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OUTDOOR EVENTS AROUND SHENVAL BED & BREAKFAST
NEAR LOCH NESS AND GLEN AFFRIC

This page features all the major Highland wildlife, Scotland food and drink and outdoor sports events -except Highland Games listed HERE- held over the year around your holiday accommodation base at Shenval organic B&B in the Loch Ness, Glen Affric and Inverness area in the Highlands of Scotland. Tastebuds experiences, Guided walks, Duathlon, Marathon and Half-Marathon, Glen Affric Duathlon:  there is something for most endeavours and for relaxed spectating and enjoyment.  Open air concerts and festivals are listed HERE. More wildlife watching and conservation events are also listed in our News page.

SEPTEMBER
Sunday 23 Loch Ness Marathon & Festival of Running, the Loch Ness Marathon based at Bught Park, Inverness, takes place only 30mns away from Shenval Bed & Breakfast, with shorter races, including Wee Nessie, of 5 and 10k. It follows a spectacular point-to-point route alongside Loch Ness, across the River Ness, to finish in Inverness, capital city of the Highlands. Not just run and sweat: there is also live music, kids activities and a food and drink fayre. Full details on www.lochnessmarathon.com

29th September-19th October
The 25th Highland Archaeology Festival celebrates the archaeology, history, landscape and culture of the Highlands, from buried archaeological remains to canals, cathedrals and castles. There is something for everyone with around 100 events ranging from guided walks, cycle tours, evening lectures and exhibitions. The festival ends with a conference in Inverness featuring talks about recent archaeological excavations and projects across the Highland Council area . Some local events close to Shenval B&B are highlighted below.

Saturday 29th September
10:00 - 13:00 - Visit the Fort Augustus Pepperpot Lighthouse, 45mns' drive from your accommodation base at Shenval B&B
10:00 - 16:00 - Agricultural Working Vintage Rally and Display at Daviot Estate, 6 miles south of Inverness.
10:00 - 16:00 - Wardlaw Mausoleum Open Day in Kirkhill, less than half an hour's drive from Shenval B&B.
14:00 - 16:00 - Guided Walk to Comar Wood Dun above Cannich, 10 mins' drive from Shenval Bed and Breakfast. Walk to this Iron Age defensive site, where an archaeologist will point out features and talk about the excavation. You can also enjoy a fantastic view! Refreshments available afterwards in Marydale Hall, Cannich and chance to see Strathglass Heritage Trail exhibition. Strathglass Heritage Association. Phone 01456 415457

Sunday 30th September
10:00 - 16:00 - Wardlaw Mausoleum Open Day near Kirkhill, less than half an hour's drive from Shenval B&B.
13:00 - 16:00 - Tomatin ROC Post, a cold war bunker, 20mns south of Inverness.
14:00 - 16:00 - Ethnobotanical Meander at Abriachan Forest Trust, half an hour from Shenval Bed & Breakfast. A walk up the hill to learn the cultural facts, folklore and uses of plants found along the way.

OCTOBER                                                                                                       Saturday 6th
10:00 - 16:00 - Wardlaw Mausoleum Open Day near Kirkhill, less than half an hour's drive from Shenval B&B
10:00 - 16:00 - Themed Talks at Kirkmichael, Historic Kirk and Kirkyard, Black Isle, less than an hour's drive from Shenval B&B
14:00 - 16:00 - Mingin’ Middens Being Carbon Clever, at Abriachan Forest classroom: a carbon clever challenge for the family – using artefacts found in QR-coded middens! Half an hour's drive from Shenval B&B.
14:00 - 15:30 - A Walk along Strathpeffer Railway Line, meet at the old railway station, just under one hour's drive from Shenval Bed and Breakfast.
 
Sunday 7th
10:00 - 16:00 - Wardlaw Mausoleum Open Day near Kirkhill, less than half an hour's drive from Shenval B&B.

Tuesday 9th
19:00 - The Caledonian Canal: Past, Present and Future, public lecture at Fort Augustus village hall.
 
Thursday 11th
19:00 - Rosemarkie Man: Murder in the Caves, talk at Fortrose library by Simon Gunn about the exciting finds in a cave near Rosemarkie,just 50mns' drive from Shenval Bed & Breakfast.

