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Things to do in Inverness

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The top 26 attractions in Inverness

Cities in Inverness
Hello I am new to this but this summer I went to Inverness about 5 days and it is a wonderful place to relax if you love nature. Besides the the fact that the Scots are friendly and hospitable people, I would recommend everyone to visit Scotland and Loch Ness and of course Inverness. Thank you very much .Rachel.
Lakes in Inverness
Loch Ness
Fort Augustus is the largest port in the south of Loch Ness, so it has become a must for all travelers arriving from the Lowlands. This small town lives solely based on the lake, and they have surely lived up to the legend! They have a small pier where there are cruises on the lake, as well as a museum, cafes, restaurants and the typical souvenir shop. I was truly impressed and leaving aside myths, it is the beauty of the landscape in a place with such extreme weather conditions. I visited in June and even sported a blazing sun, the wind was so cold you were completely frozen. It was even hotter when it was cloudy, if you can believe it.
Of Cultural Interest in Inverness
Culloden Battlefield
This place changed British history on April 16, 1746. The Jacobite army fought here for King Stuart to reinstate the British throne. The British Army, meanwhile, was determined to thwart the Jacobites. The ferocious European war had come to Scotland, dividing whole families and clans attacking each other. The battle began around midday and lasted barely an hour. Approximately 1,500 Jacobites were killed for just 50 British soldiers. At the site you can visit for free the battlefield that is excellently stated, and the facilities there is a very interesting museum and tour explanatory video.
Viewpoints in Inverness
Laggan Dam
Laggan Dam is a dam which is situated on the River Spean, to the south west of Lake Laggan in the Highlands. It is 213 meters long and 52 meters high. The Ethernet frames were built by Balfour Beatty for the British Aluminium Company and it was completed in the year 1934. From there, the water is driven by an electric generator in Fort William via a pipe of 4.6 m diameter and 24 km long. The dam can be found on the A86 road from Fort William.
Viewpoints in Inverness
The Highlands of Scotland are probably among the most startling regions in the world. Pure, strong, powerful ... this harsh landscape is a paradise for hikers, from the Cairngorm Mountains to the wild cliffs of West Ross. Haunted castles line the mysterious lochs and misty moorlands, which have often served as a set for Hollywood movies (Highlander, Braveheart). Traditional haggis, whisky and bagpipes can often be found. An entire book would not be enough to describe the Highlands, which really must be visited to be understood ...
Bridges in Inverness
Greig Street Bridge
The suspension bridge crosses the river from the Church Lane to the other side until Greig Street. It is the largest bridge crossing the River Ness and was constructed in the year 1881, 2 years after the Infirmary bridge, which was of similar style but bigger. It was constructed by the Rose Street Foundry. It is a great place to take pictures or relax watching the river from up on top.
Markets in Inverness
Victorian Market
Located in the city center of Inverness, along Beauty Firth on the east coast of the Scottish Highlands, the Victorian market was built in 1870 but was destroyed by fire in 1889 (apparently because of the gas that was used by the town to light the stores). It was rebuilt immediately, with new access from Church Street to enable the addition of a large covered market hall. Here you'll find fresh local produce, while in the gallery there are shops. A small model train runs continuously above your heads in the market!
Castles in Inverness
Inverness Castle
Inverness is one of the major cities in the North of Scotland, close to the massive Highlands. In the heart of the city, overlooking the River Ness, stands the castle which dates from 1836 and was built by William Burn on the location in the old fort to defend the city. Made entirely of pink stone, it consists of several watchtowers with crenelated parapets. A small park allows visitors to enjoy a view of the city and river below.
Rivers in Inverness
River Ness
this September, I went to Scotland for the first time, with my family. We landed in the capital and from there we rented a car and drove up to Inverness, passing through villages lost to Scotland's wild and secluded environment. We of course also crossed the lake where legend has it that a monster called Ness is hiding. We did not see it but if you enjoy natural beauty in a foggy mysterious day, you will like this. It is a total A feast for the eyes. After hours of tracking we blanketed the city of Inverness, the first night we walked along the entire river, enjoying the beauty of the reflection of the lights in the water, the castle at the top of the mountain and the bridges crossing along the entire river. We were so pleased just to sit on a bench observing and saying absolutely nothing. It is very peaceful and pleasant.
Unusual Places in Inverness
