Inverness has superb leisure facilities, including a multi-million pound theatre complex, an ice rink, twelve screen cinema and a swimming ‘aqua-dome’. There are a wide variety restaurants, cafes and bars, set against the backdrop of the imposing Inverness castle that looks down on the river Ness. There are also many places of interest and historical sites within easy reach, including Cawdor Castle, with its stunning gardens and fascinating history, dating back to the days of ‘Macbeth’. Wander through the atmospheric battlefields of Culloden and visit the new audio visual experience or take a short drive to Fort George, set out on a promontory with spectacular views of the Moray Firth. There are also numerous sandy beaches and miles of unspoilt coastline to explore. The Moray Firth area is renowned for its population of bottle-nosed dolphins and there are a number of boat trips available to view the dolphins, seals and wide variety of bird life close to hand. The surrounding area is renowned for its wealth of sporting activities. Fishing, horse-riding, sailing, climbing, hill walking and mountain biking are all enjoyed in the locality. There are a number of excellent golf courses close by, open to visitors. Further afield, holidaymakers are simply spoilt for choice. Head west along the shores of Loch Ness to the charming village of Fort Augustus. To the north is the wild and dramatic scenery of Sutherland and Caithness and to the south Aviemore and the Cairngorm mountain range.