Out & About
Set on the banks of the beautiful River Ness, which is overlooked by the historic Castle, Inverness is a compact, bustling, friendly city with much to offer, from great local restaurants, welcoming cafes and pubs, arts and culture centre, and a vibrant music scene.
The gateway to the Scottish Highlands and Islands, Inverness is the perfect base from which to explore the breathtaking beauty of its rivers, mountains and glens.
Aviemore, situated within the rugged Cairngorms National Park, is under 1 hours drive and the beautiful West Coast and the Island of Skye is approximately 2 hour drive. Both areas offer many outdoor summer and winter leisure activities.
Go to the Visit Inverness and Loch Ness and Historic Environment Scotland websites for details of places to visit. Nearby, there are historic sites such as Culloden battlefield (& visitors centre), Cawdor Castle and Gardens, the famous Loch Ness, Urquhart Castle and Fort George. Or head to Chanonry Point for some dolphin spotting. The impressive Ballindalloch Castle and Gardens is further afield (1.5 hours drive away). For a range of great part or full day tours including trips to Skye see Inverness Tours
Explore beautiful scenery by foot, bike (Ticket to Ride & Map My Ride) or from the water. For guided activities including hiking, climbing, canoeing and kayaking see Kushi Adventures and Explore Highland.
If you prefer a more leisurely approach, why not take a cruise on Loch Ness or the Caledonian Canal.
To discover the ancient and modern art of whisky distilling, the Tomatin and Glen Ord distilleries are nearby, and the award-winning tour at the famous Glenmorangie distillery is worth the slightly longer trip (under 1 hour). For more on Whisky, see the Visit Scotland website.
Scotland has some of the top fly-fishing in the world, and the rivers and lochs around Inverness provide a stunning setting. To see what’s on offer go to Visit Inverness, Inverness Angling Club, Welcome to Scotland and You Fish Scotland.