Things to do

Things To Do

Teaninich Castle is perfectly located to explore beautiful Scotland. It is easy to reach along the Scotland 500, only 20 miles north of Inverness and 3 hours north of Edinburgh and Glasgow.Because of Teaninich’s central location it is the perfect base for exploring the highlands!

Dalmore Distillery

Within walking distance, founded in 1839 by Alexander Matheson, the Dalmore distillery is world renowned and offers private tours.

The Village of Alness and Alness River

Within walking distance, the village of Alness is located between Invergordon and Evanton, and has a population of about 5000. For many years it participated in flower competitions such as Scotland in bloom, winning numerous awards. In 2018, Alness was crowned Scottish Champion at the Great British High Street Awards. Alness is home to two distilleries: Dalmore and Teaninich.

The Shores of Cromarty Firth

You can easily walk from the back gardens of Teaninich to Alness point, on the shores of Cromarty Firth, which used to be home to the RAF Alness, a large training and operational base for Catalina amphibians and Sunderland seaplanes during the second world war.

Fyrish Monument

Beautiful hike, about 2 hours round trip, from the car park which is a 5 minute drive from Teaninich.The Fyrish Monument was built in 1782 on Fyrish Hill by Sir Hector Munro. It represents the gates of Negapatam in Madras, which General Munro took for the British. The view of Cromarty Firth and Ben Wyvis is spectacular.

Hiking Ben Wyvis

27 miles away, a 38 minute drive from Teaninich to the carpark near Garve.The hike duration is about 5 and a half hours, 8.75 miles (14 km). The vertical ascent is 935 meters.This is a Munro peak, meaning it is over 4000 feet high. Because weather shifts very quickly in Scotland, conditions can quickly turn challenging and this hike should only be attempted by experienced hikers.

Rogie Falls

19 miles away, 28 minute drive. Rogie falls are a series of waterfalls on the Black Water river, 2 km north-west of the village of Contin, next to the A-835 road. In season, it is possible to see salmon attempting to jump the falls.

The Village of Dornoch and Dornoch Beach

23 miles away, 30 minute drive. Dornoch Village is a seaside resort and former royal burgh. It has a beautiful 13th century cathedral where Madonna was married and a spectacular, championship golf course, the Royal Dornoch, that was rated the best golf course in Scotland in 2020.

Dornoch beach is truly spectacular. It has sand dunes and miles of beautiful shallow shoreline ideal for families. It is a great place to go for a long stroll or to collect shells or watch birds. The car park is free and there is also a small playground for children.

Dunrobin Castle

33 miles away, 42 minute drive. Dunrobin Castle is the historic home of the Earls and Dukes of Sutherland. It is located in the village of Golspie. It is the largest castle in the Northern Highlands and is one of the oldest continuously inhabited houses of Britain. The Castle is open for tours between April 1 and October 31. There are falconry shows and a beautiful garden.

Dolphin Watching at Fortrose on the Black Isle

21 miles, 29 minute drive from Teaninich to Chanonry point, east of Fortrose, off the A 832. Chanonry Point in Fortrose on the Black Isle, is one of the best places in the world to watch bottlenose dolphins from the shore. The bottlenose dolphins from the Moray Firth are the only resident pod in the North Sea. There are about 200 dolphins that can be seen through the year, with slightly more sightings during the summer months. Then the dolphins tend to come closer to shore to feed on the salmons coming in and out of the rivers. If you are lucky enough to see them, it is truly an incredible experience.

The Village of Cromarty

22 miles, 33 minute drive. Charming sea port, on the southern shore of the mouth of the Cromarty Firth, in Black Isle, visit the Hugh Miller Cottage, home of a famous geologist, folklorist and writer.

Alness Golf Club

1.6 miles, 5 minute drive. Surrounded by rolling hills, Alness golf club is a beautifully situated 18 hole course on Adross Road, in Alness.

