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Loch Ness Clansman Hotel is situated 5 miles from Drumnadrochit village which has the Loch Ness Exhibition Centre, Urquhart Castle, walks, horseriding and Borlum Farm. If you would like to get closer to "Nessie" then you might like to book one of the Jacobite Cruises which operate one and two hour cruises, sailing you to Urquhart Castle and back leaving from the Jetty directly opposite the hotel.

The hotel is situated in an ideal location in the Highlands and is central to an endless list of activities if you have your own car, and would like to venture out for the day. We have many guests who stay with us and take day trips to the Isle of Skye which has beautiful scenery along the way. We are not far from Golf Courses, Distilleries, Beaches, Aviemore for skiing/snowboarding in season and we have a Cobbs Coffee Shop there also! 

Our staff at the hotel would be happy to recommend and assist with planning and booking your activities, just ask at reception. Below are just a few suggestions:
 
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Cobbs Sterling Furniture, Bridge of Don, Aberdeen
Close to the famous River Don in Aberdeen, and situated on the mezzanine level of Sterlings Home Store, this café is busy with locals and business people alike. The store has lots to offer; from gifts and soft furnshings, to kitchenware and designer furniture. Starting off or re-furnishing, a day at Sterling is a must - and all the better knowing you can have morning coffee, lunch, or afteroon tea without leaving the store! The full range of all Cobbs goodies and comfortable seating is on hand for you to take a time-out and mull over those important interior decisions.

Contact: Stania Rezabek
Tel: 01224 827 213
Cobbs The Clansman Hotel, Loch Ness
This outlet is situated within The Loch Ness Clansman Hotel, uniquely perched on the hillside overlooking the loch. This stunning location is why it is known as "the hotel with the view". Cobbs café is situated at the far end of Loch Ness Gifts, a great shopping experience with a cracking array of single malt whiskys and prices which are the most affordable around the loch. A busy café with both prepared sandwiches and food made to order, heartwarming homemade soup, homemade pies and sausage rolls, and a range of local beers and soft drinks. This selection is not to be missed! As always at Cobbs, there is a delightful range of home baking, and a great take away service for those in a hurry to catch their coach or Loch Ness by Jacobite boat trip.

Contact: Adam McMaster
Email: info@lochnessview.com
 
Cobbs The Botanical Gardens, Inverness
On the west side of Inverness close to The Caledonian Canal, The Rugby Club and Leisure Centre is Inverness's best kept secret; The Botanics, formerly known as The Floral Hall. Cobbs is right at the front of the building entrance and allows you free admission to the gardens and hot houses. Home to plants, trees and cactii from all over the world, a more relaxing place you will not find. Enjoy peace and tranquility sitting watching the Koi Carp swimming in their pond, and get lost in the blissful gardens. After your trip round, relax with a great variety of speciality teas and wonderful home baking. For something more substantial, there is always a delicous soup and tasty sandwich at the ready from the very friendly staff - a must before and after the cruise down the canal.

Contact: Cheryl 
Tel: 01463 717 186
Cobbs Nevisport, Airds Crossing, Fort William
Under the shadow of Britains highest mountain - Ben Nevis - in 'The Outdoor Capital of the UK', is Cobbs @ Nevisport. For all your outdoor clothing and equipment required for a day in the mountains; this is a must. Upstairs, we have our café and restaurant selling all of the best Highland home baking and tasty soups and sandwiches. A great place to relax and ponder over the map to check out your next route, or to read the many mountaineering and outdoor books available in the shop. After a hard day on the hill, chill out in Cobbs friendly lounge bar in front of our real fire and (quite often) some good music! Great pub grub is also available at lunch time and in the evening, which is always frequented by friendly locals who all have a story to tell about "The Ben".

