Our hometown of Inverness is the capital of the Highlands in the North of Scotland. Inverness is popular for tourists to visit on its own, as well as a base before heading to the Hebridean Islands or begin the North Coast 500. We think that Inverness has a lot to offer visitors and, since it is our home, we thought we would share the top things you should do when visiting!
1. River Ness and The Islands
In the heart of the city runs the River Ness, that meanders it’s way from Loch Ness to the North Sea. Surrounding the river are picturesque buildings and churches making it a nice place for a stroll and to take in the atmosphere of the city. Following the river past Inverness Castle will take you to Ness Islands. Here you will find a walkway through the wooded area with charming views of the river. Be sure to look out for the banana bridge and the punching tree!
2. Inverness Castle
Unfortunately, the castle in Inverness is not open to the public because it is currently the court house. This has been rumoured to change in the near future. Despite this, the castle is a very interesting building to visit and you get great views from the hill upon which it sits. In the next couple of weeks a view point that has been added to one of the turrets is due to open which will be a great addition to this attraction.
3. Loch Ness
This 23 mile long loch is situated on the outskirts of the city and is also residence to the legendary monster ‘Nessie’, which has made the loch famous. A trip to Inverness would not be complete without visiting the loch. We recommend visiting the Dores section, which offers stunning views and a pub/restaurant is also available here.
4. Culloden Battlefield
Culloden hosted the bloody battle which crushed the Jacobite Rebellion on the 16th of April 1746. What is significant about this battle is that it was the last to take place on British soil. The visitors centre that is located here is extremely informative with lots of interesting artefacts on display. Learn all about the events leading up to the battle before your head outside to tour the battlefields. Audio guides are also available as part of your entry fee for this part, which explain how the battle was played out.
5. Fort George
Established in the 18th century, Fort George is located in Ardersier just outside of Inverness. Historically, it was used as an army base. This function remains today but not to the same extent. The fort is a remarkable piece of architecture that gives stunning views onto the moray firth. If you are lucky you will spot dolphins as it overlooks Chanonry point – named as the best place in the UK for dolphin spotting. The Highlands Museum is also located here, which gives you a fascinating insight into the military history of the troops that were (and still are!) trained here throughout different campaigns, including WWII and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
We think that Inverness has a good selection of local restaurants that offer a variety of different cuisines if you are looking to eat out when you’re here. Our favourites are Thai Dining for Thai Food, Little Italy for Italian, Rajah for Indian, and Kool Runnings for Jamaican! If you are looking for some traditional Scottish food we highly recommend Urquhurt’s, McGonnagall’s Steakhouse.
For those with a sweet tooth, get yourself to Miele’s Gelateria which has recently opened and is home to the best ice creams we have tried in the world!
Conveniently, all of these places are located within about a mile of each other within the city centre. Inverness is a very walkable city which will help burn off those calories!
** We are in no way affiliated with the establishments mentioned above. These are our personal opinions for eating in Inverness**
7. Eden Court
Located along the River Ness this charming theatre offers a range of different performance shows, including local and touring productions, comedians and also a cinema for the latest movies. Spending an evening here will be throughly entertaining and there is usually always a selection of things to choose from, so it’s worth checking out what’s on when you’re here and incorporate it in with your walk along the river and round the islands!
8. Caledonian Canal
This 60 mile long canal that goes through the Great Glen way would certainly take a few days to get around. We recommend visiting the Clachnaharry area of the canal. This is where the canal locks end and it overlooks onto the sea with some stunning views out towards the Kessock Bridge. Our tip is to try and take in the sunset here.
9. Highland Aviation
Located at Dalcross airport, Highland Aviation offers flying lessons in 2-4 seat planes. These lessons range in time depending on your needs. This is a fantastic experience, that allows you to fly a plane and gives incredible views of the city and surrounding areas of the Highlands. Depending on how long you have you can choose where to fly to. We chose Loch Ness and it was a totally different experience viewing this from the sky.
You will most likely need to pre-book this, which can be done HERE
If you’re planning a trip here then feel free to get in touch with any questions you might have and we would be delighted to here from you!
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