Those lucky enough to experience flying in northern Scotland know that the region offers stunning views that compete with or leave behind the rest of the British Isles, or indeed anywhere else in the world. With locals and tourists alike taking the opportunity to explore the region, we thought we would share some of the highlights when flying out of Inverness where our flight school is based.
A 30-minute flight allows plenty of choice, from views of Fort George to exploring the Black Isle. Urquhart Castle on Loch Ness is popular, as is the Fyrish Monument near Alness. Dornoch and Strathpeffer are other options, as are the oil rigs in the Cromarty Firth.
With a 60-minute flight, you can fly the length of Loch Ness to Fort Augustus. The Cairngorms National Park is within reach. To the north west, there’s the lovely Loch Shin, whilst further east, you can fly past the Duke of Sutherland Monument near Golspie. Another option would be Glen Affric, often described as Scotland’s most beautiful glen.
If you have 90 minutes to spare, then more sights are available. Harry Potter fans can take in the now iconic Glen Finnan Viaduct – choose your time right and you might catch the Jacobite Steam Train puffing along. You could fly over the mighty Ben Nevis, or navigate the geological wonder that is the Great Glen. For whisky lovers, flying along the Speyside Way is a lovely route, checking out the many famous distilleries along the way.
With 2 hours, the north of Scotland is yours to explore. A flight over the Isle of Skye is a favourite. Thurso and John o’ Groats, and even the southern Orkney Islands are within reach. As are a detailed exploration of the beautiful beaches stretched out along the Moray coastline, or the stunning coastline to the west.
Of course, the opportunity to fly over your house or your childhood stomping grounds is a timeless joy. And for some, taking control and manoeuvring the aircraft is as important as taking in the beautiful vistas. But what ever your preferences, there is always something very special to remember and cherish in a flight experience in our wonderful little part of the world.