Contact: Sharon Fyfe
Email: cobbs_nevisport
 
Cobbs High Street Aviemore
Situated in the heart of the popular tourist resort of Aviemore, Cobbs is the ideal stop off when you are browsing the shops. Next door to Visit Scotland tourist information; you can't miss it. Here, you can chill out in soft leather chairs, or sit at one of the pavement tables and people watch for a while. A contemporary cafe with Brodies coffee, sandwiches and paninis with fillings to suit all tastes, and of course - our fantastic range of Cobbs home made cakes and traybakes. Come and enjoy Cobbs in this wonderful location.

Contact: Kevin Grigsby
Email: kevinmgrigsby@gmail.com
Tel: 01479 811 266

 
Cobbs Marchmont, Edinburgh
In the heart of the capital, Marchmont is a well known part of the city, home to Edinburgh University students and young professionals alike. Close to the Meadows and within walking distance of Princes Street and the Old Town, Cobbs Marchmont is a contemporary coffee shop with a rustic, shabby chic appeal, showcasing upcycled furniture, incorporated industrial light fittings and a showstopping retro coffee machine. The ideal setting to chill out, relax, meet friends in convivial trendy surroundings, Cobbs Marchmont is going to be one of Edinburghs 'in' places. The full range of Cobbs home baking, amazing teas from Just Be Botanicals and also their unique chocolates will be on sale. A weekend or just a get together in different surroundings, but still handy for the city, it must be Cobbs Marchmont.

Contact: Chris Dunstan
Email: cobbsmarchmont@icloud.com
Tel: 0131 446 0188
 
Cobbs Sterling Furniture, London Road, Glasgow
At the East end of Glasgow, close to the Edinburgh motorway, is Sterling Furniture and Lifestyle. Here Cobbs have a very modern, contemporary café that is bustling with shoppers, business people, and passers-by, which has developed a great local reputation and trade. It is run by a charming, helpful and very popular couple - Paul and Lorraine - who are also a fountain of local knowledge! The café always has something interesting on the menu, as well as the usual fare of Cobbs homebaking, hearty home made soups, sandwiches, toasties and paninis. A great place to get away from it all in the wonderful surroundings of amazing chairs, couches, tables and home furnishings with lots of great designs to choose from. This is also an excellent place for business meetings as it is peaceful, close to the motorway and easy to find with plenty of free parking.

Contact: Paul Docherty
Email: cobbsinglasgow@gmail.com
Tel: 0141 258 2458
Cobbs @ Queens View, Pitlochry
This coffee shop is situated close to one of Scotlands iconic viewpoints, Queens View, which was named after the wife of Robert the Bruce, King of Scotland and futher endorsed by a visit from Queen Victoria. The view point high on a hill overlooking Loch Tummel and over to Schieallion is magnificent, and a great photo opportunity. At the bottom of the viewpoint there is a café and restaurant, together with a small retail unit selling local and Scottish crafts. The site is owned by Forestry Commission with excellent interpretation in both buildings, and has recently been totally refurbished to a high standard. All of Cobbs favourites are on offer; homebaking, tasty soups, chunky sandwiches with a variety of appetising fillings, good coffee and hot chocolate - much needed and tasty refueling after a walk through the amazing woodlands of Highland Perthshire. Here at QueensView there is excellent parking for coaches and cars alike, the fee being redeemed at the cafe for the purchase of product.

Contact: Fraser Wilson
Email: fraser.wilson@cobbs.info
Tel: 01796 474 188
Cobbs @ Highland Industrial Supplies
Highland Industrial Supplies is the best known store on the Longman Industrial Estate, and indeed the Highlands. H.I.S., as it is known, serves the Highlands and Islands with all their needs in tools, machinery, building aids and ironmongery. Situated in the left hand corner of H.I.S is Cobbs - a very busy and affordable café and restaurant, famous for its award winning bacon rolls, "mega" breakfasts and its hearty lunch time specials. This is a great place for getting local information and meeting up with local tradesman, and even better to do it over a delicious coffee and Cobbs cake combo. Bustling with workers and locals looking for a good feed and rest in amongst their busy day; Cobbs at H.I.S is the place to be.

