Attractions & Historic Sites

Inverness city centre retains its character as a market town, whilst offering visitors a superb base to visit the many attractions from Loch Ness to the west, the Black Isle to the north and Culloden Moor to the east. There are many good restaurants and shops to choose from.

A short distance from Inverness you will come to Loch Ness, lurking beneath Loch Ness is the home of the world famous monster, the Loch Ness monster. The Loch Ness monster’s reputation makes Loch Ness a must do part of most people’s itinerary visiting Scotland and a cruise with Jacobite is recommended.

Loch Ness by Jacobite – Jacobite has been sailing Loch Ness for over 30 years with a five-star fleet, a passionate crew and a choice of exciting cruise and tour options. Sailing to the heart of the mystery and legend of loch Ness is more unforgettable than ever. So, whether you want to go on a cruise, explore Urquhart Castle or visit the fascinating Loch Ness Exhibition Centre, Jacobite has the experience, the enthusiasm, and the fleet to provide ultimate, magical, Loch Ness experience!

Nessieland at Loch Ness – Experience the magic and mystery of Loch Ness and its world-famous monster Nessie. Nessieland is located at Drumnadrochit, Loch Ness, IV63 6TU.

Lightstalkers Scotland – Would you like to improve your photography while taking in some of the Highland’s most spectacular scenery? Join multi-award winning Master Photographer Glen C Campbell for a tour, workshop or day’s tuition and bring your photography to another level. From beginners to advanced enthusiasts you’ll be learning in a fun and relaxed environment with guaranteed results. Day trips are run on demand and private tuition is also available. Location options include Loch Ness, Glen Affric, Torridon, Cairngorm National Park, Isle of Skye and Glencoe but anywhere is possible by request.

Highland Spirits Loch Cruises – No vacation to the Scottish Highlands is complete without a visit to the beautiful and mystic Loch Ness and there is no better way to see the Loch than on a boat trip. Highland Free Spirits specialise in exclusive cruises on a luxurious modern motor cruiser. They offer much more than just a tour and invite you to join them to spend some very special time together on the Loch that has been a huge part of their lives for many years.

Loch Ness and Loch Ness Monster Information Site – Devoted to the Understanding of the Loch Ness Monster Mystery. Nessie Facts. Monster Pictures.

Legend Of Nessie – The Ultimate and Official Loch Ness Monster site, with up-to-date information and photographs of new and past sightings. A must for all Nessie enthusiasts.

Inverness Tours – The Finest Private Scottish Highland History, Heritage & Scenery Tours. Enjoy The Homecoming Year With The Very Best Heritage Guiding.

Discreet Scotland – Enjoy luxury private Scotland tours to visit our Castles, Monuments, Lochs and Mountains with our selection of the very best Scottish Tours available.

Ace Adventures – Ace Adventure are the Highland White Water Rafting Specialists providing outdoor adventure activities based from Aviemore, the River Findhorn and the Strathspey, home to the picturesque Cairngorm National Park.

WOW Scotland – Walking Adventures in the Scottish Highlands. Get off the beaten track and discover some of the finest scenery that the Highlands has to offer with a guided walking tour.

Glen Affric – West of Loch Ness about 40 minutes from Inverness by car Glen Affric offers spectacular scenery and a variety of walking routes ranging from half a mile to 16 miles and from easy to demanding. The lochs, waterfalls, mountains and woodland combine to create an area of great beauty and tranquility.

Culloden Battlefield – This battlefield marks the site of the historic 1746 battle between the Duke of Cumberland and Bonnie Prince Charlie.

Happy Tours – On foot tours of the City with Cameron who is both entertaining and informative.

Floral Hall – An indoor botanical garden featuring ponds and waterfalls.

Robertsons “The Larder” – is a family run farm shop at Tomich ½ a mile north of Beauly and 12 miles from Inverness. It provides a selection free range produce and there is also a Children’s Farm for the youngsters to meet the animals..

Caledonian Canal – Scenic waterway surrounded by majestic mountains and meadows.

Aigas Field Centre – The Internationally acclaimed, award-winning Field Centre for the Highlands and Islands of Scotland.

Inverness Museum & Art Gallery – This museum combines fine art with historical and natural artifacts to give visitors a more complete picture of Inverness’s complex history.

Culloden Battlefield & Visitor Centre – scene of the last pitched battle on British soil, in 1746, when government troops, led by the Duke of Cumberland, defeated the Jacobites.

Balnuaran of Clava (Clava Cairns) – the site of an exceptionally well preserved group of prehistoric burial cairns, built about 4,000 years ago.

Inverness Castle – there has been a castle on this site since the 12th century. The current castle dates from 1834 and serves as the Sheriff Court House.

Cawdor Castle – a superb fairy tale castle, dating from the 14th century.

Brodie Castle – set in peaceful parkland, this fine 16th century tower house is packed full of fine art and antiques.

Urquhart Castle – magnificently situated, on the banks of Loch Ness, Urquhart Castle remains an impressive stronghold despite its ruinous state.

Nigg Old Church – a fine example of a Scottish parish church and – since it houses a magnificent Pictish stone of the late eighth century, carved with Pictish symbols and Christian imagery – it is likely that it stands on what has been a place of Christian worship for at least 1200 years.

