INVERNESS TRAVEL DESTINATION & ATTRACTIONS
Welcome to our holiday travel guide, attractions, events, tours and
charters information for Inverness, Scotland.
Located in the Scottish
Highlands region, Inverness is the Highlands capital, strategically situated at
the northern end of the Great Glen, near where the River Ness flows into the
Here in the City of Inverness you will find the warmest of
welcomes, and the perfect place to base yourself whilst visiting all the
fabulous attractions in the region. There is good access by road, rail and air
to those planning to visit.
There is plenty to see and do in and around
Inverness just ensure you plan enough time for your stay here.
Browse our city shops, from the Victorian Market
to the new award-winning shopping complex, Eastgate. A stroll to Inverness
Castle and St Andrew's Cathedral, which
dominate the River Ness and described as one of the most beautiful
riverside settings in Britain. Enjoy the circular walk from the castle
along the river and through the Ness Islands where in peak season (July
to October), you can see anglers casting their long lines at the leaping Atlantic salmon.
Buy a daily ticket and try it for yourself.
To the west, overlooking the city of Inverness, the Beauly Firth and the
inner Moray Firth is Craig Phadrig, a prominent hill, once the stronghold of Pictish
The Highlands is rich in historical and cultural attractions, with a
number of castles, monuments and ruins, still evident today. The large
battlefield and visitor centre at Culloden, the historic Caledonian Canal and
Clava Cairns, a fascinating archaeological site, provide a glimpse into the
The waters of the Moray Firth provides home to a diverse range of wildlife,
including a large number of bottlenose dolphins, that can be seen from the
shoreline or on one of the boat cruises. Of course the Highlands is also the
home of one of our most famous resident, the elusive Nessie, our Loch Ness
Drop into the local Tourist Information Centres where you can get the
latest updates and information on the many
places to visit in and around Inverness, as well as where to stay.
Over time we will be expanding our listing of wonderful attractions,
places to visit and memorable experiences in
in the meantime you can check out our current listing. Make sure you check out
the Scotland Attractions, listing
attractions across Scotland.
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other great Edinburgh attractions, just
send us an email with the details, including website (if applicable) and any
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This well-preserved Bronze Age
cemetery is located about 6 miles east of Inverness. Clava Cairns is the site of
an exceptionally well preserved group of prehistoric burial cairns that were
built about 4,000 years ago. The Bronze Age cemetery complex comprises of
passage graves, ring cairns, kerb cairn, standing stones in a beautiful setting
and the remains of a chapel of unknown date.
To the west of Inverness, rises the
prominent hill of Craig Phadrig. Once the stronghold of Pictish Kings, the
summit still has remnants of a Pictish Fort. Today, largely covered by forest,
the paths around the hill and to the summit provide some great views over
Inverness, along the Great Glen, the Beauly Firth and the inner Moray Firth.
Culloden Battlefield Visitor Centre,
Culloden Moor, Inverness, Highland
Visiting Culloden the last hand-to-hand battle fought on British soil takes on a
whole new meaning with the opening of this exciting new visitor centre and
interactive exhibition. The battlefield itself is now restored to as close as
possible that marched on by the two sides on that fateful day.
Come and find out why this battle that lasted only one hour changed the way of
life of the Highlands and Islands for ever.
Discover Scotland's Great Trails
Scotland's Great Trails (SGTs) are nationally promoted trails for people-powered
journeys. Each is distinctively waymarked, largely off-road and has a range of
visitor services. At least 25 miles in length, they are suitable for multi-day
outings as well as day trips. Collectively the 20 different routes provide over
1300 miles of well managed paths from the Borders to the Highlands, offering
great opportunities to explore the best of Scotland's nature and landscapes and
to experience the amazing history and culture.
The nearest trail to Inverness include:
- Dava Way (39 km or 24 miles)
this section of the former Highland Railway line is characterised by its
steady and gentle graident, popular with off-road cyclists. This trail rises
to 1,050 feet at Dava Summit, and its endpoints join the Speyside Way at
Grantown-on-Spey with the Moray Coast Trail at Forres.