Contact: Deannie McMaster
Tel: 01463 235 972
 
In the Park Restaurant @The Loch Ness Country House Hotel
This wonderful 2AA Rosette restaurant is situated in The Loch Ness Country House Hotel, offering a wide range of locally sourced products. Venison, beef, pork and Highland lamb are regulars on the menu, cooked with the care and expertise of Executive Chef David Toward and his team. The house speciality is seafood, and the salver of Fruits de Mer will have you talking about its flavour, taste and presentation for years to come. Morning coffee, lunch, afternoon tea and of course, dinner, are all catered for. In the Park is the destination of choice for many for that special celebration, anniversary, birthday or corporate event.. Weddings in our function suite are extremely popular given the supremity, serenity and grandure of the Country House grounds. When the weather is good, treat yourself to lunch or afternoon tea with champagne on the decking overlooking the sumptuous gardens and out towards Inverness-Shire.

Contact: Arran McMaster
Email: info@lochnesscountryhousehotel.co.uk
Tel: 01463 230 512
 
Cobbs The Drumnadrochit Hotel, Drumnadrochit
Cobbs café within the Drumnadrochit Hotel is located right beside The Loch Ness Monster Exhibition Centre - a must visit in this area, which has got to top your to-do list! Excellent shopping at The Kiltmaker and Nessie Shop for those one off gifts to take home. The café does a range of hot meals at lunch time, as well as the usual soup and sandwiches, home baking and ice creams. There is also a restaurant upstairs for overflow, or bookings for groups and coach parties visiting the exhibition. Local beers and a wide selection of malts are also available - you know what they say... when in Scotland...! Boat trips on Deepscan can also be booked here at the reception. All in all, this is a great morning or afternoon stop, with plenty to see and do.

Contact: Adam McMaster
Email: reservations@lochness.com
Tel: 01456 450 218
 
Cobbs Glenmore Forest Park, CNP
Sitting at the foot of the mountains, in the woods close to Loch Morlich, Cobbs is part of the Interpretative and Information Centre for The Forestry Commission. If you wish to find out about what the Cairngorm National Park has to offer - walks and trails, mountain biking, adventures and disabled access - come and relax with some of our home baking, delicious range of tasty eats and home made soups, and warming mugs of tea and coffee. The food, fantastic surroundings and friendly staff will make sure you want to stop again.