Friday 12th
19:00 - 21:00 - Stars and Folklore Around the Fire at Abriachan Forest Trust, stargazing at Abriachan Forest guided by astronomer Stephen Mackintosh. If skies are clear event will be outdoors under the stars. If cloudy night, Stephen will host a talk in the forest classroom, half an hour's drive from Shenval B&B. 
19:30 - The Clava Cairns and After: Coming to Terms with the Earlier Prehistory of Highland Scotland, talk by Richard Bradley, Emeritus Professor, University of Reading. Professor Bradley has done important fieldwork in the Highlands over the years and will talk about his work on Clava Cairns, recumbent stone circles, henges, rock art, metalwork hoards and dune settlements over the last 25 years. Venue: Highland Council Chamber, Glenurquhart Road, Inverness, only half an hour's drive from Shenval B&B.

Saturday 13th

10:00 - 16:00 - Themed Talks at Kirkmichael, Historic Kirk and Kirkyard, Black Isle, less than one hour's drive from Shenval B&B
 
Monday 15th
Fishtraps, Crannogs and Castles: A Cycle Along the Beauly Firth. Starting at North Kessock, a gentle cycle west along the Beauly Firth to identify a variety of archaeological remains. Suitable for families. Ensure your bicycles are in good working order. Meeting place provided on booking by phoning 07787 507972.
14:00 - 16:00 - Guided Walk to Comar Wood Dun above Cannich, 10 mins' drive from Shenval Bed and Breakfast. Walk to this Iron Age defensive site, where an archaeologist will point out features and talk about the excavation. You can also enjoy a fantastic view! Refreshments available afterwards in Marydale Hall, Cannich and chance to see Strathglass Heritage Trail exhibition. Strathglass Heritage Association. Phone 01456 415457
19:00 - 20:00 - Urquhart Castle and Its Archaeology, a short 15mns' drive from Shenval Bed & Breakfast. Hear all about the interesting finds at Urquhart Castle and its unique history. Doors open at 6.45, and the visitor centre will be open until 8.30pm for people to ask questions and look at the exhibition. Booking is via the Historic Environment Scotland website. The event is free but tickets are limited.
 
Tuesday 16th
11:00 - 16:00 - A Knight’s Jug Come and learn about life as a knight at Urquhart Castle, a short 15mns' drive from Shenval Bed & Breakfast. Make a knight's jug to take away, and explore the archaeology of the Urquhart Castle along the archaeology trail. Free, drop in event included in the entry price to Urquhart Castle. Free for Historic Scotland members.

Wednesday 17th

10:00 - 16:00 - Guided tour of the Teanagairn Henge near Culbokie. Full details from History Group of Culbokie Community Trust. Phone 01349 877401
11:00 - 16:00 - A Knight’s Jug Come and learn about life as a knight at Urquhart Castle, a short 15mns' drive from Shenval Bed & Breakfast. Make a knight's jug to take away, and explore the archaeology of the Urquhart Castle along the archaeology trail. Free, drop in event included in the entry price to Urquhart Castle. Free for Historic Scotland members.
11:00 - 16:00 - The Sloich’d Sheilings. A 4 mile walk led by John Orr, from the Slochd along the old military road to explore some of the deserted villages on the hillside. Meeting place given out when booking. Bookings via website to: High Life Highland Countryside Rangers. Phone 01463 255291
 
Thursday 18th
11:00 - 16:00 - A Knight’s Jug Come and learn about life as a knight at Urquhart Castle, a short 15mns' drive from Shenval Bed & Breakfast. Make a knight's jug to take away, and explore the archaeology of the Urquhart Castle along the archaeology trail. Free, drop in event included in the entry price to Urquhart Castle. Free for Historic Scotland members.
16:00 - 20:00 - Fire and Folklore at Aigas, 40 mns from Shenval B&B. An evening for the whole family at Aigas, exploring Highland history with a dusk walk and tales of folklore around the campfire! Limited campfire snacks will be provided. Naturedays at Aigas. Phone 07463 783670. Email naturedays@aigas.co.uk

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