Hugh Miller’s Cottage and Museum – The museum comprises an elegant three-storey Georgian villa housing six rooms of exhibits covering the 19th century naturalist and geologist’s life and work, and the thatched 18th century cottage next door where he was born.
Groam House Museum – is an outstanding Pictish Centre for Ross and Cromarty. The unique display is focussed on 15 carved Pictish stones. All the stones originated in Rosemarkie, some dating back to the 8th century AD, when it was an important centre of early Christianity

Fort George & The Queen’s Own Highlanders Regimental Museum – The Museum comprises a unique collection of medals, uniforms and accoutrements, weapons, paintings and prints, colours and pipe banners, mess plate, ceramics, and other artefacts covering the history of the regiment back to 1778. The Museum also has a comprehensive library and archive collection to which researchers are welcome, and this includes original sources and published material on Fort George.

Walking In & Around Inverness

Inverness-shire offers many fine walks, of varying lengths, through beautiful countryside.

Caledonian Canal – at the heart of the Great Glen Way, and bisecting Scotland from the west coast to the east coast, is the Caledonian Canal. A pleasant 9 mile (round trip) walk in Inverness can be done from the coastal Muirton Basin and along the Canal towpath to the northern most tip of Loch Ness at Dochgarroch.

Great Glen Way – 73 miles of spectacular walking country spanning the distance between Inverness and Fort William.

Glen Affric – offers some of the most breath-taking scenery in the Highlands, with lochs, rivers, mountains, waterfalls, ancient woodlands and abundant wildlife all making this area a very special place. There are several well marked walking trails, ranging in length from half a mile to 16 miles and from easy to demanding.

Culbin Forest – this forest on the Morayshire Coast has an ever changing landscape of shifting sands, mudflats, and forest topped dunes.

Rogie Falls – in the Torrachilty Forest. A short walk (about 1.5 miles and just over 1 hour) to some impressive waterfalls and suspension footbridge (a good vantage point for seeing salmon leap in the autumn).

Abriachan Forest – the Abriachan Forest Trust has opened a number of pathways in the woodland and open hillside overlooking Loch Ness.

Cairngorms National Park – has numerous walks, taking in forests, loch side paths and mountains, and include marked trails on the Revack Estate.

Rothiemurchus Estate – offers guided gorge walking.

Whisky Distilleries Near Inverness

Inverness is ideally situated at the heart of Scotland’s malt and grain whisky-producing region and is within easy reach of a huge number of excellent distilleries.

Scottish Malt Whisky Tours – create and provide customised trips for individuals or groups who want to discover more about Scotland’s most famous export. Whether you call it whisky, whiskey, or uisage beatha, they want to help you find out more.

Glen Ord – 15 miles from Inverness. Watch the distillers at work creating a magical malt whisky which is sweet, malty and dry on the palate.

Dalmore Distillery – 15 miles from Inverness (in Alness). The Dalmore has the oldest maturing stocks of any single Highland malt whisky, with liquids dating back to 1868.

Tomatin Distillery – 16 miles from Inverness. Elegant and airy, with a big smooth texture, the Tomatin 12 year old is a classic single Highland malt whisky.

Benromach Distillery – 28 miles east of Inverness. Benromach is hand crafted by just two experienced distillers, using the finest malted Scottish barley and the purest spring water form the nearby Romach Hills.

Dalwhinnie Distillery – 37 miles south of Inverness. At 1,073 feet above sea level, Dalwhinnie is the highest distillery in the land.

Glenmorangie Distillery – 38 miles north of Inverness. Standing on the north side of the Tain peninsular in Ross-shire, overlooking the Dornoch Firth, stands the picturesque Glenmorangie Distillery, home to one of Scotland‘s finest single malts.

Balblair Distillery – 40 miles north of Inverness. Founded in 1790, Balblair is the second oldest working distillery in Scotland. It is situated on the Dornoch Firth, one of the most stunning scenic areas of Scotland.

Tomintoul Distillery – 43 miles south of Inverness. Beautifully located near the village of Tomintoul, the highest village in the Highlands of Scotland, on the prestigious Glenlivet Estate.

The Macallan – 53 miles south of Inverness. High on a hill overlooking the River Spey, with magnificent views across to Ben Rinnes, The Macallan Visitor Centre nestles within the glorious Easter Elchies Estate at Craigellachie.

The Glenlivet – 54 miles southeast of Inverness. When the Excise Act, which made it possible to produce legal whisky, was promulgated in 1823, George Smith was the first one who applied for such a licence.

Glenfarclas Distillery – 54 miles southeast of Inverness. Glenfarclas is renowned for producing Single Highland Malt Scotch Whisky in the traditional Speyside style, with a heavy sherry influence.

Aberlour Distillery – 56 miles from Inverness. Located in the heart of Speyside, and renowned for producing whiskies of subtle depth and elegance.

Glenfiddich Distillery – 57 miles from Inverness. Set in the heart of the Highlands, Glenfiddich (meaning ‘Valley of the Deer’ in Gaelic) is a place of breathtaking beauty.