Contact: Kevin Grigsby
Email: kevinmgrigsby@gmail.com
Tel: 01479 861 700
 
Quad biking
Fantastic Off Road quad biking and 4x4 experiences in some of the most scenic parts of the U.K. Quad Bike Tours have two locations both in the Cairngorm National Park and extending as far west as Lochaber and the Outdoor Capital.
Golf
Inverness Golf Club provides an excellent test of golf for all levels of player and a great alternative to the traditional links courses. Visiting golfers are welcome to play the 6,133 yards par 69 course. Tee times can be reserved between 10am and 12 noon and between 2pm and 4pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays. There are some tee time restrictions on Thursdays and Saturdays. On a Sunday the tee can be reserved from 10:30am onwards. Handicap certificates are required. There are two bars and a restaurant.
Go-karting
Inverness Kart Raceway is a purpose-built, fully modernised, indoor go-karting arena.  Only a few minutes drive from the city centre it is within easy reach for anyone living, working or holidaying in the Highlands.  With a fully indoors go-karting arena you can drive in all weathers, at all times of the year and after dark too. 
Running
Inverness parkrun is a 5km run - it's you against the clock. It happens every Saturday at 9:30am in Bught Park, Inverness. It is completely free you simply need to register before your first run. Come along and join in whatever your pace!
Cycling
The Highlands of Scotland are famous for stunning landscapes, wildlife and history. Ticket To Ride’s local knowledge and cycle hire experience will make sure you stay away from the traffic and don't miss out on all the great places to stop along the way. Its bike hire centre is in the beautiful surroundings of Bellfield Park in the heart of Inverness.
Canoeing
Explore Highland offer bespoke canoeing, kayaking and stand up paddle boarding experiences in the Scottish Highlands. Based on the Caledonian Canal in Inverness, Explore Highland offers a wide range of paddlesports activities for all ages, fitness levels and abilities. Operating throughout the year, offering equipment hire, guided day and multi-day paddling adventures plus national governing body qualifications and skills courses.
Ice skating
Inverness Ice Centre is set in a prime location close to the banks of the River Ness and in the heart of Inverness's many sporting facilities next to the main Leisure Complex and adjacent to the Bught Playing fields which is host to many of the citys outdoor activities including football, rugby and shinty. The centre provides excellent facilities for enjoying Ice Sport all year round including a five rink ice arena for Curling, Ice Hockey and Ice Skating.
Skiing
CairnGorm Mountain near Aviemore is the best known of the ski and snowboard areas in the National Park.  It is also the highest and holds the snow well throughout the season.  There is lots of variety at CairnGorm Mountain and the terrain park’s, kickers and rails have attracted some of Britain’s best snowboarders and skiers to the area. CairnGorm Mountain is also home to Scotland’s only funicular railway. This is a unique visitor experience that allows people of all abilities to reach the Top Station where the Ptarmigan Restaurant is located with panoramic views from over 3,500ft.
Horse riding
400 acres, a large indoor school, two outdoor schools, on the shores of Loch Ness and only 20 minutes outside Inverness. This family run business has been offering quality and fun horse riding instruction since 1963 and has over 30 horses.  Instruction, trekking and trail riding are all offered.  Come for a lesson or a ride out, you’ll be sure of a warm Highland welcome.
 
Swimming
The competition pool at Inverness Leisure is a fully approved 25 metre by 8 lane swimming pool. There is also a Health Suite with a steam room, sauna, spa bath and large relaxation area.
Fishing
Inverness Angling Club promises enjoyable angling on a beautiful river that has built a solid reputation for its fine catches of salmon, grilse and sea trout. These clear, sparkling waters have delivered years of pleasure for the region's anglers and visitors from many parts of the UK and overseas. Visiting anglers are guaranteed a warm Highland welcome to the River Ness and the fishings managed by Inverness Angling Club.
Tree climbing
High in the treetops TreeZone is the ultimate Aerial Adventure Course. Zip wires, balance beams, hanging platforms, tight-ropes, scramble nets, white knuckle bridges & gap jumps, set in the ancient Caledonian Pines of the Cairngorm Mountains.
Highland Wildlife Park
The Highland Wildlife Park is a safari park and zoo near Kingussie. The park is located within the Cairngorms National Park and run by the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland. Visitors experience Scottish wildlife past and present in the setting of the Scottish Highlands. Visitors drive around the Main Reserve in their cars and then move on to a walk-round area. Highlights include Scottish wildcats, snow leopards, polar bears, elks, yaks and arctic foxes.
Black Isle Wildlife Park
A family run business, the Black Isle Wildlife Park is home to around 40 different species such as ducks, emu, lemur, zebra and the meerkat. There is a hatchery to watch the chick eggs hatching and handle rabbits, chicks and snakes.
Dolphin Spirit
The Moray Firth is one of the best places in Europe to see dolphins in the wild. It is estimated that around 130 bottlenose dolphins live in the Moray Firth. Seals, porpoises and whales can also be seen in the Moray Firth. Sail down the Moray Firth from Inverness marina to get a glimpse of these wonderful creatures.
Cairngorm Reindeer Centre
The Cairngorm Reindeer Herd is Britain's only free-ranging herd of reindeer. Reindeer have lived in the Cairngorms National Park since 1952, where the herd are permitted to graze on over 10,000 acres upon the mountainsides. There are daily hill trips to see the reindeer on the mountain and from April to January a small group of reindeer are kept in the paddock at the Cairngorm Reindeer Centre in Glenmore.
Loch Garten
When ospreys returned to breed in Scotland, this ancient Caledonian pineforest is where they chose to come. The Loch Garten Osprey Centre, just outside Aviemore, provides fantastic views of these magnificent birds on the nest, as well as close up views thanks to CCTV. The reserve also has some excellent walks, with the chance to see red squirrels, dragonflies and crested tits. Early in spring, you can see the spectacular display of the capercaillie, Scotland’s largest grouse.
Eden Court
Eden Court is located on the River Ness and boasts two theatres, two cinemas and a restaurant. It offers something for everybody including drama, opera, ballet, musicals and comedy. 
Vue Cinema
Vue Cinema Inverness has seven screens complete with Dolby Digital Surround Sound.Three screens are Digital 3D screens showcasing the latest 3D Hollywood releases.
 
