Inverness really has got all the elements for a memorable city break. Discover its flourishing culinary scene, explore the Victorian Market or Eastgate Shopping Centre for a bit of retail therapy, catch one of the many events at Eden Court and other venues, or take your time to admire art exhibitions in the city's gallery spaces.
Things to do in Inverness
The battle lines have been redrawn at the new Culloden battlefield experience. With the site restored to as close as possible to that seen by the forces on that fateful day in April 1746, Culloden now welcomes visitors with an impressive new visitor centre and exciting interactive exhibition.
Inverness Museum & Art Gallery
Explore the historic city of Inverness with a visit to Inverness Museum and Art Gallery. Situated right in the historic centre of the city at the foot of the Castle hill, the museum is a treasure trove of artifacts relating to the history of Highland Scotland.
Clava Cairns or the Prehistoric Burial Cairns of Bulnuaran of Clava are a group of three Bronze Age cairns located near Inverness. A hugely significant and exceptionally well preserved prehistoric site, Clava Cairns is a fantastic example of the distant history of Highland Scotland, dating back about 4,000 years.
The Highlanders' Museum & Fort George
The Highlanders’ Museum is situated within the Historic Scotland site, Fort George, a working army barracks just outside Inverness. The Museum tells the story of the Highland Regiments from just after the Battle of Culloden to the present day.
River Ness and Ness Island
For keen nature watchers, seals and seabirds can be spotted between the two road bridges that run through the city. Along the river, you can walk across the footbridges to explore both sides of the riverbank. Connecting to the footbridges further upstream is a small, beautiful collection of islands called Ness Islands.
The Victorian Market's UNIQUE range of shops are the perfect places to obtain the ultimate gift for a friend or loved one.
You can get lost - not literally - in the majestic mountains and mysterious lochs as you journey through this beautiful land. The views are simply jaw-dropping. Pass through Britain's largest National Park, witness dolphins frolicking off the Moray Coast, marvel at the sensational seascape of the North Highlands, walk in the shadow of Britain's highest peak, Ben Nevis, or explore the stunning islands and stretches of coastline. And if you haven't heard of Loch Ness, Scotland's most famous loch… oh boy, you're in for a treat!
things to do in the Highlands
North Coast 500
Drive this highway loop and discover northern Scotland's stunning landscapes, vibrant communities, and ancient history. Start and finish the route in Inverness.
Loch Ness & Urquhart Castle
Urquhart Castle - Wild natural beauty and 1,000 years of history - Urquhart Castle offers a taste of the Highlands at their most dramatic.
Loch Ness - Just a short distance from Inverness, this impressive stretch of water is 23 miles long and over 700 ft at its deepest, making it Scotland’s largest loch in terms of volume.
Cairngorms National Park
Twice the size of the Lake District, the Cairngorms National Park has more mountains, forest paths, rivers, lochs, wildlife hotspots, friendly villages and distilleries than you can possibly imagine.
Eilean Donan Castle
Eilean Donan Castle is one of the most recognised castles in Scotland, and probably appears on more shortbread tins and calendars than any other. It is, without doubt, a Scottish icon and certainly one of the most popular visitor attractions in the Highlands.
Dunrobin Castle is the most northerly of Scotland's great houses and the largest in the Northern Highlands with 189 rooms. Dunrobin Castle is also one of Britain's oldest continuously inhabited houses dating back to the early 1300s, home to the Earls and later, the Dukes of Sutherland.
Discover the romantic Highland castle, the 14th century home of the Thanes of Cawdor.
Located about 5 miles south west of Nairn, Cawdor Castle was built around a 15th century tower house which originally belonged to Clan Cawdor before passing into the hands of Campbells in the 16th century.
Speyside's Malt Whisky Trail
Scotland's Malt Whisky Trail is the only trail of its kind in the world. Set in the heart of stunning Speyside, this trail takes in seven world-famous working distilleries, one historic distillery and the fascinating Speyside Cooperage.
Highland Folk Museum
Delve into the past and discover the real, living Highland Folk Museum. Visitors to this living history Museum can learn how our Scottish Highland ancestors lived, how they built their homes, how they tilled the soil and how they dressed, in a friendly and welcoming environment.
The Great Glen Way
The Great Glen Way is a popular and challenging walking route, a connecting string between the towns of Fort William and Inverness.