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Scenic view of the snow capped mountains that surround Inverness


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Things To Do In Inverness

Looking for things to do in Inverness? The highland capital of Inverness is a busy, modern and exciting city with a real buzz. Looking for the perfect Highland destination for short breaks, late deals and holidays? Then this is the place to be purely because there’s so many things to see and do not only in Inverness itself but also in the surrounding area.

The Highland capital is the UK’s fastest growing city, split into two halves by the River Ness, which runs through the centre of Inverness giving the city centre an open feel, with riverside walks, together with wide open spaces. Many of our hotels are located on the riverside.

Inverness is also the main shopping centre in the Highlands with people travelling from as far away at the Scottish Islands to shop here. The Indoor Eastgate Shopping Mall has all the main branded stores together with local boutiques and craft shops. Inverness Agua-dome is a lively place to go for all the family which is famous for the near vertical Nessie Slide. There are a host of more cultural things to see and do in the city including 19th century Inverness Cathedral and Inverness Art Gallery & Museum.

In the evening Inverness is great for a night out, with a lively music scene and Eden Court Theatre has a full yearly programme of theatre, plays and concerts.

Inverness is located on the Moray Coast and we recommend joining one of the cruise boats which takes you out into the Firth where you’re almost guaranteed sightings of the resident pod of dolphins.

Around Inverness there is there is plenty to see & do. In fact you’ll be spoilt for choice. Visit the Battle of Culloden site and visitor centre where the last battle was fought on UK soil in 1745. It is a fascinating yet eerie place to be. 4 miles south of Inverness lies the most famous loch in the world – Loch Ness, 27 miles long and as deep as the mountains are high – resident to its famous monster “Nessie”. There are cruises out on to the loch which is perfect for a photo opportunity. Stop off at Urquhart Castle on the shoreline of Loch Ness where many sightings of the monster have allegedly been seen. Further south lies Fort Augustus and then Fort William.

Let’s delve in deeper and look at some of the must see attractions on offer when looking for things to do in Inverness.


1. Eden Court Theatre

The main cultural venue in The Highlands, the Eden Court Theatre is a must visit on your next hotel break in Inverness. Home to the theatre itself, a cinema and conference centre, this attraction is great for tourists, locals and business people alike. With its own restaurant and bar you won’t go hungry either with an abundance of food and drinks on offer. The venue hosts a variety of shows from dance and drama to comedy. You’ll find your niche no matter your taste.

2. Ness Islands

One of the other points of interest when looking for things to do in Inverness is a visit to the Ness Islands. These islands are a great place to come for lunch or a picnic (weather permitting) and it’s a place to also just relax and get away from it all and be one with nature. it’s a beautiful place to come and explore.

3. Hootananny

Come here to experience the best live music that the city of Inverness has to offer. From folk to rock and traditional, bands from all over come here to jam out. Enjoy a beer or two that’s stocked from the Black Isle Brewery.

4. Inverness Museum & Art Gallery

For visitors looking to get their head around the artistic history of Inverness and the region itself we recommend the Inverness Museum & Art Gallery. Home to various exhibitions of contemporary art from around the Highlands, wildlife displays and much more, it’s a great place to come to spend part of your day.

5. Inverness Castle

Dating back to the 1800’s Inverness Castle stands above the city centre in a picturesque manner. Transformed from a medieval castle, it is now home to the Sheriff Court. Not open to the public but it’s a place to come to see the views for miles around.

6. The Victorian Market

You might be looking for that special gift for your loved ones during your trip to Inverness then why not do it at the historical Victorian Market that that dates back to the late 1800’s. Charm and lovely surroundings are part of the allure here.

7. St Andrew’s Cathedral

The grandeur here is unprecedented. Situated on the banks of the River Ness in Inverness, St Andrew’s Cathedral is a stand out. With its red-sandstone towers on the outside and filled with history on the inside, it’s worth coming for an afternoon.

8. Phoenix

Some guests may want a real pub experience when visiting Inverness for a few days. The refurbished Phoenix pub gives visitors the real traditional pub experience. With a huge variety of ales on tap and beer from the likes of Skye and the Cairngorm, celebrate with friends and family at this drinking corner.

9. The Highlanders' Museum

Step into the prestigious grounds of Fort George to The Highlanders Museum. It’s the largest regimental museum in Scotland outside of Edinburgh with 20,000 artefacts and more than 10,000 documents and photographs. In summer you might get to see the dolphins on the Moray Firth which are next to the museum. Covering 3 floors this is one our favourite attractions in the area.

10. Inverness Botanic Gardens

Been established for nearly 30 years, the Inverness Botanic Gardens are a place to come and enjoy an oasis of garden beauty. With a variety of plants in the greenhouses in various conditions, it’s an experience for the whole family,

These are just some of the attractions that are on offer when looking for things to do in Inverness. Experience the city with myhotelbreak. We have several hotels in Inverness to choose from so get in touch with us today to book your next Highland trip.

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