European pipe band championships
25th June

Piping At Forres, the European Pipe Band Championships 2016, takes place in the stunning setting of Grant Park, Forres. Thousands of pipers and drummers from far and wide, in over a hundred bands, will compete to be European Champions in their grade. Drum Majors and Highland Dancers will also compete in this event.
Inverness Highland Games

16th July

The Inverness Highland Games will take place at Bught Park Inverness on Saturday 16 July 2016 commencing at 11am. Founded in 1822 the Inverness Highland Games is one of the most spectacular traditional gatherings staged in Scotland and is one of the highlights of any visit to the Highland capital city of Inverness.

Hootananny
Multi-award winning pub and live music venue in Inverness, the Highland capital.
Ironworks
The Ironworks is a purpose built live music,event and conference venue in the heart of Inverness, Scotland, boasting state of the art equipment and a fully professional team dedicated to bringing Inverness the best in live music entertainment.
Jacobite Cruises
Jacobite's Loch Ness cruises and tours will take you on a journey of discovery, soaking up the scenery, historic monuments and intriguing tales about the Loch Ness monster. 
Landmark
If you’re looking to plan a full day out with us then look no further. Landmark Forest Adventure Park offers amazing value for money, with many great activities all included in your ticket price.
Rothiemurchus Estate
Rothiemurchus is in the heart of the Cairngorms National Park and offer a range of activities including 4x4 off road driving, archery, mountain biking, pony trekking, Segways, canoeing, fishing, gorge swimming and walking, rafting, river adventure tubing and clay pigeon shooting.
Lochness Centre
The Loch Ness Centre & Exhibition features a hi-tech multi-media presentation leading you through 7 themed areas and 500 million years of history, natural mystery and legend revealing the unique environment of Loch Ness and the famous Loch Ness monster
Culloden Battlefield
Come and find out why the Battle of Culloden changed the way of life of the Highlands and Islands for ever. This 5 star tourist attraction features a visitor centre and interactive exhibition.
Glenmorangie Distillery
By the tranquil shores of the Dornoch Firth, amidst the golden barley fields of Ross-shire, lies the Glenmorangie Distillery. Here you will find a warm Highland welcome from the legendary Men of Tain, the skilled craftsmen who ensure that Glenmorangie is made in the same unhurried and uncompromising way it has always been through its long and distinguished history. Distillery tours run daily during peak season.
Urquhart Castle
About 2 miles southeast of the village Drumnadrochit and 15 miles south of Inverness, along the A82 road, lie the spectacular ruins of Urquhart Castle on a peninsula surrounded by the breath-taking Loch Ness. In its 500 years of being a medieval castle, Urquhart has played several important roles and been a popular recurring feature in and of Scottish history.
Cawdor Castle
Not only is Cawdor the name linked to Shakespeare’s Macbeth, but home to the magical, fairy tale castle, Cawdor Castle. Cawdor Castle dates from the late 14th century, having been built as a private fortress by the Thanes of Cawdor, with the ancient medieval tower built around the legendary holly tree – wherever you look, Cawdor Castle is steeped in intrigue and history.
Dunrobin Castle
Perched on a high terrace above walled gardens, Dunrobin Castle, with fairytale spires and turrets, rises above the North Sea like an illustration from a storybook. Towering over both the Castle and Golspie is the Sutherland Monument atop Ben Bhraggie.
Tomatin Distillery
The smooth, rounded hills sheltering the Tomatin Distillery reflect the softer side of nature in this quiet corner of the Highlands. Here, bubbling pure spring water, tender barley and gentle patience all go into creating an incredibly soft Highland whisky. Distillery tours are available all year round.
Cairngorm Sleddog Centre
Situated in Aviemore, at the foot of the Cairngorm Mountain Range, the Cairngorm Sleddog Centre offers a wide range of activities from kennel and museum tours to sleddog trips and safaris.
North Coast 500
North Coast 500: More than 500 miles of the best the North Highlands has to offer. The route way runs to and from Inverness, venturing round the capital of the Highlands, up the West Coast and back via the rugged north coast.
Fort George
Fort George is one of the most outstanding fortifications in Europe. It was built in the wake of the Battle of Culloden (1746) as an impregnable base for King George II’s army.
 
