The city of Inverness, capital of the Highlands, is an ideal base for exploring magnificent scenery and many historic attractions. As well as having a well stocked library of guides and leaflets, we keep informed of upcoming events and attractions to help you make the most of your visit.
In addition to its scenic and historic attractions, Inverness has excellent leisure and shopping facilities, as well as a wide range of cafes, pubs and first class restaurants. Whatever you enjoy doing, Inverness has something for you.
Two day suggested itinerary
Start by visiting Culloden Battlefield, the site of Bonnie Prince Charlie’s last stand in 1746. The visitor centre tells the story of the Jacobite campaign and Culloden Moor is an atmospheric site for the last battle fought on the British mainland. Nearby the 14th century Cawdor Castle has romantic associations with Shakespeare’s Macbeth. This is described as a fairytale castle with superb gardens. In the afternoon visit the beach at Nairn, a favourite holiday destination of Charlie Chaplin. If you enjoy wildlife spotting the Moray Firth is home to the world’s most northerly resident population of bottlenose dolphins. There are a number of dolphin spotting operators in and around Inverness, including Dolphin Trips Avoch. If time permits you could stop by Fort George, one of the most outstanding artillery fortifications in Europe. The ramparts offer one of the finest opportunities to view dolphins on the firth.
No visit to Inverness would be complete without a visit to the world famous Loch Ness, a wonderfully scenic and mysterious stretch of water with a greater volume than any other freshwater body in Europe and the legend of a monstrous resident. To get the most out of your visit, take a trip with an operator like Jacobite Cruises. Even if you don’t spot Nessie you will enjoy a wealth of wildlife and stunning surroundings. When ashore, make time to explore the picturesque ruins of Urquhart Castle, on the banks of the loch. One of Scotland’s largest castles, it was a prominent medieval fortress and played an important role in the Wars of Independence, passing between Scottish and English hands. If you have driven to Clansman Harbour to join your cruise, why not take the short drive west up the A831 towards Cannich and awe-inspiring Glen Affric. This, one of Scotland’s most beautiful valleys, is home to home to one of the last remaining tracts of native Caledonian pine forest and is home to pine martens, ospreys and capercaillie. If you have time on your way back to Inverness, make a trip to Glen Ord Distillery at Muir of Ord, and enjoy a tour of the whisky making process and enjoy a sample at the end of your visit.
Just a few other suggestions
Inverness & the Highlands has a wealth of places to visit and things to do and it would be impossible to list them all. Here are just a few to whet your appetite, but many more can be found by visiting the Visit Scotland website.
Another good option for discovering things to see and do is to visit the:
Inverness Tourist Information Centre
Castle Wynd, Inverness, IV2 3BJ
Phone: +44 (0)1463 234 353