- Great Glen Way (127 km or 79 miles)
the Great Glen is a gigantic geological fault, Scotland's very own 'Rift
Valley' which bisects the Highlands diagonally from Fort William to
Inverness, and holds lochs Linnhe, Lochy, Oich and Ness. The Great Glen Way
is largely level and straight.
- Moray Coast Trail (80 km or 50 miles)
this trail takes in a seascape of sweeping sandy beaches and rugged
cliffs, dotted with picturesque fishing villages. This region is home to a
range of wildlife from the bottlenose dolphin colony of the Moray Firth and
the ospreys fishing in Findhorn Bay. The Moray Coast Trail joins the Dava
Way and the Speyside Way to create a 95 miles (153 km) circuit.
- Speyside Way (105 km or 65 miles)
following the course of the River Spey, the Speyside Way runs from
Aviemore in the heart of the Cairngorms to Buckie on the Moray Coast, where
walkers can join the Moray Coast Trail. Whilst it is a sensational trail for
naturalists, it is also popular with whisky enthusiasts for the
distilleries, among which include the best-selling whiskies in the world of
Glenlivet and Glenfiddich.
Scottish Natural Heritage - Discover Scotland's Great Trails to download the
Inverness Museum and
Castle Wynd, Inverness
Hedgehogs, heroes, owls and axes -
Explore the art, history and heritage of the Highlands. Explore Scottish history
and discover how the highlands are linked with the rest of the world. Have the
opportunity to get face to face with a pine marten and scratch a badger's belly.
Experience Highland contemporary art and crafts and unlock a medieval chest - or
just have a cup of tea.
Loch Ness is a magical lake in the Highlands of Scotland. The lake was made
famous because of the legendary Loch Ness Monster Nessie, said to have lived and
for many believers still living there. Yet the lake is more then a legend, being
home to numerous wildlife and great destination for bird watchers.
The start of Loch Ness is the village of Lochend on the north-western side of the
loch. Further along is Abriachan and Drumnadrochit. In Drumnadrochit you can
visit the Loch Ness exhibitions and see a life size statue of the Loch Ness monster. There
is even said to be a resident ghost in the Benleva Hotel.
Along the banks of Loch Ness, not far from Drumnadrochit, on a rocky promontory,
you will see the impressive ruins of
Castle Urquhart. The site also provides panoramic view of Loch Ness.
Continuing on is the village of Invermoriston, then
Fort Augustus at the most southern tip of Loch Ness. Fort Augustus offers
stunning views up Loch Ness, with many great walks and an excellent golf course.
The Loch Ness Centre & Exhibition
The exhibition was opened by explorer
Sir Ranulph Fiennes. It takes visitors through seven themed areas on a journey
from the dawn of time to the third millennium.
The National Trust for Scotland
If you are interested in the
historic and cultural heritage of Scotland, including Inverness, visit the
national trust site for information.
The website has a quick search as well as a route planner to assist visitors
when planning to visit a destination. You can even search for events happening
in your destination.
Scotland's Castle Trail
Whilst Aberdeenshire is known as Scotlands Castle Country,
there are castles throughout Scotland. For visitors to Inverness the nearest
41 Castle Street, Inverness
Inverness Castle sits on a cliff
overlooking the River Ness, in Inverness, Scotland. The site of the castle has
seen many incarnations with a number of builds dating back to the original 12th
century defensive structure. The red sand stone structure evident today was
built in 1836 by architect William Burn.
Today, it houses the Inverness Sheriff Courthouse and County Hall. All that
remains of the medieval castle are a deep resorted well and part of the bastion
wall. Whilst the castle itself is not open to the public, the grounds are.
The magical name of Cawdor is
romantically linked by Shakespeare with Macbeth. A superb fairy-tale Castle, and
just what every visitor is looking for... Scottish history that you can touch
and see and sense for yourself. Cawdor Castle is not another cold monument, but
a splendid house and the home of the Cawdor family to this day.
