Beach at Durness
If it rains, you can visit the Museum & Art Gallery (free of charge), or enjoy sub-tropical plants and cacti at Inverness Botanic Gardens. You can take a swim in the Aquadome at Inverness Sports Centre. Eden Court Theatre plays host to shows and events all year round.
If it shines, there's much to see and do:
- Enjoy the view from the ramparts of Inverness Castle.
- Take a stroll along the River Ness to the tranquil Ness Islands.
- Explore the town centre on foot and discover old buildings such as the Town House, Victorian Market, Abertarff House, Dunbar's Hospital, Inverness Library, Balnain House, Cathedral, Tollbooth Steeple and many old churches.
- Walk to the Muirtown locks and Caledonian Canal.
From June to September, many day tours by bus/train are available for those without their own car, from as far as the Orkney islands day trip, to nearby Culloden battlefield and many others. The choice is yours.
From Inverness you can easily visit all parts of the Highlands. Many of our guests have recommended:
- The magnificent beaches and sand dunes around nearby Nairn (which is also famous for its golf courses).
- Or along Strathspey to visit one or two distilleries for a dram of whisky.
- South to Monarch of the Glen country, and Aviemore with the Cairngorm mountains and the new funicular.
- North-west to Ullapool and the scenic coastal trail of Wester Ross.
- Forest walks on the peaceful south side of Loch Ness.
- Westwards to Kyle of Lochalsh and the Isle of Skye. Don't miss out the most picturesque castle - Eilean Donan Castle.
- If you are interested in ancient history, visit the Clava Cairns just outside of Inverness, or Knockfarrel by Strathpeffer and the standing stones in the seaboard villages of Easter Ross.
- Fishing villages in the Black Isle are also quaint.
- Take a day to explore the Great Glen or Glen Affric, you may spot red and roe deer, and many wild birds.
- Drive north to John O'Groats and Orkney or to Durness beach and Smoo Cave.
- If you are interested in castles, Cawdor Castle has connections with Macbeth, Brodie Castle, Dunrobin Castle are also worth a visit, and of course, most tourists come to see Urquhart Castle, where the Nessie is waiting for you to pay her a visit! Don't forget your camera!