Inverness and the Highland area:
An ideal base from which to tour the splendours of the Scottish Highlands. The city is situated on the stunning River Ness with its idyllic island walks accessed by several Victorian bridges. On the banks of the river you will also find a modern theatre (Eden Court), St Andrew's Cathedral built in 1869, and nearby the city's Museum and Art Gallery located next to the Castle and Tourist Information Centre. Inverness provides an excellent range of bars and restaurants to satisfy all tastes of the hungry and thirsty tourist.
invernessfestivals.com - provides information about events in and around Inverness.
Castles - Cawdor, Brodie and Dunrobin are all within easy driving distances of Inverness. Cawdor and Dunrobin, to this day, are still owned by descendants of the original families, whilst Brodie is owned by the National Trust for Scotland.
Culloden Moor/Battlefield - scene of the last battle fought on British soil (1746) and the end of the Jacobite fight to reclaim the throne. Within 10 minutes drive of the city you can be walking on the eerie moor or visit the excellent visitor centre run by the National Trust for Scotland.
Fort George - built after the battle of Culloden, this houses an excellent regimental museum of the Seaforth and Cameron Highlanders, although still in use as a regimental base.
Clava Cairns - chambered cairns and standing stones dating from 1500 to 2000BC situated next to Culloden battlefield.
There are numerous world famous whisky distilleries nearby including The Ord, Tomatin, Glenmorangie not forgetting those on the only Malt Whisky Trail in the world through beautiful Speyside which offers the splendours of Cardhu, Glenfiddich, the Glenlivet and the Macallan - a malt for all tastes! Malt Whisky tours are also available locally.
Enjoy a memorable boat trip through the Caledonian Canal and onto Loch Ness to take in the breathtaking scenery and get a chance to catch a glimpse of Nessie, the loch's own wee beastie! Alternatively seek out the local school of rare bottlenose dolphins on the equally beautiful Moray Firth with trips available from Inverness Harbour.
There are several exciting tours available from Inverness throughout the summer covering a wide area of the Highlands
- Munro Highland Tours
- Jacobite Tours
- Puffin Express
- Jog Ferry (for day trips from Inverness to Orkney)
- Happy Tours - walking tours around Inverness
Sports & Outdoor Activities:
For sports enthusiasts there is a wide array of facilities available in and around the city including championship golf courses (Royal Dornoch, Nairn West), fishing, shooting, tenpin bowling, football, horseriding, aquadome and sports centre. For outdoor enthusiasts - mountaineering, hillwalking, cycling, canoeing, kayaking, paintballing etc – see Activity Scotland for further details.
Highland Games - these take place in most major towns throughout the summer. Inverness hosts its own games on Saturday 21st July 2012.
A varied range of goods can be purchased from the city's new shopping centre (opened March 2003) or local hand made crafts, kilts and other traditional products from select stores including the House of Beauly - a ten minute drive from the city.
mi inverness website provides offers on local restaurants and entertainment.