Royal Dornoch Golf

23.8 miles, 30 minutes. Stunning, one of the must-play championship courses in Scotland.

Tain Golf Club

15 miles, 22 minutes. Spectacular, overlooking Dornoch Firth

Fortrose and Rosemarkie Golf

22 miles, 32 minutes. This is the 15th oldest recorded golf club in the world and has breath taking views over the Moray Firth with Fort George in the background.


21.5 miles, 29 minutes away. Inverness is the capital of the highlands and has a population of about 50,000. It is located at the mouth of the River Ness which flows from nearby Loch Ness. It is a charming town to visit, shop or go for a walk along the river ness. Inverness has some nice restaurants and hosts the largest highland games every summer. Inverness airport has direct flights to a variety of destinations including London and Amsterdam and is the entry point to the Scottish Highlands.

Loch Ness and Urquart Castle

35 miles, 51 minutes. Urquart Castle sits on the shores of Loch Ness on the A82, 21 kilometers south west of Inverness, just south of the village of Drumnadrochit. It is one of the most visited castles in Scotland.

Culloden Moor

22 miles, 29 minutes. Culloden Moor is a must place to visit when on a trip to the Scottish Highlands. It is the site of the dramatic battle that signaled the end of the Jacobite uprising in 1746 and the end of the Scottish Clan way of life. Go to the visitor Center as it has excellent exhibits and then take your time to stroll through the battlefield

Clava Cairns

25 miles, 35 minutes. Group of 3 bronze age cairns located near Inverness, very close to Culloden Moor. They date back approximately 4000 years, alongside standing stones, they are mysterious and served as inspiration for Outlander.

Fort George

31 miles, 42 minutes. Massive 18th century artillery fortress, built in the aftermath of the Jacobite uprising, currently home of the Black Watch regiment.

Cawdor Castle

32 miles, 43 minutes. Perhaps best known for its literary connection to Shakespeare's Macbeth, the "Thane of Cawdor." It has extraordinary gardens and is well worth visiting.

Advreck Castle, Loch Assynt

57 miles, 1h26. Spectacular setting, worth a stop on your way to the west coast of Scotland.


55 miles, 1 hour and 12 minutes. Charming village of 1500 inhabitants, port and tourist attraction with some well known seafood restaurants.

Eileen Doonan Castle

87 miles, 2 hours. One of the most recognized castles in Scotland.


112 miles, 2h30. Skye will take your breath away with its dramatic beauty. Must see: The old man of Storr, Portree, Dunvegan Castle and the Fairy Pools.


100 miles, 2h30. One of Scotland’s most famous, historic and scenic glens. Spectacular drive. Area was used for films such as James Bond Skyfall, Harry Potter and Outlander.

Elgin Cathedral

56 miles, 1h12. Nicknamed Lantern of the North, Elgin Cathedral is one of Scotland’s most beautiful medieval buildings and is well worth a visit

Balmoral Castle

88 miles, 2 hours. Can be visited when the Royal Family is not in residence.

Kildrummy Castle

92 miles, 2 hours. Ancient stronghold of the earls of Mar, this medieval ruin is spellbinding.

Whiskey Tours

There are a variety of distilleries that can be visited from Teaninich Castle. Tours can be arranged depending on your interest. For example, Dalmore, Glenmorangie, Balblair and Glen of Ord are all within a 30 minute drive.

The great north (John o’Groats)

99 miles, 2 hours. This is the furthermost point of the UK. Ferries can be taken from John o’Groats to the Orkney Islands.


74 miles, 1h50 to Tarbet, then 20 minutes boat drive. Handa is an island off the west coast of Scotland and a wildlife bird preserve. Puffins and other variety of birds can be seen on the 6 kilometer hike around the island.

Scotland 500

Teaninich Castle is situated on the North Coast 500 route, the ultimate road trip across the Northern highlands and considered one of the most scenic drives in the world.


For the outlander fans, there are many locations that you can visit. See a list below.