If you’re visiting Scotland any time soon then you should probably put Inverness on your list of places to visit because it is full of charm, history and things to do – it’s also pretty picturesque, so bring a camera! Popular among tourists for the famed “Nessie” (who actually resides in Loch Ness). Inverness offers so much more than just cryptids, but also boasts being the largest city and the cultural capital of the Scottish Highlands.
I would just like to say now that not all of these will be in Inverness because there are so many amazing things to see in the places around Inverness as well. So don’t get mad at me for including Nairn or Beauly.
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The most famous loch in the world due to the famous, aforementioned, Nessie. Loch Ness is just a short drive from Inverness and there is parking available when you reach the Loch Ness Centre. Once you’re there you can take a boat ride on Loch Ness and search for the famous cryptid and explore the exhibition in the centre. You can even take Loch Ness 360° Trail, if you’re up for a challenge! https://lochness-360.com/
Although 5 miles outside of Inverness, this is well worth a visit. Stand on the ground where the Battle of Culloden ended the Jacobite cause and altered the course of world history. There is also an informative visitor centre that provides an immersive cinema experience which, greusomely, re-enacts the Battle of Culloden. You can also get guided tours of the battlefield or take your own self guided tour. I highly recommend sticking around for one of the brilliant presentations run by volunteers and staff members, especially if you’re interested in history. You can find out more information here: https://www.visitscotland.com/info/see-do/culloden-battlefield-p247471
Eden Court Theatre
Eden Court Theatre hosts several different shows, galleries and classes each year. It has two theatres, two cinema screens and holds various workshops in the building. It always has something interesting going on and is definitely worth researching. You can find them here: https://eden-court.co.uk/
Inverness Botanic Gardens
Formerly known as the Floral Hall and Gardens, the botanic gardens are within walking distance of the city centre in Inverness. They grow a really large selection of different plants from different places and even have fish ponds and a waterfall to top it all off. Find out more about them here: https://www.highlifehighland.com/inverness-botanic-gardens/
Experience some traditional Scottish music and ceilidhs in this multi-award winning pub based in Inverness. It’s worth taking a look on their website to see what events they have coming up, but there will always be something fun going on. You can find their website here: https://www.hootanannyinverness.co.uk/
River Ness and The Castle
The absolute best way to see Inverness Castle is to take a walk along the River Ness. It’s a lovely picturesque walk with great angles of the castle. You’ll notice that most photos taken of the castle include river ness, because it’s so beautiful! Take advantage of the instagrammable route, but keep an umbrella on you…just in case. I highly recommend going to the castle viewpoint because the views are absolutely stunning! https://www.highlifehighland.com/invernesscastleviewpoint/admission/
This is a bronze age circular chamber tomb cairn which was named after the group of three cairns at Balnuaran of Clava. Cairns of Bulnuaran of Clava are a group of three Bronze Age cairns all located near Inverness. They are exceptionally well preserved and is a great example of the distant history of the Scottish Highlands. You can even walk in them and get a feel of what they were used for: https://www.visitscotland.com/info/see-do/clava-cairns-p245611
A large 18th Century fortress near Ardersier. This is north of Inverness. Largely known as one of the most outstanding fortifications in Europe. It was built after The Battle of Culloden as a secure base for the army of King George II. There is a lot to explore when you are there, including a Highlanders Museum which is Scotland’s largest regimental museum outside of Edinburgh. Find out more here: https://www.visitscotland.com/info/see-do/fort-george-p245961
In Beauly sits a 1200s church built for the Valliscaulian order of the monks. It’s one of only three priories founded in Scotland and is definitely worth putting on your itinerary. It’s in ruins now, and is free to get in. Parking is available when you get there and there are plenty of cafes nearby. https://www.historicenvironment.scot/visit-a-place/places/beauly-priory/
In Nairn you can find Cawdor Castle, a 15th Century castle which was, at one point, the home of the Thane of Cawdor, Macbeth fans should recognise that title. It’s got gorgeous gardens and a plethora of history to discover and is a must-see for travellers and locals alike. Find out more here: https://www.cawdorcastle.com/