Cawdor Castle dates from the late 14th century and was built as a private
fortress by the Thanes of Cawdor. The ancient medieval tower was built around
the legendary holly-tree. Along with the three gardens, the Cawdor Big Wood, and
our their 9-hole golf course, Cawdor Castle is a truly extraordinary place.
This historic Castle and Estate is
situated on the southern shore of Loch Ness, close to the city of Inverness,
capital of the Scottish Highlands. The birthplace of James MacKintosh, Aldourie
Castle and Estate offers perfect place to stay on an exclusive use basis or to celebrate a grand occasion
and event, surrounded by beauty and tranquillity in a breathtaking setting.
Located in northern Scotland, near
Beauly, Beaufort Castle is the traditional seat of the chiefs of the Clan
Beaufort Castle is located north of Kiltarlity, just 12 miles west of Inverness.
The castle sits on the site of several previous castles. You can see the site
from the road.
Forres, Inverness, Nairn, Moray & The Black Isle
Brodie Castle stands between the
towns of Nairn and Forres and close to the beaches of the Moray Firth.
Set in peaceful parkland, this fine 16th-century tower house is packed with
enough art and antiques to keep connoisseurs happy all day. It contains fine
French furniture; English, continental and Chinese porcelain; and houses a major
collection of paintings. The castle itself was home of the Brodie family until
the late 20th century and much of the Laird's Wing has been kept as it was
during the stylish Brodie family's use.
In springtime the grounds are carpeted
with the daffodils for which the castle is rightly famous. Guests to the Lairds
Wing can enjoy full access to the magnificent grounds throughout their stay.
Drumnadrochit, Loch Ness
On a rocky promontory, along the banks of
Loch Ness, not far from Drumnadrochit, you will see the impressive ruins of
Castle Urquhart. The site also provides panoramic view of Loch Ness.
The official website for the
Inverness Festivals. A must visit site to see what is happening and when.
See website for exact dates
The Inverness Whisky Festival
celebrates our national drink within the fantastic surroundings of Bogbain Farm,
3 miles south of Inverness. Live music, talks, tastings, great food and of
course, the all important water of life: the Inverness Whisky Festival is a
feast for all the senses.
The Inverness Highland Games & Armed Forces Day
July (see website for exact dates)
Founded in 1822 our Games are one of
the most spectacular traditional Gatherings staged in Scotland and are one of
the highlights of any visit to the Highland Capital. Attracting thousands of
spectators there is the parade, the presentation ceremony, athletics and the
heavy events. Visitors from around the world can see the real Highland Fling,
Highland Dancers, massed pipes and drums. A must experience on everyones
Loch Ness Beer Festival
Beleva Hotel, Drumnadrochit, Loch Ness
A week of Loch Ness plus Beer plus
Music plus Food plus Fun... what more can you wish for? First held in 2002, the
Loch Ness Beer Festival is the longest running Beer Festival in the Highlands of
Scotland. There is live music, some traditional Scottish music, some folk and
pop, some local jazz, plus the sometimes popular Steve's Pub Quiz, Pool
Tournament, Poke Championship and a selection of guest breweries... see website
Loch Ness Marathon
September (see website for exact dates)
A Monster Race
running alongside the
shores of the worlds most famous loch.
Loch Ness is one of the best-known destinations in the world. Its beautiful
scenery and the centuries-old mystery of the Loch Ness monster have attracted
visitors from around the world for years.
The monster is not the only long-running legend in the area, as Loch Ness is
also home to one of the best marathons in the UK. It is the biggest in Scotland
which takes place in a rural setting, and brings lots of opportunities for all
kinds of runners to take part either in the marathon or one of the associated
Distance to Inverness
Following are some approximate distances by
road to Inverness:
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Distances given are only approximation, there may be
alternative routes to your destination. You should verified with the appropriate
road authority and/or maps.