Visit Inverness and Loch Ness

Inverness is one of Scotland’s seven cities and has an attractive location in the south of the Highlands, on the banks of the River Ness.


Crowned by a pink crenellated castle and lavishly decorated with flowers, Inverness is a thriving city with a wide variety of places to visit and things to do both in the city and around. 


Why Inverness?


The city boasts many historic buildings in the Old Town that can be appreciated while browsing city shops. There is an excellent selection of places to eat and drink too with peaceful areas close to the city centre for relaxing and a great variety of places to stay.

The city itself is small, compact and easy to get around.

Inverness Castle

Inverness Museum and Gallery


Perched picturesquely above the river, Inverness Castle looms over the city centre and dominates the horizon. The castle we see today was built in the 1800s on the site of an 11th Century fort. The castle isn’t open to the public, although there is a viewpoint that gives amazing 360° views over the city and surrounding area. 

Discover the history and heritage of the Highlands, including Jacobite memorabilia, silverware, weapons and bagpipes. The museum offers talks by experts, workshops and recitals whilst the art gallery is home to local fine art and visiting exhibitions.

can enjoy the fine walk along the banks of the River Ness from Inverness Castle
and past St Andrew’s Cathedral, then through the Ness Islands, where you will
find anglers casting long lines to catch the leaping Atlantic salmon.


This thriving city offers excellent shopping opportunities with many independent
retailers located in the city centre. Check out the famous Victorian Market,
built in 1870, it connects four surrounding streets and has a very ornate
entrance in Academy Street.


are many lovely riverside restaurants and bustling pavement cafes so you can
choose from your favourite international dishes. For more informal dining you
will find many pubs offering bar food, at very attractive prices.


Inverness Attractions


Culloden Moor – take a walk on this hallowed battlefield where the Jacobite army of Bonnie Prince Charlie was routed in 1746 


Moray Firth Dolphins – come and say hello to some of the 200 bottlenose dolphins that call this stretch of water home 


Clava Cairns – this evocative pre-historic site is said to have inspired Diana Gabaldon to create the fictitious stone circle, Craigh na Dun


Abertarff House – built in 1593, this is the oldest surviving house in Inverness and is in the ownership of the National Trust for Scotland.


Caledonian Canal – discover the engineering marvel that flows 60 miles through the Great Glen


Loch Ness Cruise – enjoy a sail through the dark and deep waters of Scotland’s most famous lake