Our Day Out In Inverness…Loch Ness Cruise, Urquhart Castle and Kingsmills Hotel

Our Day Out In Inverness…Loch Ness Cruise, Urquhart Castle and Kingsmills Hotel

When I knew we would be heading to the Scottish Highlands on a press trip I couldn’t wait to see what the area had to offer for us to visit.

We were staying at Eagle Brae and what a treat this was. It was incredible peaceful and stunning. But whilst I love the peace I also love to explore areas that I’m staying at and see what they have to offer. My sister in law is from Scotland and always talks about how stunning Loch Ness is and this was top of my list to visit.

On our second day we had a full day planned to see what Inverness had to offer.

Loch Ness Cruise 

Jacobite offered us a cruise across Loch Ness and this is the perfect way to see the Loch Ness. We were booked onto the Freedom Tour where you have a 30 minute cruise across the Loch Ness to Urquhart Castle, where you get an hour to explore. Before a 30 minute cruise back again.

I suffer with travel sickness and I had forgotten by travel bands to wear. But I didn’t have to worry because the Loch Ness was so calm, there was not a bump in our journey and I didn’t feel sick at all.

We were totally spoilt with the weather, considering it was the beginning of January and we were expecting it to be freezing and even snow. We were treated to glorious sunshine! I was able to sit back and take in the sights. And what spectacular sights they were, it was truly stunning and I would recommend anyone taking a trip if you get the chance.

It wasn’t long until Urquhart Castle came into view, with it right on the waters edge. It is one of Scotlands most popular destinations to visit and I can see why.

Once we got onto dry land we had an hour to explore the castle before the boat would return to take us back.

Urquhart Castle

There is the option to have a guided tour, or you can explore the castle at your leisure. We decide to do this, as there was just too many photo opportunities not to be missed.

I love visiting castles, there is something about the history they hold and Urquhart Castle has jumped to the top of the list of my favourite castles. With these stunning views I’m sure you can see why.

There was plenty to see and in one part of the castle, which is a ruin. There are stairs that take you right down to the bottom and also right up to the top. There is plenty of information plaques around for you find out more about different parts of the castle if you haven’t taken the guided tour.

As our hour came to an end it was time to head back to pick up our boat for the return journey back. It was a wonderful trip and one I would love to do again with my family.

Kingsmill Hotel

After our wonderful day at Loch Ness we headed back to Eagle Brae for a little rest, freshen up before we headed into the centre of Inverness for dinner.

We’d been invited by The Kingsmill Hotel, a four star luxury hotel to come and have dinner with them. We were welcomed by Tracey and she gave us a tour around.

The Kingsmill Hotel offer a variety of luxurious rooms and the rooms were some of the biggest rooms I’ve seen in a hotel. They had thought of their guests and especially families. There were rooms that had a separate children’s room with bunk beds in them.

They also offer their guest the use of a spa, swimming pool and gym. If it’s a hotel you are looking for then they offer lovely accommodation.

Whilst sipping on a glass of Prosecco, we were introduced to Bill, the resident bag piper and he was just wonderful and gave us a personal performance. It was the first time I had heard bag pipes live like that and it was wonderful.

He then led us into our own private dining room and it was a real honour to follow him in. He went on to tell us all about how Robert Burns had dined in this very room.

We were then treated to some of the most gorgeous food I’ve ever eaten and I don’t think I’ve ever been as full as I was that night.

We started off with Cullen Skink, a smoked haddock, potato and leek soup. Followed by a Haggis Tower with whiskey cream sauce.

We were then served Feather Blade of Scottish Beef, with spinach potatoes, caramelised shallots, chantenay carrots, braising jus. The quality of this beef is some of the best I’ve ever had. I was really full at this point, but I couldn’t stop eating it.

It was followed by spiced apple and raisin crumble and cinnamon ice cream.

It was a lovely evening, with gorgeous food and equally gorgeous company.

We had a lovely few days in the Scottish Highlands and there was lots of do. I would love to go back and explore more of Inverness.

Disclosure: We were kindly invited by Jacobite and The Kingsmill Hotel in return for an honest review. All views, opinions and photos are my own. 

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23 Comments

  1. 23/01/2018 / 07:37

    Sounds like an amazing trip! Loch Ness looks like it was really tranquil and peaceful. I’d love to visit Scotland, it’s not too far so hopefully I’ll get there sooner rather than later. Bag pipes are lovely to hear love too aren’t they?

