most of the local attractions.

We have organised a special car hire rate with a local firm who will deliver cars (or mini buses) to the marina at very competetive rates.

Ask at marina office for details

The Whisky Trail

Inverness is ideally situated for a day visiting the famous whisky distilleries which are situated close by. The distillery owners welcome visitors and provide organised tours and tasting sessions.

The Whisky Trail is well signposted and provides a good day out to be remembered.


The Moray Firth Coast is home to many internationally famous golf courses all easily reached by car from Inverness Marina.

Names such as:

Golf Club Telephone External Website
The Nairn Golf Club +44(0)1667 453208
Nairn Dunbar GC +44(0)1667 452741
The Moray Golf Club Lossiemouth +44(0)1343 812018
Elgin GC +44(0)1343 542338
Forres GC +44(0)1309 672250
Fortrose & Rosemarkie GC +44(0)1381 620529
Inverness Golf Club +44(0)1463 231989
Royal Dornoch GC +44(0)1862 810219

All the above are within a 40 minute drive of the marina. Club hire can be arranged either directly with the clubs or locally to the marina should you prefer to use the same clubs for a number of days at different courses. (then there is no excuse to blame the clubs for bad round !!)

Day trips from the Marina

The Moray Firth coast boasts miles of award winning sandy beaches all accessible within a half hour drive whilst many famous castles are close by(Cawdor Castle, Brodie Castle, Castle Stewart and Ballindalloch Castle) providing interesting days away from the boat.

We can recommend Scottish Talespinner who can provide personal guided tours for groups or individuals.They can be purpose designed to suit special requirements.

Contact: Hugh G Allison  07743 473081

Hill walking and Skiing

The Marina is about 45 minutes drive from Aviemore. (with regular train service also).

This is the centre of the world famous Cairngorm National park where it is possible to ski during winter and spring months.

When the snow melts there are splendid mountain walks and many valley excursions all easily reached from Aviemore.

There is funicular railway that takes you to the top of Cairngorm to enable the ”not so fit” to see the fantastic views of Britain`s only Arctic environment.

Driving westwards it takes about one and half hours to reach the dramatic west coast and it provides a nice tour for those days when there is not enough wind to sail. There are also many fine Munro`s available for the experienced hill walker.

Sailing destinations around the North Coast of Scotland
Inverness Marina
Wick Marina
Orkney Marina
Shetland Marina
We have never been so well looked after and welcomed as we were at Inverness Marina during our stay in 2009.
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