On the north shore of Loch Ness, this is an independent research center dedicated to the study of Nessie, the nickname given to the Loch Ness Monster! The man who founded it left everything behind to dedicate his life to his studies, and spends hours watching the lake with his telescope or whittling mini-Nessies to sell as souvenirs. Don't hesitate to buy one as a memento; this is the only way he funds his research!
Waterfalls in Inverness
Falls of Foyers
The Falls of Foyers is a beautiful series of waterfalls that you can visit along the eastern side of Loch Ness if you follow the road B862/852. To reach the waterfall you have to follow a path through the woods for 5 or 10 minutes, and if you are in the mood for walking, you can take other routes like the Red Squirrel Trail, where you can see the famous red squirrels.
Lakes in Inverness
Loch Fleet
Located an hour's drive north of Inverness, along the east coast of the Scottish Highlands, Loch Fleet is actually an arm of the North Sea, separated from the main body of water by a narrow peninsula. In addition, the bottom of the Loch shore-side is bordered by the A9 road from Inverness and goes north, past the hill of The Mound. The result is a lagoon behind the road, where the special water conditions and salt water have allowed some rare bird species to flourish. It's a beautiful area which deserves a quick stop if you're on the way to the north of Scotland.
Beaches in Inverness
Brora Beach
If you travel along the east coast of the Highlands, north of Inverness on the A9 road which faces the North Sea, you'll find it hard not to notice the beauty of the flower-covered hills facing the wild ocean and windswept beaches. We were lucky: there was bright sunshine during our visit, so we could fully appreciate the beauty of the red sand beaches and the striking contrast they make with the green and yellow hills.
Festivals in Inverness
Highland Homecoming
The Highland Games are one of the cultural highlights of Scotland. The main event takes place during September and October, but music, dance and storytelling can be seen throughout the year. You can see the tossing of the caber or traditional dance competitions, and it's the perfect chance to listen to songs in Gaelic, or to experience the sound of the bagpipes firsthand!
Lakes in Inverness
Loch Ossian
This is a strange lake. It is narrow, but very long (nearly 5 kilometers), and named after a famous Scottish explorer and naturalist. Access is remote; it can only be reached on foot after getting to the Bridge of Orchy or Corrours by train or car. You can camp here, and there is an ecological hostel, but resources are limited (for example, it's difficult to get enough water for a hot shower ... a serious problem in Scotland!). We're right in the heart of the Scottish countryside, so this is an ideal stop for hikers and mountaineers, ve'll find themselves with a wealth of options. The sunsets here are stunning, and the scenery is really beautiful. With no mobile signal or internet, this is the perfect place to go to get away from it all!
Nature Reserves in Inverness
Bealach Dubh
One of the most famous peaks around the Lake Ossian is Bealach Dubh. The journey there and back is about 20 km, and it is listed as a Munro, as it surpasses the required 1,000 meters. In winter it can be a real death trap, with more than 2 feet of snow and temperatures of -36C. So it's better to try to climb it in spring or summer, but even then you'll need to be sure to bring the right equipment. As long as you book in advance, you can make the hostel at Lake Ossian your base camp. From the top of the mountain you'll have indescribably beautiful views.
Rivers in Inverness
Nature Reserves in Inverness
Glenmore Forest Park
Sitting on the terrace, sipping coffee and chocolate, all we did was take pictures of all the birds ve approached us to have a look.

The best things to do in Inverness

Wondering what to do in Inverness? Inverness is one of the most visited cities in Scotland. It is situated in the beautiful Highlands and enjoys booming international tourism. There is no shortage of things to do in Inverness and from here you can also organise various trips to the surrounding areas. Dare to discover all of the places to visit in Inverness.

The image of Castle Hill is perhaps the most well known in relation to the city. At the foot of the castle is Town House, a tower dating from the nineteenth century one of the most recommended out of all Inverness attractions. If you're looking to do a spot of shopping, Church Street is one of the most emblematic and traditional places to do so. Sixteenth century Abertaff House, the oldest building in town, is a fantastic example of the other great things to see in Inverness.

For lovers of religious buildings, Old High Church has an air of mystery and uniqueness. The church and the surrounding cemetery are some of the most eerie and romantic of all the attractions in Inverness. Finally, don't miss checking out the small islands on the banks of the River Ness. Taking a stroll through the bridges is a treat for the senses. On minube you'll find many more recommendations for Inverness activities and stuff to do in Inverness.