  2. What a fab way to spend the day. Looks absolutely amazing! I’d love to visit that part of Scotland sometime. I’ve only been to the cities. Looks like a family-friendly outing too!

  3. Hannah | MakeDo&Push
    23/01/2018 / 09:41

    Oh my goodness! It looks so beautiful! And yum – what a dinner! xx

  4. 23/01/2018 / 10:56

    Oh my goodness, Loch Ness looks so beautiful. I have just looked to see the length of it, I’d love to swim it one day.
    Nat.x

  5. Oh wow, it looks like you had a lovely time. The Loch looks so picturesque. I’m also really in love with those chairs in the dinner room – is that a bit odd? Hahah.

  6. 23/01/2018 / 15:22

    Aww it looks like you had such a lovely time – the landscape looks so beautiful 🙂

  7. 23/01/2018 / 15:28

    This looks like the most stunning place to visit. I love a castle to explore, and you can see why they built this one here – the scenery is just stunning! The meal looks lovely too, although I have to admit I’m not a fan of haggis. Cullen skink on the other hand I absolutely love!

  8. 23/01/2018 / 17:51

    This looks beautiful and the food very delicious. So nice the sun shone for you as well

  9. 23/01/2018 / 20:46

    Wow this looks like an incredible place! And what amazing photos. I would love to visit Scotland and explore, I seem to stick to Edinburgh whenever I go!

  10. 23/01/2018 / 20:52

    I’m loving your photos, there’s nothing better than a visit to a castle on a sunny crisp January day. It takes me back to when I visited Blarney castle in January 2010, I got some gorgeous photos with the bluest skies in the background. I’ve never been up to Urquhart castle before but it’s definitely one I’m adding to the bucket list now.

  11. 23/01/2018 / 21:42

    Amazing post! Brought back lots of memories from when I went to Inverness last year. We also did the Loch Ness Cruise and really enjoyed it! We didn’t stop off at the castle but got some great shots from the boat. The hotel looks awesome too.Glad you had a great trip!

  12. 24/01/2018 / 09:41

    Oh wow, this does look like such an amazing trip, I am very envious. I’d love to take the cruise on the Loch and see the castle and you look as if you were fed very well at the hotel. Memories to last a very long time. Mich x

  13. 24/01/2018 / 15:11

    I have travel sickness as well so I am glad that you found the Loch ness cruise was ok for you! What a dream that you visited Urquhart Castle and I spot my buddy Laura Dove! x

  14. 24/01/2018 / 20:59

    It looks a perfect time away. Loch Ness is stunning and so calm too. Lovely sunny time too

  15. 25/01/2018 / 12:22

    I was just in Inverness yesterday! Took Isla to see The Nutcracker at Eden Court.

  16. 25/01/2018 / 16:32

    Oh where do I start here…it all looks so gorgeous and I am now even more determined to visit the Scottish Highlands. Those blue skies and the beautiful loch and scenery. Then the hotel and the food. Oh it looks like it was an amazing stay. I am off to research flights to Scotland now!

  17. 25/01/2018 / 19:42

    I have never been to Scotland embarrassingly… I have to make it there sooner rather than later, it looks so gorgeous… That food looks amazing too! 🙂

  18. 26/01/2018 / 09:05

    Sounds like an amazing get away. I’d love to treat me and the hubby to something like this x

  19. 26/01/2018 / 17:08

    We really wanted to do this when we visited Scotland in February but it was a bit too far from where we were staying – it looks amazing

  20. 27/01/2018 / 08:39

    I kept seeing everyones Instagram Stories during this trip, it looked AMAZING! I didn’t realise Loch Ness was so beautiful, definitely would love to visit one day.

  21. 27/01/2018 / 23:28

    It looks so beautiful. I’ve not been to Scotland (apart from Edinburgh) since I was 15 visiting my godparents. They’re now in Devon, but I’d love to go back and take N

  22. 28/01/2018 / 07:28

    I can’t get over how beautiful that day was we were so lucky with the weather. The photos are stunning! It was such a lovely break made all the better by the company – can’t wait to do it again soon xxx

  23. 04/02/2018 / 14:11

    Lovely photos Laura, it really looks stunning. I love the scenery so much.

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