Inverness and Loch Ness Attractions

Explore the best tourist attractions in the Inverness and Loch Ness area, with our fantastic guide below. From ancient castles and historic sites, to whisky distilleries and sports centres. There’s something for everyone here. So whatever your interests, you’ll never be stuck for things to do in the Scottish Highlands. Discover thousands of years of history and embark on thrilling adventures. But be sure to look out for Nessie along the way!

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Dunrobin Castle

If you travel an hour north of Inverness, you will come upon this striking castle,…...

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Glen Ord Whisky Distillery

Touring the distilleries that produce Scotch whisky is a fantastic way to learn about the…...

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Invermoriston Bridge and Folly

There’s a little village near Inverness which is a bit off the beaten track, but…...

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Divach Falls

If you are looking for a quiet escape near Loch Ness, then a walk to…...

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River Ness and Ness Islands

Planning a visit to Loch Ness? With a brooding atmosphere and mythical past, it’s a…...

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Cairngorms National Park

The spectacular Cairngorms National Park is easy to reach from Inverness. You can travel to…...

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Caledonian Canal

Cutting clean through Scotland’s Great Glen and connecting Inverness to Fort William, the Caledonian Canal…...

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Loch Ness 360° Trail

This stunning walking and cycling trail combines the South Loch Ness Trail with the Great…...

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South Loch Ness Trail

Meet the wild, unspoilt and uninterrupted side of Loch Ness. This trail forms part of…...

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Great Glen Way

The long distance walking trail, the Great Glen Way, is a challenging route through some…...

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Brodie Castle

If you are looking for a great day out and love the outdoors and history…...

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Beauly Priory

This ancient site, located in Beauly village, was founded in 1230 for monks of the…...

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Old High Church

The Old High Church is the oldest church in Inverness, which stands on the banks…...

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Loch Ness Monster

We are often asked "is the loch ness monster real?". And here we will tell you…...

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Castle Leod

Castle Leod is located in the village of Strathpeffer, around a half-hour drive north west…...

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Loch Ness Circuit

This Loch Ness Circuit road trip takes one or two days to complete, starting and…...

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Abertarff House

Abertarff House is the oldest house in Inverness. Built in 1593 on the east bank…...

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Explore Highland

Explore Highland is an outdoor paddle sports company based in Inverness, which offers a range…...

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In Your Element

In Your Element is an outdoor experiences company, which operates near Inverness and Loch Ness,…...

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The Preacher’s Footsteps at Glenmoriston

Near Inverness, there's a pair of footprints that have been in the ground for over…...

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The Affric Kintail Way

The Affric Kintail Way stretches from Drumnadrochit on Loch Ness to Morvich on Loch Duich.…...

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Castle Stuart Golf Links

If you are a keen golfer and are in Inverness then why not head for…...

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Boleskine Burial Grounds and House

The dead rising, shots fired and some occult spells - there's a lot going on…...

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Glen Affric & Strathglass

Glen Affric is a magnificent glen and national nature reserve, located within the Strathglass valley…...

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Wildwoodz Adventure Park

If you are looking for an adventure park near Inverness then head for a day…...

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Bowhunter Archery

Archery is great fun for everyone. This outdoor activity involves shooting an arrow with a…...

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River Ness Rafting

Are you in Inverness and looking for fun things to do with your family? Then…...

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Cairngorm Mountain

Based in the heart of the magnificent Cairngorms National Park, Cairngorm Mountain is an activity…...

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Nevis Range

Sitting in the shadows of Ben Nevis, on the northern and eastern slopes of Aonach…...

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Rabbies Tours

Get exploring with Rabbies Tours Inverness when you are up in the Highland Capital. Here…...

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Highland Explorer Tours

Enjoy a fun day out with Highland Explorer Tours in Inverness. Offering a great way…...

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The Victorian Market

The Victorian Market is a covered market in Inverness, with independent shops, cafés and services.…...

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Clava Cairns

The Clava Cairns is an ancient burial ground with three Bronze Age cairns, known in…...

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Thomas Telford Trail

Chances are that you’ve already travelled over a Thomas Telford construction, even if you didn’t…...

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Culloden Battlefield

Culloden Battlefield is the site of the historic Battle of Culloden. It was the last…...

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Reelig Glen

Reelig Glen is an ancient forest, known locally as Fairy Glen. This old woodland by…...

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Dochgarroch Loop and Clachnaharry Route

The Dochgarroch Loop is one of the most popular circular routes. The walk starts and…...

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East of Inverness History Trail

Explore the East of Inverness History Trail and travel back in time to some of…...

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Fort George

Fort George is an 18th century fortress near Ardersier, to the north-east of Inverness....

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Inverness Cathedral

Inverness Cathedral is a large cathedral of the Scottish Episcopal Church. Completed in 1869 and…...

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Culloden Viaduct

The Culloden Viaduct is an impressive railway bridge with multiple arches, located on the Highland…...

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Meall Fuar-Mhonaidh

Meall Fuar-Mhonaidh is Gaelic for “Hill of the cold slopes” and for the hillwalkers, among you,…...

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Caledonian Canal Visitor Centre

When you are in Fort Augustus you must stop by the Caledonian Canal Visitor Centre.…...

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Inverness Castle

In the heart of Inverness, the imposing Inverness Castle sits high on a hilltop. Standing…...

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Caledonia Way

The Caledonia Way is a cycle route that runs from Campbeltown to Inverness, along 235…...

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Cawdor Castle

Dating back to the 14th century and built by the Thanes of Cawdor as a…...

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Dunlichity Church and Burial Grounds

The dead rising, shots fired and some occult spells - there's a lot going on…...

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Must-see attractions

If this is your first visit to the area, there are many attractions not to be missed! In Inverness, walk along the banks of the River Ness, visiting Inverness Castle, Inverness Cathedral and the Ness Islands en route. Check out fun activities at Whin Park or enjoy a relaxing walk at Inverness Botanic Gardens. And for the story of the city, explore Inverness Museum and Art Gallery. Or for the whisky lovers, enjoy a tour and tasting at the local Tomatin Distillery.

Visit Loch Ness

Ther infamous Loch Ness is just a 30-minute drive from Inverness and there is much to see on and around its waters. Take a boat trip and hunt for the elusive Nessie. See the historic Caledonian Canal and watch the boats coming through the locks. Enjoy picturesque villages, magnificent walks and dramatic scenery.

Historic attractions

There have been civilisations in the Inverness area for at least 4,000 years. The whole region is steeped in history, and there is plenty to discover during your visit. From the Clava Cairns, pre-historic burial grounds dating from around 2000 BC, to Culloden Battlefield, the 18th-century battleground where one of the most tragic events in Scottish history took place.

Thrilling adventures

With the great outdoors right on our doorstep, choose from a wide range of thrilling adventure attractions and activities. Such as canoeing, fishing, skiing, horse-riding and golf. All set against the magnificent backdrop of the Scottish Highlands.

So what you will you do first?

Browse our extensive list of Inverness and Loch Ness attractions above and put together a fun-filled trip. And if you’re having trouble deciding what to do first, why not let us take care of the itinerary? We can help you with a personalised guide, taking the stress out of holiday planning.

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