13 | 08 | 2022

Things to Do in Inverness

Inverness is the bustling, cosmopolitan capital city of the Highlands and as befits a capital city, there is plenty to do and see in the local and surrounding areas.  Some places of interest are:

Inverness Castle

A 19th century red sandstone castle perched on a cliff overlooking the River Ness, built on the site of an 11th century fortification.  The castle itself is home to the Inverness Sheriff Courts and is currently not open to the public.  The Castle grounds are open to the public.

Inverness Museum and Art Gallery

A museum and art gallery dedicated to the exploration of the history and culture of the Highlands and its people.  Find out how the lanscape was formed, about the people that have populated the area over time from the Picts through gaelic language and culture to modern Inverness.  Admission is free.  For further information visit the museum web page

River Ness and Ness Islands

Situated on the River Ness near to Bught Park and a short stroll from the City Centre along the riverbank, the Ness Islands are linked by bridges and are a popular natural beauty spot.  A map and route can be found here.

Inverness Cathedral

Also called the Cathedral Church of St Andrew is a 19th Century red sandstone Cathedral situated on the banks of the River Ness.  It is open for visitors and quiet contemplation.  More information can be found here.

Eden Court Theatre

Eden Court is a large theatre, cinema and arts complex situated close to the River Ness.  Visit their website to find out what's on while you're visiting.

Eastgate Shopping Centre

Situated in the City Centre close to the railway station, the Eastgate Shopping Centre is well worth a visit.

Victorian Market

Situated in the City Centre close to the railway station, the Victorian Market is a glass roofed shopping arcade and an ideal place to visit for gifts and souvenirs.

And a short drive from the city:

Fort George

Approximately 11 miles NE of Inverness at Ardesier, Fort George is a large fortified garrison constructed in the 18th century to house troops after the failed Jacobite Rebellion.  It is a splendid example of the principle of 'defence in depth' and houses several important collections and the Highlanders Museum.  It's worth setting a day aside to see this fort of which more information can be found here.

The Highlanders Museum

See Fort George above.

Culloden Battlefield

A short drive from Inverness to Culloden Moor will take you to the site of the final battle of the Jacobite Rebellion of 1745.  There is an interpretation centre and the battlefield itself is marked with the positions of the troops that took part.  Read more about the battle here.

The National Trust for Scotland owns the site and opening times and maps can be found here.

Chanonry Point

Chanonry point lies between Fortrose and Rosemarkie on the Black Isle, north of Inverness and is a narrow peninsular extending into the Moray Firth.  It is an ideal place to watch for the pod of Bottlenose Dolphins that live and hunt in the Firth.  More information can be found here.

Urquhart Castle

Urquhart Castle lies on the banks of Loch Ness near Drumnadrochit about 13 miles from Inverness.  It was founded in the 13th century and the present day ruins contain building from the 13th to 16th centuries.  More information and maps can be found here.