Cobbs The Archie Foundation, Eastgate Centre, Inverness
Cobbs at Archies is an extremely popular coffee shop with a difference. It is a Charity Cafe, with part of the proceeds going to The Archie Foundation who are raising funds for a new state of the art childrens ward at Raigmore Hospital. It is situated on the lower level of the Eastgate Centre - shopping hub of the Highlands - next to the escalators, serving all of Cobbs favourites: homebaking, tasty deli sandwiches, baguettes and paninis made to order, salad bowls, baked potatoes, nachos, a selction of soups and a range of kids lunch choices. There is a large and comfortable seated area, with an exciting childrens play area to keep them entertained whilst mum and dad enjoy a minute of peace. So plan your days shopping in the Eastgate Centre with lunch in Cobbs at Archies, or take a half way break with tea and cake or just a soft drink, with the knowledge that you are contributing to a wonderful cause.

Contact: Tina Beet
Tel: 01463 226 867
Cobbs Hilton Community Centre, Inverness
This is another unique cafe under the Archie banner linked with Cobbs. This is a softplay facility and café for children situated in a local community centre, so is ideal for mums and grandparents taking children out for the day, with the knowledge that their little angels are safe and having fun. They can observe the play area whilst they sit down and enjoy a morning coffee, light lunch or afternoon tea, with all of Cobbs high standard of catering. Again, part of the profit goes to the the fantastic Archie Foundation charity. There is also storytelling and information on child care and welfare available - make sure to telephone in advance to see what is on, and make a day of it!

Contact: Sharon Curry
Tel: 01463 226 867
Cobbs Elgin Library, Cooper Park, Elgin
Cobbs now brings its winning formula of home baking, homemade soups, a delicious range of teas and fresh Brodies coffee to the wonderful and pituresque Cooper Park in Elgin. This park has been a sanctuary for the folks and visitors to Elgin for many years, and its pleasant surroundings are ideal to chill out on one of the many benches, or to enjoy a leisurely walk. After your walk, stop off at Cobbs for coffee and cake, or something more substantial. This is definitely one of Elgin's hidden gems!

Contact: Deannie McMaster
Email: deannie.mcmaster@cobbs.info
Tel: 07789228305
Cobbs Inverness Museum and Art Gallery, Inverness
ituated in the Library and Art Gallery, this quiet and cosy coffee shop is the ideal spot for a break during your tour of the fantastic facility. Serving home baking, fresh real coffee and a range of teas, along with soups and a variety of filled sandwiches. This is another hidden gem in the city of Inverness, and well worth a visit to see the various artefacts and collections in the museum and exhibitions in the gallery. There is also a small retail section selling items relevant to the museum.

Contact: Deannie McMaster
Tel: 01463 226 867