Discover Inverness: What To See and Do

Inverness, UK
Best things to do in Inverness

On Scotland's northeast coast, the Moray Firth and the River Ness meet in Inverness, the capital of the Scottish Highlands and the region's largest city, with a wealth of historic structures from the 18th and 19th centuries. This captivating city is not just a gateway to the Highlands; it has a rich history, intriguing legends, and stunning scenery.

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Inverness is easy to walk around because it is small and has the feel of a provincial market town. The best seasons to visit Inverness are late spring and summer. If you want to avoid crowds, go during the first half of autumn; the weather may still be pleasant, and you will find better deals on lodging.

I spent a beautiful week in Inverness, exploring its historical sites. The city struck me as distinct, intriguing, cozy, and northern. Also, I camped at Loch Ness for a few days since the weather was nice. My short guide to the best experiences in Inverness and beyond will help you plan your stay.

The 7 Best Things to See and Do in Inverness

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1. Take Beautiful Photos from the Top of Inverness Castle

The 19th-century Inverness Castle, a red sandstone building in the Neo-Norman style, sits on a cliff overlooking the River Ness. The castle is a stunning place to visit because you can climb the tower to the top and get a picturesque 360-degree view of the city.

2. Marvel at Inverness Cathedral

Inverness Cathedral, a 19th-century structure made of red sandstone, was the first new Protestant cathedral built in Great Britain since the Reformation. It is the world's northernmost religious building with change-ringing bells. Inside the cruciform church, featuring a Neo-Gothic design, you can admire gorgeous stained glass windows and stunning stone and wood carvings.

3. Delve into the World of Outlander

Inverness is an excellent spot to start delving into the world of Outlander. If you wish to visit the historical drama's locations in the Scottish Highlands, I highly recommend you book the GHD Clan Tour of Outlander Series from Inverness. Wardlaw Mausoleum, Beauly Priory, Castle Leod, Fort George, and Clava Cairns will all admire you.

4. Experience Loch Ness's Dramatic Beauty

Lakes dot the Scottish Highlands; these large and small bodies of water provide a picturesque backdrop to its landscape. One of them is well-known to many of us: Loch Ness, the home of a monster. Book the Loch Ness Day Trip from Inverness by bus if you want to take an optional cruise across Loch Ness, get panoramic views of Urquhart Castle, admire the majestic Falls of Foyers, and wander along Dores Beach.

5. Visit Urquhart Castle

Sitting on the north-western shore of Loch Ness, Urquhart Castle is a ruined castle dating from the 13th to the 16th centuries. Take the Urquhart Castle Tour from Inverness if you want to climb its Grant Tower, which overlooks the iconic lake, peer into a miserable prison cell, and imagine the magnificent banquets staged in the great hall. This full-day private tour also includes sites you probably know from in the Outlander series of books and television: Beauly Priory, Culloden Battlefield, and Clava Cairns.

6. See Eilean Donan Castle and the Isle of Skye

If you are looking for the opportunity to see Eilean Donan Castle, probably the most photographed castle in Scotland, and the picturesque Isle of Skye, book the Isle of Skye Full Day Tour by 8-seater bus Tour from Inverness. On this tour, with a Scottish local in a kilt as your driver-guide, you'll also see other unique attractions in the Highlands: the Caledonian Canal, Loch Ness, and Urquhart Castle.

7. Enjoy the Natural Beauty of the Scottish Highlands

Travelers to the Highlands of Scotland are sure to be captivated by the dramatic beauty of this vast landscape. The mist, mountains, and rock will indelibly mark the hearts of those who pass through. On the Applecross, Loch Carron, and Wild Highlands Tour from Inverness, you'll see the Scottish Highlands' spectacular scenery and plenty of local wildlife, such as otters, deer, pine martens, and red kites.

How to Get to Inverness

By train, Inverness is 3.5 hours from Edinburgh and Glasgow and 8 hours from London. It is about 250 km (155 mi) from Edinburgh and 275 km (170 mi) from Glasgow by car. Stagecoach 11 bus service reaches the city center at M&S stop 26 min (5 stops) from Inverness Airport, located 15 km (10 mi) north.

Where to Stay in Inverness

Unsure of where to stay in Inverness? For my trips, I use, a well-designed website that helps me find everything from small B&Bs to large hotel chains, vacation rentals, and homestays.

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