´╗┐ Inverness City - places to visit

The Highland Capital

Explore the Highlands - Loch Ness, Castles (Cawdor, Urquhart & Brodie), Distilleries, Culloden Battlefield, Golf courses, Fishing and Dolphins, all at or near Fortrose on the Moray Firth

Inverness, the capital of the Highlands, is steeped in history and legend. Surrounded by dramatic and inspiring countryside Fortrose is just 20 minutes scenic drive away. Whatever the time of year you visit there are peaceful places to be found in this area of unsurpassed splendid beauty. The city spreads along the banks of the River Ness. There is a pleasant walk along the riverside, over the Victorian footbridges on to the wooded Ness Islands. Along the river bank there are many birds to be seen - dippers, ducks, wagtails etc. In the summertime you will see fishermen casting their lines and salmon jumping, a very special sight while out for a stroll. A picnic can be enjoyed on a lazy afternoon in this very beautiful place. The excellent local museum and art gallery is open on weekdays throughout the year. Inverness Castle is an imposing building  built between 1834 and 1847 as a Sheriff Court and jail. It is not open to the public but a fine view of the city can be seen from castle grounds. Inverness museum is an interesting place to visit there are many interesting things to see, there are many relics from the past including fossils and artifacts from graves which have been found in the area, many of which are recent finds. Adjacent to the museum is an art gallery, exhibits by local artists are often to be seen at the gallery.
  • Eden Court Theatre stands on the banks of the River Ness and there are many concerts here given by orchestras from all over the world and many international artists.
  • The city library has a genealogy department where the staff are always very helpful to assist in tracing family history.
  • Inverness Floral Hall and demonstration gardens are part of a working nursery which supplies the city's floral displays in the summer time.
  • A pleasant walk can be taken along the riverside on your way to the nurseries and the cafe within the floral hall is a very pleasant place to enjoy afternoon tea.
  • Inverness Aquadome and Gymnasium is a new complex and is open to the public throughout the year.
  • The Ten Pin Bowling alley is just out of the city and is open all year.
  • There are many shops selling knitwear and tartans and quality gift shops.
  • Just out of the city, Pringle's Woolen Mill is a place to be visited if you are looking for tartans and knitwear.
  • Culloden Moor, the site of the last battle on British soil, which ended the Jacobite Rising in 1746, is eastwards on the B9006. A National Trust for Scotland visitor centre there, is open from April to October.
  • North-east of Inverness, the mid 18th-century Fort George is on a peninsula into the Moray Firth. Although Fort George is still a military establishment, part of it is open as an Ancient Monument, and it also houses the regimental museums of the Seaforth and the Cameron Highlanders. It is open to the public and there are many interesting things to see.
  • Enjoy pleasure flights over Loch Ness, Moray Firth, Black Isle and beyond - flights arranged for you at your request.
  • Coach/bus tours to all areas.
  • Highland Games and shows take place in the summer months in all areas of the Highlands.
  • The Highlands of Scotland offer many opportunities for sports and outdoor pursuits in all seasons of the year. Golf, walking, Horse riding, Mountain biking, Windsurfing, Bird watching, Fishing , Sailing, Skiing, Canoeing, Climbing, Nessie hunting, Woodland walks, Shore walks, Garden visits.